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.

Harder Ways: Running Away

read first: Harder Ways: Introduction first, a conclusion This essay is the final installment in the series "Harder Ways", the trilogy I began about a month ago with the central theme revolving around being intentional with your life. Even though you might opt for a more difficult one, exchanging effort and hard work rewards you with… Continue reading Harder Ways: Running Away

Harder Ways: How to Buy Your Happiness

read first: Harder Ways: Introduction retail therapy This previous Sunday, as I was watching the Super Bowl amidst 30 screeching fraternity brothers, I came across a Snapchat story from a company called Nifty with the feature title of "33 Affordable Little Products That Will Make You So Much Happier." Reading through the overly-long list of items,… Continue reading Harder Ways: How to Buy Your Happiness

sus·te·nance

some insight Whenever I tell people about my blog, I usually get a response like, "Oh, what's it about?", "What do you write about?", or "Get away from me." To be honest, I haven't really formulated a way of putting the meaning or purpose behind my writing into a short explanation. I always end up thinking… Continue reading sus·te·nance

Harder Ways: The Importance of Time

Read First: Harder Ways: Introduction Each and every human being is born on this planet with a set of attributes to their life that they had no control over. Just as we had no control over our genetics, we also had no control over where we would grow up, the experiences we would have. As random… Continue reading Harder Ways: The Importance of Time

Harder Ways: Introduction

the issues we have The 21st century is a world built on convenience. The simpler and easier something is to do, the more we're sold on it. Ubers let us get from point A to B with a press of a button. Tinder basically eliminates the real-life dating fears everybody has. Venmo and PayPal let… Continue reading Harder Ways: Introduction

Alcoholics Unanimous

I've been sober for the past four months and I can say wholeheartedly that I have felt absolutely amazing without substances throwing a wrench in my mood. Alcohol and mental illness start a vicious cycle that should be avoided at all costs.