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From Chuck E. Cheese to Paraguay: Life Lessons from MoJo Commentators on KBIA

Mar 17, 2015

In this recent series of commentaries for, Missouri student journalists recount a few of life’s confusing lessons. Led by Missouri School of Journalism Professor and storytelling master Berkley Hudson, these 9 student commentators took not only pen to paper but also got in front of the microphone, to talk out these essays that touch on life, relationships, sticky situations and coming of age, among other issues. Enjoy!


Just about everything breaks. This includes cars and, yes, people. Rebecca Dell recounts the parallels her dad saw and felt as the family car broke down and her grandfather's health declined.​

Before she ever walked into the tattoo shop. Tess knew what she was in for. She wasn’t worried about the pain, but how she would be received in the workplace. In this piece, commentator Tess Catlett shares her experiences as a pierced and tattooed employee with colorful hair.

Since 22-year-old Annie Dankleson began cross country in fifth grade, people told her running wasn't a real sport. Her mother always saw running's value, though, and that's even more true today, as Annie explains.

Feifei Lei draws an analogy between cities and men to explore the possibilities of traveling.

In southern Paraguay, Caleb O’Brien learns a thing or two about the power — and perils — of food.

After spending nearly two hours trapped inside the confines of Chuck E. Cheese, Elissa Chudwin realizes that maturity and age are not synonymous.

Sean Morrison talks about coping with a mental disorder and fighting the ups and downs of his disease.

Landon Woodroof got a little more excitement than he bargained for in the fall of 2004 when he went to work for the Rhode Island Board of Elections. Walking inadvertently into the midst of a scandal, Woodroof soon wondered if he would receive his first and only paycheck in the slammer.

The Fourth of July is all about fireworks, parades and the delicious watermelon. But Riley Simpson found a new meaning in an old American flag.