Car talk

Love in Conversation

We’ve both had times when a car ride has been a catalyst for connection or an important milestone in a relationship.
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Conversation deflation

We’ve all experienced the horror that is a conversation-ender, also known as a conversation deflation. You’re walking back from class with a friend, the conversation’s flowing nicely and everything seems to be going swell. Then they nonchalantly drop a phrase that makes you want to disappear into the crowd as
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Tea with strangers

I found myself on a train hurtling 38 miles away from the only place in California I’m familiar with in the pursuit of conversing with four strangers on a Monday night. As a New York City native, my instincts to evade interactions with strangers only kicked in temporarily, before being
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A student’s guide to avoiding awkward hellos

At a large public university such as UC Berkeley, we meet so many new people each semester that over time it can be difficult to gauge whether or not it’s appropriate to say “hi” to someone when you see them out of context. This can cause all kinds of awkward
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