The Observer

Saulsman: Confidence is key, have it or learn to have it

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

March 30, 2018

Throughout our many, many years of schooling, we have learned about the mighty mitochondria, the Pythagorean theorem and the development of the many nations of the world. We are tested on these subjects and given an explicit score to show our level of competence. This obsession over competence undermines...

Saulsman: A guide to making decisions as a young adult

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

March 2, 2018

College is the time to be an adult without the actual responsibilities of adulthood. Most of us, especially first-year students, still depend on our families for financial support. Because of this, we do not have to participate in the very real, very adult action of paying bills. We frolic along, eating...

Saulsman: Self-reflection may help resolve internal dissonance

Instead of blaming others for your problems, sometimes it's more useful to look inwards.

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

February 16, 2018

In light of recent personal experiences, I have uncovered the importance of looking inwards. Today’s society makes it easy for us to not pay attention to how we feel, why we act the way we do and what we need to do in order to have our best selves out there. In a time of turmoil, it is easy to blame...

Saulsman: A plea to apply empathy when discussing opinions

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

December 1, 2017

Over the summer, while we were tanning and surrounding ourselves with like-minded friends, researchers at our beloved Case Western Reserve University were finding out why some people are so confident in the accuracy and truth of their opinions. In an article published in The Daily titled, “Studies...

Saulsman: Awareness of social norms gives you a sense of will

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

November 10, 2017

Last Thursday, Alan Grigsby’s Introduction to Sociology class performed a sociological demonstration called “The Doing Nothing Activity.” In this activity, students, myself included, were asked to demonstrate social deviance in the Tinkham Veale University Center cafeteria during prime lunch hours. In...

Saulsman: Looking through your peers: an epidemic

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

September 22, 2017

You’re crossing the street on Euclid Avenue, speed-walking up the Binary Walkway. You might have headphones in, your friends might be talking your ear off, or you may just be walking silently, enjoying the serenity of white noise as you bustle your way to class. Whatever you are doing, do you notice with w...

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