My Month in Review & October Favorites

My Month in Review & October Favorites

Hey everyone! Can you believe that Halloween is already over? I was wearing shorts yesterday…in Virginia! This year has gone by so quickly, but I’m super excited for the leaves to keep changing and for autumn to be in full swing (because we all know that fall outfits are the cutest).

Firstly, I wanted to give a little update on what’s been going on in my life this past month—and so much awesome stuff has happened that I don’t know where to start!

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It’s Okay to Change Your Mind – I Did!

It’s Okay to Change Your Mind – I Did!

Throughout my entire childhood, I was dead set on being a musician. In fact, I’m pretty sure my main life goal was to become Shania Twain (but that’s beside the point). I went through all the motions – I played clarinet in band all through middle and high school, sang in the choir, and auditioned for one of the top music schools in my state and the country. I was blessed to be accepted to Shenandoah University’s Conservatory, and I made the most of it. I spent a semester practicing clarinet until my lips cracked and trying to understand the impossible world of music theory – and then one day I realized it wasn’t for me. I felt like I had wasted a solid eight years of my life, but I knew it was time for a change. After a series of events leading me toward the path of journalism, I decided to double major in English and mass communications, and it’s made all the difference.

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This Student Newspaper In Maryland Is Making A Difference – You Can Too!

This Student Newspaper In Maryland Is Making A Difference – You Can Too!

Mount St. Mary’s University, a small, Roman Catholic university in Emmitsburg, Md., is getting national news coverage after its president, Simon Newman, announced a controversial student-retention plan that resulted in the firing of two esteemed professors and the threat of expulsion for a handful of student journalists.

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Songs of the Summer Playlist

Songs of the Summer Playlist

What is BSE?

Today, for the first time this year, it’s hitting a nice 70 degrees in my area, and to celebrate, I’ve decided to launch my BEST SUMMER EVER series. This will be a compilation of several summer-y posts, from beach packing reminders to bucket list recommendations. I plan to work on these throughout the summer, but I’m excited to kick-start in the springtime – I can’t wait for June! All of the BSE posts can be found here.

For my first BSE post, I’m sharing my Spotify playlist of songs that get me in the mood for the heat! I’m constantly jamming out to these songs when I need a refresh of what it feels like to enjoy shorts and tank tops out in the sand and the sunshine. (Warning: if you catch me daydreaming, don’t interrupt!)

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The Five Best Things about Being a College Student

The Five Best Things about Being a College Student

Going to college isn’t for everyone – but anyone will admit: it’s better than high school! From preparing students for career success, to making everyone feel welcome, life on campus is a whole new world full of endless opportunities. Here are just five great aspects of university life:

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Renaming Memorial Buildings is Erasing American History

Renaming Memorial Buildings is Erasing American History

I recently read an article highlighting a young student who has been working to change the name of her former middle school. In her eyes, the school’s reputation was tarnished by its namesake: an esteemed former Virginia governor and U.S. senator who has been honored across the state in highways, schools, and memorials.

Harry Flood Byrd, Sr., along with his children and grandchildren, greatly impacted the state of Virginia and the nation in their political work, community service, and adventurous expeditions. Miles away from the young girl’s middle school is a business college named for Byrd’s son, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., and another middle school, named for his admired brother, Richard E. Byrd, a naval Medal of Honor recipient who became the first man to fly to the South Pole. These men were truly the epitome of committed citizens, dedicating their lives to their country and their families. The community they served still sees the effects of their leadership: the town’s newspaper is still owned by the Byrd family – a family that makes appearances at schools and other ceremonies as treasured guests.

Harry F. Byrd, Sr., a man whose ancestors included the infamous Pocahontas, who contributed to leading Virginia out of its crippling debt of the early twentieth century, and whose triumphs are still studied in schools across the state, is at risk of losing his honor over one trivial societal opinion: he was opposed to the desegregation of public schools.

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Why I Decided to Change My College Major

Why I Decided to Change My College Major

Throughout high school, I debated about my future college major. I was pretty sure I wanted to do music, but at first, I was dead set on getting a degree in music industry or music business. I then transitioned to hoping for a degree in music production, but, realizing I didn’t have a lot of experience in mixing tracks, I decided to play it safe with a degree in music education. I interned with local music teachers throughout my senior year and really enjoyed my time – teaching band was definitely something I could see myself doing.

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