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Betsy Devos At Helm: A Student Speaks

Betsy Devos At Helm: A Student Speaks

In early February, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education, in a 51-50 vote. As a college student struggling with course workload, her confirmation frightens me. As a tutor to college students, her confirmation most definitely frightens me. And, with...
Apartment Décor 101: Grad Student Style

Apartment Décor 101: Grad Student Style

When I washed up in South Dakota—home to Mount Rushmore—I felt as though I’d washed up on Mars, alone. I had to live like a modern day Robinson Crusoe not knowing whether I’d be a permanent resident or a serious sojourner. So it made sense for me not to collect too...
What Does the Bully Want?

What Does the Bully Want?

When I was a teenager, I used to get bullied a lot. My bullies were relentless. I could barely be in a class with them or pass them by on my way to get some water and they would seize the opportunity to say something hurtful or make a face, a smirk – hard to catch and...
In Defense of Sudden Outsiders

In Defense of Sudden Outsiders

In the past week, I have been thinking about my childhood trips to India. The jet lag—the surreal feeling of leaving one country and waking up in another. Upon returning to the United States, my sister and I would stay up all night until my father took us to...
Of Wedding Bells and Hospital Bills

Of Wedding Bells and Hospital Bills

Not another invite,” I groaned, picking up a thick cream and  red colored envelope. I could practically feel the weight of the tree that had gone into making it. The names of the bride and groom were embossed on it in gilt letters. “Okay, you’ve got money,” I got the...
Ode to Inauguration: A Writer Speaks

Ode to Inauguration: A Writer Speaks

Ode to Inauguration I was seven when it first happened. A man put his hand under the polka dots of my dress. Then I did not move and lay still.   “ I grab a woman by the pussy.”   Have you heard of the marches around the country? I will be wearing a “pussy” hat when I...