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Tuesday July 14 2015

Metamorphosis

Why becoming everything I swore I’d never be during my freshman year of college was the best thing that ever happened to me What the hell? I’m a girl, not a butterfly. Why becoming everything I swore I’d never be during my freshman year of college was the best thing that ever happened to me What the hell? I’m a girl, not a butterfly. When I think back on my freshman year of college, a weird, yet surprisingly relatable, childhood memory comes to mind. When my sister Haley…
Why becoming everything I swore I’d never be during my freshman year of college was the best thing that ever happened to me What the hell? I’m a girl, not a butterfly. Why becoming everything I swore I’d never be during my freshman year of college was the best thing that ever happened to me What the hell? I’m a girl, not a butterfly. When I think back on my freshman year of college, a weird, yet surprisingly relatable, childhood memory comes to mind. When my sister Haley and I were younger, we were beyond obsessed with Barbie dolls. Weren’t most little girls? Maybe, but seriously, we were the real deal. We didn’t just love Barbie dolls: we lived them. The two of us would wake up at five in the morning just to fit more hours of imagination into our day, and were convinced that Barbie was our religion. To be the coolest kids in elementar…

Wednesday December 3 2014

Applying to College? Need Essay Help? Buy this book.

Look no further, rising seniors. Writing Successful College Applications (by Cynthia Muchnick and published by Peterson’s) is a must-have for every student applying to college. This book offers top notch advice from Deans of Admissions at renowned universities, an overview on how to write a good college essay/personal statement, and overall guidance in the step-by-step application process. If you are seeking professional opinions, essay examples, and a firsthand look into the admittance proc…
Look no further, rising seniors. Writing Successful College Applications (by Cynthia Muchnick and published by Peterson’s) is a must-have for every student applying to college. This book offers top notch advice from Deans of Admissions at renowned universities, an overview on how to write a good college essay/personal statement, and overall guidance in the step-by-step application process. If you are seeking professional opinions, essay examples, and a firsthand look into the admittance process, you can.. purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Successful-College-Applications-Essay/dp/0768938899 like the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Writing-Successful-College-Applications/427245817398823?sk=timeline This book was just released this month, so it’s new and hip! All the cool kids are doing it! And. And. And. (I know this wi…

Wednesday October 15 2014

(Not so) Little Girl Moves to Big City

blah blah blah blah blah. I’ll cut you the shit about pre-college jitters, a stressful move in day, first classes, and long, long series of anxiety attacks. Through it all (and I’m sure other college freshman can relate) hell yeah mom, I made it. To week three. I’ve learned quite a bit here at “art school”: every class requires a hell of a lot of writing, if you’re walking down a dorm hallway and hear obnoxious singing-it’s just a musical theater major rehearsing, never walk alone …
blah blah blah blah blah. I’ll cut you the shit about pre-college jitters, a stressful move in day, first classes, and long, long series of anxiety attacks. Through it all (and I’m sure other college freshman can relate) hell yeah mom, I made it. To week three. I’ve learned quite a bit here at “art school”: every class requires a hell of a lot of writing, if you’re walking down a dorm hallway and hear obnoxious singing-it’s just a musical theater major rehearsing, never walk alone in the city at night, fashion design majors and fashion business majors are completely different and if you confuse them they will be disappointed, people hang out in each other’s rooms just to see who has the best view (and the 15th floor definitely does), Grant Park is beautiful for a picnic (if, according to my roommate, you want to watch homeless people have sex in pla…

Sunday October 12 2014

The Real Exodus, Bread on the Seder Plate, and More on Passover

Preface: I probably should have posted this earlier this week so that my Jewish readers would keep this in mind during seders. However, I’ve been extremely busy doing absolutely nothing these past few days, and came back from Boca Beach Club and Resort a bit too late to post in time. Touche. Nonetheless, I offer you some insight about one of my favorite holidays, Passover. Better late than never, am I right? Preface: I probably should have posted this earlier this week so that my Jewish readers…
Preface: I probably should have posted this earlier this week so that my Jewish readers would keep this in mind during seders. However, I’ve been extremely busy doing absolutely nothing these past few days, and came back from Boca Beach Club and Resort a bit too late to post in time. Touche. Nonetheless, I offer you some insight about one of my favorite holidays, Passover. Better late than never, am I right? Preface: I probably should have posted this earlier this week so that my Jewish readers would keep this in mind during seders. However, I’ve been extremely busy doing absolutely nothing these past few days, and came back from Boca Beach Club and Resort a bit too late to post in time. Touche. Nonetheless, I offer you some insight about one of my favorite holidays, Passover. Better late than never, am I right? Every year, we celebrate Passover and recall th…

Friday September 26 2014

People of the Planes feat. My Trail Mix Nightmare

There has to be some law, somewhere, that eating trail mix (consisting of countless kinds of nuts) on an airplane (where, let’s be real, peanut allergies are to the 2014 human population as the AIDS epidemic was to NYC’s gay men of the 1980’s) is unlawful. I mean, Food Allergy Research & Education claims that over 15 million Americans suffer from food related allergies, and peanuts allergies are one of the most commonly noted. (Side note: Yes, of course I googled that and went with the firs…
There has to be some law, somewhere, that eating trail mix (consisting of countless kinds of nuts) on an airplane (where, let’s be real, peanut allergies are to the 2014 human population as the AIDS epidemic was to NYC’s gay men of the 1980’s) is unlawful. I mean, Food Allergy Research & Education claims that over 15 million Americans suffer from food related allergies, and peanuts allergies are one of the most commonly noted. (Side note: Yes, of course I googled that and went with the first result that came up. I mean, the source sounds legitimate, so whatever.) So what the hell does this have to do with my Jewish gay life? Absolutely nothing. My snarky AIDS epidemic comment is about as homosexual as this article gets- I’m sorry. But this really did happen. A few days ago, I traveled to Boston for a college visit. It involved a plane ride that lasted…

Thursday May 15 2014

Today, I Picked up the Pencil

I don’t know why it took me so long to get it. It’s been two months and six days since I left Poland with my county’s March of the Living delegation. The trip journeys through a week in Poland, touring the concentration and death camps where Nazi Germany persecution took place, followed by a second week in Israel, visitng historic sites and embracing the culture. It’s taken me two months and six days to understand. To question. To think. To feel. And ultimately, to process. Most of us …
I don’t know why it took me so long to get it. It’s been two months and six days since I left Poland with my county’s March of the Living delegation. The trip journeys through a week in Poland, touring the concentration and death camps where Nazi Germany persecution took place, followed by a second week in Israel, visitng historic sites and embracing the culture. It’s taken me two months and six days to understand. To question. To think. To feel. And ultimately, to process. Most of us on the trip journaled in one way or another. Whether it was in the form of picture taking, writing, or collecting keepsakes, every teen made an effort to remember. It’s no secret that I keep moments alive through writing. I’m a median for words, a sucker for travel diaries, and a lover of crossed out sentences and messy scribbles. On every other travel experience I have em…

Saturday March 1 2014

Guest Post on Ilana's Blog

I am very excited that Ilana Ladis, current NYU student, rockstar writer, alumna of my youth group, and fellow South Florida native, reached out to me this week and has featured me on her wordpress blog! Check it out, and subscribe to Ilana’s blog: https://ilanaeladis.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/the-beginning-of-an-era/
I am very excited that Ilana Ladis, current NYU student, rockstar writer, alumna of my youth group, and fellow South Florida native, reached out to me this week and has featured me on her wordpress blog! Check it out, and subscribe to Ilana’s blog: https://ilanaeladis.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/the-beginning-of-an-era/

Wednesday February 19 2014

That Time I Came Out to 2,500 People

That Time I Came Out to 2,500 People Wait, wait, wait… you want me to what? What was actually said: At BBYO’s International Convention, one of the largest gatherings of Jewish teens each year, held in Dallas, Texas, we would like you to speak about your work with the LGBT community during our Day of Service morning panel! Translation (in my sarcastic mind): Please casually tell 2,500 people on a huge stage in three minutes that: a) you like girls b) you like girls and c) to follow …
That Time I Came Out to 2,500 People Wait, wait, wait… you want me to what? What was actually said: At BBYO’s International Convention, one of the largest gatherings of Jewish teens each year, held in Dallas, Texas, we would like you to speak about your work with the LGBT community during our Day of Service morning panel! Translation (in my sarcastic mind): Please casually tell 2,500 people on a huge stage in three minutes that: a) you like girls b) you like girls and c) to follow your blog. HA. HA. HA. Cons: social awkwardness, messing up, sounding dumb. Pros: more readers, gain speech delivery experience, share the work you are proud of, maybe people will want to be your friend, and maybe you’ll get some booty calls (I’m like, totally kidding.) I’ve been an active member of BBYO, the world’s largest pluralistic teen youth movement, since …