Formula D with S3 Magazine

My third assignment with S3 Magazine took me to Road Atlanta, just east of Atlanta Georgia, for the 3rd round of Formula Drift. Formula Drift, otherwise known as Formula D, is on its 15th year of fast paced, tire shredding, rev limiting carnage around the USA. The drivers drift in tandem, throttling through corners at…

Phi Theta Kappa, Upsilon Eta

Phi Theta Kappa is an elite program with over 1,300 Chapters across different states of the country. This program began in 1918 in Mississippi, and this year is celebrating their 100th year anniversary. This program acknowledges a student’s academic achievements in community college, and is usually offered in colleges/universities that offer a 2-year degree. One…

That One Time I was Baker Acted – Part Two

Where we last left off, I was being carted away from my home like a criminal in the back of a police car. I found myself in that predicament, despite not being a criminal, because I was suicidal. I was being taken to “see a doctor,” as the police officers put it. The place they…

A little Hero with BIG Impact

You remember 2015, right? During that year Marvel released three great films. One of those films was the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron. While that was going on in the universe, Ant-man became his own un-expected hero on another side of the world. Ant-man quickly became many children’s favorite Marvel hero. His ability to…

Living in the (Ro)ment

  In the spring of 2016, I became an au pair for a lovely family in the south of Spain. For those of you who don’t know what an au pair is, it’s basically a nanny. Families provide you with a place to live and food to eat. In exchange you teach them English, help…

Alafia

It was still cool and brisk outside at the break of dawn, so we started the morning off with a sweater and long-sleeve shirts. As Valerie and I were packing up the truck to head down south, my old friend Tom called to make sure we were up. “Yep, we’re headed your way, I’ll call…

No More Rice and SPAM

When I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2009, I knew that there was only a remote chance that I could face danger, combat or even death. I distinctly remember the pride I felt when returning home after my first eight-month deployment overseas, and the swarms of smiling and cheering faces of…

An Alternative Ending

I’ve always loved diving into stories and imagining myself in the plot. One of my favorite stories is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. In the context of today’s “Me Too” movement, the story has a greater impact on me today than before. I wish I could change so much of the story, I wish…

We Want Love

I have lived in Jacksonville for three years now and almost every night I sit to watch the local news, there is a shooting or death due to teen gang violence. Living in Duval County, I noticed that violence amongst teens is an everyday routine and it seems like the locals are callous to the…

Jacksonville’s Contaminated Sites: Industrial Hotspot

Jacksonville, Florida is a large industrial hotspot of the south with a 38-foot deep water port, four airports, three sea ports, a major highway system that connects three major interstates, and a railroad system.  An abundance of industries and business headquarters reside in the area such as CSX Corp., Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and Fidelity National…

Overcoming Adversity in a Foreign Country

Most people do not realize that their grandparents are oftentimes, some of the strongest people they know. They are more than trustworthy sources of spoil, love, and good food. They are the people that have braved the storms of this life, paved a path in this world for themselves, and learned valuable lessons that they…

Life As It Is

There are many people who do not have the opportunity to live in a home or be surrounded by family members that support them. Not many people have to deal with finding a place to live or endure the discomfort of never knowing when you’re going to have to make your next move. Most of…

Let’s Talk Climate Change

In 2015, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Francois Hollande, the then President of France spoke about both the current and future effects of global warming. “We have a single mission: to protect and hand on the planet to the next generation” Hollande explained. His words hold truth and relevance to the issues of…

More Than A Book Sale

I volunteered to sort books for an upcoming Fernandina Beach Friends of the Library Book Sale. I bought books in the past at FOL book sales, but I avoided recent sales as I was attempting to thin out my currently overflowing collection of books. I was an avid reader as a child and grew up…

Merlot on Granite

“I wasn’t in Vietnam, my father was.” He was utterly confused, but that was my fault, I should have clarified the question. So, I shook my head and pieced together an entirely new sentence. “Mr. Kelvin, I’m not talking about the war in Vietnam, I’m talking about the refugees, did you come across any Vietnamese…

War Beyond Deployment

The effects of war last far beyond deployment. The events that veterans encounter in the field shape their everyday lives outside of it. Issues like PTSD, depression, and lack of purpose are inevitable for veterans because of war; however, people are often oblivious to the difficulties veterans experience when returning to civilian life. This can…

Eastside Jacksonville Experimental Learning

Experiential Learning Essay Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in United States and was named after president Andrew Jackson. Looking around my neighborhood, I see streets lined with nice, sound homes with healthy green lawns. A short walking distance from there are primary and secondary schools, and further along are various supermarkets and nearby clinics;…

“Write On!” All About JaxbyJax, the Local Writing Festival

On Saturday, November 11, JaxbyJax will take over King St. in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. This annual festival is yet another reason to get out of the house and walk around historic riverside, but what is JaxbyJax exactly? The annual JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival is a way for people to come and listen to the works…