Vanessa likes using writing as an escape from her first love, science. She enjoys craft beer, Michael Jackson, empowering women, talks over coffee, and Taco Bell. Read more in her blog:

Invisible Wounds: How I Left An Emotionally Abusive Relationship

By Vanessa
On Christmas morning, I assume my family does what most do. We sit around laughing and opening presents, sipping on copious amounts of coffee in our pajamas and sharing stories of years past. I only take my iPhone out to snap a photo of my nephews…

Beauty Comes From Within: How I Found My Positive Self-Image

By Vanessa
I used to stare in the mirror and hate what I saw. I’d glare at myself from head to toe, poking and prodding at each section of my body that I thought needed improvement. I’d formulate extreme plans in my head on how to change the parts of me that I…

10 People From College You'll Never Talk To Again After You Graduate

By Vanessa
There are few things more liberating than sitting surrounded by a crowd of your peers on graduation day. It’s not only the fact that you’ve completed a degree, but it is also a consummation of all your memories. It's a reflection on four years of…

Hook-Up Heartbreak: What It's Like When He Disappears Without A Word

By Vanessa
Picture yourself heartbroken. What do you see? I see myself makeup-free, cuddled up in a blanket, with copious amounts of pizza and ice cream surrounding me, watching romantic comedies (usually "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days") with my friends. I see…

7 Reasons Why Men Have A Harder Time Letting Go Than Women

By Vanessa
We all know this guy: He’s attractive, suave and has an attitude that leads you to believe he doesn’t have a care in the world. When you see him, your heart races as you feverishly rack your brain for something smooth to say when he approaches -- if…