Monique Lupu_online

Stepping over stumbling stones

Off the Beat

“Girls can love a rock,” my umma once told me. “But rocks just sit there. They don’t move or give anything back.” This was her subtle way of encouraging me to dump my then-boyfriend, but I was too optimistic to listen. After all, he was charming, hilarious and fun when
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Taylor Follett_online

What are you going to do with that?

Off the Beat

I was sitting down to dinner with new acquaintances a month into my freshman year when the conversation turned to our majors. I was surrounded by computer science and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, majors. I tensed up, steeling myself for the inevitable disparaging comment. When I
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Justin Knight_Online

Learning to fail

Off the Beat

Here’s something I never thought I’d be proud to say: I quit a thing. More than that, I quit something I really, really wanted to succeed in. This summer, I took an intensive language course that was supposed to gear me for a future academic career in language study. Ten
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Ilaf

I woke up like this

The Jaded Pessimist

By the start of spring semester, I wanted to be asleep more than I wanted to be awake. I just didn’t want my days to start.
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Ilaf

More than hairy pits

The Jaded Pessimist

I wanted to experience every bump, every heart pounding, soul crushing bump that was a part of growing up — so I shrugged off the warning signs and dove into adulthood headfirst. I spoke when I shouldn’t have, befriended people I should have steered away from and put myself in
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Elena Stacy_Online

Big fat C

Doing Okay (Kind Of)

I was sitting at the front desk with my coworker as she struggled over her statistics homework. She read aloud, “What is the expected value of the number of even cards in a hand of six cards dealt?” I sensed statistics and instinctively turned my head to her computer screen
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Yoojin Shin_Online_Zainab Ali

Multicultural identities for self-liberation

The Privileged Protestor

“Come to Greece during Thanksgiving! My mom will make you great food.” It was a hot Saturday afternoon in July. While talking about my upcoming adventures in England, my friend had told me of her plans to fly back to Greece during Berkeley’s Thanksgiving break. The invitation that promptly followed
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Elena Stacy_Online

You’re a 10

Doing Okay (Kind Of)

Back in high school, a question that would come up in conversation with friends was: What would you rate yourself? A tough question indeed. On a scale of one to 10, a young woman is asked what her own personal outlook is on her beauty. The answers to the question
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Ilaf

Ridin’ solo at Outside Lands

The Jaded Pessimist

I rolled my eyes with the stranger next to me as we both attempted to shove off the clawing, over-excited, prepubescent teenage girls behind us who desperately wanted to carry G-Eazy’s spawn. The stranger and I weren’t too concerned with each other’s well being at first — we didn’t know
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Ilaf

They don’t even have health care

The Jaded Pessimist

My grandfather’s skin clung to his bones as though he’d never eaten before. The gaping holes in his mouth made his speech incomprehensible. Slowly, with quivering arms, he made his way to me by clutching onto a plastic chair he used in place of a walker. He was sick, as
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