Published Works

Wednesday March 30 2016

Young Spanish-Speaking English Learners' Interest and Attitudes Towards Reading

During my sophomore year at Florida State, from August 2015 through March 2016, I participated in research within the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders through the Undergraduate Reasearch Opportunity Program (UROP). I worked as a research assistant to a Ph. D student and an FSU profess…
During my sophomore year at Florida State, from August 2015 through March 2016, I participated in research within the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders through the Undergraduate Reasearch Opportunity Program (UROP). I worked as a research assistant to a Ph. D student and an FSU professor. We sought to examine the relationship between reading attitudes and language, and the literacy outcomes of Spanish-speaking English learners (ELs) in kindergarten and first grade. The children were seperated into small groups to complete a 21 question survey. They colored in the picture of the Garfield that best represented their emotion (1= very upset, 2= slighty upset, 3= slightly happy, 4= very happy) towards questions about recreational and academic reading. My job was to help administer surveys and to collect, record, and analyze the data. …

Monday November 9 2015

Confessions of a Non-Drinker at a Party School

"Confessions of a Non-Drinker at a Party School" was published on HerCampus.com in November of 2015. This gif article was featured in the humor section, and was named the article with the "highest number of page views" for the week. In addition to this piece, I published ten other articles on HerCa…
"Confessions of a Non-Drinker at a Party School" was published on HerCampus.com in November of 2015. This gif article was featured in the humor section, and was named the article with the "highest number of page views" for the week. In addition to this piece, I published ten other articles on HerCampus.com during fall of 2015, which can be found at http://www.hercampus.com/author/shelby-curran

Thursday October 1 2015

Mike Lazarus: Founder of Buds Clothing

"Mike Lazarus: Founder of Buds Clothing" was published on HerCampus.com in October of 2015. It was named the article with the "highest number of page views" for the week. This article showcases my interviewing skills and highlights a notable student-founded clothing company at Florida State Univers…
"Mike Lazarus: Founder of Buds Clothing" was published on HerCampus.com in October of 2015. It was named the article with the "highest number of page views" for the week. This article showcases my interviewing skills and highlights a notable student-founded clothing company at Florida State University. In addition to this piece, I published ten other articles on HerCampus.com during fall of 2015, which can be found at http://www.hercampus.com/author/shelby-curran.

Monday July 20 2015

The Jewish Lesbian

"The Jewish Lesbian" was published on Jewrotica on July 8, 2015. This piece gives some insight on my identity and is featured on a comedic website that is intended for a Jewish audience. " I’m just your average challah- ating, women-loving, mezuzah-kissing, pride-parade-attending eighteen yea…
"The Jewish Lesbian" was published on Jewrotica on July 8, 2015. This piece gives some insight on my identity and is featured on a comedic website that is intended for a Jewish audience. " I’m just your average challah- ating, women-loving, mezuzah-kissing, pride-parade-attending eighteen year old girl. Hebrew day-school student by day, LGBT activist by night...An era of acceptance is emerging. And like, let’s be real here, was I seriously going to give up a free Birthright trip to Israel, the excuse to drink wine on Friday nights, and all of the other perks that come with being Jewish, just because some people think that my G-d disapproves of who I am? As if ."

Wednesday June 3 2015

Writing Successful College Applications (featured essay titled Ready or Not)

One of my college essays, "Ready or Not" was featured in the book Writing Successful College Applications by Cynthia Muchnick, published by Peterson’s, on September 30, 2014. The essay highlights significant childhood memories and personal milestones, using the metaphor of hide-and-seek to explain …
One of my college essays, "Ready or Not" was featured in the book Writing Successful College Applications by Cynthia Muchnick, published by Peterson’s, on September 30, 2014. The essay highlights significant childhood memories and personal milestones, using the metaphor of hide-and-seek to explain my journey. "Unlike most English freaks who cling to the words of Shakespeare and Whitman, my life motto has been set since the second grade. 'Ready or not, here I come' has always been my personal apothegm, even before I could comprehend poetry, literature, and philosphy...As one who is not afraid of new adventures, I have tasted every flavor of Yoplait yogurt, belted a solo in the spring musical, and built a snowman with orange peppers instead of a carrot nose. But I had never been teh seeker of my own destiny."

Friday January 2 2015

The Lady, The Legend: An Interview with Amy Guth

"The Lady, The Legend: An Interview with Amy Guth" was published on Columbia College Chicago's Publishing Lab on January 2, 2015. I was given the incredible opportunity to interview and learn from an established Chicago writer, Amy Guth. "As general manager of Chicago Tribune's RedEye and M…
"The Lady, The Legend: An Interview with Amy Guth" was published on Columbia College Chicago's Publishing Lab on January 2, 2015. I was given the incredible opportunity to interview and learn from an established Chicago writer, Amy Guth. "As general manager of Chicago Tribune's RedEye and Metromix , late-night talk show host of "RedEye Remix" at WGN Radio, author of the novel Three Fallen Women , and avid social media user, Guth has truly done it all."

Monday February 10 2014

How to: Come Out to Your Jewish Grandmother

"How to: Come Out to Your Jewish Grandmother" was published in the Miami Herald on October 2, 2014. During my time as a freelance writer for Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida column in the Miami Herald, I covered a range of topics regarding current LGBTQ events and personal stories. "S he’s yo…
"How to: Come Out to Your Jewish Grandmother" was published in the Miami Herald on October 2, 2014. During my time as a freelance writer for Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida column in the Miami Herald, I covered a range of topics regarding current LGBTQ events and personal stories. "S he’s your average, adorable, matzah ball soup making, clothing misplacing, slightly over bearing, and even sometimes embarrassing grandma. A Holocaust survivor and someone deeply rooted in her Jewish religion, she has always inspired me to live life to the fullest and cultivate my own Jewish lifestyle and identity. But, as suspected, traditional values often combat and question the subject of homosexuality."

Tuesday January 28 2014

From the classroom to the aisle, two Posnack teachers get married

"From the Classroom to the Aisle: Two Posnack Teachers get Married" was published in the Posnack Pulse on January 28, 2014. As a founding staff member of my high school's first online newspaper, this was one article I published. It discusses the wedding plans of two teachers, with fun-facts ranging…
"From the Classroom to the Aisle: Two Posnack Teachers get Married" was published in the Posnack Pulse on January 28, 2014. As a founding staff member of my high school's first online newspaper, this was one article I published. It discusses the wedding plans of two teachers, with fun-facts ranging from proposal details to first dance song choices. "After months of organizing table seating, mailing invitations, tasting cakes, and tailoring the white gowns, the big days finally arrived for two of Posnack's teachers, Mrs. Faraone (formerly Ms. Chajin) and Mrs. Carvajal (formerly Ms. Hartner)...Diego Carvajal proposed on vacation in Scotland, and Tony Faraone got down on one knee on New Year's Eve 2013...'My advice to all future brides is to remember that your most beautiful memories of the day cannot be purchased. The flowers die, you'll n…

Friday August 16 2013

The Universal Femme Fact: Two Worlds Divided- Butch, Femme, There’s not just one type of lesbian

"The Universal Femme Fact" was published in the Miami Herald on August 16, 2013. During my time as a freelance writer for Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida column in the Miami Herald, I covered a range of topics regarding current LGBTQ events and personal stories. "Welcome to the femme world- …
"The Universal Femme Fact" was published in the Miami Herald on August 16, 2013. During my time as a freelance writer for Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida column in the Miami Herald, I covered a range of topics regarding current LGBTQ events and personal stories. "Welcome to the femme world- where gender expression does not determine sexuality and where curled hair and the latest BCBG dress meet pride parades...We are here, we exist, and we are just as "out, loud, and proud" as the short-haired masculine butch girl you pinned as lesbian when you were at the mall last Saturday. And can you really blame me? Have you seen Essie's new summer 2013 polish collection?" "

Friday August 16 2013

There's Not Just One Type

"There's Not Just One Type" was published on A Wider Bridge on August 16, 2013. It is an excerpt from a previous piece titled "The Universal Femme Fact." A Wider Bridge is an organization that strives to close the gap between Israelis and the LGBTQ population. "Welcome to the femme world- wher…
"There's Not Just One Type" was published on A Wider Bridge on August 16, 2013. It is an excerpt from a previous piece titled "The Universal Femme Fact." A Wider Bridge is an organization that strives to close the gap between Israelis and the LGBTQ population. "Welcome to the femme world- where gender expression does not determine sexuality and where curled hair and the latest BCBG dress meet pride parades...We are here, we exist, and we are just as "out, loud, and proud" as the short-haired masculine butch girl you pinned as lesbian when you were at the mall last Saturday. And can you really blame me? Have you seen Essie's new summer 2013 polish collection?"