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Southwest Shadow

High school friends, Marina and Jordan, share a laugh at their high school reunion when looking at an old yearbook from their junior year.

10 years later . . . and we are all back

May 14, 2013

I am 28 years old and have my life on its (almost) proper path. One beautiful spring day, I receive a forwarded email, from one of the few friends I kept in touch with after high school, announcing that...

Being 18 means more responsibility which, in return, comes with the potential of harsher consequences.Photo Credit: June Gabriel Santos

18: Is it all its cracked up to be?

May 7, 2013

What exactly is 18? Obviously it is a number, but to others this number means a whole new realm of possibilities. I am referring to the age of 18, rather than the actual number. I will become a legal...

Springtime has always been my favorite of the four season due to the fact that it holds so much potential for the upcoming summer months.Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

Spring time

April 16, 2013

The month of March has just begun and after running through my cliche morning routine of showering, blow-drying my hair, and applying just a hint of make-up, I check my Weather app on my white iPhone...

As the year goes on, frustrations grows higher and patience becomes lost in the sea of schoolwork.Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton

Slowing, fading, frustrating

April 9, 2013

Year after year, the school year starts out with new pencils and notebooks as well as a new attitude regarding work ethic for the new year. At the beginning of the school year, we tell ourselves how...

Airplanes are a symbol of what an airport contains: bittersweet goodbyes and anxious hellos for both passengers and those waiting for them.Photo Credit: June Gabriel Santos

Bittersweet adventures of the airport experience

April 2, 2013

I have been flying on airplanes regularly since I was three years old. Starting with the musty parking garages, long check-in lines, moody airline employees and ending with uncomfortable seats at the...

Making eye contact with teachers, employers, and, for some, parents is important to establish a sense of communication and respect.Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton

Looking for respect

March 12, 2013

As our parents are yelling at us about not cleaning our room, we may be darting our eyes across the room, up at the ceiling, or down at the floor.  When we are young, we have not yet learned what...

Manicures and pedicures are loved by some more than others due to the way they make a person feel in the end.Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton

A little pampering

February 27, 2013

Since I was in the second grade, my grandmother always treated me to manicures on a somewhat regular basis. My first manicure was a smooth, ruby red polish at the local nail salon, Beau Monde. I had...

Trying to figure out which of your personal interests would be best to pursue in college can be a difficult decision.Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu

Ending the college major debate

February 10, 2013

Since the beginning of my senior year of high school, I have been trying to figure out what I want to study. It has been a constant battle that has shrouded my mind on a daily basis. I have researched...

Gossip just another learning experience

Gossip just another learning experience

February 5, 2013

A huge part of my life is centered around my job. I have always had wonderful managers and other fellow employees that make a workday worthwhile and far less miserable. They have a way of finishing...

Every human being is a creature of habit in their own ways. But, our routines affect our day to day lives more than most people know.Photo Credit: Austin Jackson

Creature of habit

January 22, 2013

In our own ways, we are all creatures of habit. We eat our favorite foods, hang out with the same people, shop at our favorite stores, and so on. We love our routines and day-to-day activities. It...

As we grow older, we begin to cherish the minute amount of time we have on this earth far more than when we were young.Photo Credit:

Essence of time

January 15, 2013

What is time? How can we truly tell how long a second lasts? Why do some days seem like a week thrown into 24 hours? No one really knows, but I think time is the largest component to how we live our...

Young children have been opened to the unpredictable world of social networking, but with this new technology comes internet safety lessons that need to be taught.Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton

The new tech age, not so sensible for young ones

January 1, 2013

I received my first cell phone in the 6th grade. It was a small flip phone with a low megapixel camera that I could use only on weekends and after school. It kept me from using it during school hours,...

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