Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin is a sophomore at UNCC pursuing dual degrees in psychology and English. Her talents include eating multiple Cosmic Brownies a day without tiring of them and slipping the word “incredible” into every conversation. She is incredibly fond of her friends, family, and reading.

Participation Trophies, Writing, and Procrastinating

Participation Trophies, Writing, and Procrastinating

The root of all evil resides in your child’s bedroom; maybe yours too, depending on your hobbies. It nestles on shelves and dressers, watching silently as your child comes and goes, comes and goes. Light slickens its sides and gives off a plastic glimmer reminding you of the worthlessness of all the trophies now cluttering […]

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Second Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Second Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Maybe it’s a little cliché to post about turkeys this Thanksgiving week… so I’m doing it anyways! Happy Thanksgiving!   Ahead of me on the freeway a truck is leaking something from the back. Maybe leaking is the wrong verb… Shedding? Dropping? Regardless, hundreds of small pieces cascade towards me from this truck several car-lengths […]

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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Ken Robinson’s TED Talk entitled Do Schools Kill Creativity explores an over explored topic. It is no longer a question of whether or not creativity should be emphasized for students. Instead, we face the dilemma of determining how to stimulate creativity while still being able to assess knowledge acquisition. Separating strict creativity promotion from the school setting […]

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Dude. I wrecked my car. High five.

Dude. I wrecked my car. High five.

The speaker is a boy, although he insists he is a man, named Johnny. He is a quintessential beach bum, enjoying surfing and beers around bonfires with babes flitting around in bikinis. The four B’s. He is at one such bonfire when, for whatever primal reason teenagers are driven by, he decides to race his […]

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