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In the wake of the deaths of Black individuals like Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, calls for change have emerged around the country. These calls range in scope and degree, leading to peaceful protests on the streets against systemic racism and police brutality, social media posts containing educational information, and even calls for violent revolution and overthrow of the institutions that have oppressed people of color for so long. …


When I first heard about Kanye West’s Sunday Services, I was skeptical. This only got worse when I saw an actual clip, in which Kanye was blending gospel choirs and music into lyrics from his own songs. As a practicing Christian with clear and sometimes very strong opinions on the way the Christian faith ought to be lived out, I was honestly mildly insulted by the fact that someone as crass and obnoxious as Kanye West was not only making a media event out of something as dear to me as a church service, but also that he was using…


All through undergrad, I considered myself a highly intelligent individual, capable of mentally competing and conversing with today’s best and brightest. But a week into my first graduate level class, I’m consistently being forced to admit that I know nearly nothing. Within an hour of my first class-mandated screening of Ridley Scott’s Alien, I was struggling to simultaneously eat a cheeseburger (while standing) without accidentally dumping ketchup all over the front of my shirt, scout out where the beverages that weren’t La Croix were located, and make a meaningful contribution to the frame-by-frame analysis my fellow classmates seemed to be…


In less than two weeks, I’ll be moving to Chicago to attend grad school for the next year. I know, I know. A year will fly by, and I’ll be graduating before I know it. I know, I know. I’ll have such great opportunities to make broad connections with so many new people from different backgrounds and places. I know, I know. It’s a chance to study under world-renowned professors in my fields. I know, I know. Chicago is an incredible city, and I’m going to absolutely love it. I know, I know.

As I approach my moving day, I…


More often than not, the term “girlboss” is used to describe a certain brand of glossy, high-powered female executives whose ambition, talent, ingenuity, and work ethic have placed them at the tops of their respective industries. In contemporary media, fictional girlbosses include Kelsey Peters, an intern turned star editor and publisher in TV Land’s hit series Younger, and Donna Paulsen, self-appointed COO of Zane Specter Litt Williams, the law firm at the heart of USA’s Suits. Peters and Paulsen are sassy and successful, as well as polished and beautiful. …


As the 2020 presidential election approaches, conversations of privilege — both social and economic — are coming to the forefront of the American political consciousness. Capitalism, for all its merits in creating the fabled American Dream, has turned American society into a vicious cycle by which the rich only get richer at the expense of the poor, who only seem to get poorer. The growing wealth disparity manifests in our social infrastructure, developing cycles of inherent privilege, through which those born into a certain race, gender identity, or economic status gain a natural advantage as they navigate the process of…


Three years ago, I found myself deeply, undeniably depressed. I was a full-time college student; I had just started a long-distance relationship; I was a part-time Assistant Manager at a local boba shop, and I had just moved into a duplex with seven other housemates, three of whom I shared a room with. And the icing on the cake: due to unforeseen circumstances, I became the sole leader of an on-campus Christian unity ministry that I had signed on to co-lead. Needless to say, it was a busy school year. …


For years, I’ve been talking about wanting to be a writer. I started a blog early on in college, but as I spent time thinking about how to gather a following, I realized that writing about my personal convictions and journeys as a Christian would be the least productive way to gain interest and followers. I was afraid of seeming like the stereotypical Christian content creator — full of overly optimistic, flowery messages that preached generalized encouragement about God’s plan and perfect love for you, alongside highly saturated photos of flowery fields or crashing waves. When I’m honest, even as…


Spoiler Alert: It’s really, really difficult to talk about this book without giving the whole thing away, so if you’re hoping to read it or are currently reading it, I’d suggest reading this post after you finish the novel.

That said, this book destroyed me. In the most inelegant, ugly cry-inducing manner, Hanya Yanagihara’s tour de force A Little Life absolutely obliterated my emotions. …


If you had asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I would’ve probably given you a fairly predictable answer, like “a sweater” or “tops that I can wear to work.” And if you were really lucky, you’d get an “I don’t know?”. But if I was honest with you, the one thing I’ve been fixating on since this summer is the 3rd generation 12.9″ iPad Pro. Obviously, I wouldn’t dare ask anyone to spend $1,300 on my Christmas present alone, but I’ve been contemplating buying myself one for months now.

In my transition from hardworking English major with…

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