An Ode to Liminal Places


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It was after a meeting. I’m a board member for a new theatre club and we had our first meeting for the semester. After general body members watched a Prezi and showed slight interest, the board dispersed with excitement, buzzing for plans of the future.  As I followed a fellow board member out of the […]

Men are Adjectives, Women are Nouns


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Something I observed in queer culture is the use of nouns and adjectives to describe oneself. Homosexual women will say, “I’m a lesbian,” whereas homosexual men will say, “I am a gay man.” Women hold nouns as identities, placing themselves within the label. They are a lesbian, plain and simple. However, gay men place themselves […]

Assault by Bystander Effect


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What does it mean to be passive in an emergency? The bystander effect might give us a clue. The bystander effect, in short, is the decreasing sense of responsibility when an individual is a part of a crowd. Most examples of it cite an incident in which a woman was stabbed outside her apartment building, […]

Why I Always Do the Dishes


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I’m a creature of habit, but that doesn’t mean that creating habits come easily to me. If I like to do one thing, such as taking a walk first thing in the morning, I tend to do it often, but with other things, such as dishes, I feel less welcoming towards. Because dishes are a […]

The L Word, or the Subtleties of Reckless Hedonism


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Ah weekends. The time when time halts in our pursuit of hedonism and jarringly resumes on Monday. Typically I’m one to continue my work mindset into my weekend. Breaks? Periods of relaxation? Who needs that! My mental circadian rhythm continued regardless of the day of the week. I was never one to metaphorically sleep in […]

The Curious Case of the Ambivert


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While other people struggle with their sexual orientation or religious beliefs during college, I strain over trying to understand whether or not I’m an introvert or an extrovert. Or both. Or, hey, what about neither? Extraversion and introversion are contingent constructs in which we can understand how humans interact with the physical or internal world, […]

“I don’t know”


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Have you ever thought about what it means to know “everything?” I mean, you’d not only have to master all academic subjects but non-academic ones as well. Learn to be as good at math as how to plant a tomato, become fluent in Mandarin as you would in understanding art. There’s so much to not […]

How Have Corporations Influenced Social Norms?


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This question was just a dusty, unintelligible gut-feeling when I learned that, in order to increase sales, the tobacco industry targeted women in advertising. Through effective marketing and sculpting, they reversed the taboo that cigarettes are unladylike and unfit for women, and instead effectively feminized the cigarette. The most prominent brand, Lucky Strike increased sales […]

Mouth Breathing in an Art Museum


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Last week I had the pleasure of strolling through the rich and historic city of Washington DC. During my travels there, I overturned the Newseum like a stone and strolled through the National Gallery of Art (among renewing my Bulgarian passport and citizenship card, the real reason for the family trip). Despite the fact that […]

Personal Growth Means Training a Monkey


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I get it. It’s a new year, and thus a new regime for improving one’s life. However, I feel that this year isn’t all that special. It’s just a regular Sunday going into a regular Monday for me, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about setting goals for personal achievement. As you can probably […]