Olivia Franceschini is the Associate Opinions Editor for The Heights. You can reach her at [email protected]

The Heights for the Holidays
Opinions, Column

The Heights for the Holidays

It hit me for the first time this week that come the end of the semester, I’d actually be going home—and I felt sick. But, at the same exact time, I’m homesick too. There’s a three-way-tug-of-war among loving where I am, missing home, and also being scared to go back home.

Franceschini: Some Thoughts on the Freshman Fifteen™
Opinions, Column

Franceschini: Some Thoughts on the Freshman Fifteen™

Despite my body changing, I’m still happy with the way I look, which isn’t something that comes as easily as it sounds. This extra weight that I’ve gained is a reminder that anxieties don’t just disappear. Confidence is fluid, and it will slip away from you if you let it. Feeling good about yourself is a constant process of self-reassurance. 

Freshman Year, Covid-19 Edition
Opinions, Column

Freshman Year, Covid-19 Edition

College is hard. Like, really hard. The freshman experience feels more like the freshman experiment this year, and it’s hard to keep up. College moves at twice the speed that high school does, and no matter how much anyone warns you, nothing will fully prepare you for the takeoff.  Navigating Canvas makes me feel like...