Call me by my name

Off the Beat

To my fellow uniquely-named folks, please don’t feel as if you need to present the “easier” version when you introduce yourself.
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Getting bear-y comfortable

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In a place so removed from what’s familiar — often peoples’ first time living away from home — why should we be denying ourselves the tiny comforts that we have? 
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Get that cap and gown

In moments of darkness, I invite you to utilize the same grit, tenacity and determination that has coursed through your family’s veins for generations.
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The first Asian president

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It’s tough making decisions that you know won’t make your parents happy, but it’s even tougher to live a life just to please your parents.
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The man with the flag

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This country isn’t perfect — nothing is perfect — and while I recognize its vast imperfections, I’m still proud and grateful to be an American. 
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Opening up to change

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I had to open up to change by accepting that I am not tethered to my hometown, to the people from back then or to who I was before coming to college.
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