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Life according to Dante

Off the Beat

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” So begins the epic by Italian poet Dante Alighieri. “The Divine Comedy,” split into three parts, tells the tale of the proverbial Dante and his quest through hell,
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Backpacking across time

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Two years ago, in a typhoon of mixed emotion, I left all I knew and moved clear across the Pacific Ocean to pursue my college education. When I first got to Berkeley, backpack and overstuffed luggage in tow, I was overwhelmed by the excess of the unfamiliar. Everything and everyone
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Brave in the attempt

Donny doesn’t like to run. For the last three years, I’ve been a coach at a week-long sleepaway Special Olympics sports training camp, and perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned is that Donny doesn’t like to run. Frustratingly, Donny signs up for track every year. It boggles my mind
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Instagram in Paris

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With summer coming to a close, all that seems to be left is you flipping through the comment section of your Facebook album labeled “Summer 2015.” But school is starting, and now those precious hours previously dedicated to capturing where the light best hit the side of your chocolate croissant seem worthless as you’re studying for the ever-looming GRE.
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Breaking the language barrier

Off the Beat

I hear various Cantonese phrases being hurled across the room. My friend and her mother are arguing about something I’ll find out about later only when she explains it to me in English. I sit there listening, envious of the way their native language rolls off their tongues so smoothly.
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Off the beat: Fearing our robot masters

Robots with simple brains are harmless. When I competed with a First Lego Robotics team in elementary school, our robot’s “brain” was a brick computer called an RCX, to which we would attach arm and leg extensions. The RCX could memorize only four programs at most, and our “code” featured
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Off the beat: What my reflection shows

Breakups are mirrors. Or, at least, they’re the emotional equivalent of stepping in front of a mirror naked. You examine yourself brutally, point out all the little flaws — the stretch marks and flabby bits of your personality that past partners just didn’t really care for. Early this summer, I
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Syndicating Sin

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

Your alarm goes off. Without hesitation, you get out of bed and hop into the shower, where you bathe briskly. You get your clothes on, eat a balanced breakfast, and head to class. Everybody is on time. Your sociology professor talks for an hour about how there is no exploitation
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The first time I came out

First Timers

When I came out of the closet, I took tentative steps in stockinged feet. I stepped quietly on the carpet, and I tried not to make any noise. But I tripped and stumbled and then farted two columns. While exiting my closet, I was anything by graceful. I came out
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My kids’ restructured boat

Stale Off the Boat

I often look at pictures of my cousins and wonder what my life would have been like had I never set foot on that plane to the United States. Would I have been happy going to underfunded schools only to then become a housewife and maybe have a small career
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