[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015]
I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted words on the walls.
Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 17, 2015]
I walked into the hospital, unsure where the conference room was. There were two men leaning against the wall, and one asked if I was with the class. I said yes, and he led me down a long hallway and pointed at a door with frosted glass. I thanked him and walked inside.
Inside the room, sitting around tables set up conference style, was a small group of people mostly around my age with giant yellow books in front of them. I took a seat and waited.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Back in the classroom
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 30, 2015]
The sun baked my skin and scents of wood chips, tilled Iowa earth and cow manure wafted on the warm breeze. I stood with my arms resting on a large metal gate at the south end of the Union County Fair show arena talking to several men about the beef show.
I have always been from the Midwest, but I had never found county fairs very interesting until I moved to Creston.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Awaiting next year’s fairs
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 4, 2015]
Part of the job of a news reporter is to be unbiased: we tell the whole story, both sides, without including any personal thoughts into our stories because it’s up to our readers to form their own opinions.
However, sometimes you find that one thing that deserves being discussed in more than just a news story.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration