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Those Three Words

Those Three Words

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01/26/2018

I remember the first time I said “I love you.” My best friend Scarlet and I were driving home from the beach. When going to the beach in Los Angeles, you have to time your departure correctly or else the drive home can easily turn into a two-and-a-half hour, traffic-laden ordeal. Scarlet loves the beach,…

In Search of Strength

In Search of Strength

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01/26/2018

When my mother was on her deathbed, I frequently heard people comment on her strength. She had a catchphrase, “fight like a girl,” and she was the living embodiment of this saying. She beat cancer twice and fell after it came back a third time —  stage four breast cancer can knock out even the greatest…

Marooned

Marooned

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01/17/2018

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Would it, though? A name holds a history, a story, a moment. Names are lived. Everyday, my family name, “Hockaday,” reminds me of how my Black ancestors were ripped from their homes…

“No, I Don’t Know Putin”

“No, I Don’t Know Putin”

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01/17/2018

When I was in the fifth grade, Jake, the boy who sat in front of me in math class, turned around randomly and asked me, “Do you know Putin?” Without awaiting my response, he answered: “He started the Cold War,” (accompanied by exaggerated shivering). At age 10, I had little awareness of the Cold War,…

Wearing Black Isn’t Enough

Wearing Black Isn’t Enough

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01/04/2018

As the horrible year that was 2017 wrapped up, with scores of men in Hollywood being accused of sexual assault and harassment, major actresses, including Meryl Streep and Emma Stone, announced that they would wear black to the Golden Globes in protest. The irony and inadequacy of their protest is pretty obvious; it’s not uncommon…

Hypocrisy on the Hilltop

Hypocrisy on the Hilltop

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12/07/2017

On Monday, I was deeply disturbed to learn that the university that taught me the importance of economic justice and the dignity of labor is now refusing to recognize its teaching assistants as workers, in contravention of established federal law, Catholic social teaching, and its own Just Employment Policy. I spent six years at Georgetown—four as a student,…

“Just Keep Swimming”

“Just Keep Swimming”

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12/01/2017

I watch a lot of movies and television. In fact, I pride myself on my binge-watching ability. My favorite thing to do is curl up in bed, snacks handy and the TV (or laptop, because it’s 2017 and who isn’t watching everything on their laptop now?) playing whatever show I’m into at the moment. I…

“Waving Betsy Ross’s Flag Higher”

“Waving Betsy Ross’s Flag Higher”

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12/01/2017

When I was 16, I boarded a one-way flight to Lima, Peru with an ill-fitting blazer draped over my arm and a folded-up American flag in my suitcase. My final destination was Arequipa, a city that sits at the foot of a dormant volcano, a city I came to call home over the next year….

When Home Is Hard to Define

When Home Is Hard to Define

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11/17/2017

Up until I left for Georgetown, it was simple to define “home.” Home was the house in Los Angeles where grew up. It was the place where I learned to swim with my twin sister Katharine and my preschool best friends Charlie and Evren, endlessly doing mermaid kicks as we clutched the side of our…

Life Infiltrating Art

Life Infiltrating Art

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11/17/2017

I read reports of Louis C.K.’s alleged sexual misconduct, now confirmed by Louis himself, on the same laptop that held a “Louis C.K. is my spirit animal” sticker. Before I began to peel it off, not wanting to force the face of sexual harassment on my fellow students, I was struck by the age-old question…

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