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Thanks to technology, ghosting is scarier than Casper

Imagine this: you are having a conversation with someone, things seem to be going well, and then, all of a sudden, they walk away and never talk to you again. Most people agree that this situation would be incredibly rude if it happened in real life. However, it is something that happens to people every day in the realm of text. It’s called ghosting, and it is more common than you think.

According to a survey by The Huffington Post, about 13 percent of people have been ghosted. The same survey also stated that most people think that breaking up with somebody over text is inappropriate. It appears contradictory for people to both condemn such behavior and have said behavior be so prevalent.

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Make break meaningful

Over spring break I had the opportunity to go to Trenton New Jersey on a SEND trip. A SEND trip is a service trip that is run through the Reach Out Center here at Assumption College.

The ROC ran several SEND trips over spring break. There were trips all over the country to Trenton, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Each trip had about 10 to 15 participants.

While in New Jersey, we were able to volunteer at a food pantry, soup kitchen and preschool, as well as visitation homes for the elderly and mentally disabled. Each service site we went to fulfilled a different need for the community. We also attended a few community functions in order to get a sense of what the area was like.

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Find your true self

It was supposed to be a storybook ending. Assumption College senior third-string hockey goalie Tyler Stillings gets his first start in years and leads the team to victory. It was supposed to be my day for glory. Instead, it was over in just 20 minutes.
On January 30, 2016, I gave up three goals in the first period against Southern New Hampshire and was taken out of the game. The team then rallied and eventually tied 5-5. My only opportunity had passed me by. I acted like I was happy for my teammates but a selfish part of me knew my moment had passed. As I boarded the bus for the ride home, I was disappointed but I wasn’t devastated.

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An abundance of lasts

As my senior year quickly comes to an end, I’ve started reflecting on all of the lasts. I’ve spent the last 17 years of my life in school, learning and memorizing and taking tests and writing papers, but all of that will come to an end on April 29 when I hand in my last final exam at Assumption College.

I keep thinking of the lasts. With all of the construction going on in the center of campus, a friend joked, “what if it’s the last time we’ll ever walk on that walkway?” He made me think about how Assumption will continue to change long after I’m gone. I’ve already had my last first day of school, my last course selection, my last fall semester and my last new professor.

My teachers and professors have been incredibly influential in my academic life. As one of my lasts, I wanted to have a chance to write a different kind of column, so I interviewed one of my favorite professors.

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Millennial politics have different platforms

The way people observe politics has drastically changed with social media. The children of the Baby Boomer generation and Generation X have a completely different platform to share their political ideas.

The Millennial generation does not have a specific period where it starts and ends but is mostly agreed upon as beginning in the 1980s to early 2000s. They are the first generation to come of age in the new millennium and have been called everything from the most helpful generation to the most narcissistic.

The political experiences of Millennials are completely tied in with their newsfeed on Facebook or updates from Twitter. Articles and multiple viewpoints on a topic are so easily tangible that it can seem completely reasonable to expect Millennials to be well informed. However, they are also easily distracted, do not always fact-check and even the definition of “politically active” has seemed to change.

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Gaga and activism: an unlikely pair

Lady Gaga and activism: two things that I would rarely associate, if ever, with one another.

I never caught the Lady Gaga craze; however, her song “Till it Happens to You” deals with a very important issue that makes it worth talking about. The song is about sexual assault and is actually a part of a film titled The Hunting Ground, which is a documentary about sexual assault.

Firstly, I haven’t heard a song on this subject before. Actually, it’s been rare that I have seen or heard anything about sexual assault in the media at all. It definitely continues to be a pressing issue, and it is one of the fears that college students experience, as Gaga indicated in several interviews.

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Chris Rocked the Academy Awards

The 88th Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2015 on Sunday, February 26 in Los Angeles.

While films such as Inside Out and The Big Short rocked the votes and stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson gained recognition for their hard work, what else was there to keep the entertainment vibes in the air?

You guessed it: the host.

This year’s awards were presented by none other than top comedian and Saturday Night Live all-star Chris Rock.

During the 2016 Oscars on Sunday, Rock kicked off the ceremony with a lengthy jaw-dropping, funny monologue, which addressed this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

He opened the monologue by welcoming everyone to the “White People’s Choice Awards” as he brought attention to the lack of diversity and color at the Academy Awards.

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True happiness is cheap

Spring break: the once a year moment when people get to spend copious amount of money in order to make memories. From cruises to tropical vacations, I cringed when I heard the amount of money fellow students spent to make memories.

When I first came to college, I was such a homebody that I ended up spending my first two spring breaks with my sister, Jenea, who lives in East Bridgewater, Mass. I loved every moment of it because I only get to see her a couple times a year.

My junior year, I spent a week in Nebraska with my uncle and cousins, who I see every couple years if I’m lucky. Although it wasn’t tropical (even though to me it was, since it was 60 degrees there and 20 degrees here), it didn’t matter because I was with my family.

And for my senior year, after much contemplation between cruises and flying someplace tropical, I flew down to Florida with Sam to spend a week in the warm weather with her cousin, Niki.

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True love doesn't need a Hallmark holiday

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and I can’t help but feel bitter about the fact that, yet again, I was single and didn’t have a date. I had Sam, my best friend and assistant editor-in-chief, but it’s not the same.

It’s not that we spent the day moping. We had Galentine’s day, ate a delicious Oreo dessert and watched a lot of Netflix (more than I’m proud to admit). It’s not like my day was absolutely miserable, but seeing all the posts about the flowers made me want to vomit.

Why?

Because Valentine’s Day isn’t about those who have been together for years, but more for those who have recently found love. It’s for those who just matched on Tinder and after a few dates decided that they wanted to be exclusive.

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Valentine's Day is about love for everyone

A lot of people hate Valentine’s Day because they see it as a day solely for lovers. Bitterness springs up at the sight of couples holding hands or exchanging flowers. The holiday seems to just be another way for couples to flaunt their relationship in single people’s faces.

However, Valentine’s Day is for everyone. It’s a day to celebrate love in all its forms, whether between significant others, family members or friends. If we look at it that way, then it doesn’t seem to just be a Hallmark holiday to make money.

The criticism can be understood, however. For a loving couple, it seems unnecessary to be pressured to buy presents for each other every year. The expectation of an expensive gift that’s better than last year’s can cause problems in a relationship that might not have been there if Valentine’s Day had not existed. And the holiday’s requirement for sometimes even an ostentatious display of affection can leave single people feeling terrible.

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