A $15 minimum wage? Not so fast

Supporters for a $15 minimum wage in the U.S. are on the rise, and it has been a big issue debated between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. She recently switched her stance on the issue, supporting the … Continue reading

Revisiting who I am, and why I’m blogging

I decided to enroll in two free, online blogging courses in hopes of some inspiration and motivation to blog again. I didn’t pick the best timing since I got a new apartment in January and haven’t figured out WiFi yet…but, I figured I’d still take a shot at it. The first topic is to introduce myself to the world. I have been blogging for about two years, so this isn’t my first introduction on my blog, but rather me revisiting who I am and why I decided to blog in the first place.

I’ve changed a lot since I started this blog. Prior to starting this blog, I only used Tumblr, and though I wanted to write and share my thoughts with the online world, it was intimidating at first. I was a very shy person and didn’t know how to express myself. Though I always loved writing, it wasn’t until I found out I would be studying abroad in Barcelona for the summer before my senior year of college that I started this blog. I wanted to document the experiences before and during my trip. I wanted to also share my opinions and ideas with others. Being abroad opened my mind to many new ideas and cultures and I loved having a place to share my thoughts, as well as my many photographs! Continue reading

From Pittsburgh to New York City…and now back to Pittsburgh

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I am moving back home to Pittsburgh next month, after a four-and-a half year adventure in New York City. I believe that this is the best move for me right now. Pittsburgh is known for being the “most livable” city, which is much more appealing than New York, which is becoming less and less affordable. I am hoping to gain job experience in Pittsburgh that can lead me to better opportunities later on, whether it be in Pittsburgh, New York, or elsewhere.

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A look at Week One of my new internship

The first week at my new internship has been very exciting. I had no idea what to expect at first, so I will definitely admit that I was nervous on the first day. I was afraid I would get lost, or that I wouldn’t like it, or be bored; a lot of crazy thoughts were running through my head Sunday night and Monday morning. Luckily, the office is conveniently located only about a 15 minute walk from the ferry (it’s a direct route, even my poor sense of direction couldn’t mislead me), in the financial district. I didn’t know how this area would compare to the hustle and bustle of Columbus Circle that I was used to last semester at my internship with Oprah Magazine in the Hearst Tower. As it turns out, there are a ton of cute little restaurants and eateries around here, too, and it is just as exciting as Columbus Circle (minus a bit of chaos). Continue reading

Are the potentially poisonous letters linked to the Boston Marathon bombs?

CNN recently announced that letters addressed to both Senator Roger Wicker and President Barack Obama tested positive for ricin, a toxin with no known antidote, in preliminary tests.Β The FBI has stated, however, that preliminary and field tests can be inconsistent, and a full analysis of the letters will be done. The FBI should have results within 24-48 hours.

The letters present a larger threat to America, occurring just one day following the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Security was heightened in Boston, Washington, and New York City immediately following the bomb explosions, but now America must take even more precautions to protect Americans. Continue reading