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…

Exploring the World’s Largest Time Capsule

Imagine all of your digital information, data, photos, records suddenly gone. While we sometimes view outdated technologies with nostalgia, we often consider them to be laughably inconvenient tools of the past, no longer compatible with our constantly upgrading devices and lifestyles. We’re learning to protect and back up our information to depend less on an individual device, often…

The Photos That Stay With Us

This week I attended the Center for Global Initiatives Photo Award Dinner, and in a single room I traveled from Indonesia to Colombia to Rwanda through the lens of the camera. I met strangers, encountered different cultures, and felt the breathtaking awe of landscapes around the world. Photography has an extraordinary power of breaking down barriers…

Making Mindful Habits

If I had a dollar for every time a professor made a comment about how we students have our noses buried in our phones as we walk through campus, I would have no need to find a job after graduation. The truth is, they are absolutely correct. Our devices aren’t just convenient modes of communication, and they’re…

The Perpetually Starving Artist

This weekend as a journalist for Media Hub, I went to learn and report on the Greensboro art community through the Elsewhere residency program and other supporting community groups, such as the Greensboro Mural Project. In meeting artists, curators and art enthusiasts, it immediately became apparent that there is a huge gap between the desire…