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Pencil Shavings

Life has changed since I started having to write a column every week. While the things I do day-to-day aren’t really any different, the way I see them is. If you had asked me a year ago if I thought my life was interesting enough

Pencil Shavings

In elementary school, Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays. I always won a prize in class for my creative and interactive Valentine’s Day boxes. I went all out: spinners, moving parts, themes, and noises. Plus, giving and getting Valentines to and from classmates

Pencil Shavings

Every year, millions of people gather in their homes to witness the most exciting football event of the year: the Puppy Bowl. With pup players on the field, a rescue sloth assistant-referee, a chicken piano-player, piggie cheerleaders, and a kitty halftime show, Puppy Bowl XIV

Pencil Shavings

The instructor greets me as I walk into my quilting class. I introduce myself, she smiles and shows me a sewing machine to sit at. A minute later, my partner Hunter walks into the class and introduces himself. The instructor stares at him, a 6-foot-tall

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

“You must be strong, like bull!” Nickolay yells at me in a strong Russian accent as my pace declines and sweat drips from my face. I don’t know what he wants me to change so I just keep doing what I know: parry, reposte, parry,

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I have had the same New Year’s resolution for the past few years. It has been the same both because I want it to be a continual thing and because I have continually failed to keep it up year after year. The goal is simple: take

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Being the youngest of four children has its perks and faults. As a kid, you get spoiled but are the servant of your siblings; you get all the toys your siblings grew out of but they’re old and broken; and you get to learn from

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I want to be a dentist!” I told my mom confidently, ecstatic that at age six I already knew my calling in life. Then at age seven, I was wiser. I had really planned my future; I was going to be a poet. Later, I

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

A dead body is still. It isn’t still like a sleeping body is. Sleeping bodies have personality, warmth, movement, life. A dead body is just still. Our brains aren’t used to seeing bodies lie still. When I saw her there, almost a year ago, her

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Last week, I got to fly to Dallas with three fellow editors to attend the Associated Collegiate Press’ 2017 Fall National College Media Convention. We attended panels, listened to inspirational keynote speakers, and had our newspaper critiqued by other universities’ media advisors. Working in a