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Looking at Colleges While Low-Income

Looking at Colleges While Low-Income

  Last May, I had a handful of college acceptance letters and a decision to make. Or so I told myself. The truth was, the decision had been made for me. It had been made the day I received my last financial aid letter, the day I neatly listed the cost of attendance for each...
Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

“Have you heard about that case?” We were in French class, working on creating an imaginary dialogue, when one of my friends asked the question. There had only been one case that had captured national attention for the past year and a half. ¬†With a sinking feeling, I asked, “What case?”
Fresh Off the Boat: The Start of a Solution

Fresh Off the Boat: The Start of a Solution

  A year ago, if you had asked me to name an Asian character on television, I would’ve stalled for a solid five minutes before naming a grand total of one– Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead. Now, I can name seven, a number that is simultaneously pathetically small and unusually large when applied to...
Setting the Example

Setting the Example

  “Yeah, Chinese people are so weird. They eat the strangest stuff.” I whipped around to see who was responsible for the offending comment and found myself looking back at the only other Chinese-American in the class. Several of our classmates surrounded him, giggling as they looked to him for reassurance before offering their own...
Navigating Friendships with White People

Navigating Friendships with White People

Illustration by Ashley Amado. Up until high school, every single one of my friends was white. When you took into account the fact that I went to a very white school in a very white community in the Deep South, the lack of diversity in my friend group was not surprising. The only problem was...