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Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

So long, farewell

So long, farewell

Summer Thomad May 13, 2016
My journey as a columnist has come to an end, and as bittersweet as it is, I could not be more filled with gratitude and contentment.
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Where You Lead

Summer Thomad May 6, 2016
It's been a long school year, but along the way, I have been accompanied by the infamous Gilmore Girls.
Female Characters—unsimplified

Female Characters—unsimplified

Summer Thomad April 24, 2016
The negative reaction to the introduction of a female protagonist in Star Wars' Rogue One sparked some of my thoughts on women's representation in media.
The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen

Summer Thomad April 14, 2016
Before I put my seventeenth year behind me, I’d like to reflect on some of my most memorable experiences.
PRO/CON: The technological take-over

PRO/CON: The technological take-over

Summer Thomad April 8, 2016
In the argument of tablets vs. textbooks, the benefits of technological learning tools outweigh physical books in terms of budget, the environment, and education.
The Future is Now

The Future is Now

Summer Thomad March 31, 2016

This week marks the beginning of my final quarter of high school; for seniors like myself, the future has become more prevalent than ever in our thoughts, conversations, plans—nearly everything. However,...

Humans of Southwest (and beyond)

Humans of Southwest (and beyond)

Summer Thomad March 18, 2016
I seek inspiration everyday in the conversations I have and the stories I hear from those around me.
Naked Face or Naked Palette?

Naked Face or Naked Palette?

Summer Thomad March 11, 2016
Makeup is a outlet for creativity and expression— not a blanket to cover insecurity.
Down memory lane

Down memory lane

Summer Thomad March 4, 2016
In moderation, nostalgia can be a heart-warming blast to the past.
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“Free Kesha”: an outcry from victims everywhere

Summer Thomad February 29, 2016
Sony Music has denied Kesha freedom from her contractual obligation to alleged abuser, producer Dr. Luke.
A future to believe in

A future to believe in

Summer Thomad February 19, 2016
After attending a rally for a presidential candidate, I am inspired to step up and have a more active role in choosing who serves in our nation's government.
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There goes the fear

Summer Thomad February 11, 2016
Fear can often dictate our life choices, and is something that I have struggled to overcome.