Recurring contributions from the opinions section.
Carrying On: 38 days and not counting at the Tombs
"In February, I accepted the Tombs’ annual challenge for seniors. On every one of the last 99 days of senior year, I planned to descend into the Tombs and hand the bartender my ID as proof of my attendance. I found the cheapest items on the menu and set aside enough money for all the checks. If you make it, they’ll put your name on a plaque, and how can you put a dollar value on that?"
On the Pandemic: What COVID-19 reminded me about being a first-gen student
Last week, I finished my second year at Georgetown. As much as I wish I could provide some eloquent update about how, despite the obstacles created by COVID-19, I made the most of this semester and learned a lot, that simply isn’t the case. The reality is I’m tired. I’m really tired. I’m tired because I’ve spent every day for the past two months thinking about the fact that Georgetown doesn’t seem to consider me, a first-generation student, valuable.
On the Pandemic: This Virus Has No Race
"With the rise in anti-Asian sentiment, I can’t help but feel uneasy in the rare times I do leave my house since the stay-at-home orders began. I wonder if the man who pushes his cart past mine in the supermarket sees me and feels hate. I worry if today might be the day some crazed stranger passes me or my family and reacts violently. "
On the Pandemic: Instagram Activism Ignores Gendered Impacts of COVID-19
"The disparity between the facile attempts at female empowerment on Instagram and the ways women’s rights are under threat demonstrates how misdirected good intentions can actually be more harmful than empowering."
On the Pandemic: What the Coronavirus Outbreak Reveals About Ableism at Georgetown
"Our schools’ new policies reveal that professors’ lack of support for disabled students exists not because of “lazy” students, but because of a lack of empathy and the excessive competitiveness that institutions such as Georgetown instill in their community members."
Carrying On: Climb On
There are moments when your life depends on a single foot. As I traverse the snowy upper slopes of Colorado’s Mount Harvard at 14,400 feet in elevation, the stakes are... Read more
The Political Punk: A Riot of their Own
The year 2020 marks the 100th year anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. It is worth quickly reflecting on the change since the landmark amendment had passed (partially thanks to... Read more
Carrying On: Scott Krulcik And The Way To Live
Scott Krulcik was no ordinary guy. At 19, he built an algorithm to transmit video feeds from a lunar rover. Some knew him as the kid who scored a 2400... Read more
The Political Punk: Riffs And Referendum—The Influence Of Classic Punk On Brexit
On Jan. 31, Britain formally left the European Union. The decision to split after the 2016 referendum has been rife with controversy with gritty fights in Parliament, explosive elections, and... Read more
Carrying On: Deadheads To Doctors
“Psychedelics are to the study of the mind what the microscope is to biology and the telescope is to astronomy,” transpersonal psychology pioneer Dr. Stanislav Grof said. A substantial contingent... Read more
Carrying On: My Summer On A Suicide Forum
“A suicide note is hard to write,” they say, almost matter-of-factly. After two months, I have learned not to panic, yet my head pounds as if hearing it for the... Read more
Carrying On: After Learning I’m Not The Only One
Content Warning: sexual assault, violence I don’t think you remember who I am. I don’t think you could pick me out in a crowd. You, whose hands left me sweating... Read more
Carrying On: The Hidden Cost of E-Scooters
Since their introduction to the D.C. landscape in September 2017, electric scooters, or e-scooters, have become as ubiquitous as rats in the Georgetown neighborhood. It is not uncommon to trip... Read more
Carrying On: The Pride and Prejudice Toward Reading
“I want to buy you something you’ll actually keep … Don’t you want something more appropriate for your age?” Those are just two of the things my great-aunt told me... Read more
Carrying On: At Peace With Not Belonging
“We all have that one friend we go to coffee with and then spend 8 hours talking about life while shopping and circling back to Target two hours later to... Read more
Carrying On: One Mass Shooting Is Too Many
with contributions by Caroline Wilkerson, a former student at Pepperdine University Caroline: No one can warn you about what a mass shooting feels like. Nothing can prepare you for... Read more
Carrying On: True Meditation in the Self-Help Era
When I first started practicing Buddhism at age 11, I became the odd one out in my family of Catholics and atheists. Piles of sutras, Buddha images, and prayer beads... Read more
Carrying On: Diversity and Inclusion? I’ll believe it when I see it.
On September 13, Felicity Huffman will be sentenced for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, a multimillion dollar conspiracy to gain access to the nation’s top universities. Other indicted... Read more
Carrying On: The Price of Silence
Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Given the highly personal nature of the events discussed in this piece, the author has chosen to remain anonymous. In September 2018, along... Read more
Carrying On: Navigating the Maze of Georgetown’s Mental Healthcare System
I don’t know how to describe what depression and anxiety feel like. Comedian Sarah Silverman once described it as, “I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home.” Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton... Read more