NYC: A City of Violent Activism?

NYU students protesting
NYU students protesting “Black Lives Matter” during Finals Week, Dec. 2014

New York City tends to be a place of social movements, especially downtown NYC. In New York City, activists pester pedestrians, constantly trying to find the next person kind enough to answer questions, simply listen to the cause, or donate some money. If you live in Manhattan and don’t buy your organic groceries at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, you’re not really a Manhattanite. If you wear genuine fur during the seemingly infinite winter months, a PETA activist may throw paint on you during your leisurely walk through the streets. This is the picture that many people have of someone who lives in NYC, but it is not always the reality. While it is true that these events happen, not every Manhattanite is a green-smoothie drinking, paint-throwing activist that will only talk about the latest protest they participated in. Read more

What is So Great About Cities Anyways?

There are city-people and country-people, and these categories are usually very distinct and separated. City-dwellers often dislike the country-side because everything is too far away from each other and there are not enough store options or places to go. Country-people don’t enjoy the chaos of a big city and often find themselves lost and overwhelmed trying to navigate the metro or choosing which of the numerous sit-down restaurants to stop at. Jane Jacobs separates these two categories as “foot people” and “car people,” those who walk everywhere (city-people) and those who can only manage to get places by car (countryside-dwellers). People who do not live in bit cities can often not imagine what it would be like to live in one, while people like me cannot imagine what it must be like to not be able to Seamless at 3am or take public transportation to every place I need to go. Read more

The Experience of Writer’s Block

Writer’s block: the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.


We’ve all had it before, we’ve all hated it, we’ve all somehow conquered it. It always comes when we need to write the most, especially when a due date is hanging above our heads or has long surpassed. As I write this I am in the midst of overcoming writer’s block, so what better to write about?

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Graduation Day Approaching

Graduation Day Approaching



“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”

This quote extremely pertinent at this time in my life, as I find myself counting down the days until High School graduation. University will be a time for self-discovery and creation, and I am beyond ecstatic for my journey to start!

As the days until graduation decrease, so do the days until I have to leave my family.  This brings a wave of sadness, especially as I will miss my mom, dad and sister terribly! I am lucky to be spending the entire summer with them: traveling, staying, joking, laughing, learning, baking, tanning, dining, and just hanging-out. By blogging about my transition into college, I hope to feel more connected to my family and close friends whom I will be moving away from.

13 days left until I am officially a High School Graduate!

– Elise Shivamber