Musings

Cold-Blooded Interview

If I thought my chances of getting this internship were good prior to this phone call, I have lost the will to live since hanging up the phone. I had practiced for this interview. I memorized my top three strengths and weaknesses, why I was a good fit for the job, and I was ready… Continue reading Cold-Blooded Interview

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Backhanded Compliments

I was working the arduous Saturday shift at my library when they walked in: a little girl, a tween, and the woman I assume was their caretaker. They were ready to check out some fine literature when the little girl struck up a conversation with me. And then she told me I was pretty. I… Continue reading Backhanded Compliments

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Feminism Doesn’t Hate All Men, It Empowers All Women

Feminism. Noun. The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes (Oxford Dictionaries). I used to be ashamed of the word "feminism." I thought when women claimed to be feminists, it implied that they were crazy man-haters. They did nothing but scream in shrill voices about how all men are… Continue reading Feminism Doesn’t Hate All Men, It Empowers All Women

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Are the Little Monsters Back in School Yet? A Christmas Break Rant

My job at the library requires me to answer the phone. Usually, when I pick up, someone wants to renew their books, ask if we have a specific book, or inquire about something that could easily be found on our website. Once in a while, I get a wrong number or someone I don't understand,… Continue reading Are the Little Monsters Back in School Yet? A Christmas Break Rant

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My First College Party

I had never wanted to attend a college party. Nothing about them sounded like a good time to me. The scent of marijuana wafting through the air, drunk kids puking into bushes outside, girls scream-giggling at anything a dumb frat boy said, heavy bass and poor music assaulting my eardrums, the taste of cheap beer,… Continue reading My First College Party

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I Need Creepy Old Man Repellent

It was a foggy October morning, but the weather wasn't unpleasant. I was wearing bright pink socks, which, as a girl who usually wears black from head to toe, was a change. I didn't mind it though. I was feeling kind of pink. Every time I looked down, I was reminded that today might be… Continue reading I Need Creepy Old Man Repellent

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I Should Have Called Off Sick

Yesterday, families and communities across North America came together to hold hands and stare at the sun. Normally, this would be a dangerous activity, but yesterday was the first solar eclipse in 38 years. I had been anticipating my library's solar eclipse party since May, but nothing could have prepared me for the characters I… Continue reading I Should Have Called Off Sick

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Taking Candy from a Baby-Faced Boy

It was a day like all the rest. I sat at the front desk of my library and gazed longingly out the window awaiting entertainment that rarely arrived. Then you happened. You rolled up on your bike and skidded to a halt in front of the library's entrance, all but leaving marks on the sidewalk.… Continue reading Taking Candy from a Baby-Faced Boy