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Say what you mean to say

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

May 5, 2015

Last week, I was chatting with a coworker about my other job as an independent copy-editor. She made a joke — and I wish I could remember the exact phrasing because it was very funny — about editing the jerk out of the paper (taming the language down a bit). Just to be clear, we weren’t talking...

Insecurity breeds poor choices

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

May 5, 2015

I’ve done many stupid things in my life. I’ve said things I shouldn’t have. I’ve laughed at wildly inappropriate times. I’ve accidentally dyed my hair traffic-cone-orange. I firmly believe each of us twenty-somethings are entitled to a bit of harmless stupidity. We’re grown ups, yes, but...

Surviving the morning after

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

May 1, 2015

Hangovers are something  most college students are going to experience before graduation. They aren’t pleasant ,and these can really ruin a day after a very fun night out. I didn’t really see my first real hangover coming, simply because I wasn’t (and still am not) a huge drinker. I’ll have...

Learning from your failures

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

April 28, 2015

I’ve lost. These two little words are a sentence that few of us can say without at least grimacing. Some people can’t say it at all. I’ve lost. It doesn’t matter if it’s a game or a political race, each of us will have to face the idea of losing eventually — many of us already have. Say...

Benefitting from rejection

Kjerstine Trooien, staff writer

April 16, 2015

In my life lately, there has been a lot of focus on rejection. A friend is going through a breakup. Another didn’t get into the grad school she was hoping for. I’m currently trying to prioritize things in my life, including turning down offers that may have hurt other individuals. If ever my life...

Cancelation not a big deal

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

April 16, 2015

I’m not much of a partier. I enjoy the occasional beer or whiskey, but for the most part I keep my drinks virgin. I prefer a good night in with a good book or good friends over a night at a loud bar on all but special occasions. I’ve only been truly trashed once (and will never touch Rum Chata...

Leaving memories behind

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

April 16, 2015

My great-uncle, Trygve Trooien,  passed away just after twelve a.m. on the fifth of April. He went peacefully. I would be willing to bet that none of you reading this have heard of Trygve Trooien. I’d be willing to bet even more money that most of you wouldn’t even know how to pronounce his name. And...

Spring Cleaning

Kjerstine Trooien, staff writer

April 2, 2015

Every year, around this time, I go through a special sort of battle. It is hell, pure and simple. It takes me hours, days, sometimes even weeks to claw my way out of the filth that I am buried under. I fight monstrous beasts that somehow stick to everything. They look cuddly at first sight, but the second...

Supporting the boy in a bubble

Kjerstine Trooien, staff writer

April 2, 2015

If you happen to spot me on campus today, you might not see anything out of the ordinary. If you look really closely, you might see that I need a haircut, that I have a rather bad sunburn on my arms or that I’m wearing contacts instead of my glasses (spring means sun means sunglasses, which don’t...

Getting a pet responsibly

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

March 13, 2015

I have two cats — I love them dearly and am so incredibly happy to have them. Dinah was adopted from a shelter after it was recommended I get a therapy animal to help with my anxiety. Sophie was found in a dumpster by one of my mother’s students. She joined Dinah and me when she began fighting...

Asking out guys is hard

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

March 13, 2015

I have a tendency to get ahead of myself. Sometimes, this is incredibly beneficial — I’m prepared for anything. But when it comes to dating, usually this just gets me into hot water and cold showers. Until recently, I rarely asked guys out. I don’t know why “the guy should always make the...

Taylor Swift changed, and that’s OK

Kjerstine Trooien, Staff writer

March 7, 2015

I really want to like Taylor Swift. I like her music, and I’m sure she is a great person, but I can’t like her. In fact, I kind of hate the celebrity that is “Taylor Swift.” Professional musicians are in a strange spot. They have a public image they must maintain, even groom. Their personal...

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