by Mackenzie Patel Hello all. Sophomore year was rife with memories, most of which were frustrating or satisfying as hell. Key places around Gainesville are linked to unending nights and moments I wasted 2,000+ words on in Microsoft journal entries. I recently got a Canon EOS 1300D camera, so I tested out the different modes on… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel “After a while, I peek my head out and wonder: Whoaahh! Where am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” — Christoph Niemann I don’t have these existentialist musings on the hour, but the question of “Where am I going” pops up at least once week. In creative terms,… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello all. By this point, my readers already know what a bizarre character I am: a Waffle House weirdo that writes too much. Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise you that I dawn crawl my campus quite often—about twice or three times a month. There is something so attractive about slinking around campus, alone… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel The chewy-smooth delight of ground nuts is an ecstasy no drug can replicate. The grainless spread, whipped to a thick perfection, soothes any tongue and smothers the roughest taste buds. Jiffy, Peter Pan, Smuckers, and the homemade Publix brand—I don’t discriminate amongst different brands for they all deliver the earthy essence of… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! I apologize for not posting to LTA in a while, but it’s impossible to swim perpendicular to the rip current of schoolwork, pledging, fluting, and surviving. I wrote the semi-fictional short story below one lazy afternoon when nostalgia and a longing for a cinnamon crunch bagel gripped me. It’s the… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello world travelers! This is going to be a special post and one that makes me incredibly happy and proud to whip up for you. I won’t be expounding upon the merits of 16th century Dutch art, the pedagogic writing style of Tolstoy, or the achingly beautiful composition that is Scheherazade. I… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Ciao World Travelers! I’ve been looking forward to feverishly penning this article for a while because it details one of my favorite parts of my Germany/Switzerland excursion. After grazing with the cows in Engelberg, tasting homegrown wine in the Pfaltz, and driving 220 km/hr down an autobahn near Wurzburg, I finally settled… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel   Do the Grand Floridian Resort and the sprawling grounds of Disney have dizzyingly magical architecture? Not quite. But it definitely is luxurious to the point of being overwhelming. Two weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to compete in an all state academic competition that was held at the convention center… Read More