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Letter to the girl on fire

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Dear PRPB, Sometimes I hear your laugh floating in the air above the desks between us — tinkly, sweet and forceful all at once. Your unmistakeable trills wash over me, leaving a smile in their wake. It’s good to hear you unintentionally yell in that voice you use when you’re
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Man vs. wild

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When most people remember the first time they visit Yosemite, they imagine the vast ancient sequoia forests surrounding the national park, the towering granite cliffs of Half Dome looming in the sky, and the beautiful misty Bridalveil Fall greeting visitors when they first arrive. But when I think back to
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Chill, maybe?

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I fazed out as my father drove me to the airport on my last day in Pakistan. He was lecturing me about the dos and don’ts of college life, but I was too preoccupied to listen. College was the last thing on my mind at that moment as I was
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Embracing myself

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It’s blisteringly cold and I’m shirtless, bent over in the corner of my grimy middle school locker room. The man’s hands slowly feel up and down my back, causing little mountainous goosebumps to simultaneously spring up all over my body in response to every icy touch. I decide to shut
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Am I Milo Yiannopoulos? A critical study

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When I woke up last Thursday and learned that well-known far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos had been successfully repelled from our campus by protesters, I was at first seized with a buoyant, radical-leftist glee. “What a thrill it is to close off my mind to outside ideas, even if they are
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What’s in the box?

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I love making lists, I love creating spreadsheets and I especially love filling boxes. Honestly, one time, I went an entire month waking up in the morning and planning out an hour-by-hour schedule for me to follow just so that each hour-shaped box in my mental calendar was filled. I
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Those stubborn facts

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On Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, which as written temporarily banned citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya from entering the United States for 120 days; it also indefinitely suspended the admission of refugees from Syria. The order delivered a swift shock to
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Crazy feeling

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I first started listening to the music of Lou Reed after I heard him featured in a Gorillaz song — one of the later recordings he’d make before his death at age 71, it turned out. As raspy and craggy as he sounded in his old age, I found something
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Very dirty! Bad!

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It’s week three, and the dishes already stand tall, iceberging out above the top of my sink. That unpleasant, sharp smell strengthens and spreads slowly through the rest of my home like the dark clouds of populism over the West. The battle to expel the forces of dirty from Apartment
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J Jung_online

Touchdown at Tom Bradley

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Grainy white linoleum of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX provided a backdrop for all of my clearest memories: travelling between the United States and South Korea. Alongside the emotionally charged trips to Korea, alongside each trip to Seoul, are sobering re-entries, where I travel from Seoul to Los
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