On & Off Campus Blog

On and Off Campus, BB&N's weekly blog, features contributions by members of the BB&N community, including the student writing panel, current and past faculty, and alumni/ae.

We welcome BB&N community members to submit posts of 300-700 words for consideration. Longer submissions may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Please contact the editors for more details:

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Blog Posts

Music, my love
by Beyoncé Hector '23

I feel every beat. I hear every emotion. Music makes me feel alive. After a long day, music reminds me of what life still has yet to bring: tragedy, pure happiness, love, heartbreak, and endless nights. The things that you live for and the things that you dread. The lyrics paint a story in your head, whether it’s familiar or not. You hear the artist’s pain, their happiness, their overall emotions through the power of each word. Music is like poetry that you move to but, instead of reading, you listen.

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Beyond Our Echo Chambers
Andrer Zhao '21

For my Senior Spring Project (SSP), I’m currently taking Dr. Lippard’s course, Beyond Our Echo Chambers. The course, following in the non-profit Braver Angels’ footsteps, tries to inspire productive dialogue between liberals and conservatives; in this case, the liberals are BB&N seniors, and the conservatives high school students from the Sam Houston High School in Louisiana.

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The Basic Life Questions
Annie Stockwell '22

"What do you plan on studying in college?" asked the nice woman at the register in Marathon Sports. I paused, not knowing how to answer. I hadn't been asked this question yet. While I've come across the, "What schools are you looking at?" question, this was foreign territory.

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Covid, Tik-Tok and Fashion: A personal reflection from Gen Z
Kaia Patterson '23

Now, I wouldn’t like to call myself the typical fashion analyst. And in no way could I say that I have the credentials to do so. However, from someone who is simply and utterly a big enthusiast for vintage fashion trends, I do feel like I can confidently say that TikTok has impacted not only my personal sense of fashion, but also, the fashion of teenagers around the United States. Here’s why:

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