The Ever-Changing Circumstances

This past semester of schooling has been by far the most unique experience I, and many others, have ever had. Every class that I participated in was impacted drastically due to the global pandemic, and rhetoric was not spared. A large part of me has missed campus since leaving in mid-March, especially the atmosphere of…

The True Meaning

While browsing different options for podcasts to listen to, I came across the possibility of picking any episode from Dissect, a podcast on Spotify that analyzes different albums across the course of an entire season. While looking through the seasons, it was almost impossible to decide which episode to start on. The podcast has already…

Wrestling Highlight Herky

Wrestling Highlight Herky has many portraits of different wrestlers throughout Iowa history, as well as some images of important moments and places. The primary color is black, with portraits outlined in gold running along each arm. Where Herky’s teeth normally would be are images of a bird and the wrestling mat at Carver. Across the…

Our Next Outbreak

Rhetorical analysis of a speech is all the more important when it carries significant value in the present – and I hope to have found just the piece. The other day, in what I am sure was a complete coincidence and in no way influenced by the outside world, Bill Gates’ 2015 TED talk The…

The Endless War of Winter Sports

For this week’s edition of Jake’s Blog, I am venturing into uncharted territory, and sharing what is perhaps the most controversial position I hold: snowboarding and skiing are equal. Crazy, yes, but hear me out. For many members of the winter sports community, it’s a choice. It’s either skiing or snowboarding. However, throughout my decade…

Me, Writing, and Basketball

Welcome to my blog! My name is Jake, and I am a freshman at the University of Iowa, majoring in actuarial science. As one might guess, in terms of school my interests are in the math and computer department. Thankfully, my whole life isn’t just school (yet), and I have plenty of other interests/hobbies. My…