Necessary Friends

you’re at a lunch party, talking lessforking a bruschetta, careful not to make a messthinking of a cheeseburger, of the galaxies and Euler’s Identitynot the colour of your lip matte but you know you’re a bit of bore, a bit of a vagrantyou’re not thinking of a Hamptons vacationin this assemblyyour reticence is your salvation…

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Balancing College & Work Life: How To Stay Organized Between It All

Between balancing a part-time job, keeping up with university and fulfilling volunteer obligations, it is easy to lose track and fall behind. After two years, I finally found a system that works for me to stay organized and on top of my readings and work. To begin with, before school starts I plan my schedule…

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The Exclusion In Inclusive Spaces

Being in an all-female Facebook group with thousands of members is tough. The daily drill is almost nauseous. A provocative post, ruffled norms, offended egos, ad hominem thrown left, right, and center. The better ones have policies against such abusive activity — policies that are often selectively applied to the advantage of a particular troupe.…

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The Dangerous New World of Social Media Police: Freedom — Terms and Conditions Applied

The argument is often made that social media is a harbinger of freedom of expression into the 21st century — but is it really free? This is not to implicate the online troll armies that will threaten rape and plunder if the illegal occupation of a regime they support is questioned. There is something that…

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Guam’s Teen Pageants Become a Catalyst for Service

Winning a pageant consists of beauty and brains — the typical trajectory of many. With long hours of preparation and hard work, Ken Jay Sablan Paulino acquired the title of “Mister Teen Guam 2019” and Zaria Jerese Muna Fejeran became “Miss Teen Guam 2019.” As summer passes by, both teens attempt to fulfill their mission…

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Writer’s Block: Tips & Tricks to Get You Going Again

If you like to write, then you’ve probably suffered from writer’s block every now and again, times where your mind doesn’t feel like working and decides that it’s time go off on an unnecessarily long vacation. A lot of people tend to take a break themselves to wait out the lack of motivation until their…

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Rising Up From Failure

Roger Crawford once said, “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” From my erstwhile experiences, I have ultimately realized that there will always be incoming challenges ahead of us. These inescapable encounters precisely measure the range of our capabilities and moral values. To effectively prepare for these impending tasks, we primarily need…

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tears.

tears i’ve cried waiting for you to come back, to hold me in your arms. tears i’ve cried, hoping you’d stop the lies that broke you apart. tears i couldn’t feel until my shirt was already soaked by their desperation for you to be there. so many tears. tears that stain my cheeks like the…

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The Law of Attraction: Yay or Nay?

At the beginning of the year, while my family was emptying out cupboards, I came across a collection of my old school work that my mother had kept. Among these was a worksheet where we had been instructed to write what we wanted for our future. We must have been in grade 4. I was…

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