The Five Senses of Life: Smell

I’m constantly surprised at how many fewer morning people there are than I’d expect. Not only does that mean that no one else wants to wake up early with me, but on their front–they’re missing out on the (slightly more) unblemished day. See, in the morning, the heat of the day hasn’t touched the air…

The 5 Senses of Life: Sight

Not to insult all of the other senses, but I rather like my sense of sight. It’s the thing that enables me to appreciate the beauty around me: or or anything else, really. But there’s one thing in the world that I’d miss the most: the mundane.   For all of the grandeur in our…

Words Can Be Delicious, too!

But they can also be bitter. They can be sweet or sour, Rich or bland. But regardless of how they are they are.  One of the things that I try to teach people when they ask me for help with a speech or other assorted form or presentation is to find out the flavor of…

Flyswatters and Giggles: A Hidden Gem in the City of Raleigh

College is a time of firsts. So one Monday when my freshman year roommate, Marshall, invited me and the rest of our group of friends to an improv comedy club, none of us declined. We agreed to go to the Friday show and even made a reservation. The week passed in a blur of education–but…

The conundrum of originality

I like vanilla ice cream. For the longest time, it was my favorite flavor of ice cream. Its flavor was subtle, yet tasty and as an adult, it tastes delicious with balsamic vinegar. Then one day, I was introduced the magic that is pistachio ice cream. Lemme tell you something about pistachio ice cream. That…

A WMAC Minipost: Creativity

Long story short, don’t be afraid to look for things in other things. Take this chip. It’s not only salted and delicious, but also in the shape of my home county in North Carolina: Mecklenburg County. Things look like other things often; and it’s important for us to be on the lookout for those small…

12 Microlessons from my first 36 hours as a 20 year old

Yesterday, I finally took off those pesky training wheels! Not only does that mean that I have unprecedented amounts of freedom, but also that I can also shed that “-teen” stuff! Yes, ladies and gentleman, aging has taken its toll on me once more. But this time, it was a milestone: twenty. 20’s more than…

Paving the Path for Ideas

Ideas sell. That much we know. Ideators grow. It’s easy to tell. While we can make and force ourselves to create and constantly think of new ideas and contribute to our personal conversation, it’s substantially harder to do the same with multiple people. One of the hardest parts of leadership is rallying the troops to…

The Double Standard of the Day

Like most other self-respecting Universities, NC State has a bus system that serves the local area and then some. Like any self-respecting bus line, Wolfline has electronic signs that display messages like “Rt. 6 Carter-Finley”, or “Werewolf”. And like a premium bus-based transportation product, the Wolfline buses swap between the route numbers and other pithy…