Madeline Baker


Maddie is a Fourth Year studying English and History. She enjoys spending time with her family, Mediterranean food, Michael Fassbender, and the Whole Foods salad bar. She loves the beach and falling asleep to paranormal podcasts. Her favorite thing to write about is herself. 

Hot air balloon on a purple and pink sky

This is it, Iris’s last issue for the 2018-2019 school year, and we could not have been happier to have spent the last several months sharing our thoughts, ideas, and passions with the Iris readership.

Dandelions in the wind

I love Spring as much as the next person. I love when it gets warmer and the days get longer. I love retiring my parka for a few months and opting for a lighter jacket that’s not nearly as heavy. I love that my car isn’t buried in the snow, and that my seasonal affective disorder has taken a hiatus.

A sparkling heart surrounded by the word "Love"

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, echoed the sentiment of all of us when she said, “Personally, I love a good love story.” Ali McGraw melted our hearts when she told us, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” James Joyce had us utterly confused when he explained, “Lov

Hand drawn image of a racoon

For the most part I have good judgement when it comes to people. I have surrounded myself with a group of strong women who bring fulfilment to my life and build me up and support me just as much as I like to support them.

A head wearing headphones and crying

A few months ago, our very own Iris intern and my personal style icon, Laura Hinnenkamp, shared with us a number of places she has cried in public.

Head with lots of confusion in the brain

I would say that when it comes to life advice, I am an expert in a few categories. I can recommend a really good fake tanner that isn’t streaky and lasts a long time.

Road sign reading "Change Ahead"

Ah yes, the beginning of a new school year. This is it, the year we finally use our agendas. The year we tell that person we really like them and want to make him, her, or them a plate of meat, cheese, and stone-ground mustard because that’s how much we care about them. The year we tell our parents to get off our backs and START LIVING!

Hand-drawn text that reads the best four years of your life

 The other day I heard a woman, a law school graduate with a really awesome job and absolutely no reason to think her life is boring whatsoever, describe college as “the best four years of your life.” This statement was distressing for multiple reasons.

A hand-drawn photo of three open lipsticks.

There are a only a few things I can think of that I absolutely hate: possums, green beans, waiting on someone who is late, and people I don’t know seeing me without makeup.

A hand-drawn photo of hearts on a yellow, blue, and green background.

What is love? In 1993 the electronic pop artist and one-hit wonder Haddaway asked the world this question in his insanely popular song that had everyone singing along. Today, in 2018, I ask myself the question again. What does it mean to love and be loved?

A black background with a pizza hand-drawn in white and the words "Good Morning!" at the top

7:00am *alarm goes off*

  1. Jesus Christ my eyes are swollen shut, I need, like, 10 more minutes of sleep.

A photo of the street in Scotland.

In everyone’s college career, there comes a time when people start to reflect on how they’ve spent the last few years. Where were the places and who were the people they’ll want to remember twenty years from now?