The Right Diagnosis

When I bring my car into the shop and my headlight's broken, my side view mirror swivels a cool 180 degrees on its own, the tires need rotating, and my oil needs changing, I don't need my technician to sit me down and say, "well your headlights need replacing." Correct, I can't see at night.… Continue reading The Right Diagnosis

Back to the Surface

When I say my apartment is a prison cell, I'm not exaggerating. It isn't just the self-isolation. It's the fear of leaving my home as the number of cases climbs daily in St. Louis. It's the fear I might be responsible for giving a neighbor or a loved one a potentially lethal illness. It's the… Continue reading Back to the Surface

Buying Promises

Every January, people flock to gyms across the world, credit cards in hand, ready to completely revamp their lifestyle once again. 63% of memberships never get used. 83% see usage of less than once per week. Why? Well, the easy answer is "because people are lazy", but there's far more of a psychological game being… Continue reading Buying Promises

Strange Times

I spent my spring break in Canada.

I know, terrible time to travel, but at the same time, hindsight is 2020. I'll take this as a learning opportunity for the next pandemic -- when people are even whispering about a supervirus, don't book anything.

re: A Mental Prison

Amidst the explosion of readership and shares, I decided to respond to some of the comments and share some personal stories of those who struggled at Truman.

I think this may clear up some of the things that I had stated in the original letter. Although I have left the university, I am still actively trying to support efforts to reform the policy as well as student mindset.

Just as mental illness has no single cause, there is no single person or variable we can point fingers at. This must be a collective effort from students and family, faculty, administrators, and alumni alike.

I'm just hoping that action can be taken sooner, rather than later.

A Mental Prison

Please also read: re: A Mental Prison To the reader: I wrote the majority of this essay before I left the university after my Spring 2018 semester. I was asked my opinion on how the school could better address the existing and largely ignored stresses of being a student at Truman State University. However, as… Continue reading A Mental Prison

The Light Phone 2: A Flawed Revolution

a photo of the light phone 2 and its tagline, "a phone for humans" pulled from its indiegogo campaign

The release of the Light Phone 2 generated a conversation about just how important our phones are to us. In today's world, we almost seem to live through our phones instead of with them. With the second iteration in the Light Phone line, the minds behind the concept attempted to sell us a life free from constant distractions from our lives due to social media through our phones. However, its flawed execution and ridiculous price made the idea seem questionable.