PSA

Dear BS Community, 

Hello. We hope this finds you well. We are writing to inform you WE ARE LAUNCHING OUR FIRST EVER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN! Wow, sorry, our excitement got the best of us for a moment. Anyway, yes, it's true! The secret is out. And we wanted you to be the first to know. We are only days away -- as in 5 days away -- Monday, November 21 -- from jumping on the Kickstarter bandwagon.

If you have NO clue what Kickstarter is -- it's basically this really cool, hip site where you can share really cool, hip projects and inventions and get dollar bills to help fund said projects and inventions. In case that description didn't make ANY sense, Kickstarter is like GoFundMe, but if your project doesn't meet its goal, then you're SOOL. 

SO this is where we need YOUR help to spread the word, build momentum, and kick some kickstarter as*. 

Meanwhile, we wanted to share some stuff and some things about us with you. "Why," you might ask? We wanted to provide folks with a chance to get to know each of us, explain how passion has lead us to this point, explore why we love doing all the behind-the-scenes work for The Bitter Student, and of course, discuss different ways we take our Starbucks. 

Please do enjoy. 

Sincerely, 

The Bitter Student Crew 

What story have you liked the most that’s been featured on www.thebitterstudent.com?

Ashu M – Editorial Layout. Sophomore, Economics major – pre-law. Birmingham-Southern College.

Ashu M – Editorial Layout. Sophomore, Economics major – pre-law. Birmingham-Southern College.

My favorite story we have featured is that of Fernanda Herrera. She recounts the story of her internship at the Congress as an undocumented citizen and how that experience empowered her to take action towards working with the Latino community. It was especially inspiring to me -- as an immigrant raised in a family of immigrants -- to see that we can direct our passions toward creating change in this country, making it matter and count as a priority. In summary, this piece is an inspiring and empowering story that definitely provides a different and positive perspective to how undocumented immigrants are seen in our community.

Where do you want the magazine to be in another year?

As a part of this wonderful team, my goal is to help spread the message of The BS to students at larger state schools like UAB, The University of Alabama, and Auburn University, as well as to other students on smaller campuses like my own. I think this is a realistic goal for our magazine in one year. It’s doing well so far with our current audience – but with more brand awareness, our message will be able to have a larger and more lasting impact.

What advice do you have to offer other college students?

As a sophomore, I’m still trying to figure out my surroundings and myself, and a broader perspective of where I stand. However, if there is one thing that I have learned this past year and a half, it is that things will ultimately figure themselves out if given time. I came to BSC with my heart set on pre-med, and now—a year later—I am an economics major and an aspiring pre-law student. While that might seem like a pretty big change, in hindsight, I can’t help but notice how everything came together at the right time, and when I least expected it. Following your passions and prioritizing our goals for the future above everything else is a guarantee for success in my opinion.

Fav. thing about The Bitter Student?

My favorite thing about The BS is how it provides a creative platform that pushes us to perceive important matters through the lens of various perspectives. It creates a community of intelligent, motivated, and driven students that utilize their bitterness in ways to foster positive outcomes. Moreover, through reading the stories of others, we are able to connect with others who are like us, in addition to those who are different.


Austin Mills – Editor-in-Chief. Nursing (and aspiring anesthesia student). Samford University. 

Austin Mills – Editor-in-Chief. Nursing (and aspiring anesthesia student). Samford University. 

Favorite BS story?

Shoot, we have featured so many amazing stories written by people from so many different backgrounds. I think one that really emphasizes communal growth is the acceptance article. Throughout our history, it our country has found so many ways to divide itself internally, and that just isn’t right. We have so many people fighting for our freedom, only to designate it for certain social groups. It is high time for this to change, and this article really highlights this undeniable fact. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I suggest you add that to your agenda!

Where do you find yourself on a typical Saturday morning?

At a coffee shop near you, of course! I am a self-proclaimed caffeine addict, and coffee is one of the only things that can get me going in the mornings. I am also a fan of the community aspect that is fostered by many local coffee shops, and once we’ve had a cup or two, us coffee-holics are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet. Don’t hesitate to share if you know where I can find a good cold brew!

If you were stranded on an unexpected layover, what three novels would be your go-to’s?

This is an easy one. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, and any written word by Donna Tartt. In a world filled with many characters pertaining no redeemable qualities, I love a story of someone who is able to attain that redemption (Donna, yours are questionable but I’m still a fan). And if you’re a thrill seeker, these picks will still work for you!


How do you balance school and making The BS awesome?

Sam Campbell – Business Operations. Junior, business major. Birmingham-Southern College.

Sam Campbell – Business Operations. Junior, business major. Birmingham-Southern College.

It’s a try-fail (sometimes) succeed dance.

iCalendar runs my life. Staying organized, flexible, and on top of my to-do list are how I reign in the chaos. It also takes a lot of prioritizing and figuring out what’s most important on my agenda.

Thankfully, I have been able to work with some of the most intelligent, optimistic, and hard working team members. Teamwork has made this dream work!

Fav. thing (most memorable experience) that you’ve done (had) in college so far?

Visiting NYC during spring break was the most memorable experiences thus far. You can checkout the entire story here. It really is a cool story (if I do say so myself).

Fav. thing about The Bitter Student?

People always say, “make a difference, whether it’s small or large.” Well, exactly how do you do that? “Making a difference” is an abstract idea. With The Bitter Student, we’re able to turn that abstract idea into a concrete one. And hopefully one day, we’ll be able to make a difference on a global scale.  


What story have you liked the most that’s been featured on www.thebitterstudent.com?

Dennise Armas – Accounting & Advertising. Senior, Accounting major, Birmingham-Southern College. 

Dennise Armas – Accounting & Advertising. Senior, Accounting major, Birmingham-Southern College. 

My favorite story we have featured is “This Capitol is My Capitol, También: A Latina Interns in Congress” by Fernanda Herrera. Just like Fernanda, I am an undocumented student who benefitted from President Obama’s executive action- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DECA). I love being able to connect to a story shared through The BS by a student in a very similar position as mine. Just like her, I have struggled with some of the same issues, such as lack of federal funding for undocumented students. This story helped me to stay inspired and to continue to pursue my dreams; I hope that others are also motivated by our work this way.

How do you balance school and making The BS awesome?

Like many other students, my semesters are chaotic with school, work, family, social events, in addition to The BS. To balance it all, I try to be very organized with my time. I have a planner to help me stay on track, and I make sure that I allot some time every week for different things. (See School Survival Guide: Fall Edition) 

How do you take your Starbucks?

Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato. Make it grande, please!  


(not pictured: Jackson Collier, managing editor)

Favorite Netflix show? Why?

I think I would have to say Californication. The protagonist, Hank Moody, is a writer (go figure) that finds himself in difficult situations unintentionally, and typically struggles to rectifying them – such is life! I feel I can relate to Mr. Moody on many different levels, so I identify with him through his struggles and sometimes even think “What would Hank Moody do?” when finding myself in a sticky situation.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would it be?

Pat Conroy, Tim McIlrath, and Tony Sly.

Favorite Author?

Pat Conroy, by far. His use of English is why the language was made! He can describe scenery I’ve never even heard of before and I can feel like I’ve lived there all my life. His description and ability to perfectly implement the art of similes and metaphors are unparalleled.

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