Writing Samples

February 20, 2014

Lately, my father has adopted the habit of asking me what the best part of my day was. He then documents my answer and plans on sharing the record with me at some point in the future. Besides simply being a sweet gesture, inspiring warm fuz...

February 13, 2014

As functional members of a community, we bend to a certain degree of societal pressure. Unspoken expectations assert themselves from the eyes of those around us, establishing a code of conduct by which we lead “acceptable” lives. Though thi...

December 15, 2013

I recently read a few chapters of Thoreau’s Walden. I was particularly struck by a line in the conclusion’s final paragraph: “The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day...

December 14, 2013

Rehearsal has an unwavering hold on the life of a dancer. Casting, learning choreography, setting formations, scraping everything only to return to the original, incorporating acting, cleaning entrances and exits, working with props and cos...

December 13, 2013

I was recently witness to some incredible blasphemy. It was the sort that retains its initial shock value indefinitely, running through the memory like bright white scar tissue. Recollection of the insult leaves me sick in my stomach and ev...

December 12, 2013

My parents are avid gardeners. My front yard’s official nickname is “The Jungle;” far from a traditional lawn, it consists of beds spilling over with sweet smelling flowers, earth boxes and trellises galore, plants of all shapes and sizes t...

December 11, 2013

If you are at all familiar with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, you understand the importance of meals in the life of a healthy hobbit. It is considered blasphemous to stray from the established progression of eating times. A hobbit should star...

November 12, 2013

There are two words dancers abhor above all others. This single pair of syllables plops unceremoniously from the tongue, so heavy with revulsion that they threaten to dent the floor boards as they fall. These words foreshadow an intense and...

November 8, 2013

I am suffering from a mild case of medical student disorder. For those unfamiliar with this condition, I must tell you that is rages rampant across college campuses worldwide. It crops up with particular frequency in samples of students cur...

October 30, 2013

Sometimes riding the sine function of life can be exhausting. One week, you’ll experience an extreme lull in purpose and productivity. Your calendar is defined by negative space and infinite time seems at your disposal. You flip your calend...

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