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This may come as a massive shock to some of my readers, but I was not the most well-liked person in high school. As it turns out, playing the flute, having your nose stuck in a book constantly, watching “Star Trek” and “Firefly” religiously and loving cats did not endear me to the “in crowd.” Because I know I...

“Thrifting” To be brief, there is a clearly defined case for buying second hand, especially clothing. I don’t plan on doing an exposition on the fast fashion industry. In short, buying a lot of cheap new things is not good for the environment (nor is it good for us). Clothing, which is usually something we replace often...

As a society, we seem to have this idea that feminists, or let me rephrase this—“real feminists”—have to reject all social constructs of feminine beauty. By this I mostly mean that any good feminist shouldn’t wear makeup, or trendy clothes or be bothered to shave. But the concept that a woman has to look, dress, act...

Why even bother? As someone who used to be thoroughly unconcerned with environmental issues, I can attest to the fact that it’s exceedingly easy to disregard small choices that concern our environment. It’s become a common trope—the white girl who wants to save the world but smokes weed instead, and stands tall on her...

The American coffee shop has evolved over the years to embody an image we millennials would call “hipster,” but in the evolutionary process of adding vintage furniture, local artwork, indie rock playing softly in the background and baristas required to have a minimum of three tattoos, I think the true purpose of...

It’s no secret that the city of Houston is growing at a faster rate than most cities in the U.S. This increase in residents brings immeasurable value to the city, however, it also means more traffic on the already densely populated roads. Traffic is arguably the most daunting part of one’s day, and any increase in...

I was given an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For as long as I’ve been able to comprehend the written word, I’ve been a reader. I remember walking through the halls of my school with my nose in a novel, staying up past my bedtime with a book and a flashlight under my covers and...

Oh Valentine’s’ Day, you media-backed, loneliness-shaming, tacky-red-and-pink-decoration-sequined corporate joke of a holiday—why must I always be vexed by you? Why have I never spent one of you with someone nice? Was it too much to ask for a pleasant Valentine’s’ Day with that girl who tried to stab me with a fork? Or...

For the past two weeks, I volunteered with the Super Bowl Committee, and although I didn’t get to go to Super Bowl LI, I did get to experience some of the amazing things it brought to Houston. Applying The initial process is easy enough—fill out an application and hope to be called into an interview. After the...

What Will Virtual Reality Look Like? Virtual reality will completely disrupt how we interact with computers, revolutionizing the world around us. It promises to allow us to experience vistas on earth we would never see, animals at full scale and unique ways to explore our universe. Too bad it’s so gimmicky. VR suffers...