Natalie Schmidt

Class of 2020


  • thank u, next

    When we hear “break up song,” we tend of think of cheating, wistfulness, grief, and Taylor Swift. Most breakup songs are filled with pain, some embodying the audio equivalent of a wave of sadness, and others embodying vengeance and vindication towards an unfaithful ex (Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” anyone?). But little do we hear a breakup song about acceptance — about what comes after th...

    Pillbox | November 12, 2018
  • Shane Dawson, the YouTube Docuseries, and Dramatization

    YouTube is not exactly the first place you’d go to see an in-depth multi-part investigative series, but one of the platform’s famous personalities, Shane Dawson, has carved out a space to create just that. Originally known for his sketches, conspiracy theory videos, and raunchy content, Dawson has since completely rebranded his public image and re-invented himself, aiming for more emotionally impa...

    Pillbox | October 8, 2018
  • A Telltale Sign of Financial Insecurity

    Telltale Games — there’s no denying that they had a significant impact on the popularity of narrative-driven games. Famous for their The Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us games, Telltale crafted a unique episodic form of storytelling that emphasized the importance of the player’s choices. The company specialized in branching storylines and provided a greater degree of agency to the pla...

    Pillbox | October 1, 2018
  • 400-year-old Galileo letter reveals his damage control strategy

    Imagine you’re at a Royal Society library in the UK, browsing through the online catalog for some light reading. You’re looking at old manuscripts and documents, when suddenly, you come across an age-old letter marked-up with various amendments and cuts. It looks like any other letter from the 1600s, complete with spots of dark, aged parchment and nearly illegible script; but upon closer inspectio...

    SciTech | October 1, 2018
  • Sierra Burgess is a Terrible Person

    When the main character finally gets the love interest, the audience is supposed to cheer for them, be elated – overjoyed, even. It’s the moment of joy that the whole movie has been building up to, leading to a satisfying and heartwarming end. However, as I watched Sierra Burgess finally kiss her love interest, Jamey, I found myself yelling “Nooo!” at the top of my lungs.

    Pillbox | September 24, 2018