Exploring cultures and languages

Tu To (left) a junior accounting major from Hanoi, Vietnam exploring culture in Madrid, Spain. Tu To Staff Writer I came to Troy two years ago. During my freshman year, I didn’t really have any…

Chocolate chip cookies: a cure for homesickness

Victoria Cirilli Contributor If you’re suffering from a classic case of homesickness, the only cure is obviously something delicious to remind you of home. I am a strong believer in the power of food and…

Helpful tips: how to avoid the ‘freshman 15’

Healthy and affordable baked chicken with avocado. (Katie Winters photo) Abby Taylor Online Content Editor The “Freshman 15” happens quickly, and it is good to know how to avoid it. Katie Winters, a senior interpreter…

Story time: joys of reading aloud

Jenna Viets Contributor There’s something special about reading a story aloud. Throughout my childhood, my parents were always reading to me. It started with Dr. Seuss and fairytales, then books like “Old Yeller” and the…

Friends from faraway places

Jenna Viets Contributor Coming to college in the heart of the Deep South, the last thing I expected Troy to have was a healthy international program. How surprised and delighted I was when I arrived…

Adjusting to college: ‘Embrace the change’

Emma Daniel Contributor I was initially unsure of how I was supposed to get used to college, but I soon realized that 3 a.m. cheeseburgers were suddenly a glowing opportunity. Going away to school for…

Dorm Room on a Budget

Victoria Cirilli Contributor The best places to find dorm décor and bonus dorm do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are easier than you expected. Being a first-time college student can be stressful at times and very expensive. If…

The Place Troy Forgot

Jenna Viets Contributor Recently, I took a photo of a friend standing on a tumble-down bridge, overlooking a pond.   A pink flower rested behind her ear, and blossom-burdened bushes burst up behind her. The slow paddling of two…