us vs. them


*Note: I am not at all writing this to push my own political agenda– there’s enough of that on the internet already.  (Just check your Facebook feed!) 

Now that the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Conventions are over, I’d like to touch on a disturbing trend that I noticed throughout both conventions; the predominating us vs. them mentality.

Let’s take, for example, Trump’s wall. (Again, I don’t really want to comment on the merits of his policies… This is merely an example.) He has heavily used rhetoric throughout the entirety of his campaign that demonizes undocumented Hispanics as a people group. Trump has painted every single one of them as lazy, often cruel, and lawless.

He is pushing such descriptions to deepen the fears of those who are already frightened, therefore giving them a false foundation upon which to justify their prejudices.

Depicting Hispanics (and others) in such a way leads to a viscous cycle; one that is full of snap judgement and unfounded fear. A cycle that takes the humanity out of good and earnest people, and makes them out to be monsters.

In all fairness, the left is guilty of this as well.  In fact, most politicians from both parties spend more time finger pointing and blame shifting than they spend discussing solutions.  With such a divided political climate, it’s no wonder our government is so inefficient.

This kind of thinking drives a wedge between us.  Such a mentality fosters hatred, bigotry, and violence. We all just need to remember that, at the end of the day, we stand united– no matter our race, religion, or political views.

Don’t let yourself be fooled by hatred inspired stereotypes.  Don’t be fearful.

Do choose to assume the best about others– even if they look or believe differently than you.




the favorites: school edition


Decomposition Notebooks: I am a firm believer in taking notes the old fashioned way: by hand.  I’ve always been a fan of the size and feel of traditional composition books, and the nerdy designs make them perfect.  Also: they’re made out of 100% recycled material! Yay for the environment! (I currently have my eye on this one for next semester). 


Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens: Again, I’m a huge fan of handwriting out notes, and I like to color code them when I rewrite/study them.  I liked these so much that I had to buy a second pack, because I used up my original ones. They also don’t bleed horribly, which makes them nice for grading.


Work Journaling: I’m horrible at keeping an updated planner, or calendar.  I’m also not artistically gifted enough to bullet journal.  Work journaling a la Cal Newport style is much more my speed.


Actual Headphones: Because earbuds just don’t block out the sweet sounds of noisy hall mates.  (Bright colors are a bonus!)


Eucerin: This literally saved my life.  Between having 5 labs a week myself and TAing 3 intro labs, I was washing my hands so much that they were constantly chapped and splitting.  Eucerin was much more effective than my normal Bath and Bodyworks lotion.


Maybelline’s Bit of Berry Lipstick:  I’m a huge fan of lipstick, and this is my all time favorite shade.  It’s not too bright, not too neutral, and helps me pretend that I have my life together.  If I’ve learned one thing during my collegiate career it’s that anything can be accomplished with prayer, coffee, and a pop of color.  (No matter the extent of sleep deprivation!)

Do you have any school favorites?






The semester finally came to a close last Thursday. And I feel like I have been napping ever since.

It was such a full, satisfying, wonderous semester.  My coursework was both interesting and challenging (pro tip: DON’T take organic chemistry, histology, and microbiology all at once) and I really loved all of my professors. Histology was by far my favorite class– the human body is one of the most marvelously complex structures in all of creation.  I enjoyed it so much that I enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology with the same professor next semester.

Next semester’s schedule. My adviser even let me enroll in an English elective!



Being a sophomore feels settled.  I cherish all of my college friendships deeply, and I probably would have gone crazy this semester if it had not been for them.  Sometimes you need people who drag you out of the library to go on spontaneous donut and Target runs.

All though I need to start applying for summer internships and shadowing positions, I think I am going to take the next few days to rest.  There is more to life than school, and I think students (particularly  health science nerds) often forget that.  After all, there are Christmas gifts to be wrapped, cookies to be baked, and shows that need to be binged.

Current obsession: Jane the Virgin



sugar, oh honey honey [+ loves]


Fun fact: I am obsessed with documentaries– particularly ones that pertain to the medical field (or science in general).

Recently, I watched Fed Up, an enlightening piece on the global sugar industry.  It was seriously great, and I highly recommend it.  (Go watch it, it’s on Netflix!)  Prior to seeing Fed Up, I had always assumed that losing weight had more to do with calories in vs. calories out, but apparently it has more to do with your sugar intake and how your pancreas and liver react to it. #themoreyouknow Although now that I’m aware of this, I’m half-tempted to try one of those sugar detox things, just to see what happens.

Also, I’m currently obsessed with headbands like this. The obsession began in ballet class, earlier this semester.  Our university’s dress code only allows us to wear black leotards, which definitely gets old after a while. A good friend and I decided to ‘rebel’ by wearing bright headbands and patterned headscarves, and they really grew on me… They’re great for keeping hair out of your face, or *ahem* covering hair that you haven’t had time to wash.  (Blaming this on being a double major, also lazy.)

Also, sakroots!  I ordered my first one last week, and I love it.  They’re a little pricey, so I put off purchasing one for over a year. I’m so glad I finally bought one though– it’s the perfect size to hold a book, my phone, and a notebook, and whatever junk I happen to accumulate.  (Also, it’s spill/stain proof.  Which is great news for clumsy people like myself.)

Wow, sugar detoxes, head scarves, and sakroots.  I am actually turning into a straight up hippie.

I’m kind of okay with that though.

– Tress