Tip of the iceberg

Laid Bear

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The crowd applauded loudly as the magician slowly slid a razor-sharp sword down his throat. The magician bowed as he finished the act by politely asking us for some money in return for the show. He tried to persuade us to tip by saying that he swallowed an entire sword
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Only child but never alone

Lost in Translation

People often talk about the emotional trauma of being the middle child, or the struggle of living in the shadow of a successful sibling. But I don’t think the general population quite grasps the ordeal of going through your teenage years as an only child. Not to be overly dramatic,
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The acquired accent

Lost in Translation

“Don’t you dare come back with a fake accent.” I snorted disdainfully at these emotional parting words from my best friend, skillfully covering up the anguish and self-doubt that was welling up inside me. It’s a true testament to the power of UC Berkeley’s impostor syndrome that I began to
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Yes, I speak English

Lost in Translation

By the time Golden Bear Orientation finally ended and some kind of feeling began to creep back into my overtired muscles, I had practically developed a template for the conversations that I had with every new student. And it went something like this. First, I’d pick a personality. Who did
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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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Learning first generation

Stories from the Book

There is no easy answer to those questions, just as there was no easy answer for me as I navigated being a first-generation Indian American growing up.
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Passages to India and roadblocks on the way

Stories from The Book

Growing up, my parents, who had raised their children in a country far from where they were born and raised, always emphasized the importance of staying connected with our roots and learning about our culture.
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