All posts tagged: friendship

Camille Hoffman; Art, Cultural Identity and Polly Pockets

There is work and then there is play, or so we thought. Camille Hoffman—artist, arts educator and community organizer—is not afraid to do both at the same time. As an artist, she does not let the intensity of her works’ messages stop her from having fun with her creations. Hoffman takes everyday materials—anything from the popular Maruchan ramen packaging to medical records—and creatively gives new meaning to each element by transforming the material on the canvas. Playtime takes on an entirely new meaning in Hoffman’s studio. By repurposing consumer products, her choice of substances carries a heavy symbolic weight. Many pieces echo a dark critique of the American values rooted in colonialism and capitalism. Her creations, though serious in their message, are the result of the excited energy that radiates from dedication and palpable passion. From February to May of this year, Hoffman has been a Van Lier Fellow at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Her passion has been put, quite literally, on display. On a recent visit to MAD, I caught a glimpse of Camille …

Toni & Katrina of Under The Sweater Talk Goals, Blogging & Feminism

Throughout the years, I’ve learned that women supporting other women is one of the greatest things to ever occur. When we go through adolescence, we see girls fighting each other rather than standing next to each other. As we get older and grow more confident with ourselves, we realize that pitting ourselves against other women is a waste of time and energy. With March being Women’s History Month, I hope we can appreciate and value ourselves and also the friendships we’ve made with other women. Don’t pay attention to those glossy magazines that say only one actress can look good in a designer dress. And forget about the “Squad goals”, which ultimately exclude others. It’s 2016 and I say it’s time we join forces with one another. That should be the ultimate goal. On that same note, we’re happy to introduce two amazing women, Toni Esteban and Katrina Bartolome. They are co-founders and writers of the blog, Under The Sweater. They were happy to speak about women’s issues, share their goals, and describe their ideal …

Can Men & Women Just Be Friends?

It’s normal for people to build a bond with each other over time. But what if they’re of the opposite sex? Can guys and girls have friendships without drama or romantic feelings? This, of course, has been a question for the ages. We’ve seen all the classics like When Harry Met Sally, No Strings Attached, Friends With Benefits, and 13 Going on 30. Those romantic comedies tackled this great debate on the widescreen. We asked a few young women on their experiences with guys and if they had any awkward encounters because let’s face it we all have some really hot guy friend right? Tori, 19 | Of course, guys and girls can be friends! I have many guy friends. I go to parties, sporting events, and dinners with them all the time. They are really cool. I have brothers and I spent time with guys all the time so I’m really comfortable around them. Of course, some of us might develop romantic feelings but it goes away quickly over time. My guy friends already know that I have a boyfriend so they respect …

Finding Your Place

Everyone’s biggest fear when going to school, especially as a new student, is that they are going to have a hard time making friends. In popular culture, they depict schools to be a place where cliques and bullying thrive. Some think the only way they can make friends is to act or dress a certain way in order to fit in. YHM asks student, Bonnie Wong, what she thinks are the best ways to make friends while not changing yourself in the process. It is intimidating when you enter into a new environment, especially a school, by yourself with no support system. You think that you have to do whatever it takes to fit in with the “popular” crowd. Over the years I have learned that the easiest way to make friends is to be yourself. Don’t be what you think people want you to be, be who you want to be. The people who want to be in your life will gravitate towards your personality. I don’t want to be cliché but I truly …

Who Is Your Role Model Today?

Shelby Walerzak, 21, from Ocean Township, NJ, is an aspiring elementary school teacher with innovative views on who we as women look up to in society. YHM: Who do we put on a pedestal and why? Shelby: In our culture in general, I think that celebrities are put on a pedestal, but some of them have no talent. For example the Kardashians have  TV shows and are on the cover of magazines, but what do they do? We’re enthralled with their lives, but the reason they are famous is through their father and a sex tape. The wrong people are the ones we are most interested in. My first thought when you asked me this was Kate Middleton. She is involved in charity work, is a classy lady, and is always pictured with children. She has a lot of money like the Kardashians, but she uses her money wisely. J.K Rowling is also a good example. She’s not a millionaire anymore because she donated so much of her money. YHM: Who should really be our role models? Shelby: …