Depression and Me

A PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO MENTAL ILLNESS In 2015, I contemplated my death and nearly walked into the path of an oncoming truck. In 2016, I was hospitalized for my first suicide attempt. In 2017, I miscarried and was once again […]

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Fine Lies and White Lies

SPONSORSHIP, CONTENT OR BOTH? I believe the world runs on love. Many people believe the world runs on money. Here’s an example: In 1939, the Radio Corporation of America televised the New York World’s Fair, which included a speech by […]

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American Enough?

A CHALLENGED IDENTITY The image of a stereotypical American doesn’t fit with what most people would consider “American ideals,” a country that sells itself as a melting pot for multiculturalism. With the recent success of blockbusters starring non-traditional actors like […]

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Hazy Consent

FINDING THE LINE IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Okay, I’ll admit it. One morning in my 20s, I woke up, after drinking too much, to a desperate gut-punch of a question: “Did we use protection?” We had. Of course […]

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Protecting Pronouns

RESPECTING TRANS PEOPLE IN LIFE AND DEATH I knew SJ Brooks, who recently died in a tragic mountain lion attack. Instead of retelling the details, I’d like to skip the horror and tell you a little more about them as […]

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Sharing is Hard

ROADWAY COURTESY “Get off the road A-Hole!” I regularly hear that sentence from drivers just before I hear the sound of loud screeching tires, accompanied by a thick black cloud of exhaust, as an over-revved engine zooms away. The road […]

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

FACT-CHECKING THE CANDIDATES “I would definitely vote for him because he looks better than other candidates.” “I won’t vote for this guy because I have talked to him before and he is just a socially awkward person.” I am so […]

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Not Your Average Athlete

BODY SHAMING IN SPORTS Even world-class athletes endure insecurities about their bodies. Body shaming is an issue pervasive across many spheres of our society today. Measures have been taken to stamp it out, but it remains as a last crude […]

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