An awkward start

Devil In The Details

Julia Bertolero_online

I was making my way to class in my usual half reluctant, half sprinting-because-I’m-late fashion, and I sensed someone’s stare pointing in my direction. Glancing up, I froze. The stare seemed to belong to a face I knew, though not very well. I started to mumble an uncertain, “Uh, hi,”
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Weirdly worldly

2 cents on 2 sides

Catherine Strauss_online1

Pretty much everyone who has met me would say I’m weird — and I don’t blame them. I am not weird in an unapproachable way. I just embrace the “why is she randomly giving me a massage in the middle of the day” aesthetic that only a specific niche of
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Speaking down, not up

Euphoric Dysphoria

J Jung_online

As class ended, I hurried down the steps of the auditorium and walked to the long line of brown-nosing undergraduates. After waiting till everyone else left, I informed my professor that I identified as a transgender woman and asked if there were any accommodations for a group presentation that required
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Finding comfort

Comfort Food

Lauren Ahn_online

The semester is finally coming to an end, but there’s still too much to be said and done. There are unchecked boxes on my to-do list waiting to be acknowledged, Facebook events yet to be confirmed and attended, term papers to write begrudgingly and new friends to make memories with.
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MadlineDyer_online

A final challenge

Voice of Reason

The education UC Berkeley students such as myself receive goes unparalleled. Not only do we hear lectures from renowned, Nobel Prize-winning professors across several acclaimed departments, but we also do groundbreaking research with them, changing the world and how we understand it. Respected figures from the public, private and social
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Zoe Kleinfeld_online

Also known as

Look Back At It

I can’t remember what came first — wanting to be a grown-up or wanting the approval of grown-ups. What I can remember is that my mother had a small drawer full of perfume baubles and rings and makeup, and that on the first day of fifth grade, I snuck into
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Kelsi Krandel_online

Fake it ’til you make it

(In)secure

My roommate Michelle came through the door and flopped down on her bed. “Dude, like four people stopped me today to ask me for directions.” I looked up from my laptop at her. “Really?” “Yeah, it was so weird! I don’t know why — it’s not like I know where
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Lauren Ahn_online

Conveniently best friends

Comfort Food

We sat on her bed, typing our respective college essays — hers for schools on the East Coast and mine for schools on the West Coast. The sound of gently pressed keyboard letters permeated the room and it was the only sound we heard with the exception of a growling
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MadlineDyer_online

Damned if I do, damned if I don’t

Voice of reason

I remember having dinner with a bunch of other Republican college students two years ago after a long day doing Get Out The Vote. Neither the GOTV nor the celebratory dinner that evening was very enjoyable. I did not get the memo that I would be walking from house to
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Zoe Kleinfeld_online

The trains that could

Look Back At It

To receive a driver’s license in the state of California, applicants must be at least 16 years of age with parental permission, or else wait until they are 18 years old. They must provide a car for the drivers test. Nothing else is required. I didn’t get my license until
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