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College Senior in Media Communications.

Did we not learn anything at all?

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Meeting other people in college is a mixed bag. Surely, one of the first things you’re told when you start college is not everyone has lived their life the same way you have. Therefore, it’s important to keep an open mind.

But in a pandemic? That’s where I have a hard time agreeing with other people’s choices. Particularly ones that put others at risk.

I got a text from my roommate while I was between classes, asking if I had the chance to get her cough drops. …


The variant already has the next predecessors lined up.

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Recently, South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency recorded at least two cases of the newest coronavirus strain, the delta plus variant.

Yes, you heard me right. The delta plus variant.

The delta variant has already proved itself to be stronger and more transmissible than the original virus. Regardless, delta has the United States by the throat anyways.

Florida is now dealing with more COVID-related deaths now than it did before the vaccine rolled out. Emergency rooms are turning away cancer patients due to the overcapacity hospitals are already facing. …


In some ways, my first stories on Medium were a lot better.

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June 30th marked my one-year anniversary of joining the Medium Partner Program. And with that, inevitably lead to a lot of reflection on my progress.

For 6 of those 12 months, I have been able to break that top 6% of writers that earned $100+ with some relative ease. And from looking at my stats, it’s clear the months I made less than a hundred bucks were the months I hardly wrote anything.

However, I owe a lot of my progress to my first few months of blogging. I was an enthusiastic well-oiled machine. In my first full month (July…


Money is going to be the very thing that kills us.

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Recently, I read Jessica Wildfire’s terrifying article about the future of our planet if we as a society continue to let climate change take its course.

What made it terrifying? Because it’s accurate and we’re already seeing the early signs of it. And if you’re in need of a wake-up call for climate change, I highly recommend reading this.

I haven’t been able to think about anything else since reading it. I’m almost 22, I still have so much life left to live. Now I’m left wondering if it’s even realistic for me (or anyone in my generation) to have children in 10–15 years.

What kind of world would I be leaving them behind in? A world that will inevitably collapse around them. …


Casual hookups have slowly taken the place of dating.

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One of the biggest pieces of advice I’ve heard in the dating world is if you struggle with dating, your standards need to be lowered. But how can you have high standards when dating barely exists anymore?

Dating hasn’t come as easy for me over the last few years. During my sophomore year of college, I was assaulted by two different men (one being my boyfriend at the time) and was left feeling as if I wasn’t worthy of love or using the word ‘no’.

But, that’s a story for another day.

Since that experience, I’ve started setting boundaries with…


Creative burnout is real and I’m still experiencing it.

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The lack of content from me lately is not just a coincidence. This past month, I have truly felt like my brain has been broken. The writing bug has gone nowhere near me. My creativity has completely run dry and nothing is inspiring me to write anything.

My Medium drafts are filled with bits and pieces of paragraphs that I’ve failed to spread out to a bigger article. My brain feels like a computer hard drive that’s too full and leaves your computer’s performance to slowly die.

My writing routine every day for the last two months has gone something…


It has brought up some broken childhood dreams.

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The past few months, I’ve been going through an interesting transition, to say the least. At the beginning of this seemingly endless pandemic, my mom approached my older brother and me and told us since we were all in quarantine, we might as well be productive.

So, we got a dumpster and purged the shit out of our house.

We got rid of everything around our house we've been telling each other for years we’ve been wanting to get rid of. Anything that couldn’t be donated was dramatically thrown off our back porch into the giant rusty pit we rented…


From the perspective of the annoyed roommate.

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It’s safe to say my roommate situation hasn’t been great this year. The chaos of leaving and returning to college all through a pandemic is already intense enough, but the universe has decided to graciously give me the wonderful gift that is shitty roommates.

Yes, bad roommates. We’ve all had one at one point or another, and if you never have, either you’re incredibly lucky or no one has told you the truth yet.

I was assigned random roommates at the beginning of my third year in university. Upon moving into my college apartment, things seem to be cordial and…


A poem about heartbreak

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Wide awake and nauseous,

I don’t even want to be here.

The scratchy beard and warmth of another I once craved

no longer had value

because it wasn’t you.

write a letter and burn it,

throw away his shirts,

talk to other people,

none of it fucking works

because you can’t manipulate the universe.

Instead, I spend hours

pushing it to the back of my mind

with wine and weed.

It’s a lazy attempt of walking away from a flame no one fully put out.

It’s a parasite that eats my soul alive.

I still adore you,

there’s nothing under…


Here’s why I’m continuing to publish on my own schedule.

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I’m sure you’ve read about whether or not you should write and publish every day on Medium with a million individual spins on it. More specifically, you’ve probably come across dozens of articles about the benefits that come with publishing an original story every single day.

However, I don’t see many articles arguing against publishing daily, ultimately it seems to be encouraged if you’re capable of doing so.

In fact, it seems as if there’s always someone talking about how it boosts your creativity, speeds up your freelance career, makes you a better writer, blah blah blah.

I don’t disagree…

Nicole Kenney

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