Youth

This I Believe

This I Believe

This is the year. This is the year my friends and I choose colleges, select majors, and are endlessly asked, “What do you want to do? What do you want to be?” As I watch students around me struggle to choose a school and a single goal to focus on for the next four...
The Indian Advantage: Embracing My Identity on a Political Resume

The Indian Advantage: Embracing My Identity on a Political Resume

“I voted for Obama for many reasons. Do you understand? It’s not black and white. Do you see now?” Years ago, my father’s words rang in my ears as I attempted to synthesize the scattered political opinions throughout his lecture. I had been listening for what seemed...
Countdown

Countdown

10. The clock is ticking down. The score is tied. The crowd is standing. Jeremy Lin has the ball, alone at half­court. My father would talk about him all the time. I guess it took me too long to understand why. 9. My father played on his high school football team. I...
The Curious Case of Bernie Sanders

The Curious Case of Bernie Sanders

The Story So Far Bernie Sanders is an unconventional candidate. His opponent has already secured the 2,383 delegates necessary for a presidential nomination, yet Bernie continues to campaign. In fact, he remains confident still that he can win, hoping that the...
Feminism to a College Male

Feminism to a College Male

For most of my life, I had not been exposed to feminism in a concrete way. When I was younger, I didn’t have an opinion about it because the idea seemed irrelevant to me, since I had not experienced gender-based inequality. Now, I think about how foolish I was....
Prom Couture Desi Style

Prom Couture Desi Style

When my classmate Monica posted her dress in the senior prom Facebook group, people started “liking” the post immediately. “What a beautiful dress!” girls crooned, “Where did you get it from?” “It’s from India,” she replied nonchalantly, “I wore it to my cousin’s...