by Mackenzie Patel The beer has spilt and the cleavage has overflown—I am officially in Germany. This country of Angela Merkel and salted pretzels is part of the motherland to me; I am half German, half Indian, so hearing the guttural language spit around me isn’t unusual. For this photojournalism program, our project is to… Read More

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 This might sound like a shameless promotion, and yes, it is. The quality of Spoon University is worth every supercilious adjective, metaphor, and Facebook caption I write. In my 20 years of existence, I’ve written for a smattering of publications—everything from the Tampa Bay Times to a sketchy Spanish travel site appears… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel I think I’m having a not-being-a-teenager-anymore crisis. March 25th marked my 20th birthday and navigating this transition from angsty midget to mature midget is strange. March was a bouquet of suck and success, two words that have built my college experience so far. Boys {as per usual} wrung emotion out of my… 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 Frida Kahlo of the Guerrilla Girls visited my University last Tuesday, and her firebrand activism and free bananas triggered my dormant feminist. I don’t want to burn my bra (I don’t really need to wear one, to be honest) or abstain from sex to safeguard my independence. I want to explore gender… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! Sorry being a literary slacker these past couple of weeks. I have been writing, oodles in fact, but for various publications that don’t include LTA (i.e. The Crocodile, Spoon University, and Vice). January melted into February while Business Finance, hopping fences, and dawn crawling campus etched the fine details. I’ve… Read More