What It’s Like to Draw a Nude Model

While most students carefully study textbooks, I’ve had the unusual opportunity to study people. After months of my figure drawing class at UNC, seeing semi-public nudity has become almost a mundane part of my daily routine. Even in other art programs at major universities, this isn’t an opportunity many are able to take advantage of. People…

Ditching the Cubicle for the Farm

As a soon-to-be graduate, the hot question is, “What are your plans for after graduation?” We ask it out of pure curiosity and maybe even a little nosiness. We enjoy fantasizing about life’s limitless options and take interest in the paths others choose to follow. But we typically expect a standard answer, often involving a vanilla…

Running Across the Globe

Seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. To some the label of the World Marathon “Challenge” may seem to be an understatement of the physical and mental stamina required to accomplish such a unique feat. I had the privilege of sharing the story of Tim Durbin, the first American participant in the Challenge, and…

Skipping School for Europe

That headline is semi-fake news. I’m abroad to cover a story with my Media Hub team and technically have permission to be away. As I mentioned before, we’re covering the world’s largest time capsule, Memory of Mankind (MoM), and thought I would check in to say that we are alive and well and share a…

Oh, The People You’ll Meet

Coming into the highly ranked School of Media and Journalism, I was confident I’d have a lot to learn from the experienced faculty and students who fill the building that’s become my home, decorated in years of awards. What I didn’t know is that so much of what I learned came from lessons from individuals…

Why We Crave Infinity

In what should have felt like a claustrophobic box, I saw infinity. Yesterday I went to the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshorn Museum, and the traveling exhibit has quickly become one of the hottest tickets nationally. I’d seen images of the exhibit before and was ready to enter the large rooms of overwhelming…

To The Woman Crying in Public

I was studying last night inside Weaver Street Market, when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the woman diagonal from me with her palms pressed against her mouth, eyes fiercely shut tight. In all honesty, my first thought was, “It’s just Carrboro.” Carrboro is the eccentric neighbor to Chapel Hill, and my expectations…

Volunteering For a Career

When we find work we passionately believe in, we would do it for free. Of course that is an idealistic notion for most and exceptional privilege for those who can afford to do so. For the most part, we as a society have accepted the connection between working for a nonprofit organization and receiving less…

Impact NC Goes Live

The student foundation board I serve on through the UNC APPLES class, “Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change,” has officially launched our RFP. Keeping the core mission from previous semesters, we’re focused on funding organizations that serve vulnerable populations of North Carolina. For our foundation board this year, our request is specifically geared toward those…

Letters to the President and the City

In a 60-year-old thrift shop, a collection of shoes intertwine with dolls on top of albums between books resting on typewriters beside scattered xylophones. To make sense of what could be immediately perceived as visual chaos, Elsewhere has made a museum and artist residency to discover meaning from what may otherwise be simply “stuff.” It makes art…