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A Viewpoint on D.C. Statehood

A Viewpoint on D.C. Statehood

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02/23/2018

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, democracy is “a government by the people; rule of the majority.” A government in which, ideally, every citizen is represented and the majority rules. Why should these principles not apply to Washington, D.C. citizens?  D.C. lacks representation in Congress, and to rectify this, citizens like myself want statehood. D.C. currently…

Starbucks Refuge

Starbucks Refuge

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02/18/2018

I’m sitting in a Starbucks thumbing through a World Bank report on education. My cold, numb hands clasp a coffee cup for warmth. “64 million primary and 72 million lower secondary school children in lower-income countries are not in school.” In the margins I scrawl “by the time we figure out the next moves, we’ll…

When Terrorism Hits Close to Home

When Terrorism Hits Close to Home

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02/16/2018

I remember when the news broke about the shooter at the Bataclan concert venue and the explosions at the Stade de France. I didn’t handle it well. I’m French, and most of my family lives in Paris. For hours, I was shaking and checking the news and my phone every other minute—even after I had…

What’s in a Diss?

What’s in a Diss?

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02/16/2018

Dissing yourself is a form of humor familiar to most. Moments of vulnerability and confidence alike often oblige us to defer to joking about everyone’s easiest target—themselves. But in what sense should devaluing yourself ever be a source of humor? All too often, attempts to jokingly self-deprecate come across as either attention-seeking or pity-inducing. Personally,…

Friendship Send Failure

Friendship Send Failure

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02/09/2018

There’s something raw about being a freshman in college. I liken my first week at Georgetown to the feeling of getting lost in a supermarket as a child, running down what feels like a mile of fluorescent aisles, each overcrowded with products yet somehow empty. I eventually found my place here, just as I eventually…

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…

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