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As an eighteenth birthday present, my mother surprised me with a trip to Portland, in which I will be able to explore the city I will move to in September, and tour my college campus.  Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

Never truly a farewell

Alex Nedelcu April 10, 2015

When I first heard about the Southwest Shadow my eighth grade year, I knew I wanted to be a part of the journalism team. I begged my adviser to give the school a reference call, and upon the start of...

Though thought as a hindrance, social media is actually a godsend.

Social Media: a misunderstood blessing

Alex Nedelcu March 27, 2015

A wave certainly hit my generation harder than any others before: social media. With more tweets, reblogs, statuses, and photos being shared than assignments being turned in, it is no doubt that social...

even as an almost-eighteen year-old, I still wear my hair the same as I did when I was in the first grade. by doing so, I feel most like myself.Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

Dear 10 year-old me . . .

Alex Nedelcu March 9, 2015

Dear 10 year-old me, Remember the first time you had a pink room? The one where you begged your parents for the new light-switch decorations and they finally gave in? Those were good times. It is...

At Zion National Park in Utah, on the hike to the emerald pools, there are various sources of water which turn the mud in the park a clay-orange. It was almost impossible for me not to play with it. To commemorate the beauty, I asked one of my hiking partners to draw on my face with it.  Photo Credit: Ciprian Nedelcu

Contentment: buried in nature

Alex Nedelcu February 27, 2015

“You can’t climb limestone! Everyone knows you cannot climb limestone!” My hiking partners looked at me in awe–as if I had said something completely mind-boggling. Some jokes were cracked later...

Whether I am wearing prom-worthy makeup (left side of my face), or I am choosing to go bare-faced (right side of my face), I feel pretty. One should not be undermined nor congratulated for their choice of makeup. <br /< Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

The makeup make-down

Alex Nedelcu February 20, 2015

  5:37 A.M. - Wake up. Brush teeth. Apply moisturizer. Apply liquid foundation. Apply powder foundation. Apply eyebrow makeup. Apply bronzer. Apply highlighter. Apply mascara. Apply eyeliner....

Personally, I would be offended to have my victory flawed by a passerby. A moment is a moment well-deserved, and that should be respected.  Photo Credit: Summer Thomad

Dear Kanye West

Alex Nedelcu February 13, 2015

Dear Mr. Kanye West, While I would like to sit and write an entire high school column about how much you have been a bother to folk lovers all around the United States via your stunt at the Grammys...

I embrace my acceptance with open arms and I know that my college experience will not be based upon the acceptance rate of my school. 
 Photo Credit: Danijel Zekanovic

I am accepted

Alex Nedelcu February 6, 2015

I have officially started searching websites like a wild woman, calling the university I’m attending to the point where the operator recognizes my voice, and leaving procrastination in the dust....

Snarky cafe customers cause me to become off-edge enough to spill their fresh cup of joe right in front of them. 
 Photo Credit: Danijel Zekanovic

Coffee! PRONTO!

Alex Nedelcu February 1, 2015

Ah, yes, there is nothing like the smell of fresh coffee on a Saturday (also known as my last day of work for the week). After a twenty-seven hour work week alongside school, there is nothing better...

This kitten, along with many others is available to play with at a local pet shop. Shelters also offer the option of visitation with cute cuddly pets that are sure to make a day brighter.  Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

Cats: too cute to cut through

January 23, 2015

And so the medical student side of me stepped up, scalpel in hand, formaldehyde-infused feline on the table, about to make an incision to begin what my teacher calls “skinning” this cat. My love...

My recipe for happiness: sappy poetry, glasses, fruit, sketchbook, and hand lotion.  Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

New Year’s Revolution

January 8, 2015

One year, a few hair colors and styles and a plethora of dresses later, I am in the same position as last year, where I’ve got a million experiences and I am at a loss of resolutions to grace my...

My curiosity for new information ranges from my personal life, to life in the classroom. I have a constant demand for facts.  Photo Credit: Danijel Zekanovic

Ignorance is (an) abyss

December 18, 2014

“Ignorance is bliss” has been a constant cliche in my life since the seventh grade, when bullying was presented as a topic of worry in classrooms. Suddenly, snarky comments were reported by my...

Not having a job around the holiday season can lead to stress-related reactions. Luckily, when in financial hardship, a hand-made gift is also an option.
Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

Festive financial funk

December 11, 2014

In lieu of the (quickly) approaching holiday season, the soaring sound of teenagers complaining about the financial demand of the holidays is at an all-time high. Consequently, the ones complaining...

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