Traveling at home

There and Back Again

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I’ve written for a semester on the merits and perils of traveling, from squatting to swearing to jade bracelet wearing. I’ve thoroughly embarrassed myself, and I’ve shared things I would not even describe to my closest friends. (How could you describe the emotional thought process of squatting in a dirty
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In conclusion

The Gray Area

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What a lovely semester it has been! I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed delving together into the forbidden, roasting the sacred cows and questioning the unspeakable issues — from race to hate speech, from appropriation to Israeli divestment. Since beginning my little column here, I have
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Peace out, whiners

The Easy Way Out

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I am stressed. This is the last Easy Way Out of the semester, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of the people and things I want to discuss. When I started writing, I never imagined that an entire semester would not be nearly enough to cover all that I needed
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Doing what we’re supposed to

There and Back Again

Two days ago, I put my friend in an awkward spot, something I do frequently to friends of mine. Basically, she grabbed me a banh mi sandwich when she wasn’t entirely supposed to — she was volunteering at a food-filled event for graduating seniors in a sort of in-charge position,
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Blocking the gate: Dragging protest out of the darkness

The Gray Area

Thousands of wide-eyed parents and prospective students were treated to a genuine UC Berkeley protest experience on Cal Day this past Saturday, when members of the Black Student Union blocked Sather Gate for more than an hour protesting police brutality and the campus climate. Indeed, the demonstration was so effectively
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Look both ways before answering an exam question

The Easy Way Out

I walk out of the test in a state of colossal despair. Aside from just destroying my GPA, that test destroyed my spirit, my soul, my happiness and everything that makes me, me. It was disastrous. My only consolation is that I’m pretty sure I got most of page three
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Princesses and palsy

Demystifying Disability

I am in my early 20s, which means it’s time for me to hunker down and find a life partner. This idea isn’t coming out of nowhere. Like most problematic things, my notion of dating is from Hollywood. Growing up, I always thought that all the good people would be
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For the travelers on campus

There and Back Again

Spring has arrived, and with it comes glorious sunlight until 7:30 p.m., flowers in bloom, even more squirrels, midterms and, of course, groups of prospective students led by backward-walking tour guides. We all sort of know the procedure: The tour guide’s answer to any question always begin with “Great question!”
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Sticks and stones: On the imprecise use of language

The Gray Area

This past week, the Internet was accosted by a slew of presidential announcements: each candidate imploring your early support, each one’s messages just as conveniently vague as the last. But let’s not be too cynical. Words, after all, are said to be our servants, and their ambiguous use in political
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