Going home

A Whole New World

Jessie-Qian-full

Going “home” is a hard process for us. The entire effort is almost like therapy: tracing back your footsteps in order to validate yourself and pick out the problems and joys that had once been in your life.
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I wanna be like you

Crowded

Agatha kehayas

Growing up, I longed to be of the same caliber as the Bubbs — to live up to the people who preceded my ungainly arrival. But I wasn’t the Bubbs. I was, to the entire catering hall forevermore, “Dorothy.”
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Masters of some

Inspiration porn

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Better to be the person who cannot be categorized than the one who can be summed up in one word. Because in a world of limitless options, the master of some will always have more potential than the specialist of one.
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Eda-Yo-full

Missing a moment on a rooftop

Because the Internet

We are species that both love and hate to miss things. Reluctant to let a single memorable event go by unnoticed, we are always storing away little moments to reflect on later.
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The age of extroversion

Inspiration Porn

While we grow up being told “be yourself,” what adults are really saying is “be an extroverted leader.” It is ironic that a country that talks about embracing your personality for what it is defines self-expression and personal development so narrowly — as if introverts have nothing to offer.
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Jessie-Qian-full

Internationality does not excuse racism

A Whole New World

Racial stereotyping jokes were the norm at my international high school, because they were the only way we knew to survive. The problematic aspects of such jokes became clear to me only after I’d graduated.
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Eda-Yo-full

Talk through text

Because the internet

We are a lazy generation — or so, at least, have we been dubbed over and over again. We are “millennials”, born and raised to create an era of the entitled, the selfish and the apathetic.
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Agatha kehayas

On death and diets

Crowded

It was the fall of 2009, and my father had just been diagnosed with a cancer that would take his life within three months. The strongest man I knew was in a rapid state of decline — his jovial face lost its endearing color and weight as cancer fed on him. With my mother in the hospital by his side incessantly, family friends coordinated a system of catered dinners so every night we had food waiting for us — one less thing to worry about.
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Kevin-Laprocino-full

The problem with passion

Inspiration Porn

We have been misled to think following our passion entails a positive experience. By definition passion comes from the Latin word “pati,” which means to suffer. Passion has little to do with pleasure and much more with pain.
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