My parents didn’t have a voice, but they helped me find mine.

Featured Illustration: Maxine Vee Growing up, I was an avid reader who spent most summers sprawled out on the carpet, legs crossed, rolling sideways to avoid the path of my mother’s vacuuming rather than choosing to momentarily take my eyes off the page. Most of the books I was reading at the time were from…

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The Irony of Menopause

Featured Illustration: Aishwarya Viswamitra My name is Aishwarya Viswamitra and I am a final year Master’s student studying lived experiences of menopause in India. Through qualitative interviews with menopausal and postmenopausal people, one of my study’s aims is to study social structures that play a role in an Indian woman’s menopause. One woman’s narrative of…

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Beautiful Inside and Out: A Conversation with Entrepreneur MJ Thomas

Entrepreneur MJ Thomas is the proud owner and founder of Malaya Studios in Pacifica, California. They offer lash, ink, skin, and wax services at two locations in the area with 10 resident artists and growing. Thomas also founded and is the lead educator at MalayaMade Pro Academy. She uses her 12 years of industry experience…

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Sarah Everard’s case: If those who are supposed to protect us abuse us, what options do we have left?

Featured Image: NBC News Earlier this year, Sarah Everard’s disappearance sparked the outrage of a nation. The 33-year-old woman was last seen in Clapham, South London late at night, only for her body to be found in Kent after almost ten days of investigation by the Metropolitan Police. On the 30th of September, Wayne Couzens,…

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Sixteen in Clarksville

Featured Artwork: Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene, 1864 by Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) In Clarksville, they were just children — arguably too young to know what love was, but evidently old enough to know that they’d found it in each other. They’d known one another for nine of their sixteen years. It was…

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The Plight of an 18-year old in the Pandemic

Featured Illustration: ‘Lights On’ by Ranganath Krishnamani With the fall blues now fully upon us, students have returned to the back-to-school groove. Yes, unlike previous years, I feel oddly stuck to the preceding one. A year, a milestone even, that disappeared without realization. Leaving high school without graduation, without yearbook signings, and without senior trips…

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The Flowers are Waxing Poetic

I wonder what Spring and Colour do while they observe from the alcoves of their Season. I like to think they flirt and wax poetic about van Gogh, calling themselves a muse; that they romance each other, then dance until they’ve spun into warmth and light. As the months pass Spring becomes overworked, while Colour…

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Smiling Behind Our Masks: Travelling in a Pandemic

Featured Illustration: Robert Beatty “We are smiling behind our masks,” says the announcement on the Turkish Airlines flight as I buckle myself in. It was only when it clicked into place that I believed I was finally on my way. The week leading up to this had been fraught with last-minute changes to flights, accommodations,…

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On the Digital Learning Gap in America

Featured Illustration: The Washington Post Disclaimer: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of interview participants. . . . Modern technology is the future of education, but it’s a luxury many cannot afford. In the age of digital learning, how do we progress without leaving our peers behind? The digital learning gap is…

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