Just recently my dad and I had a conversation about his move from England to Nigeria and then to the U.S. I started to realized how little I really knew about why he decided to make the move and began to put myself in his shoes. When he moved to the U.S. he was 15 years old and looking to further his education. I thought to myself, I could never leave my immediate family in order to move to a new Country. Especially when my future may come down to trial in about four years. Read More
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20th. The storm destroyed houses, left citizens without food and water, and plunged the island nation into more debt, causing even more, financial stress since Puerto Rico claimed bankruptcy only four months ago. The storm, one of the most deadly the US territory has ever faced, affected 3.4 million American citizens. The people of Puerto Rico are asking for more government help, but their pleas have not broken through mainstream media. This could be due to a lack of coverage. According to the New York Times, an alarming amount of Americans are unaware that Puerto Rico and the disaster there is not a foreign issue; it’s domestic. Read More
I will never forget the vibrant expressions painted on the faces of each fan during my first football game. The atmosphere could be compared to the enthusiasm of a child opening presents on Christmas day. The crowd was loud, filled with aggressive chants emphasising their sheer thrill and passion for the game. The only disagreeance sprouting from the stance on which team you decided to support. So how did a sport that brings so many people together, become representative of the divide in America? Read More
My family discusses what’s going on in the world nearly every night at the dinner table. For the last week or so, Hurricane Harvey came up at every meal. What can we do to help? At my sister’s elementary school, a family took a U-Haul truck to Texas, and they asked the whole school to help donate. My mom wanted my sisters and me to really think about what we wanted to donate. She had us each write down things we would have wanted to receive if something like Harvey had happened to us. I went through my whole room, picking out books, clothes, sunglasses; anything I could think of that a kid or teenager would want, that could bring them a little hope. Read More
When I was younger, my grandma would always tell me stories about her experiences regarding the civil rights movement. Her gaze only shifting when she pointed to the picture in her scrapbook that captured the day she saw Martin Luther King deliver a speech. Her basement was a time capsule to the past. So I thought to myself, Why are the experiences preserved in her scrapbooks present today? Read More
With Back To School season upon us, it’s made me think about how nervous I used to get for a new year. How much stress I put myself through. How many “School Survival Guides” I read in the hopes that somehow, I’d miraculously be a new person, ready for everything. Read More
Dominiq Dudley, President of Ready is featured in Olentangy Orange High School’s student magazine! The article discusses the success of Ready thus far and Dominiq gives encouraging words to students and future business owners who will be graduating from OOHS. Thanks so much to Grace Roby, senior staff member, co-web editor and co-assistant business manager for writing such a wonderful article. Thank you also to Grace Roby’s second writer, Cindy Manngard, who serves as co-business manager, junior writer, and co-copy editor.
The Courier is Olentangy Orange High School’s newsmagazine. It is compiled by the Advanced Newspaper Journalism students and advised by Kari Phillips. The Courier is available to students, staff and members of the Olentangy community.
Kelsea is an avid blogger, and believer in equality with the passion for all things digital. She currently works at Cement Marketing where she is a Social Strategist for accounts like Hocking Hills Tourism Association, Charley’s, and Raising Cane’s of Ohio. Previously she served as a Digital Marketing Strategist and Analyst at The Shipyard.
Her love for Columbus has led her to volunteer her time with The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, 1Girl, and now the Advisory Board of Columbus Women in Digital.
Connect with Kelsea: LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and check out her blog. Read More
When I was in my twenty’s and thirties I purposely sought out mentors who I believed could add value to my life. I wanted to learn from people who had proven experience as leaders, and from those who would be genuinely interested in pouring into my life in order for me to grow and become a well-rounded individual. As an African-American woman who grew up in the city and within a majority black community, I had always desired to engage with a strong female mentor who could appreciate and embrace my rich cultural history, my experiences, my dreams, and my potential. It was important to me to find someone who was capable of helping me develop into a more confident woman without insensitively dismissing or stripping away all that I am. I felt a great need to engage and to be engaged cross-culturally. The challenge, however, seemed greater than I anticipated. Now, many years later, I have come to understand that healthy and effectual cross-cultural mentoring demands that the mentor be able to accept the challenge of diversity by acknowledging holistically that mentees may be working from different cultural frameworks than their own. Read More