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October 20, 2017

A few days ago, I logged onto Facebook to find a slew of posts simply stating, “Me too.” The posts garnered hundreds of likes, sad emoji responses, and supportive comments despite having seemingly no context. I texted a friend—what did these vague posts mean? She explained that in light of the recent accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, a new hashtag trend had popped up, inviting those who had suffered ...

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October 06, 2017

In a bout of Netflix-surfing my freshman year, I stumbled upon the Brazilian film Cidade de Deus and was captivated by the alternate universe flashing across my screen. In a post-apocalyptic world of extreme poverty, gangs of teenagers dashed through crumbling streets wielding massive guns, while innocent citizens struggled under unpredictable drug lords who shot down preschoolers. The Internet told me that these lawless slums, or favelas, actually existed throughout Brazil’s ...

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September 15, 2017

I haven’t been to club night in nearly two years. One can trace my distrust of the event back to sophomore year, where, under the fluorescent glare of the field house lights, surrounded by a track full of club booths, I happened upon the perfect club. “Caribbean Students Organization” promised fun gatherings throughout the year to celebrate diverse Caribbean culture. Convinced, I put my email on the list which already ...

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February 10, 2017

I had quite a lot of fun in eighth grade math staring out the window daydreaming about everything in the world besides parabolas. So it was no surprise when I found myself in Math 1 my freshman year at Lawrenceville. Unlike my fellow classmates, ashamed to be in such a low level, I was glad for the review. Unable to ever take a summer course to catch up, I’m now ...

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On one of the days during my family’s trip to Palm Beach in 2002, my mom allowed two-year-old me to run free along the shore. While my mom watched me from a distance, a man approached her to ask where my mom had adopted me. “She’s all mine,” my mom responded. To this, the man said, “Of course she’s all yours, I know. But what country did you adopt her ...