Opinion and Personal Writing

The Women’s and Gender Studies major encompasses more than you think

The Cluster: February 11, 2020

While it’s easy to write off WGS courses as “fluff,” that hasn’t been my experience. WGS is an interdisciplinary field of study that helps students understand how gender underlies all that we see and do. WGS students are diverse in terms of gender, sexual orientation and career goals, and the major offers flexibility to choose the classes that matter to us most.

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

The Cluster: October 23, 2019

If you’re able, getting vaccinated helps protect those who aren’t. When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, according to Vaccines.gov, and it helps keep everyone safe.

Macon at night: Catcalling, harassment and why victims don’t report

The Cluster: Oct. 12, 2019

After being followed across campus by a stranger at 2 a.m., I asked Mercer Police if the office had collected any data on similar student experiences and asked two women about navigating Macon at night.

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here what it’s like to get diagnosed

The Cluster: September 9, 2019

My doctor told me everything I needed to know, but she also told me that it’s common for people to misunderstand polycystic ovarian syndrome. I spoke to a surgeon who specializes in reproductive surgery about the ins and outs of PCOS.

It shouldn’t matter why someone wants an abortion

Fourth Wave: June 23, 2019

To demand that abortion patients reveal these feelings, desires, and potential insecurities is to perpetuate the notion that women and AFAB (assigned female at birth) people owe the world their stories, must put their autonomy up for debate, and should continue to bear the emotional labor that comes with passionately telling our stories to an often-unreceptive audience.

What you need to know about Georgia’s six-week abortion ban

Step Up Magazine: May 20, 2019

Whether or not women can receive jail time, the ambiguity of HB 481 points to just one thing: that the pro-life debate is not about abortion at all. Rather, it is intended for political gain and the continued oppression of women and minorities.

While delayed recruitment frustrates upperclassmen, this first-year finds many benefits

The Cluster: September 26, 2017

Delayed recruitment has drawbacks, especially for those already involved in Greek life, but it provided me the time I needed to realize that going Greek was something I wanted to do.