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The Politics of Preening

The Politics of Preening

  I wear makeup almost every day. When I was in middle school, makeup was a way for me to express myself. Frequently, I would experiment with weird eyeshadow colors and graphic eyeliner. It was fun to me. Now, I tend to default to more neutral, understated colors.
The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life

The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life

My life happens in poems. I have measured out my most cherished memories in single images scribbled in my diary, and chronicled them in Word documents arranged by year. A habit of mine is to take the time to reflect through poetry whenever anything momentous, strange, interesting, upsetting, wonderful, or life-changing occurs. Many of these...
The Best Four Years of Your Life

The Best Four Years of Your Life

  When I was a kid, high school was the shining light at the end of the tunnel that my prepubescent friends and I looked forward to. And why wouldn’t we? There are what seems like millions upon millions of movies featuring teenage protagonists that showcase the escapades of rebellious high school students: Going to...
Middle School Obsessions

Middle School Obsessions

Illustration by Flynn Bryan.    Middle school is a strange time; the confusing purgatory between elementary and high school— where one enters as a doe-eyed child, endures a few years of feeling through a whole new world of social structures and conventions in this bizarre limbo, and stumbles out on the other side a capital-t...