Patience Griswold

Patience Griswold

Editorial Assistant

Patience Griswold is a former Alcuin Intern and currently serves as Editorial Assistant at Intellectual Takeout. She is a senior at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota in their History of Ideas program. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Recent blog posts by this author

Should Immigrants be Required to Learn English?

One of the most popularly cited silly laws in my home state is a prohibition on crossing state lines with a duck atop one’s head. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on whether you see it from the perspective of the duck or the individual...

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Happy World Population Day! On July 11, 1987, the UN decided to “celebrate” the birth of the five-billionth person on earth by raising awareness of the growing world population. Since then, this day has been set aside to focus on population concerns...

Is Japan's Royal Family Going Extinct?

The Japanese Imperial Household Agency recently announced the forthcoming engagement of Princess Ayako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito. Amidst the excitement of the engagement to Kei Moriya, she must also prepare to relinquish her status as a...

The Minnesota First at the Battle of Gettysburg: Putting Lincoln's Words into Perspective

On July 3rd, 1863, Union troops won the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered to be a turning point of the war, Gettysburg was the deadliest Civil War battle, not only in terms of civilian soldiers, but Generals as well. The three days of fighting were...

Is It a Problem if Kids Don’t Know How to Use Dictionaries?

When one of my younger siblings asked me the meaning of a word, my immediate response was: “Let’s look it up in the dictionary.” Giving me a look like I had just suggested that we send someone a note via smoke signal instead of text, my sister...

Why the Dutch 'Burqa Ban' is a Good Thing

On Tuesday, the Netherlands joined a growing number of European nations to issue what is referred to as a “Burqa Ban”—a ban on clothing that covers all or part of the face. Various efforts to implement these bans have been met with criticism because...

Want to Take Control of Your Life? 4 Simple and Empowering Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

A few years ago, my cousin sent me a video clip that inspired me to do something my mom had been telling me to do for as long as I can remember: make my bed. It was entitled “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” The clip...

Are Elite Charter Schools Excluding Minorities?

Earlier this week, NBC News ran an article entitled “It’s like a black and white thing: How some elite charter schools exclude minorities.” The article focuses on Lake Oconee Academy (LOA), a charter school in Greensboro, Georgia. It makes...

What’s in a Name? Mom and Dad’s Political Preferences, Apparently.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that having the name Patience makes for an excellent conversation starter, as I frequently receive questions such as, “What’s the story behind your name?” or “Why did your parents pick that name?” and the one that...

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