Taking a Look at ‘Our First Loves’

A former colleague who’s now a professor at Northwestern University sent me a link to a project his students recently put together. I found the project, called “Our First Love,” pretty interesting — mainly because of the stories, which are about each student’s first love. I especially liked the audio (and the origami hearts) in Annie’s story.

Even though I didn’t know any of the students’ first loves on a personal level, I still felt as though I could relate to the feelings associated with this universal theme. Part of me wanted to know more about how the students defined “love,” especially those who talked about loving a significant other at a young age. Was it puppy-dog love, or a more genuine kind of love? Given the subjectivity associated with it, love can be pretty difficult to define. I don’t think you can really define it until you find it…

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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