Culture

Online Help for Bullied Teens

Online Help for Bullied Teens

Last January, I founded BelittletheBullies, a blog for bully victims. I write about my own experiences with the hopes that bullied teens will take comfort that they are not alone, and others share their concerns and problems. Communication is always the first step.

 
 

Love Long-Distance: 21st-Century Style

Love Long-Distance: 21st-Century Style

Monica de Graaf sets her alarm for 4 every morning.  Groggily and half asleep, she reaches for her laptop and logs into Skype.  Across the ocean in Holland, her boyfriend does the same thing – except for him it’s 10 a.m. as opposed to the crack of dawn. De Graaf, […]

 
 

From Gap Ads to iTunes Best-Sellers, Folk Hits the Mainstream

Paddy McClave, Folk Singer/Songwriter who toured through the U.S. this summer

Clad in cowboy boots, a flannel shirt and straight leg jeans, Clayton Severson looked like the epitome of a country musician, right down to his shoulder-length blonde hair.  Yet as he performed his first song on Sept. 23 at The Bitter End, his music showed only a smidge of country, […]

 
 

Trapped in a Facebook Time Warp

Trapped in a Facebook Time Warp

Evan*, a 21-year-old student at USC, doesn’t expect any surprises when the time comes for his high school reunion. He knows the star quarterback hasn’t won the Heisman trophy and that the senior prom queen ended up marrying her high school sweetheart. Although he hasn’t actually seen them, he’s friends […]

 
 

Why Didn’t He Text Me Back?

Why Didn’t He Text Me Back?

  Even though Ann was doing everything in her power to focus in her Film Editing class, the thought running through her mind was, “Why hasn’t he texted me back?” Ann just met cute, funny guy and on Friday night he took her out on a date. Saturday night they […]

 
 

Prayer Without The Pews

Prayer Without The Pews

After growing up traditionally Mormon in Minneapolis, Theresa Akers, 21, thought she would never drink alcohol, wear revealing clothing or date someone she didn’t intend to marry. However, after arriving at New York University and meeting other students from a variety of backgrounds she began to adhere to Mormon traditions […]

 
 

Nostalgia Hits the 90s Babies
(One More Time)

Nostalgia Hits the 90s Babies  (One More Time)

For a generation that’s barely lived a quarter of their lives, millennials seem prematurely nostalgic for their youth. But thanks to the Internet and modern media, icons of yesterday are in the palms of Generation Y hands.   Youngsters of the 1990s had it easy. Days were spent delighting in […]

 
 

From Dating to Hooking Up: What it Means for Gen Y

From Dating to Hooking Up: What it Means for Gen Y

When people asked Sara A., how long she and her then-boyfriend Nick had been dating, her answer varied. To her friends, the now 20-year-old NYU student had no problem explaining several years of “hooking up” and her “open relationship.” To her grandma and other relatives, Sara counted only the months […]

 
 

1-800-ANXIOUS

They're convenient and helpful but cell phones are driving Gen Y crazy (Image Via: Daveibsen.typepad.com)

During a summer vacation in 2007, Cristina Pansolini’s cell phone kicked the metaphoric bucket and with it went her ability to enjoy a stress-free trip. Sans cell phone, how would she make plans with friends? Would her boyfriend think she was ignoring his text messages? What if she needed to […]

 
 

Does Facebook Really Make Narcissists?

Does Facebook Really Make Narcissists?

In “The Social Network,” Mark Zuckerberg’s fictional girlfriend breaks up with him after he refuses to stop talking about himself at dinner. Miffed, Zuckerberg hastily retreats to his Harvard dorm, opens a beer, and posts about his latest personal problem on the Internet for everyone to see. This opening scene […]