The Miracle on Melrose Avenue.

The Miracle on Melrose Avenue.

November 12, 2016: Better Than Christmas.

There is no question when it comes to where my loyalty lies when it comes to the NCAA. I am a Hawkeye fan through and through. But, Saturday, November 12, 2016, will be a night in Hawkeye football that I will never forget.

Michigan Wolverines entered Kinnick Stadium undefeated Saturday night. Michigan had only trailed for just over 35 minutes all season until Saturday night, in which they trailed to Iowa for just a little bit. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan head coach, has never successfully won a game in Iowa City. While he was a player at Michigan, he only started as a junior. He was only put in because they had four injuries, as he had been late to the first meeting his freshman year, and his head coach never let him forget it. Shoutout to Greg, for some useful information.

1985 was the last time the number 2, 3, and 4 teams fell in the same night. That was the same year Harbaugh started in Iowa City, and they fell to Iowa. Let me tell you, Saturday night was insane in upsets. When Pitt upset Clemson, Iowa upset Michigan, and USC upset Washington. Wow. Alabama is the only Power 5 team to be left undefeated.

The fans stormed the field after TRUE FRESHMAN Keith Duncan kicked the game winning field goal. (In case you don't know, that's huge to play as a true freshman.) I stood on the turf holding back tears; I couldn't believe I was standing on that turf. The 1985 game.....Iowa won in a last second field goal.

As I stood in the student section with some of my best friends last night, my heart jumped up and down. As I almost fell multiple times, offered up my glasses multiple times to the officiating crew, and was scared to death as one of my friends mentioned dying before we stormed the field, thanks again Eric, I had never been so excited in my life. Never again do I think I could relive those moments. I sit here, Sunday afternoon, rewatching the game. Reliving all those emotions, remembering what I said, and what I was thinking, and I can only smile. Smile because I grew up in Iowa City. Smile because I was there. Smile because I got to experience that with some of my best friends. Special shout out to Anna for holding on to me so tight I was able to finally feel my hands again because they were so cold. As crazy as it sounds, I am glad that we were all able to find each other, ie Shelby and Bowman, after the game because saying "we will meet on the S in the endzone" sounds easy when you don't have the whole state of Iowa there.

Hawkeye fans, we have a reason to celebrate. Hawkeye players, you worked your ass off. Kirk Ferentz, this is why I trust in you.

The word is fight, fight, fight, for Iowa
Let every loyal Iowa sing.
The word is fight, fight, fight, for Iowa
Until the walls and rafters ring (Go Hawks!)

Come on and cheer, cheer cheer, for Iowa
We're gonna cheer until we hear the final gun.
The word is fight, fight, fight for Iowa
Until the game is won.

Go Hawks. I will cheer for Iowa, until the game is won.

Cover Image Credit: Kinnick Stadium

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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