• Kirsten Corley in Culture

    Why I'm Thankful For The Middle School Bully Who Tormented Me

    Why I'm Thankful For The Middle School Bully Who Tormented Me

    My life in middle school was a combination of “Mean Girls,” a Lifetime special and really sad Taylor Swift songs (you know, the ones from her first album). I've dealt with my fair share of mean people, but mark my words: There is no one more unkind than a child between the ages of 11 […]
  • Kirsten Corley on Family Comes First

    8 Things I've Learned From Having Parents Who Started With Nothing

    8 Things I've Learned From Having Parents Who Started With Nothing

    My parents always joked they paid for their wedding with the help of the funds they were given as gifts. They were the definition of starting from the bottom and working their way up to the top. They attained the “American dream” for my family. As a child, I didn't realize how difficult it must […]
  • Kirsten Corley on Let's Talk About Sex

    Live And Let Live: 20 Things I Learned From The Summer I Slept Around

    Live And Let Live: 20 Things I Learned From The Summer I Slept Around

    Throughout most of college career, I might as well have worn an invisible chastity belt (when it would have been the most convenient time to do just the opposite). So, most of you will probably believe I'm not the promiscuous type, but that's not true. There are a handful of moments in my life when […]
  • Kirsten Corley on Family Comes First

    Sláinte! 30 Telltale Signs You're The Product Of An Irish Upbringing

    Sláinte! 30 Telltale Signs You're The Product Of An Irish Upbringing

    We are well aware the Irish would have ruled the world had alcohol not been created first. But, if you are Irish, you know a few specific things to be true. Not only do you have an entire holiday devoted to you and your heritage, which even those who aren't Irish celebrate, but also, your ancestors are […]
  • Kirsten Corley in Life

    How Almost Losing My Life Changed The Way I Live It

    How Almost Losing My Life Changed The Way I Live It

    If I had to pinpoint the worst day of my life, it would August 8, 2012. It was a sequence of events that can only compare to a horror movie or a Lifetime special. I was 20 and had only started drinking alcohol two years prior, after I graduated from high school. From ages 19 […]
  • Kirsten Corley on Love Hurts

    Is Monogamy Real? 7 Thoughts Women Have When Entering A Relationship

    Is Monogamy Real? 7 Thoughts Women Have When Entering A Relationship

    If you're anything like me, the only thing you fear more than eight-legged bugs are relationships. You have lived the few years before, during and after college in the comfort zone of one-night stands. You have no commitment, zero disappointment and no f*cks given. You answer to no one on your nights out; you get […]
  • Kirsten Corley in Life

    10 Reasons Why Long-Distance Friendships Make For The Strongest Bonds

    10 Reasons Why Long-Distance Friendships Make For The Strongest Bonds

    Friendship isn't defined by how often you see the person or how often you talk to him or her. While those are all key components that help to build friendships, every once in a while, you can come across a person with whom you have an immediate connection. These connections are heartfelt connections; in other […]
  • Kirsten Corley in Gentlemen

    7 Reasons Volleyball Players Make The Best Partners

    7 Reasons Volleyball Players Make The Best Partners

    We can go into the clichéd stereotype of volleyball players. We can laugh at “how they aren't afraid to get on their knees” jokes, and how they “prance around life in spandex and bikinis.” Or, we can really analyze volleyball players and the traits they've acquired, and come up with less shallow reasons as to why […]
  • Kirsten Corley on The College Life

    Older And Wiser: 16 Things I've Learned In The Year Since Graduation

    Older And Wiser: 16 Things I've Learned In The Year Since Graduation

    A year ago, I walked across that stage with applause, uncertain of my future. I said goodbye to my best friends, and I cried upon hugging that one professor, the one who knew more about me than my parents did. I was embarking on a journey they call adulthood. What I didn't realize was the lessons I […]
  • Kirsten Corley in Life

    Silence Is Golden: The Pros And Cons Of Being The ‘Quiet' Friend

    Silence Is Golden: The Pros And Cons Of Being The ‘Quiet' Friend

    If I had a dollar for every time my mother yelled at me for being too quiet, I'd be well off. This is to the quiet ones; the ones who are unapologetically shy. It isn't so much that we don't have much to say; we just don't say things to hear ourselves speak. We have sympathy for the shy […]
  • Kirsten Corley in Culture

    Death Won't Do Us Part: How To Remain Best Friends After Tragic Death

    Death Won't Do Us Part: How To Remain Best Friends After Tragic Death

    The question of how long to mourn someone has been ringing in my mind for months — specifically, since my friend's accident. I think is it still okay to be sad. Is it still okay to cry, sometimes? Is it still okay to show this still affects me? Often after death, there comes a period of time when society makes […]
  • Kirsten Corley in Life

    What Anxiety Actually Is, Since It's Certainly Not ‘Just Worrying'

    What Anxiety Actually Is, Since It's Certainly Not ‘Just Worrying'

    Anxiety disorder is far more extensive than an ailment of someone who just worries too much. It is reflective of complete panic and it affects every aspect of life for those who suffer from it. Anxiety has always been a part of my life. It isn't something I talk about often, I suppose due to […]