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Self-becoming is a challenging, rewarding journey

All things exist in seasons; each season of your life will always require a different version of yourself. Who you are now is so important presently, with all of its complications of personhood, but it is also preparation for who you will become. We navigate these changes as gracefully and resiliently as we can, but […]

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Beyoncé does not represent all black beauty

Growing up as a black child in the neighborhood I lived in and the school I went to left little opportunity for me to see other people who looked like me. As a little, dark black girl, that slimmed the chances even more. At school in class, I was always the only black girl and […]

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Spring cleaning and self-care go hand in hand

Despite graduating in a few short weeks, I too am feeling the pressure of staying energized and refreshed as the academic year comes to a close. Oftentimes our conversations on academic performance and well-being are skewed because of contemporary notions surrounding success and self-care. For my viewpoint, I want to provide an alternative perspective to […]

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Students need more living options

Housing selection: a simultaneously terrifying and exciting time of year that leaves students frantically surveying campus and weighing the benefits of far-away, but upscale Gault Schoolhouse, to convenient, but depressing Holden. When my roommate and I discovered that our housing selection was in the early 60s, we were ecstatic. Unlike last year, we had the […]

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Black women deserve better

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” I begin with this quote from Black activist Malcolm X’s speech “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself,” because I want to explain how relevant his […]

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Empowering practices for spring

Spring is a time associated with rejuvenation, rebirth and the thawing of winter’s chills. In indigenous cultures around the globe, the arrival of spring is commonly celebrated with symbols of birth; in the United States, this can be seen through the unending sea of advertisements featuring eggs and rabbits, creatures revered for their fertility. Additionally, […]

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