In the Hyphen

In the Hyphen

I am currently an Undergrad student studying Kinesiology. I love reading, sewing, writing, photography, videography, horseback riding, and costuming. 

How does it work?
  • In the Hyphen
    Published 3 months ago
    The Magic of a Costume

    The Magic of a Costume

    Now, if you are anything like me, I am assuming you know who this character is, right? If not, well first this is me, and I am cosplaying as Agent Peggy Carter from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Yes, I am one of those insane people that sell their soul, blood, sweat, and tears to the costume gods. This journey began in 2015 when my best friend invited me to my very first convention. I had always loved costumes and dressing up, so the idea that masses of people came dressed as characters and interacted nearly blew my mind. After sorting through many ideas, my friend and I settled on going as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler from the popular BBC show Doctor Who. This event was an incredibly positive experience and I loved how positive everyone was towards each other. Thus began my journey down the rabbit trail of being a cosplayer. Since then, I have crafted many, many cosplays ranging from Star Wars to Marvel to Disney (although those are all now kinda the same thing aren't they...). Anywho, from that convention, I have been hooked on the incredible feeling that bubbled up when I donned my costume. Suddenly, I wasn't myself, but a strong brave heroine or a semi-immortal alien. My introverted tendencies and social anxiety are banished and I am free to interact. Free is a perfect word, especially in cosplays with a helmet, helm, or intense makeup; nobody knows who I am! Nobody knows or cares about my faults or illness, they just care about my craftsmanship and general geekiness. With every character and costume I embody, the more I find my confidence raising. I feel as though a little piece of each character follows me when I reenter my own life. Okay, before y'all freakout, this isn't some new-age thing, and no I am not insane, I just mean that I find myself assimilating the character's most positive traits and their strengths. For instance, when dressed as Agent Carter (like the picture above), I find that I am valuing myself better and channeling her strength and boldness. When back in my life the next day, I know my value and feel strong.
  • In the Hyphen
    Published 3 months ago
    Beating KRONOS

    Beating KRONOS

    Have you ever found yourself being sucked into an activity you know is a waste of time? Have you ever reemerged after hours of binging on Netflix and pondered how you could have wasted all that time? After the realization, do you feel a sense of guilt and frustration? Do you mourn the loss of time you could have been using to complete other tasks? You are absolutely not alone. I find myself immensely frustrated at the mesmerizing power of video streaming services. I will make a plan to be super productive that day, and then five hours later, I've completed barely anything except watching 5 episodes of whatever show I have sold my soul to. I then enter the cycle or anxiety and sulking trying to hurriedly get something accomplished to feel successful. I cannot be the only one, right? If you, like me, find yourself sucked into this drudging cycle, here is a list of ways I have found to avoid this rut and unlock productivity.
  • In the Hyphen
    Published 5 months ago
    Diagnosed

    Diagnosed

    Did you know that each snowflake has a unique design and pattern? No two snowflakes are the same, and the same goes for people's stories. No two people share the same experience. This is my story with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.