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What It Feels Like To Be Sexually Assaulted

What It Feels Like To Be Sexually Assaulted

Rebekah Cartlidge, Digital Director

February 21, 2017


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It was cold. I remember waiting in line outside of the bar, and I remember it being cold. I remember the apple vodka that I had in my Subway cup, and I remember it being cold. I remember the Colorado hat and the long sleeve t-shirt; I remember his clammy hand. And I remember it being cold. It’s r...

What It Feels Like To Be Introverted

What It Feels Like To Be Introverted

Chloe Moritz, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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People always say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but people still judge me before they even know me. Many may like to think that they know the type of person I am. I understand why people commonly see me and think of me in this way. They think I just keep to myself and to the people I alre...

What It Feels Like To Take A Life

What It Feels Like To Take A Life

Alex Ruano, Department Editor

February 21, 2017


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Split seconds...1...2...3... shots fired! I knew I had to be there; I had this instinct in my gut. A cop must always trust their gut and mine was bursting. ten years later, I remember that day crystal clear. The call came out around four. I arrived and was on scene for less than a minute when the sub...

What It Feels Like To Help Someone In Need

What It Feels Like To Help Someone In Need

Nico Chiappetta, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


Filed under Tom Tom, What It Feels Like

When I first heard that my dad had a stroke, a rush of emotions instantly hit me. It was heartbreaking to think that your dad is okay living on his own, but in reality he is not. He was struggling to take care of himself and he was keeping secrets from me. Once I arrived at the hospital, I ran into hi...

What It Feels Like To Lose A Dad

What It Feels Like To Lose A Dad

Symone Henderson, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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It was a normal day. I went to school, came home, ate some food; pretty routine. It was so weird that it was that day because it was so normal, like literally nothing was out of the ordinary. I never really knew how death can impact someone so much.  I kept telling him, “You should go to the docto...

What It Feels Like To Abstain From Sex

What It Feels Like To Abstain From Sex

Benjamin Gutke, Department Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Tom Tom, What It Feels Like

Stories from my friends’ weekends always have the same ending, “Yeah, so then we just hooked up, I guess.” In my eyes, what’s the point? Would it have been worth it if three weeks later she lets you know that she’s pregnant? How about if you realized that you actually have no feelings for ...

What It Feels Like To Be In A Military Family

What It Feels Like To Be In A Military Family

William Becker, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


Filed under Tom Tom, What It Feels Like

Most people don’t understand how easily something bad could happen tomorrow. I would sit in school, at home, or in the car and wonder if I was ever going to see him again. When my dad was in Afghanistan, I would worry constantly that something would happen to him. At any time someone could decide ...

What It Feels Like To Be Suspended From Your Sport

What It Feels Like To Be Suspended From Your Sport

John Howe, PR Director

February 21, 2017


Filed under Tom Tom, What It Feels Like

It felt pretty awful to be suspended from my sport. That may seem obvious, but there’s really nothing I can think of that relates to that feeling, at least in my life. You feel like you have let your entire team and coach down and have to just sit and watch as your team competes. It sucks to know you c...

What It Feels Like To Miscarry

What It Feels Like To Miscarry

Paige Hope, Managing Editor

February 21, 2017


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I remember a really sharp pain. It was on a Friday after school and Ms. Taylor was teaching a few of us a dance for the homecoming pep assembly. And then I felt a really sharp pain. I had no idea that something was wrong. I don’t dance, so I was like, eh, whatever; I probably just moved weird or ...

What It Feels Like To Be A Cubs Fan

What It Feels Like To Be A Cubs Fan

Matthew Rowe, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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1950: just five years after the Chicago Cubs won the pennant, but lost the World Series to the Detroit Tigers, I was born. I grew up on the North side of Chicago with my mother, father and two younger brothers. My dad was always a Cubs fan, and my mother was too, but she seemed to never really care...

What It Feels Like To Be “The Mom”

What It Feels Like To Be “The Mom”

Booker Grass, Department Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Tom Tom, What It Feels Like

There is a weight. I have never birthed a child, but there are plenty of students that call me mom for one reason or another. People come to me with advice because they see me as a “mom away from mom.” And there is an immense weight to that situation because I would never want to steer someone els...

What It Feels Like To Come Home

What It Feels Like To Come Home

Kristina Esdale, Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017


Filed under Tom Tom, What It Feels Like

Sometimes, I compare my life to getting out of bed in the morning. It’s a struggle, one that never really seems to get any easier, no matter how used to it you may be: ripping off those warm covers to the harsh cold of the morning, and opening your eyes to complete darkness; wanting nothing more than to ...

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