The Reading Industry Change: A Look Into Secondhand Bookstores

Featured Illustration: Daria Danilova The pandemic renewed my love for reading. In elementary school, I was the kid who signed out 6 books from the library and returned them within a week. When high school came around, reading lost its priority in my life in replacement of academics and volunteering. Looking to escape the dark…

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Afghanistan and Two Decades of Nation Building

Featured Illustration: Lida Afghan On August 15th, 2021, Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, alongside other major provinces, fell into the power of the Taliban, and the world silently watched. This is the same terrorist group that robbed all Afghans of their sanity and dreams from 1996 to 2001. To try to put my fellow Afghans’ feelings during…

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Afghanistan: What Future for the Women?

Featured Illustration: Maliha Abidi On Sunday 15th of August, the unimaginable happened. As the Afghanistan government collapsed, the Taliban gained control of the capital of Kabul after President Ashraf Ghani left the country. The fundamentalist group was preparing for its return to power in conjunction with President Biden’s withdrawal plan for the U.S. troops, which…

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The Arbitrary 18 and the Power of Gen Z

Featured Illustration: Politico This can’t be happening. My entire body shuddered as I began retching into the small wastebasket next to my desk. My eyes were transfixed on the live election map on my phone screen, and I started to hyperventilate as Georgia switched between light red and light blue. This night was the culmination…

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The Casual Trauma of “Happier Than Ever”

In her new album “Happier Than Ever” moody-eyed-Eilish takes a stab at the casual trauma of what it’s like to be a girl. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not great.

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The Pandemic Labor Shortage Myth: Why Workers Are Resigning

Featured Illustration: Boston University The pandemic has created what many have signaled as a labor shortage. However, there cannot be a labor shortage — only exploitation and people have reached their limit of it. During the pandemic, many people have found several alternatives to earning income or joining other industries due to their employment being…

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Racial Abuse Towards Black Footballers: A Country’s Passion Reveals Its Bigotry

Featured Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images, A mural of the England forward Marcus Rashford was defaced in Manchester. On Sunday the 11th of July 2021, every football fan anticipated with excitement the last game of the UEFA European Football Championship 2020: England vs Italy. My English friends kept bragging about every English win so far (as…

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How Toxic Positivity is Counterproductive

Toxic positivity can be attributed to “insincere” positivity which is detrimental to someone’s mental well-being.  It is “the assumption, either by one’s self or others, that despite a person’s emotional pain or difficult situation, they should only have a positive mindset”, as Dr. Jaime Zuckerman phrased it. Examples of toxic positivity in daily phrases can…

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A Year of Isolation Makes Way For Anxious Girl Summer

Featured Image: Podessto/Shutterstock Nobody’s happier than I am that this summer will mark our gradual return to pre-pandemic life. I ought to tell you this before I go on to tell you that my infinite gratitude and excitement is peppered (heavily) with nerves. Because the world going back to normal means I have three months…

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