Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

Every semester, Messiah College hosts a retreat called the RISE retreat to inspire these students who are children of immigrants and refugees by introducing them to higher education. The theme of this semester’s retreat was creativity, so some of my peers and I planned a poetry workshop for the students. The workshop began by reading… Continue reading Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

In Defense of Fairy Tales

My fairy-tale obsession started with Disney, but it didn’t end there. When I “outgrew” princesses, I found myself immersed in fantasy worlds, including those of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I made a full circle in high school when I read original fairy tales such as “Through the Looking Glass” and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In… Continue reading In Defense of Fairy Tales

“Were I The Moor” Part 1

Iago as a Manifestation of Othello’s Ego Scholars of Othello too often categorize the villain, Iago, as a mere sociopath. While this diagnosis is psychologically valid, it confines Iago to a trope that limits the emblematic potential of his character. Many attempt to get inside Othello’s head in order to see the loyal Iago he… Continue reading “Were I The Moor” Part 1

Reading for the Love of God

“The mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth” —Plutarch Higher education involves a myriad of different types of people working together to further their intelligence. This includes everyone from physical education majors to engineering majors,… Continue reading Reading for the Love of God