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Ali Preston

​I am a junior at Lycoming College working towards a history major with a sociology minor. My focus of study is LGBTQIA+ history. I am part of the Lycoming Circle K club, a student lead community service organization. This summer I was working at the Hammond-Harwood house in their archives. I look forward to a new internship next summer and Grad school after Lycoming. When I’m not sprouting random history facts, I do creative writing, make costumes, and read. I try to be an active member of the LGBTQIA+ community as a transgender person (I use male pronouns).
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Laci Green on Rape Culture

Posted by Ali Preston on May 9, 2017 12:46:32 PM
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Topics: Student Life, Campus Activities, Current Events, Social Issues

5 Ways I've Learned to Relax

Posted by Ali Preston on Mar 31, 2017 3:57:11 PM

            The further into the semester we get, the more stressed everyone becomes, especially now that the first projects are due and the first tests are coming up or have passed. I’ve learned over the past three years that stressing myself out doesn’t help anyone, especially myself. So, I’ve come up with a few things to do when I feel stressed and need a break.

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Topics: Student Life, Academics

5 Things Historians Do

Posted by Ali Preston on Feb 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM
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Topics: Academics

The Moravian College Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference

Posted by Ali Preston on Dec 28, 2016 1:15:35 PM

At the beginning of the semester, I went to the first lecture of my pre-methods history class. Dr. Chandler handed out the syllabus and informed us of a conference for undergraduate students that would be happening in December.

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Topics: Academics

My First Thanksgiving Away From Home

Posted by Ali Preston on Dec 8, 2016 9:08:00 AM

This was the first Thanksgiving that I spent away from home. Since neither my partner nor my roommate could go home for the break, they convinced me to stay and have Thanksgiving with them at Lycoming College.

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Topics: Student Life

Lyco's Mini-THON

Posted by Ali Preston on Nov 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Penn State created the Dance Marathon better known as THON® in 1973. Today, the THON lasts 46 hours and engages 15,000 students every year. There are also multiple Mini-THON®’s that happen in other colleges. Lycoming College is proudly one of those colleges.

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Topics: Student Life, Campus Activities, Philanthropy

Obscure History

Posted by Ali Preston on Nov 15, 2016 4:06:00 PM

Most historians have an area of focus, usually a specific part of the world or a specific time period or event. They spend their time in graduate school closely studying their specific part of history with professionals and masters of the area of study. I have found myself in an interesting situation in this system.

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Topics: Academics

Trials of Gender

Posted by Ali Preston on Nov 3, 2016 2:28:00 PM

I stand in front of my closet every morning and stare at the clothes hanging from old plastic hangers with sleep still dragging at my eyes. Through the morning fog clouding my brain, I try to choose the outfit that will ‘do gender’ the best. Will that shirt make my chest too obvious? Will those pants hug my curves too much? Are those boots too feminine? Is this hoodie baggy enough? Will I be okay today?

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Topics: Student Life, Social Issues

Preparing for Halloween

Posted by Ali Preston on Nov 3, 2016 9:09:00 AM

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Last year, my friends and I created a bunch of crazy characters and decided to dress up as them for Halloween. That was my first time making a costume rather than just buying one from the store. I will admit that I regret making my character so detailed.

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Topics: Student Life

Beginning Another Year

Posted by Ali Preston on Oct 20, 2016 2:30:36 PM

After a turbulent, health issue filled summer, the school semester began with a three to four hour long drive from Maryland to Pennsylvania. I was ecstatic to return to campus and to get back to my history studies and research. I had spent most of the summer unable to walk due to damage to my feet. However, I was able to get a short internship at the Hammond-Harwood house in Annapolis. Now I was returning to campus to my friends and studies. For extra excitement, we would be living in a college apartment, able to make blanket forts and leave our cookware in the kitchen without the fear of pans going missing. We arrived to the campus sore, but excited.

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Topics: Student Life

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