What “Olympic School” Failed to Teach Me

What “Olympic School” Failed to Teach Me

As I’m nearing the end of another school year, I think back on how much I’ve learned since August. I could tell you all about the theories behind addiction, how to translate Ceasar’s Gallic Wars in Latin, why all psychological illnesses target the limbic system, how different neurotransmitters work in the brain, why Harry Harlow [...]

LIV

LIV

A few months ago, I was privileged to share my story on the blog of a woman I so admire. Ashlee is a perfect example of what it means to be strong and courageous. She met me with the upmost empathy and love. This is the deepest I've gone in sharing my experiences, and I felt it [...]

Four Candles

Four Candles

Team USA is in Budapest right now for the 2017 FINA World Championships. Last week I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came across an article about the different soloists from around the world that will compete this week. The soloists from Spain and Ukraine are favored to upset the new Russian soloist, [...]

Slaying My Demons

Slaying My Demons

There is a line in the ever popular musical "Hamilton" that goes like this: "I wrote my way out, I wrote my way out of hell." For me, it's the perfect way to explain how I conquer my demons of perfection and anxiety. When I was first diagnosed with conversion disorder, I needed to learn [...]

Let Them Wonder

Let Them Wonder

I used to think that creativity was this realm of endless possibilities and exploration. It was when I realized that creativity is expanded by restraints that I truly began to understand the immeasurable value behind it. Adam Mazer, an American screenwriter with the face behind "You Don't Know Jack" and "Breach" recently visited my university. [...]