Elena Stidham


Loud and Clear: Temporarily 21

When Forever 21 announced it was filing for bankruptcy, my immediate thought was, “Well, I guess they were only Temporarily 21.” After I laughed at my own joke, however, I realized just how hard it was going to be for me to buy clothes from here on out. 

Loud and Clear: Never forget my Iraqi family

9/11 was a day everyone remembers in detail; where they were, who they were with and what they were doing.  Nobody ever asks me where I was the first time someone called me a terrorist. 

Loud and Clear: 6 things I learned from studying abroad

This June I was given the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Japan. I have always wanted to go, and after I took my first Japanese language class, I thought it would be even more rewarding to be able to experience the culture and practice my new skills. 

Loud and Clear: Hellfire

“Like fire. Hellfire.”  These lyrics from the song “Hellfire,” from the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” scorched into my brain the moment I found out the Notre Dame in Paris, France was burning. 

Loud and Clear: Love is not just romance

“I love you” is a term I have said the most to people who aren’t my romantic partner. Ever since I was a child these words have referred to my friends, my family and even my roommate. Yet as I got older I learned that these habits are almost always overshadowed by a completely different context: romance.