The Ryllie Factor

The Ryllie Factor: Stand up

  Think about the things that make you angry. The things that make your blood boil. The things that make you want to fall to your knees, throw your hands up to the heavens and post an angry Twitter rant.   Each week, when I think about what to write my column about, I try…

The Ryllie Factor: Freedom (some restrictions may apply)

  “The land of the free, the home of the brave*” I must have missed the lyric in the United States national anthem that explains the invisible asterisk laying out the disclaimers and limitations that come along with being a U.S. citizen. Because more and more, politicians and ordinary citizens alike are attempting to manipulate…

The Ryllie Factor: Who needs feminism?

Approximately 60 percent of college students in the United States are women; more women than men turned out for the 2012 presidential election; mainstream pseudo-psychology no longer spreads propaganda about women’s natural domestic tendencies and their destined place in the kitchen. So do we really still need feminism? The answer is yes – overwhelmingly yes.…

The Ryllie Factor: 20 signs you’re a 20-something who’s sick of being told how to be a 20-something

    “20 things every 20-something should know how to do,” “101 things every 20-something realizes in their 20s,” “20 women every 20-something girl needs in her life,” “5,000 signs you’re a 20-something.” What is it about the ages of 20-29 that everyone feels it is his or her responsibility to regulate these years? It…

The Ryllie Factor: Help me, I’m poor

  A good employee is someone who is motivated, creative, organized, eager to learn, and now, more than ever … unpaid. Unpaid internships have exploded over the past two decades. Twenty years ago, only about 27 percent of college graduates were working at unpaid internships, but today that number stands at approximately 50 percent. Employers…

Columns: Anti-advice column

  If you ever take any advice from any of my columns, let it be this: Don’t take anyone’s advice. How’s that for a paradox? While it can be nice sometimes to get guidance from an older, wiser role model figure – whether it’s your grandmother or Google – most of the time you’ll find…

The Ryllie Factor: Intro to introverts: a beginner’s guide

  “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, then you’re in bad company,” French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said. I’m not going to pretend that I ever read any of Sartre’s work (except what I was assigned for class, of course). But, as baffling as philosophy is to me as a whole, I’ve got to admit that…

The Ryllie Factor: A newer, cooler, shinier column

  A few weeks ago, I decided to start using lip balm again (this isn’t a column about cosmetics, I promise). I began applying vanilla-scented Softlips a few times a day, because I found it under my dresser, and because I wanted to have soft lips – duh. But I began to notice something absurd:…

The Ryllie Factor: A dangerous immunity

Another tragic mass shooting; a man seeking help after being injured in a car crash gunned down by a police officer, presumably because he was African American; Americans enraged by an Indian American being crowned Miss America. Talk about a national case of the Mondays. I’m not saying that to make light of all three…

The Ryllie Factor: The good, the bad and the Millenials

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 28, I’m surprised you put down your new-fangled, expensive smart phone that your parents bought you and stopped watching cat videos online for five minutes to read this, you lazy, bottom-feeding Millenial.   Haven’t you heard? Millenials are “Generation Text,”  “The Me, Me, Me Generation” and “The…

The Ryllie Factor: Stop the glorification of busy

This past semester, I served as Campus Editor of The Carroll News, president of JCU’s Dance Ensemble, editorial intern at John Carroll Magazine and I took on 18 credits of classes. I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you this because it was one of the stupidest decisions I’ve ever made. Needless to…

The Ryllie Factor: Call me a “Yankee,” but…

Last August, as I walked around the Crawford County Fair with my dad, taking in the sights of cowboy hats and camouflage, the smells of funnel cakes and farm animals, and the sounds of country music I’ve grown up loving, I felt just about as American as I’ve ever felt. But one thing stuck out…

The Ryllie Factor: Allow me to introduce myself

Hi, my name is Ryllie, and I like cats, dogs, Starbursts and long walks on the beach … is how I could start my first ever column. However, I’d like to introduce myself in a way that is a little more interesting and a little less Match.com. Let’s start with my name. While you might…