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Being a Black Lady at a PWI

Growing up in a city like Cleveland, OH, I have been surrounded by people with different stories, backgrounds, and paths for most of my life. I never had a problem going to different places and meeting people that aren’t similar to me. However, during my undergraduate career, I realized attending a college where people were…

Being a “Power Plug Adapter”

“I brought myself a power plug adapter before coming to the U.S. When I got here and charged my computer with it, I feel like I am exactly that power plug adapter.” I posted these words on a Chinese social media website and received more than hundreds of “likes” and many comments expressing their similar…

Why You Should not Fret About Your Freshman Year Roomie

Along with everything that college freshmen have to worry about, they usually worry about whom they’ll room with. I know I struggled a lot with that. I have had my own room for years back at home, so I didn’t know what to expect. I expected that sharing a room with a stranger might be…

The Time I Applied to Over 10 Colleges and Why You...

I have always liked November, with Turkey Day, sweater weather, and the overall chill it brings. Except two Novembers ago, when the time for me to apply to college came around. I ended up bombarded with a frantic few weeks, where counselors, parents, loved ones, and random people I would meet all asking, “So have…

Navigating College with a Learning Impairment

When students picture their ideal college experience, many dream of a thriving social life and a general sailing through the semesters with the occasional all-nighter to finish a paper. Unfortunately, this dream doesn’t come true for all students. For those with a learning disability, it’s a tough world out there where you find yourself scrambling…

The Realities and Lies of Sorority Life

“What sorority are you in? I’m in __ __.” “Oh wait, you’re not in a sorority. Oh…” These common conversation starters occur when interacting with other college girls in social settings. Although, if you don’t answer the question “yes,” the conversation goes south. Yikes. Just because you can’t keep a conversation flowing with sorority girls…

Home Searching: Procrastination Misadventures

I walk up four floors to my room. No longer. I breathe in the dust coming out of the AC unit at night. No longer. I share a bathroom with forty girls. No longer. My RA knocks on my door and makes me move my posters due to a fire hazard. No longer. I live…

Making This Year Count

I’m days away from stepping back into Temple’s campus life. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the new semester ahead of me and getting back into the groove of things. In terms of leveling up this year, I plan on taking the initiative this school year and take advantage of the opportunities with…

5 Lessons Discovered After Moving From FSU to UF

College leads you places you wouldn’t expect.I grew up a Seminoles fan to the max. My family is full of FSU alumni, I visited the campus multiple times, and I went crazy in my living room when Kelvin Benjamin caught the game-winning touchdown in the National Championship. So it was a major surprise to my…

Kebabs and Life Lessons

I can sum up my summer in a single sentence: 21 flights and probably less than 21 fights. I studied abroad in Paris from May to August, traveling across the European continent in my spare time. The days often bled into the nights which inevitably became the mornings before I would lay my head down…

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