by Casey Gerald

How many times in your life have you complained about something instead of being grateful and appreciative for all that you have? Hindsight is 20/20, and we as humans aren’t perfect in any way– but if you ever catch yourself feeling down, let’s not forget about those who would love to be in a different situation. …


There is no single way to live life, and I want these children and students to know that.

Life is hard, and sometimes it is so hard to get up and be positive all day. However…

Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, and I truly believe that it can exceed anyone’s expectations- no matter what disability someone has. Children with disabilities not only face societal challenges, but also the simplest ones- like communicating with a loved one, or talking about feelings. There are many aspects that most fail to recognize about these special needs children.

I’ve come to learn that regardless of their level of functionality, when you meet someone with no filter — just…


Dear 2021,

2020 has been rough– a year I feel we all collectively would be okay with throwing in the trash and having no regret about it whatsoever. It’s actually even hard to believe that this year is finally coming to an end, because these last 366 days have felt like a blur.

Throughout the year, the world hasn’t been the nicest to many of us.

We started the year witnessing the destructive wildfires that devastated Australia, and in a matter of a few months we all became confined to our homes…


Losing you was an indelible mark in my life as I was just beginning to understand the fragility of life, and the power of love and family.

Dear Meemaw,

Today marks 8 years since I had received some of the worst news thus far in my life, and to be honest I never really thought that a day would come where I would have to envision, and therefore live, in a world where you’re no longer here– especially so soon.

But here I am, all these years later still missing you more than ever.

Julianna Ohr

Washington & Jefferson College — Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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