Category Archives: Human Interest


By Heather Pruitt

If you struggle with any form of anxiety, you know how hard it can be to live your day to day life. Anxiety makes the smallest challenges seem like your climbing a mountain. While there are many different methods that you can use to treat anxiety, my favorite approach to is mindfulness.

The objective of mindfulness is to focus on something in the moment, to help put your anxiety in perspective and have a calm moment. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, such as focusing on just the birds chirping outside, or focusing on the way that your body feel against the ground. As someone who’s mind wanders off easily, I’ve found that guided mediation works best for me.

If you’re looking into guided meditation, or just mindfulness in general I highly recommend the app Headspace.

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Headspace is a free app with a range of different mindfulness and meditation exercises. After downloading the app, and signing up for a free account, the first couple of mindfulness sessions that you go through are dedicated to learning the basics. These basic sessions can last anywhere from a quick 3 minutes to a half an hour, the time frame is up to you.

Additionally, Headspace offers a variety of themed meditation packs to help control things like anger, productivity, and motivation. One of my favorite parts of Headspace is that is goes beyond just helping ease anxiety. There are specific packs for those dealing with cancer, pain management, as well as pregnancy. Headspace also has meditation exercises when it comes to sports, work and performance, happiness, and braveness. It is incredibly easy to for everyone to find something to meditate about.

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In the app, there are single meditation tracks as well. They can be guided or unguided, whatever you prefer. Like the packs, the singles have options for everyone at anytime, such as commuting, cooking, sleeping, and even preparing for interviews. There is even a special section for kids.

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Since practicing mindfulness and learning how to meditate with Headspace, I have noticed a difference in my quality of life. I feel much calmer and am able to put situations into perspective. I also have made time to fit headspace into my daily routine wherever it fits. While it doesn’t completely fix my anxiety, it has really made an impact on my life. Additionally, it can also help with anything not just anxiety. Headspace is a great way to show that meditation and mindfulness can impact everyone in the long run for the better.

The Headspace app is available in the App Store as well as Google Play.

Heather Pruitt is a junior majoring in Public Relations. This is her first year serving as VP of Member Relations.

3 Tips to Get Into Grad School

By: Madison Harmon

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Applying to graduate school can often be a very stressful time. Much like going to college for your undergrad degree, there are several steps you have to take to make sure you’re going to the get the most out of your college experience. Note that what you might have looked for in a college for your Bachelor’s most likely won’t be the same when you go to get your Master’s.

Here are three simple and easy tips for applying to grad schools!

  1. Excel Spreadsheets are your friend! It’s a great way to stay organized. Use it to keep track of dates, requirements, and to use as a checklist (I use color coding for priority items!)
  2. Visit! Just like undergrad, you’re going to be spending some time at this place so make sure it’s something you like! I’m personally sick and tired of Michigan winters, so I’m looking at schools in the Southwest to make a transition!
  3. GRE! Take advantage of the summer to study for the GRE – even though that’s not really what summers are for… But that extra preparation could pay off if you have a dream school in mind with stern requirements for the GRE score.

Madison is a student and loves learning no matter what she’s doing. She is both an optimist and a realist, which gets a bit hard to maintain! She is independent and self-assured, both in her personal and professional potential, and in her ability to find the bottom of those supposedly bottomless chips and salsa. Petter of dog bellies, ruler of quips, Madison is sure to make you laugh whenever you’re around her (or cry, but don’t take it personally). Ask her for brutally honest opinions, but never for directions. Madison can be reached at

“Being a leader, and how she inspired me to be one too.”

By: Natalie Burns

What truly makes an effective leader? Is it about power? Control? Or is it about creating a vision?

Catey Hill, a staff writer at the NY Daily News, said, “effective leadership is much more than simply giving assignments and direction. It requires vision, planning, and practice” (source).

It isn’t always easy to make friends in today’s society. As college students, we are busy with the pressures of everyday life. We may work and go to school full time. We may be mothers and fathers. We may be commuters, writers, and entrepreneurs. We are busy, and sometimes that makes it difficult to find long-lasting friendships.

In an article by Dr. Randy Kamen, a psychologist, educator, and author, she stated, “when life becomes challenging, women seek out friendships with other women as a means of regulating stress levels. A common female stress response is to ‘tend and befriend.’ That is, when women become stressed, their inclination is to nurture those around them and reach out to others” (source).

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Leah Rodriguez (left) and Natalie Burns (right).

When I first met Leah, I knew we would eventually be friends. She was personable, friendly, and always assertive in class (she also has really great hair). After we attended the summer Michigan PRSSA Leadership Summit together, we created a friendship and bond that allows us to continuously complement one another. Her positive and vibrant attitude gives me the ambition to want to excel in my own life. Our life is challenging enough, and we sought out a friendship together in order to have each other to lean on and take some of that pressure off.

A good leader is hard to find. A great friend is even harder. Someone that makes you want to be a better person, that challenges you to do great things, and a person that will go to any length to make sure you’re okay, is both a friend and leader that deserves recognition for their hard work, ambition, and reliability.

Not only has Leah been a loyal friend, but she has also allowed me to see the strengths and skills that I would like to see in a PR professional. She is assertive without being arrogant or condescending. She is able to delegate, while being kind and understanding. Leah also knows how to handle responsibility without getting stressed out with her personal life and hardships. These charismatic qualities spell out public relations, and they are key leadership skills that I believe are vital for the industry.

I am proud to have gained such an amazing friend. Although she has moved on to a new and exciting chapter in her life, her inspiration stays with me, and I know that her drive to keep me moving will stay with me.

Thank you Leah Rodriguez for being a part of this awesome journey called life!

Natalie Burns is a public relations major and marketing minor. Her writing, communication, and multitasking skills have allowed her to do especially well in her field. She has an outgoing, bubbly personality. Natalie is currently a public relations intern at SOS Community Services in downtown Ypsilanti. She is also Chief Financial Officer of PRSSA. Connect with her via Twitter @burns_natalie and Instagram @natattack03. Follow her blog at