I was only 9

Sex on Tuesday

My first kiss should have been an innocent moment with the boy I spent my freshman year of high school crushing on. But instead, it released your memory.
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Catholic guilt

Sex on Tuesday

I did, in fact, find myself vulnerably confronting my religion — with a cross dangling above my face, connected to a chain around the neck of a classmate.
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Photo of Lady Bird movie

5 lessons we learned from coming-of-age films

As an enthusiast for coming-of-age movies, I was guided through my teenage years by the films under this niche genre as they prepared me for adulthood by illustrating the journey of characters who were at the same stage of life as me. Whether the movie is funny, sad or romantic, I believe there’s something to be learnt from each of them.
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Growing Pains

Living in liminality

I myself never experienced growing pains as seen on screen, and not just because I’ve stayed the same height since the eighth grade.
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Daring to drive toward independence

Off the Beat

My dad has always told me growing up, “Only worry about what you can control.” I don’t have a car to control anymore. And I sure can’t control the world around me right now. All I can control is myself.
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