An Unconventional Love Letter

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By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief The first time we met you made me cry. I had just moved to Phoenix and was far outside of my comfort zone. I was feeling lonely and lost. I didn’t want to be anywhere near you, but I knew I had no choice—I would be spending every day with you […]

Influencer Marketing: The Next Big Thing

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief I have a bad habit. Every morning when I first wake up, I check my email. And then I scroll through Instagram. And scroll and scroll and scroll. I see a handful of posts from friends and family followed by a deluge of perfectly-timed photos of faraway places, delicious-looking treats, sparkly […]

Telling Our Story: An Alum’s Experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Ken Strange, Guest Writer, ’87 I was happy to be back after several months…happy to return to the winding canyon trails in the Santa Monicas where I could feel the warm California sun on my shoulders. I stopped midway through my run—the hills appeared more like those of Ireland than Agoura Hills—and was comforted […]

When Does a Place Become a Home?

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Last week, I wrote an article about the psychology of moving. Writing the article got me thinking about another aspect of moving: home. What makes a place a home? Can you have more than one home? How do you turn a new house, city, or country into a place that feels […]

The Psychology of Moving

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief It’s March 30th. How did we get here so quickly? If I push away the fog of disbelief and confusion, I can vaguely remember a semester full of trials, triumphs, new experiences, laughter, and course work. I know it happened, but it feels like I just started my final semester here […]

Daylight Saving Time: An Exposée

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Rise and shine, Das Tor readers. It’s time for everyone’s (or at least 48 out of the 50 U.S. states) favorite time of year. The time of year when the birds start singing, the flowers begin to bloom, the sun finally regains some of its strength…and 96% of the nation moves […]

Is Reading a Lost Art?

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief I recently wrote an article in response to the closure of my favorite Phoenix used bookstore, the Bookshop. Now that I’ve come to terms with the situation emotionally, I’m seeking answers to all my questions. Do people still read physical, weight-in-your-hands, faint-smell-of-must books? Where do they acquire their reading materials? Is […]

Berra Bites: A T-bird Story of Determination and Resilience

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Thunderbird is such a unique place because of the qualities inherent in the people that it attracts—qualities like boldness, determination, adventure, and innovation. T-birds are committed to pursuing their goals and making a difference, and they don’t back down in the face of adversity. Perhaps this is the reason that many […]

A Farewell to My Favorite Bookshop

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief The first time I visited Phoenix was in April 2015. I had recently found out about Thunderbird and was strongly considering attending, but I wanted to visit the school and talk to some current students before making my final decision. Having grown up in the Midwest before moving to Boston, Phoenix […]

Spinning Plates: Being a T-Bird and a Dad

By Nate Flake, Guest Writer  If you have ever been to a circus you have probably seen the spinning plates act. The performer gets plates spinning one by one on the ends of long poles and then proceeds to run around frantically, re-spinning each one as they slow down at different times. It’s stressful to […]