Anna Grace Askelson

How to Party Hard in Quarantine

On April 4, I turned 19! I had been looking forward to my birthday party for a while, and I was making elaborate plans as early as February. I wanted to try something new, like going roller skating or hosting a murder mystery party or just default to old faithful – a board game night with pizza.   When April came around, it was clear that none of these plans could happen under quarantine. But I, a diehard extrovert, wasn’t ready to give up that easily.   So I turned to a virtual party! This came with its highs and lows in the various stages of party planning, but for the most part it turned out well.   I organized my friends through a group text on my Android phone. I would recommend using a different app if you have Android, because through the texting app I couldn’t add or remove people after initially creating the group or insert something like a poll, which would have been really helpful.  Décor was easy for me, as I had saved my party decorations from last year. All I had to do was string them up in the background of where I was sitting for the call, and voila, instant festivity. If you don’t want to put the effort in, or you don’t have décor on hand, you can consider using a birthday-themed background on Zoom. One of my friends...

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Positives of Quarantine

The history-making present that we’re all living through is mainly characterized as terrifying and lonely. While we are living with a sense of fear for our immunocompromised and elderly loved ones, and lacking our normal routines and socialization, life can feel like it has frozen.   In addition to this, many Montevallo students feel a deep sense of loss for long anticipated projects and events that have dissolved with very little notice. In the midst of so much mourning and adjustment, it can be really difficult to find positivity.  It took me about a week to learn to cope with my new situation,...

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You don’t have to be hot

Blogger Erin McKean has a quote about beauty that I have been absorbing and realizing since I first heard it in middle school.  “You Don’t Have to Be Pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street… you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’” As a member of Gen Z, I have often heard the phrases, “everyone is beautiful,” and “inner beauty is more important than outer beauty.” When I was an angsty...

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The Making of the College Night Program

Since 2010 the cover of the College Night brochure, which is passed out during the shows, has been designed by students in professor Min Sun Lee’s fall semester section of Intro to Graphic Design. The College Night committee works with each class to find the best designs.   This year’s brochure was designed by senior Mehgan Crawford.   The idea of having the design process of the brochure cover integrated into a class came from Graphic Design professor Min Lee when she first joined the College College Night committee in 2010.   “They weren’t getting a lot of designs when they opened the competitions to everybody and...

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Bad art is important

I hate how people don’t make art unless they’re good at it. Most people would say I make good art, and I’m generally the artistic friend in every group, something about my technicolor clothes, ever-present sketchbook and art minor gets that label across.   As the artist friend, I often hear the phrase “I wish I could do art, but I can’t.” And yet, so many of my “non-artist” friends draw constantly! They hand me Post-It doodles and nudge me in class to reveal their notebooks covered in patterns and caricatures.  My non-musician friends sing in the car with me,...

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