Pride and Shame: A Harikatha From Becoming My Identity (Part 3) by Hari Venkatachalam

“Self-Reflection,” Young Adult Injury caused by a burn will heal, But not the scar caused by the tongue. -Thirukkural During my freshman year of college, a friend came out on October 11th, generally regarded as National Coming Out Day. He was also new in college and, having left the baggage from high school and from…

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Skin Deep (Wellness Column): An Introduction to My Skin Care Journey by Rachel Cabeza

Growing up, my immigrant mother from Colombia, always stressed the importance of taking care of my skin. I, like her, had been graced with skin that was low maintenance and easy to work with. My mom really enforced the law of sunscreen in our household from a young age; rainy day? Sunscreen. Sitting inside all day? Sunscreen. I was raised with a tenement of skincare I hold holy to this day; sunscreen is essential.

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How To Mourn Alone by Nancy Azcona

For the next three days, I find myself having crying spells. Unprompted, heavy, crying spells, and every time I find myself doing one particular thing to soothe the pain. I wrap my arms around myself and squeeze. A pandemic is hard enough without the death of a close family member, especially when you feel like you’re on an episode of Black Mirror and you see all the mini fires surrounding you.

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Preparing Our Minds and Hearts for This New Chapter of 2020 by Mayana Nell Torres

Like a lot of you, I am battling with the fact that school has relocated to the same place I’ve spent the last few months, home. Home has become a blessing, but I have caught myself having a bittersweet connection with it. We have had to rework our understanding of what home means to us and how we thought we were going to experience this fall.

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Pride and Shame: A Harikatha From Becoming My Identity (Part 2) by Hari Venkatachalam

“Hari Like Hardee’s” School Days “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly  than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”  – Bhagavad Gita ​Reading my writings from my younger school days, it is quickly apparent what my interests were. My love for mystery, ancient cultures, and science fiction filled the…

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