“In my life, right now a really hard thing is dealing with racism and the country as a whole. I’m a Roma Gypsy – that’s my nationality. All our lives me and my people have been accused of being thieves, and everything else you can think of in the book. But what people don’t realize … More

“I’ll be honest, I’ve had to deal with a couple of the worst parents since I was five years old. My parents hate each other, so I’ve always had to be the the buffer between the two of them. For thirteen years I’ve been the one to mediate between them whenever they fought or argued, … More

“I was at OSU while my parents were in a country where war started, so it was hard to concentrate on classes while at the same time worrying about them. You don’t know if you’ll get a phone call telling you whether or not they’re even alive while sitting in class, which makes it really hard to … More

“My biggest struggle I’d say would be financial. I own a small business, so I have cash flow issues. I started the business to get more control over what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it instead of being dictated by someone else – how I work and schedule my time. I’ve … More

“I’ve struggled with some mental illnesses in my life… Depression, anorexia. I was just recently diagnosed with anorexia, and it’s been really hard for me and my family, and my boyfriend has been encouraging me to eat more. That can be pretty hard, because I’ll ask myself whether I should be eating more, or as … More

Small Beginnings

If there’s one way to really push yourself into becoming more integrated in your community, it’s taking the time to interview at least one person you encounter locally per week, presenting them with the chance to have some short essentials of their life stories heard. This idea was brought to me by my lively and adventurous … More Small Beginnings