In most of America—especially in the South—Christianity is a part of everyday life. This is accentuated during the holidays. Children are let out of school for “Christmas Break,” they pledge allegiance to “one nation under God,” and currency is inscribed with God’s name. Many people are of the opinion that being “politically correct” is a … Continue reading A PC Season’s Greetings To You
As a dual citizen of America and Canada, I can say with some confidence that Canada is not all that different from America (for the most part) -- it's basically just America, but north. However, in preparation for Canada Day (July 1), there are some things Canada does differently that I think America should adopt. … Continue reading 13 Things Canada Does Better (Than America)
Today on sorority misconceptions debunked: Isn't being in a sorority just paying for your friends? No, kind reader, I do not pay for my friends. I pay for some of the experiences that I have with the women in my chapter, who quickly become my friends because of the values that we share and the … Continue reading I Don’t Pay for My Friends
I’m a busy person, and I like it that way. That’s how it’s always been for me. Throughout elementary and middle school, I participated in various extracurricular activities, from dance to karate to piano to voice and then back to karate, and so on and so forth. I was a member of a Girl Scout … Continue reading Transitioning from School to Summer
In the wake of all the recent tragedies that have occurred, I have seen a lot of hate being justified. People hate others of different religions because this somehow means that they are inherently evil. People hate those who may even be of the same religion because of their sexuality. People are always finding excuses … Continue reading Hate Isn’t An Excuse
How to stop yourself from falling into a negative cycle of self-doubt and frustration. Recently, I have been getting more and more weighed down by negative thoughts—thoughts of self-doubt and of worthlessness and just general bad vibes. Yes, I take on a lot of responsibilities, and I’m generally pretty good at what I do. I’m … Continue reading How to Change Your Life in 3 Easy Steps
A short story published in The Elixir’s 2015-16 edition by our guest writer Becca:
Albert by Rebecca Jarrett
The old man sat at the bar, nursing a whisky.
“Take it easy there, Albert. It’s only just half four; you should pace yourself.”
Albert smiled wryly at the grimacing barkeep. “I’m 81 years old and I fought in a war. I’ve served out Queen and this country. I think it’s well within my rights to have a drink or two.”
That barkeep shrugged, then turned back around to finish wiping down the glasses with a musty cloth.
The young man finishes his pint and pushes it toward the barkeep. “Cheers,” he calls over his shoulder- though he doesn’t bother to look back as he walks to the other end of the reception hall.
He is in his uniform, today. She likes a man in uniform, and he knows it. He uses it to his advantage.
“Hello, Matilda. What’s a young lass like yourself doing at…
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If you know me, you know that one of the things that angers me most in the world is the penny. Ever since John Green introduced me to how ludicrous they are in 2011, I have hated them and everything they have come to stand for. Stupid, right? Well, maybe -- but did you know … Continue reading Why We Should Get Rid of the Penny
I find it remarkable that it's 2016 and yet gender roles are still so concrete. Sure, we've made strides toward gender fluidity -- take Jaden Smith, for example. However, the majority of people still seem to subscribe to the same old gender roles that we have always been confined to. Bearing that in mind, I … Continue reading To My Cousin Nolan