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Surviving on Flex

Laid Bear

Whether it’s buying groceries or calling an Uber, there is an unconscious effort to convert the price into rupees. I anxiously perform these conversions, often expecting an exorbitant price. Often I notice a fellow international student, from somewhere in Asia, pausing and looking at the price of a box of cookies or a packet of chips, perhaps performing the same dreadful calculations in their head.
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Conversations

Lost in Translation

Who knows me the most intimately in this entire world? My best friend? My mother? Both these answers would be completely acceptable but also completely incorrect. The right answer to who knows me the most intimately in the world is: my waxing lady, Shreya. There is no experience in the
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Nothing is good in moderation

Between America and Me

As practical and morally upright as terming myself a moderate felt, it also felt facetious and insincere. What did I actually stand for? I found myself defending the feasibility of the “middle ground.” But what did I actually believe in?
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Identity Crisis ft. hummus

Jew-ish

It’s true that some aspects of cultural or ethnic identity are integral to who you are. I don’t think I would be wholly me if I weren’t Jewish. But I can reference my Judaism and have that serve as one of my key characteristics without making that my sole identifier.
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kaitlyn-hodge_online

Unpacking privilege

Queerly Political

For someone who identifies within the LGBTQ+ community, I feel as though I constantly have to justify my queerness, on top of the stigma I face every day from the heteronormative world.
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A place without walls

Alien on Campus

But as the semester continued, I noticed that even though the campus doesn’t have any walls, people’s minds are filled with barriers.
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clare-egan_online

Unsung heroes

Adding Up

Having undergraduate opportunities like these not only benefits the students in the class, but also the staffers themselves. When departments let students take on a bigger role, everyone benefits.
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kaitlyn-hodge_online

Queer incorporated

Queerly Political

The reality of the matter is that once Pride Month ends, this “inclusion” does as well — until next year during Pride.
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alejandra-marquez_online

2 homes are better than 1

Alien on Campus

But my long-term relationship with Berkeley was very questionable. As a consequence, I felt my sense of “home” becoming increasingly ambiguous. Home is where the heart is, right? But what if my heart falls in love with a place that was never meant to be permanent for me?
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Lab overtime

Adding Up

Having a class where labs were largely expected to be completed outside of lab time changed my perspective on what an “ideal lab” would be.
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