Anderson Lanham_online

Growing up and growing apart

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Though my sister and I were raised in the same house with the same parents in the same Chicago suburb, our childhoods were immeasurably different. I have to wonder if that is what made us so different or if it was inevitable from the beginning that our life paths would split so drastically.
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malini_ramaiyer_online

Why I don’t use exclamation points

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I thought girls had to be bubbly, kind, energetic and enthusiastic. As I had seen on television and movies, there was no middle between smiling and crying — girls could not be serious, and they could never be angry.
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lloyd-lee

Seasons of a gated community

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The infinite space I used to enjoy with my friends turned into an illusory prison, and I was the inmate in unit six. So when it was time to transfer out of junior college, UC Berkeley was my escape hatch.
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jasmine otb

No place like home

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I never felt ashamed of living half of my life in the Midwest, but from the conversations with the many West Coast natives I’ve met while attending UC Berkeley, I often get the sense that maybe I’m supposed to.
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azwar-shakeel_online

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Now all we can do is drag ourselves out of the fire and make sure we make it through finals without another calamity. Resolution for next semester: BE REALISTIC!
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hannah_nguyen_online

Stuck in the middle

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I’ve determined the issue isn’t me figuring out who I am in terms of the world’s easy categories. Maybe the real problem is that the world needs to learn how to make more space for people in the middle.
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naira otb

Resolutions for 1

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As Jan. 1 encroaches every year, for as long as I can remember, I’ve anticipated the promise of renewal and betterment encompassing what we call the New Year.
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sahil-chinoy_online

The promise of public

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UC Berkeley opens its doors to about 5,000 of the most promising Californian students each year. It is a breathtaking engine of mobility.
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