Keep calm and have fika

Off the Beat

Fika gives people both a place and mindset to gather with others. It’s a wonderfully laid-back system that binds people together with coffee. 
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On being an unlikely Leo

Cal in Color

From a young age, I was afraid of being expressive and taking up space. I learned to make myself smaller and quieter so white people would feel comfortable. 
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Exploiting my life for content

Impulsive Coward

This column has been my little corner of the internet where I can write about my life, but as intimate as it feels, it’s scary how easy it is for anyone to find it.
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Down with the binary

Thinking Outside the Binary

I don’t want to carry on the tradition of the gender binary. I want to analyze it, question it and reject it altogether, all the while encouraging others to do the same.
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I don’t wear bras

Sex on Tuesday

Not wearing a bra has been sexualized to the point where people have forgotten that it’s just part of a woman’s natural state of being.
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Am I a romantic masochist?

To the Left

I’m the reason I can’t find love, and nothing can convince my stubborn self otherwise. My love language is self-sabotage, and it always seems to best me.
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The last one

Off the Beat

The lasts just keep coming: last class, last time seeing a friend, last staff meeting, last article, last house dinner, last month and last column. 
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I am my Brownness

Cal in Color

Obviously, I knew that I was Brown. But in their attempts to make me feel included, my Ukrainian family made me feel even more othered.
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