How Do We Create Social Impact?

Featured Illustration: Heart Design Studio I’m from Dhaka, a city known to be crowded, congested, and buzzing with ambition. I’ve always felt deeply connected to my home, its colorful characters, and truly believed in its potential to be the greatest place on Earth. At the time, we lived in a gated community surrounded by evergreen…

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We Need to Memorialise the Stories of our South Asian Female Elders Before It’s Too Late

Featured Illustration: Joey Guidone We often forget the legacies of those before us, legacies that lift us up and constantly inspire us. So much of human history has been memorialised through stories of love, war, and tragedy. Through navigating and talking about our own family histories, we can also add our own pieces to this…

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Stop Co-Opting Our Movements and Get Your Own

Featured Image: Financial Times Black Lives Matter. Not only is it true, but it’s also the name of a movement. Our movement. Not a trendy bio insert. Because let’s be real for a sec. Most of the people with BLM in their bios are violently anti-Black. But this isn’t about that. This is about other…

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3 Challenges as a First-Generation Student and How I Overcame Them

Featured Illustration: Leonardo Santamaria A first-generation student is best described as someone whose parents did not attend college, therefore making the student the first one in the family to do so. My experience being first-generation has brought many challenges. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until my junior year at California State University, Bakersfield, that I gained the…

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Keep Voices Down, This is a Quiet Zone

Featured Image: Valentin Antonini I was a loud kid. Not shouting on the playground, tear-stricken tantrum in the grocery store loud, but I’d rather hear the sound of myself talking than silence at any given time loud. It’s an ailment many suffer from, even into adulthood. And as it turns out, a chronic need to…

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The Numbness I Feel

Featured Image: Sydney Rae The numbness I feel Is my heart, icing over After an avalanche Froze my soul Tiny snowflakes Laying on my lungs Until they collapsed Under the weight Of one thousand disappointments Of heartache, worry, stress   Crushed under the voice Of your fury As uncontrolled as a falling glacier Plummeting into…

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Inner Joy

Featured Illustration: Virginia Moreno I never felt so loved Being unloved I never felt so secure In my insecurities   I never felt so sustained In my loneliness   To be so supported And alone   The warmth Penetrates through my skin Awakening myself With a glowing tinge   It eradicates Every doubt   Every…

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Bridgerton and the Not-So-Innocent Black Girl Trope

I would definitely be lying if I said that I was not one of the hundreds of people raging about Netflix’s newest era piece, Bridgerton. I mean, I didn’t know how much my life needed the classical remix of thank you, next by Ariana Grande and a step-by-step tutorial on how to be the “diamond…

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Are You Taking Revenge by Procrastinating Your Bedtime?

Featured Illustration: Shoko Ishida Have you ever heard of revenge bedtime procrastination? You might have or not, but it is a phenomenon I believe many of us will relate to. Have you ever had a rough day, filled with chores and responsibilities — be it work, home, or school? You then end the day exhausted…

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