March 3, 2017

Column – 3/3/17

Can I be brutally honest? Life hurts. Sometimes we pretend it doesn’t. We paste a smile on our face and go about daily tasks with the […]
February 24, 2017

Column – 2/23/17

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” […]
February 17, 2017

Column – 2/17/17

I used to find my identity in my introversion. I was naturally shy in high school, and I needed something unique to set me apart in […]
February 10, 2017

Column – 2/10/17

At the beginning of Christmas Break, I went to Washington, D.C., with some friends. As you’d expect in a big city, we saw several homeless people. […]
January 27, 2017


Have you ever pulled up to a drive-thru window to find that the person in the car in front of you had already paid for your […]
December 9, 2016

Column – 12/9/16

On Christmas Eve of 1914, British troops, entrenched along the front lines of World War I, heard singing in enemy German camps. The song they heard […]
December 2, 2016


I’m white. I have never understood what it is like to be an African-American. Or Latino. Or Asian. Or Indian. The truth is, I will never […]
November 18, 2016

Column – 11/18/16

Sometimes people like to tell me about Mozart, the genius who started composing musical pieces at the age of 5. Which is true. He would sit […]
November 11, 2016

Column – 11/11/16

Pornography. This column just got awkward. That word itself can bring out a nervous laugh, a slight blush or—more likely—awkward silence. “Silence” is a word that […]
November 4, 2016


According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a friend is “a person who you like and enjoy being with, or a person who helps or supports someone […]
October 28, 2016


We all have goals and dreams in life. When I was a child, I saw myself becoming everything from a police officer and teacher to President […]
October 21, 2016


Finals were over and summer had officially begun. Unlike many of my friends, I wasn’t heading off to counsel at a camp or fly overseas on […]
October 14, 2016


As human beings, we like to pride ourselves on being innovative. We like to pride ourselves on how far we have come as a society and […]
October 7, 2016


My name is Elisa Crawley, and I am a foreigner. An immigrant. My family left the coastal beauty of Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the hip metropolis […]
September 30, 2016


Tongue-pierced, blue-haired and broken-hearted, one by one they shuffled into my classroom. My nerves had me running on two hours of sleep. This was my first […]
September 23, 2016


In this fast-paced college life, there’s little time to waste. We go about campus, dashing from one class or appointment to the next. This we do […]
April 26, 2013

Column: Memories

Just as athletes retire or their careers end, I’ll never write another column for The Collegian. Ever. As my college career comes to a close, I look back and remember some of my favorite athletic experiences: organized sports with my twin brother, Chris.
April 26, 2013

Column: Here’s to the mundane

What are the moments that comprise our deepest formulation of senior sappiness? What makes up that sentimentality that oozes out of even the best of us at this time in our lives?
April 19, 2013

Column: The weather

All of you “Greenvillians” or probably any South Carolinian knows that the weather here is about as constant as a junior high dating relationship (and those of you from elsewhere are quickly learning this fact).
April 12, 2013

Column: What do we love?

When I was growing up, my greatest fear was not under my bed, in my closet or at the front door — it was outside. Several large dogs had come to have free rein where I lived, and they terrorized all the neighborhood children. I had always been a dog lover, but a one-dog lover.