Motivation Bridge

By Bradley Wood | November 9, 2021

This is an idea I got from HowToADHD, a Youtube channel for those with ADHD or loved ones with ADHD. Dealing with ADHD is not something I’m going to talk much about, as it is a large journey with many stories. When it comes to doing anything, particularly things that require effort, people must cross the motivation bridge to begin the process. For many people, the bridge is complete or only missing a few planks, making the passage easy and the … READ MORE…

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The Feeling of Freedom

By Alexys Davis | November 6, 2021

Growing up I never really had a strong male figure in my life. My dad passed away when I was 14, and never really had any male family members to really give me any sense to how men think or feel. I was surrounded by women. Not that that was ever a bad thing, I actually take pride in telling people that I come from a strong matriarch; being raised by my mother really made me understand that men aren’t … READ MORE…

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Before It’s Too Late

By Korbyn Carter | November 2, 2021

There is this thing that happens when you grow old and no matter how hard you try, you cannot go back and you cannot stop it and one day you wake up and realize that  you are no longer magic enough. As a senior at UCO, I graduate in only a few short months, which I suppose that gives me some authority, or at least some credibility, to give the average college student a small piece of advice on the … READ MORE…

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Motivation Bridge

By Bradley Wood | November 9, 2021

This is an idea I got from HowToADHD, a Youtube channel for those with ADHD or loved ones with ADHD. Dealing with ADHD is not something I’m going to talk much about, as it is a large journey with many stories. When it comes to doing anything, particularly things that require effort, people must cross the motivation bridge to begin the process. For many people, the bridge is complete or only missing a few planks, making the passage easy and the … READ MORE…

The Feeling of Freedom

By Alexys Davis | November 6, 2021

Growing up I never really had a strong male figure in my life. My dad passed away when I was 14, and never really had any male family members to really give me any sense to how men think or feel. I was surrounded by women. Not that that was ever a bad thing, I actually take pride in telling people that I come from a strong matriarch; being raised by my mother really made me understand that men aren’t … READ MORE…

Before It’s Too Late

By Korbyn Carter | November 2, 2021

There is this thing that happens when you grow old and no matter how hard you try, you cannot go back and you cannot stop it and one day you wake up and realize that  you are no longer magic enough. As a senior at UCO, I graduate in only a few short months, which I suppose that gives me some authority, or at least some credibility, to give the average college student a small piece of advice on the … READ MORE…

To Be a Warrior of Light

By Foster Rarick | October 19, 2021

On September 21st a man named Stephen Critchlow passed away.  He was an actor of several roles, but the one he is most known for among my social circle is being the voice of Count Edmont de Fortemps from the critically acclaimed online RPG, Final Fantasy XIV.             The basic concept of Final Fantasy XIV—FFXIV for short—is that you are a person blessed by the goddess of Light, Hydaelyn, and are capable of slaying lesser gods, which you do on … READ MORE…

Kung Fu Panda is a Perfect Kids Movie

By Alex Kinzey | October 19, 2021

Kung Fu Panda is perhaps the biggest bait and switch in cinematic history. You read a title like that, see Jack Black’s name on the poster, hear CeeLo Green sing “Kung Fu Fighting,” and naturally, you just assume that it’s going to be a fat joke-laden waste of an hour and a half that you’ll have to take your kids to, because they won’t shut up about it until you do. But somehow, instead of that, you get some of … READ MORE…

I am approaching an ending.

By Paul Rainwater | April 28, 2021

I am approaching an ending. I graduate in May in a very different place than when I started at UCO. I was an accounting major when I started attending UCO in the fall of 2016. I was unsure of the path I was following but I felt there were no other options for me. As I continued my studies in accounting, I found I was far more comfortable writing and discussing a topic than using numbers. Which is not a … READ MORE…

Study Time

By Rebekah Kitzrow | April 26, 2021

I have never been any good at studying. I cram before a test and that’s pretty much as good as it gets, and let me tell you, that’s never good enough. So, I was thinking about my problem and weighing my options, looking for a non-painful solution, when I stumbled upon the book A Mind for Numbers by Dr. Barbara Oakley. It was all about how to actually learn concepts from the start and therefore avoid cramming and forgetting everything … READ MORE…

Of Worker Ants

By Edward Callery | April 21, 2021

Everybody talks about introverts finally having their heyday, their never-ending winter solstice, their uh. . . Eurovision grand finale? I mean, who could forget the original villains, the absolute anomalies who learned to stay at home and like it.  Kings and Queens to a sanctimonious board that is eagerly dull and missing pieces—drama-less. Who cares, they say, it’s house rules. But so am I. I’m having a moment, Too. Melancholy of covid Monday, covid Tuesday, and covid Wednesday. Cobwebbed calendars … READ MORE…

“There and Back Again”: Finding Hope in the Midst of Mordor

By Anonymous | April 15, 2021

Every December, I hole up in my room and pop Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition, of course) into my DVD player. I’ve never been one for tradition—why should my past self dictate what I do now? But for some reason, this is one I keep coming back to. I didn’t grow up on Lord of the Rings or even Star Wars, as my parents are decidedly not-nerds who would rather watch M*A*S*H or Everybody Loves … READ MORE…

How Dirty Is Too Dirty?

By Abigail Griffin | April 8, 2021

Content Warning: abuse, sexual assault, pedophilia mention, homophobia No, really, though.  How dirty is too dirty when you’re washing your and other’s laundry in public? What? Y’all don’t wash your ex’s laundry??? Weird.  For the northerners here, or just those who weren’t raised by my mother and have zero clue as to what I’m referencing, “Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public” was one of the many, many conditions of my 90’s-evangelical-southern-belle upbringing. And yes, it was just as awful … READ MORE…