Mind of a Freshman

The One About Midterms

The library is packed at all hours of the day, coffee is a staple, and printers are out of order. It is midterm week here on campus. The craziness of…


The One About Bad Days

Bad days are inevitable. No matter how hard you try, sometimes things go wrong, and that’s okay. How we deal with the things that are going on around us says…


The One About Compliments

On Monday night, I spent nearly four hours sitting in the corner of the dining hall. I was trying to figure out some homework, but more importantly, I was trying…


The One About Friends

In chairs circled around a wooden table, the group leaned in towards each other, holding hands. “Let’s say a prayer,” said the blonde, on whom all eyes had focused.  People…


The One About Identity

Identity. A definition from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. “Sameness of essential or generic character in different instances.” Our identity is dependent on who we are…most of the time? We are…


The One About Conversations

The most difficult thing about college is starting a new life, with new friends, all of whom you know little to nothing about. It is hard to put yourself out…


A new hope

“Hello, my name is Mary Ruane and I’m from Mountainside, New Jersey.” No, scratch that. They don’t care where you’re from, besides that’s too formal. Okay, start again. “Hey! I’m…



Pursuing your passion

I started writing this column as a spur of the moment decision. I saw an ad on Facebook, and just wrote a short, 600-word essay about how I felt about starting…