jasmine otb

No place like home

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I never felt ashamed of living half of my life in the Midwest, but from the conversations with the many West Coast natives I’ve met while attending UC Berkeley, I often get the sense that maybe I’m supposed to.
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azwar-shakeel_online

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Now all we can do is drag ourselves out of the fire and make sure we make it through finals without another calamity. Resolution for next semester: BE REALISTIC!
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Stuck in the middle

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I’ve determined the issue isn’t me figuring out who I am in terms of the world’s easy categories. Maybe the real problem is that the world needs to learn how to make more space for people in the middle.
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naira otb

Resolutions for 1

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As Jan. 1 encroaches every year, for as long as I can remember, I’ve anticipated the promise of renewal and betterment encompassing what we call the New Year.
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sahil-chinoy_online

The promise of public

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UC Berkeley opens its doors to about 5,000 of the most promising Californian students each year. It is a breathtaking engine of mobility.
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chantelle-lee otb

All I want for Christmas

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I had to adjust to a few things when I moved to Berkeley: getting over the time difference, dealing with my student visa, being independent for the first time and growing used to a snowless winter.
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Close to home

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Eyewitnesses alleged that the gunman had told the victim to “get out of (his) country” before shooting him. And this, for me, was the worst blow.
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A Berkeley by any other name

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When I came to college, I was torn, debating whether I should go by “Sakura” when I’d gone my entire life as “Berkeley.” How hard would it be to adapt?
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Ismael Farooqui

Born Muslim, raised American

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Today, fear is the No. 1 asset of the current administration. You might say the business-minded Donald Trump has monopolized fear. Slowly, he injects it into the market, directing it towards one group or another.
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