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Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

The word divorce has such a negative connotation. In our world, people are supposed to find “the one,” be with them forever, and live happily ever after. If they can’t do that, they’re seen as a failure. But why should life-long commitment be the ideal

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I recently decided to start a crochet, craft, and dog blog to post patterns, projects, and ideas, and donate a portion of my profits to organizations that help animals in need—like shelters and rescues. However, like with many new ideas, I have been procrastinating. I’ve

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

The random man in the car next to me is looking my direction, a look of confusion and concern on his face. I don’t stop though. You can’t just stop singing at the climax of “Defying Gravity.” Besides, why should he care if I’m belting

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Upon finding out I’m colorblind, people usually respond with gasps and remarks of amazement, as if it is some big revelation to find out that I perceive the world differently than them. But really, didn’t we already know that? No one perceives anything the same

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I’m always late to the bandwagon. Harry Potter was yesterday’s news by the time I picked up the first book, I have yet to read any of the Hunger Games, and I’m currently working on binge watching every episode of Game of Thrones before season

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I got to English class early. It was my first year in college and I didn’t want to be late. I pulled out my laptop and started doing what I always did when I had a few minutes of downtime: looked at available dogs on

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I have had a lot of hobbies. But only few have really stuck. Usually I get bored, can’t find time for them, or I get so frustrated at how much better than me everyone else with the hobby is. I know it’s irrational because I’m

Students gather to view solar eclipse

STUDENTS TAKE TIME TO WITNESS THE RARE PHENOMENON Hundreds of students gathered on the Tivoli quad Monday morning to witness one of nature’s most remarkable phenomenons: an eclipse of the sun. But, what is an eclipse anyway? A solar eclipse is when the moon’s orbit

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

You’re probably sick of reading stories about the eclipse of 2017, tired of seeing Instagram photos of friends in protective eyewear, and done hearing about how amazing an event it was. Well, I’m sorry, because I’m going to tell you again. As the time reached

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Horrified, I grabbed my laptop and started rewatching as many episodes as I could, for the unfathomable had become reality: The Office was leaving Netflix. The show I always turned to and counted on to cheer me up, to relieve my stress, to make me