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Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

All content by Alex Nedelcu
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

April 10, 2015
Four years and one college decision later, I am writing my farewell column with great excitement, in the heart of my college city.
Though thought as a hindrance, social media is actually a godsend.

Social Media: a misunderstood blessing

March 27, 2015
Sub-tweeting and blurry selfies ruin the image of social media.
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 . . .

March 9, 2015
Eight years have passed since I made wishes as if it were my job.
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

February 27, 2015
No matter what one does to be happy, one can, indeed, be happy no matter what.
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

February 20, 2015
A snarky comment from my peer a few days ago made me realize that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder.
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

February 13, 2015
Kanye West's reaction to Beck's victory for "Morning Phase" has driven me insane.
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

February 6, 2015
Patronization of college acceptance should not be based upon acceptance rate.
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!

February 1, 2015
Working in the foodservice industry often goes hand-in-hand with not-so-sweet customers.
The use of technology to aid homework is a beneficial resource.  Photo Credit: Matthew Nedelcu

Death of the poster board

November 13, 2014
The 'Bring your own Device' revolution is benefitting scholastic advancement.
As a feminist myself, I was intrigued to hear about the HeForShe campaign.  Photo Credit: Rebecca Live

I am a feminist

October 1, 2014
Being a feminist has been a calling of mine, and it was emphasized this past weekend.
Having a sign that would negate the fact that someone would be asking for a date to Sadies makes more sense when avoiding rejection.  Photo Credit: Purna Patel

Dude! Do you want to be asked to Sadies?

February 6, 2014
Alas, here comes February, which can only really mean a few things: Valentine’s day, Sadie’s, and a short month. It is safe to say that February is a month full of love. Or is it?