Books I Read In 2017

At the beginning of every year, I like to devote a handful of posts to recapping the previous year. I usually have more book-related recaps than anything else! Today I’m going to list off the books I read last year… all one hundred of them!

I used to write little comments about each and every book but tbh that was tedious… also, it seems much more efficient to say that if you’ve read one of the books below and wanna discuss it with me, just let me know in the comments below!

Enjoy!

1. Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron

2. Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

4. Wonder Woman, Vol. 4: War by Brian Azzarello

5. Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown

6. The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin

7. Design Your Day by Claire Díaz-Ortiz

8. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

9. The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

10. A Bernie Bedtime Story by Susan Pound

11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

12. Instructions for Flight by Kate Foley

13. King Lear by William Shakespeare

14. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

15. A Mercy by Toni Morrison

16. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

17. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

18. Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan *****

19. Riders to the Sea by J.M. Synge

20. Translations by Brian Friel

21. Maz and Bricks by Eva O’Connor

22. Aliens Love Dinopants by Claire Freedman

23. A Mad Woman’s Voice by Abigail Pearson

24. Fauxpocalypse by Dave Higgins et al

25. Little Humans by Brandon Stanton

26. Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz

27. Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm

28. For Whom the Bells Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

29. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

30. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís

31. Flotsam by David Wiesner

32. Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe by Yumi Sakugawa 

33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller  

34. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

35. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 

36. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear 

37. Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear 

38. Moonlight by Barry Jenkins 

39. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

40. Introvert Doodles by Maureen Wilson

41. It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot 

42. The Roommate Book by Becky Murphy Simpson

43. Lift Off: From the Classroom to the Stars by Donovan Livingston 

44. Zen Dogs by Alexandra Cearns

45. Sand Queen by Helen Benedict 

46. Why I March: Images from the Woman’s March Around the World by Samantha Weiner 

47. Not Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard by Leah Hayes 

48. Penguins of America by James Patterson

49. Iceberg by Michel Hellman 

50. Redeployment by Phil Klay

51. Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter by Mark Gonzales

52. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

53. The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon by A.N. Kang

54. Papillon Goes to the Vet by A.N. Kang 

55. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

56. Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay Haring

57. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jennifer Fisher Bryant 

58. Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman

59. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

60. The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty by Karla Strambini

61. Little Blue Planet by Jon Riggs

62. We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen

63. Meaniehead by Bruce Eric Kaplan

64. Victor and Hugo by Robert J. Blake

65. The Great Trash Bash by Loreen Leedy

66. Pool by JiHyeon Lee

67. The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict

68. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony 

69. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt

70. The Liszts by Kyo Maclear 

71. Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley

72. A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins

73. The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear 

74. Dear My Blank: Secrets Letters Never Sent by Emily Trunko

75. The Last Message Received by Emily Trunko

76. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur 

77. The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

78. The Worm and the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith

79. Read The Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman

80. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

81. The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt 

82. How To by Julie Morstad 

83. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

84. Triangle by Mac Barnett

85. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

86. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman

87. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett

88. When I Was Small by Sarah O’Leary

89. This Is Sadie by Sarah O’Leary

90. BB-8 On The Run by Drew Daywalt 

91. Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

92. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson

93. Tuesday by David Wiesner 

94. Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter 

95. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

96. Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud

97. You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman

98. Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

99. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome 

100. Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs

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Stay tuned for a few more bookish recaps! In the days to come, I’ll be talking about subjects such as my top ten favorite books from 2017, diverse books I read in 2017, and more.

How many books did YOU read last year? (You can list them all if you want to, but you certainly don’t have to!) Did you manage to read more than me?! What are you reading now?

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I Will Begin Again

Happy New Year, everyone!

Long-time followers, you know the drill and should definitely feel free to flit your eyes past this paragraph to the next one. If you’re new here, though, I’ll give a little introduction to this post: Each January first, I make three New Year’s resolutions. Three, because it seems an infinitely manageable amount. Just enough goals to keep me motivated and working hard, but not so many that I overload myself with things to do. Posting them here means you guys can hold me accountable. Anyway, let’s dive right in!

1. Read more books

Would it be melodramatic to say that, ever since I stopped reading so much, I don’t feel quite like myself anymore? I used to read so much that, if just two or three days went by without picking up a book, I felt out of sorts. Some of this is doubtless due to depression, but I think some of it is simply a failure to prioritize. Yes, I lead a busy life as a college student, and yes, I’ve found that reading takes a focus entirely different from the one I need to write or practice an instrument or pay attention in class. But I want to do better.

To that end, I’ve made a shelf on Goodreads titled “2018 longlist.” I don’t know if I’ll get around to every last book I’ve added there, but I think it’ll successfully keep me from getting distracted by SHINY NEW BOOKS instead of plugging away at my TBR. (There is also a “2018 shortlist,” to help me remember which books to request from the library or borrow from friends/family so I can read them next.)

Some other habits I plan to start or resume this year:

  • Keeping a book in my backpack and purse at all times
  • Reading during mealtimes
  • Reading immediately after waking up and right before I go to bed
  • Reading during any commutes where I’m not the one driving (I mean, duh!)

And as always, I signed up for the Goodreads reading challenge. Set my goal for 100 books again, since I have consistently been able to achieve that in recent years despite everything else going on in my life lmao…

2. Start journaling

I have so fuckign many notebooks! And what do I do?! I. DON’T. USE. THEM. So I want to change that! I’ve been collecting ideas these past few weeks, from art journals and dream diaries to mental health/self care journals and commonplace books. And many more!

I think I’m pretty good at letting myself enjoy the small pleasures in life, rather than saving them “for a special day” that never comes… with the exception of my notebooks. I’ll wear a nice dress on a day when all I’m doing is going to class and meetings or make myself my absolute favorite cup of fancy-ass tea just because I damn well feel like it, but I get really anxious about writing in my notebooks because they’re just so prettyyyyyy and what if I mess them up somehow?!

And then I ask myself, what’s the point in having all those notebooks if I don’t use them?

3. Go outdoors more often

Not exactly sure what put this idea in my head… I just feel I could use more outside time! This coming year, I want to make more of an effort to study/read/write outdoors, go for walks, explore nearby parks, et cetera.

Nature is so calming and always jumpstarts my imagination, which does wonders for my writing! Plus, I haven’t done much photography at all lately and outdoors, there’s no possible shortage of subjects that catch my eye.

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How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions: yea or nay? What are your goals for 2018?

P.S. As has been my tradition since 2014, the title of this post is taken from the lyrics of U2’s “New Year’s Day.” I’m happy about how hopeful this year’s choice has made me…

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2017 In Review

Insofar as I have a favorite picture of 2017, it would probably be this one: My sophomore-year roomie, Bridget, & I! Do you have a fav picture from this year?

Here we are at the end of another year. How did it go by so fast?

2017 was… a decent year for me, all things considered. Not the best year of my life, but seemingly not as bad as the year some of my loved ones had. There were definitely setbacks and discouraging moments, but it was nowhere near as bad as the trash year preceding it.

Is that the issue? Am I pleased with this year because it’s not 2016?

We just don’t know.

Moving on…

I finished my sophomore year of college and began my junior year. I took some courses I hated, to be sure, but I took far more that I loved. I got to know some amazing professors! I added a third major – in Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies.

I met some great people. Shout-out to Jessi, Patsy, Billie, Alyssa, Sara, Eliza, Cordelia, Kristen, JJ, Mia, Sammy, Onae, Lin, and many more!

I strengthened my friendship with Merric. When I interviewed them for a journalism project way back in April, I never could have imagined how close we’d become!

Clarissa and I hung out in person after three years of online friendship… the funny thing is, our hometowns are only a few miles apart but we go to different schools and are pretty busy so there was just never a good time to meet until this winter break!

I made the very difficult, yet ultimately wise, decision to cut several people out of my life because I felt that their presence was exceptionally negative, draining, and anti-recovery.

I read one hundred books, fulfilling my Goodreads goal exactly.

I read a poem per day in April to celebrate National Poetry Month and developed a major appreciation for poetry as a result! I’ve read more poetry + novels told in verse this year than ever before, I’m pretty sure.

I switched psychiatrists as well as medications. I think the one I’m on now is working as it’s supposed to? Looking forward to seeing how that goes in 2018.

I definitely had some rough mental health periods. Things were so bad for a while that my parents came to visit in October, which is something they’ve never done before. (Normally I go home for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks and they don’t visit me because the drive is eight hours round-trip.) But I’m doing better now! I reeeeeally needed this break, oh my god… little by little I’m relaxing and recharging in order to feel strong enough to tackle the coming semester.

I wrote a first-person article on my OCD for a journalism class. The experience was quite cathartic + therapeutic!

I studied abroad! I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with Ireland. I miss it so much and can’t wait to go back someday! I only wish I could have stayed longer… oh, and I met Derek Landy (!!!) at a book signing when Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection was published!

I got a job in the English department at my school.

I bought a fantastically warm, soft flannel. It’s so cozy I just had to mention it here!

I saw Moonlight. I mean, I saw a lot of movies this year, but Moonlight stuck with me the longest. Absolutely in awe of its plot + acting + cinematography + music. (And watching it upend La La Land at the Oscars was sooo satisfying!)

I got involved with the studyblr community, which did wonders for my productivity and self-discipline.

My cat died in May and I’m still super broken up about it… jsyk, I always appreciate any pictures of your own pets that you care to send my way. Helps me through the moments when I miss him rubbing against my legs or sitting in my lap and kneading my thigh while I write.

I joined the Women’s March on Washington, an experience I know I’ll still be talking about when I’m an old lady.

I turned twenty-one. (Gonna try champagne tonight to celebrate the New Year now that I’m of age, lmao!)

This little blog o’ mine turned SEVEN. How is that even possible?!

I co-chaired a panel on Wonder Woman, feminism, & mythology at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Cincinnati, OH.

How did I do on the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year?

  • Set aside time to hang out with friends. Oh yes, absolutely. Relaxation still does not come naturally to me, but I’ve gotten much better at knowing when to put my laptop and notebooks aside for some QUALITY TIME with pals.
  • Take my Her Campus responsibilities more seriously. Yeah, I think so? I turned in a couple of articles late but for the most part, I worked really hard and pitched only my very best ideas.
  • Be kinder and gentler with myself and with my mental health. There’s no way to ever “finish” this because it’s something you gotta work on throughout your life, but I’d like to think I made some significant progress. Kicking mental illness’s little ass is no easy feat, but I. Keep. Trying.

Last but not least, I want to mention a project I worked on in February. (It seems so long ago!) I did the #LoveMe challenge… and my self-esteem + sense of self definitely received a boost.

Perhaps most importantly, I wrote a post for #LoveMe in which I mused upon one of my favorite Carrie Fisher quotes:

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

At the time I wrote the post, February 13th, I had no idea how much that quote would influence the rest of the year ahead. It guided me through so many rough times and pushed me to leave my comfort zone!

I’m sorry I never had the chance to meet Carrie but in a weird, roundabout way her death sort of helped me because I first came across that quote when one of my friends shared it a few days later. So, thanks for that. WHAT CAN I SAY I’M A BIG FAN OF THE IDEA OF PEOPLE LIVING ON AFTER THEIR DEATH THROUGH THEIR WRITING. I’ve never been a “word of the year” sort of person (although who knows, maybe I will be someday?) but if there is such a thing as a quote of the year, this was definitely mine.

How was your year?

Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018!

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Christmas 2k17

Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it!

I’m feeling good about Christmas, and the holiday season in general, this year. It’s still a bit of a rough time for me and I expect that it will continue to be so for a while to come, but I’ve come so far since a few years ago when I had yet to seek out help for my mental health. The dark and the cold and the societal expectation of constant cheer can be difficult to manage, but I’m doing so much better now.

I’ve had a good break from school so far, filled with reading and writing and family time and tea drunk out of a giant mug that says “Meow-y Christmas!” I’ve been making an effort to fill each day with something, because being productive in even the smallest ways helps me to fight off those creeping feelings of depression. And it’s so relaxing to not have to think about school at all for a month.

I’m much more happy this time of year than I used to be – and knowing that makes me even happier.

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Sleeping & Dreaming

I started taking a new antidepressant, venlafaxine, toward the beginning of the semester. (Its American brand name is Effexor, if that rings any bells for anyone.) I wasn’t too keen on it at first because I thought it was causing mood swings, but I now think that was just my mood at the time lmao.

At any right, it actually seems to be working now. My old psychiatrist prescribed it and, when I switched to a new guy, that one increased the dosage because he didn’t think I was taking enough to have any effect.

I dream more than ever before… and the dreams are more vivid now, too.

According to the doctor I have now, that’s a very good sign.

Apparently it means areas of my brain that had been quieted or almost shut down by the depression are starting to wake up. I don’t know much about either psychology or psychiatry but yeah, that seems to make a lot of sense.

I just wanted to share that with you. I shared it with my therapy group, too, because this is not just good news but great news: I’ve tried five antidepressants in total and repeatedly switching them has been exhausting, frustrated, and disheartened. This is a huge step for me.

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How are you on this fine Christmas Eve Eve?

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Quarterly Rewind, Fall 2017 | Sweaters, Sia, & Raspberry Tea

Hello, everyone! Today is the first day of winter! And that means it’s time for another quarterly rewind. This post covers the time from September twenty-second through December twentieth. And as always, the idea of a quarterly rewind is not mine – the credit for that goes to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner. Enjoy!

P.S. You can find earlier quarterly rewinds here, if you’re interested.

Image From This Fall

Taken in October with my old roommate at Hamburg Inn No. 2, Iowa City, IA

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read This Fall

“His heart was full of happiness. He knew that somewhere out there was a star that once was his. Beneath the blazing sky of stars, Fox made his way through the forest.”

– The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith

It makes my heart happy to know that there are such wonderfully-constructed picture books out there in the world. Looking forward to reading more of her work!

(By the way, isn’t Coralie a beautiful name?! Like wow.)

This Fall In One Word

Lethargic.

Most Popular Review This Fall

I reviewed Fauxpocalypse, a short story collection some of my online friends were published in! Everyone’s take on the supposed end of the world was so different, which made reading it a ton of fun.

Top Two Books I Read This Fall

  1. Do you ever open a book only to find that what’s inside is completely different from what you expected? That happened to me with Not Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard by Leah Hayes… I thought it was about mental health, but it was actually about abortion! This graphic novel tells the stories of two young women, one of whom has a medical abortion and the other a surgical abortion. I find that, for all we talk (yell?) about abortion rights, there isn’t much discussion given to what happens to your body when you get one, so this was an eye-opening read.
  2. I’d have to say The Fox and the Star. Beautifully illustrated, superbly told, ever-so-slightly creepy. I was also impressed by the book’s… physicality, I guess, for lack of a better term. The paper quality is excellent and the gorgeous cover is quite sturdy. This is definitely a book that’s made to last through many loving readings and rereadings.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Winter

  1. Super excited for the crop of movies coming out over the next few months! I want to see The Shape of Water, Proud Mary, Black Panther, and A Wrinkle in Time.
  2. Hoping to attend MBLGTACC for the third time in February! Can’t wait to learn new things and see old friends.

Three New Obsessions This Fall

  1. My loooong black cardigan with pockets (!) was one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time. It’s so soft and cozy!
  2. Honestly? My planner. I’ve made such an effort to use it regularly instead of abandoning it as I’ve done with so many others over the years and it has made a massive difference in terms of how organized + stressed I feel.
  3. The dining hall in my new dorm has soooo many different kinds of tea. Raspberry is my new favorite! It’s such a lovely way to start off even the most sleepy and crabby of mornings.

Most Popular Five Blog Posts Overall This Fall

  1. 10 Things That Happened When I Chopped Off My Hair was super fun to write, so I’m glad you all seemed to enjoy it so much! THE BIG CHOP was suuuuch a good decision 10/10 would recommend.
  2. Can you believe I’ve been blogging for over seven years already?! Me neither. I wrote about this in 7 Moments In Blogging | Happy Blogiversary To Me!
  3. Who doesn’t love a good tag? I’ve been trying to do more of them lately, with one example being The Autumn Tag.
  4. My review of Fauxpocalypse (linked above) was also quite popular! Hopefully, I convinced a few more people to read it!
  5. I Have OCD. No, Not Obsessive Christmas Disorder: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The Real Thing. And It Sucks... is a lengthy title, I know. This is a piece I wrote for Magazine Reporting & Writing and I’m quite proud of it since it earned an A!

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Fall

  1. Sam Dylan Finch @ Let’s Queer Things Up! comes through with the good stuff AS USUAL with the post For The Mentally Ill Folks Who Didn’t Think They’d Make It This Year. Brb bookmarking this for forever.
  2. Mahima @ The Controversies published My Perfect Life – a post filled with beautiful, quiet determination.
  3. Camryn @ For All The Girls Who Are Half Monster wrote a post about Dress Codes and Anti-Blackness that is 100% spot on.
  4. Annemieke @ A Dance with Books wrote a post that is, in my mind, SUPER relatable, titled Review Slump – Do You Review All Books? I always feel like I should be, but there are just so many other things to do as well!
  5. The Orang-utan Librarian gave us the BADASS post Close Reading Analysis – “To Autumn” by Keats (Including Exam Tips) in not one but two parts! God I just love and appreciate people who show how much work really goes into studying literature. My major is not easy by any means!

Five Things That Happened This Fall

  1. I started seeing a new psychiatrist and he’s so so so much better than my old one!
  2. I led a panel discussion about Wonder Woman at the Midwest Modern Language Association convention in Cincinnati.
  3. I turned twenty-one and spent a beautiful day with friends!
  4. I got a job! More news to come soon.
  5. I worked on some projects for school that I’m really proud of: A retelling of Sherlock Holmes for Mystery/Detective Fiction, a lengthy scholarly analysis re: Helen Benedict’s discussion of sexual assault in her novel Sand Queen, a first-person article about my OCD for Magazine Reporting & Writing, and more.

Six Songs That I Listened To Far Too Often This Fall

1. “Never Give Up” (from Lion) – Sia

I FUCKIN LOVE THIS SONG. And the movie it’s from, too! Thank youuuuuu Sia.

2. “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John

I’ve loved this song for a long long time, but I’ve been oddly taken by its new music video lately. Makes me FEEL THINGS.

3. “Peace and Purpose” (from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi) – John Williams

Review to come soon! Basically, not my favorite in the series, but I did enjoy it. Williams’ film score was a treat, as always!

4. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey

HOLLY JOLLYING INTENSIFIES.

5. “Send Me On My Way” – Rusted Root

So this was in Matilda? And also Ice Age? And I’ve had bits and pieces of it stuck in my head for literal YEARS but was never able to find it until now?

6. “Tomorrow” (from Annie) – Quvenzhané Wallis

My old roommate finally convinced me to watch this movie a few weeks ago… I don’t care what anyone says, the 2014 remake is a goddamn BOP.

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What did you enjoy most on my blog this fall? And what have you done during these past few months?

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Her Campus Articles I Wrote This Fall

Hey there! This is my fourth semester as a member of Her Campus at the University of Iowa’s editorial team and probably my favorite one yet! Today, I thought I’d share with you everything I’ve written these past few months. Enjoy!

What It’s Like To Spend The Summer Apart From Your BFF

The summer after freshman year, we both stayed in Iowa City. This past summer, I left her to study abroad in Ireland. And now she’s leaving me for the spring semester AND next summer to study abroad in Morocco and Ireland! I don’t know what I’ll do without her!

5 Unconventional Goals To Set This School Year

Let’s branch out from the usual goals of maintaining a 4.0 GPA or making the dean’s list! What about goals related to your physical and mental health, such as getting enough sleep and being less rushed?

8 Amazing Bisexual Women You Should Know About

I? Love women?? So goddamn much ?? ??? ? Like wow.

My Mental Health Journey From Freshman To Junior Year

I wanted to write something for Mental Illness Awareness Week, but wasn’t sure what to write until I heard another member of my chapter was writing a letter to her antidepressants and realized a very personal take could be a good way to go. It’s so so important to have a wealth of perspectives on mental health, since no two experiences are exactly alike, and charting my life from 2015 to 2017 was definitely eye-opening… until that moment, I hadn’t quite realized how much progress I’d made!

Prettiest Locations On Campus & In Iowa City During The Fall

I love my campus all the time, but it is truly beautiful during my favorite season!

14 Items College Students Love To Get In Care Packages

Out of all the articles I’ve written during my time in HC, I’m most proud of this one! I asked my friends and classmates for suggestions, then smushed them into one gigantic list. I know a lot of people want to send care packages but aren’t always sure what’s relatively inexpensive and won’t break in the mail, so I would really appreciate if others shared this article around to help people find some good options for their favorite student to receive!

The Perfect Spotify Playlist For Every Type Of Study Session

As a self-proclaimed Spotify addict, I always have something playing in the background while I work (and while I relax, too). I trawled through all my saved playlists to compile these recommendations and I’m super happy with the result!

What Her Campus Iowa Is Thankful For

This article was super easy to write… which is why I volunteered to do it! It’s a collection of what all our members are most grateful for this year!

What It’s Like To Live In The Dorms As An Upperclassman

I don’t know about other countries, but in the US almost every college freshman lives in a dorm, while upperclassmen generally share apartments or houses. I wanted to not only talk about what my experience has been like but also make the point that, although there aren’t very many of us, there are still more than you might think!

How & Why To Keep A Gratitude Journal

Starting one was probably the best decision I made in 2017. I’ve since fallen out of the habit due to being busy and overwhelmed, but I miss it more than I can say and can’t wait to get back into it.

Holiday Gift Ideas For Book Loving Collegiettes

I purposely chose books by and/or about women! Feel free to hit me up for more recs if you need help finding gifts for people in your life!

What I Wish I’d Known About Finals Week As A Freshman: A Letter To My Younger Self

I’m a very nostalgic person. The older I am, the more I realize what a double-edged sword that can be: It’s easy to lose oneself in memories and not pay attention to what is happening right now. Buuuut I’ve figured out that it can also be a wonderful learning opportunity! My judgement freshman year was, shall we say, questionable… but if I recognize that and learn from those mistakes, surely that’s no bad thing?

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Do you write for any student publications and/or publications local to your college town? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

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