Tough choices

Laid Bear

abhishek-roy_online

I feel that this feeling is the byproduct of being suddenly on my own. Although not completely financially independent, I am still learning how to manage all this newfound freedom.
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Do it for the ‘gram

Lost in Translation

There comes a point in every international student’s freshman semester when they have to make an overwhelmingly difficult decision — to post or not to post? After the initial radio silence on social media as you focus on fitting in, figuring out an academic schedule and life without your parents,
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An ode to the Jewish mom

Jew-ish

The Jewish mom is a fascinating creature. Often found in the kitchen, she can make any room her territory. The preferred source of sustenance is her children’s smiles. Be careful when approaching this specimen — you may find yourself the victim of forced feeding and excessive hugging. The Israeli mom,
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Investing in myself

Laid Bear

I sat in my room late at night Wednesday, staring at the glowing top of the Campanile. I had missed dinner, my hair was oily and my hands ached after hours of continuous typing on my laptop. The last time I felt so miserable was during college application season exactly
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Alone together

Lost in Translation

I have a chemistry midterm tomorrow. I’m halfway through two emails — one to my editor explaining why I won’t be able to meet the deadline for this article and the second to a professor about not making my 8 a.m. I know what you’re thinking — my work ethic
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Here now, where tomorrow?

Between America and Me

The most valuable thing in my room is not my laptop or a photo of my mom — it’s a bland, unsuspecting folder hidden somewhere in my wardrobe. It contains immigration documents, my student visa, my passport and other boring pieces of paper that make my very existence is this
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Jewish litmus test

Jew-ish

Some of us identify primarily by our zodiac sign. Others identify most closely with their love of pizza. I cling to many identities, but I cling primarily to my Jewishness. Although I pride myself on my self-proclaimed title of “female Larry David,” how Jewish am I really? The most I
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Close encounters

Laid Bear

I looked out of the bus and saw a woman walking with five pugs scurrying ahead of her on leashes. The man sitting beside me noticed me curiously observing the legion of canines. “Did you know that 68 percent of all American households have pets?” he asked me as the
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Chasing a cliché

Lost in Translation

To all the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, blissfully ignorant, incoming freshmen, Only halfway through my first semester at Berkeley, during which I have never once stopped flailing along, inelegantly trying to get my shit sorted out, I really don’t think that I’m qualified enough to address you all. Now, if you wanted
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Places and pasts

Between America and Me

“ If I were an animal I’d be a capybara!” A what? My American friends are back at it. They’re talking about their favorite type of tree, that time they saw it in that one national park, and how much they “need their nature”. I guess I like nature. But
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