May 13, 2013 Leave a comment
My name is Sabrina Sarro and attending Goucher College has been the best decision I’ve made in my life.
The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College
You may have noticed post-its on your bathroom mirror, in the Pearlstone atrium, in the Athenaeum, proclaiming what seem to be affirmation messages along the lines of, “You are beautiful!” I found one taped to a bathroom mirror that read, “You have a perfectly symmetrical face.”
I’ve always thought its funny how I’m the opinion section editor. I always say I have no opinions on anything, except apparently drinking, because I’ve written about it several times. In high school I was voted Most Laid Back, I’m an uninformed optimist, so why the heck did they give me this gig?
What I quickly realized was that I didn’t have to write about the government or go on angry rants about the environment to run this section. While these sorts of things are important and have found a place in my section, opinions can also be about our own, everyday lives. During my tenure, this is the tone the opinion section has taken. One of my favorite pieces I wrote was in those first issues. I wrote about turning twenty-one, an experience all college students share.
I’d like to think that what I choose to write about connects with where the collective “us” is in our lives, that someone finishes my article, nods their head, and says “yeah man, that connects with me.” I’ve been fortunate enough to, on a few occasions, have those people reach out to me. The number of times I could probably count on one hand, but in a community that apparently “doesn’t read The Q,” it feels big.
As an editor, I’ve helped facilitate this experience for others. My writers have had their articles shared in classes, and they’ve received emails from administrators wanting their help editing policies. I am proud that my section has given students the voice they need and deserve.
As an athlete, this is the kind of work I want to be a part of. This is why I sit in the office, writing what’s in my soul at four in the morning (it always feels far more profound at that hour). Because, this matters to the people around me. If I was writing a paper for class I would go to bed, but when the rush of the team effort, of your words in print, of the possibility of connecting with someone you don’t even know is out there, how can you not write? It is immediate gratification at its most intellectual, and I hope I’ll be doing it for a long while.
April 15, 2013 Leave a comment
As I watched a recent episode of The Mindy Project, I was shocked by the portrayal of people who are incarcerated. As a student who travels to prison once a week, I know what it is like to go inside, and I have interacted with “prisoners” on a more personal level.
April 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Women’s History Month, which just finished its annual March run, has only been around since the 1980s. It was International Women’s Day first, and then Women’s History Week, until Congress decided that, like Beyonce belts out in her song “Run the World (Girls),” girls do in fact run the world, therefore, there should probably be a month dedicated to the mothers of mankind.
They celebrate it in Australia, Canada, and the US. Each year and each country has a theme; in the past, it has been “Women’s Education- Women’s Empowerment” and “Women in the Business of Food” in the US and Australia, respectively. I had no idea about any of this information until I started researching for this article.