encouraging

Redefining Fun

When I got to college, everyone said it would be the most fun four years of my life. That sounded so freeing, so exciting because I honestly didn’t ...

Proving Myself

So much of my life has revolved around proving myself: I chose Duke because that proved I worked hard in school for years and years. I traveled all ov...

The Five-Year Plan

I’ve always had a plan. I make goals. I make smaller goals to meet that goal. I meet those goals. I achieve the goal. I create a new list. I repeat....

Disengagement

7:12pm Saturday night, walking to my dinner reservation at 7:15, restaurant is a fifteen-minute walk: Thoughts running through my head as I power-walk...

On Being Strong

“You’re so much stronger than you think,” Mandy, a Pure Barre instructor, says, in the middle of every Pure Barre class. (Pure Barre is a 55-min...

An Experiment

I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Mine are often self-absorbed and I never accomplish them. I spend all this time talking about them that they all ...

Dear Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020, You made it. Being here is a huge accomplishment. And one that people—you, too, probably—have dreamed of for a long time. I’...