Good eggs

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The sun rises in the east, which means that my room in Berkeley — with wide, shadeless, west-facing windows — is washed in a brilliant golden hue during autumn twilights. The effect is sumptuous and humbling and marvelous at once, but that is not the point. (Although, it is not
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The daily grind

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What do I do, with a bachelor’s of arts in physics? What is my life going to be? I’ve been asked and have asked this question so many times lately it feels like my recent life is encompassed by this rendition of Avenue Q.
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Good enough

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When I was younger, I made a long list of New Year’s resolutions every year. These lists included between half a dozen and more than 20 resolutions, some of them straightforward (get straight A’s and meditate daily) and some very unrealistic (publish a bestselling novel by the age of 16).
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Campaigning with clicks

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I cannot count the number of instances I have had to sidestep oblivious students walking through Sproul Plaza with their heads down, immersed in their smartphones rather than what is immediately in front of them. And I don’t think these individuals are simply trying to avoid eye contact with the
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What’s a Muslim American supposed to do?

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On Dec. 6, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the San Bernardino tragedy, “the broader threat of terrorism, and how we can keep our country safe.” The president discussed both his policy position and the need for Muslim Americans to be proactive in fighting terrorism, all within a concise
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Soaked in oblivion

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You sit in a car. The oncoming traffic rushes by as you move in a pack on your side of the highway. You’re advancing in unison, but sectioned off. All the people you are surrounded by, you will never know. All the people you pass, you will never know. Individual
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What’s your Myers Briggs?

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“What’s your Myers Briggs?” I casually interjected into a conversation with my then-boyfriend one evening. Then, perhaps not entirely willingly, he found a 15-minute online quiz that confirmed my suspicions: We were as incompatible together as Adderall and alcohol. Worrying about a personality test is stupid, and whether two people
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Just breakfast

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I’m walking up Bancroft Way with my friend Lu. I’m happy to see her. After all, she has been in New York City all summer, and I am finally having a satisfying connection with a friend for the first time this semester. Up until this moment, I feel like I’ve
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The hand I was dealt

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Some mornings, I wake up happy, ready to see what life has to offer. Other mornings, I wake up bitter, questioning the smiles I see on everyone’s faces. The entire month of August felt like the latter. But Aug. 11, in particular, sticks out in my memory. That night, I
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My egg donation journey

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“SEEKING EGG DONOR to add to family. Prefer: Age 18-28; Caucasian; tallish; good personal and family health; very athletic and personable. Compensation and travel expenses provided.” My egg donation journey began when I sifted through the advertisements and classifieds of the newspaper you are holding in your hands. These advertisements
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