Love Is Contradictory

How is your relationship with your parents? My parents are my greatest allies, wisest mentors, and most enduring supporters. At the same time, they can also be the most frustrating debaters, savage critics, and a huge source of stress and worry. They are both open and secretive — I have known them since my birth, and yet they are two of the most mysterious people … Continue reading Love Is Contradictory

A Letter to my Future Self: Goals and Reminders for the Next Five Years

Dear Estrella, As you embark on your late twenties, I hope that you will have accomplished a lot, and I hope that you are happy and healthy. I hope that you do not lose track of what is important to you and that you are able to do the work that is meaningful to you and your contribution to this world. I hope that by … Continue reading A Letter to my Future Self: Goals and Reminders for the Next Five Years

Archive: You’re Such a Diva

This is an archived post from February 9, 2017, written by Gaby Cuevas,   “What’s a diva?” “A what?” “A diva.” “Velvita?” “No. A diva.” “A diva?! You know like a diva. A princess boujee diva.” *** I don’t think I’ve ever been called a diva. But that’s probably because I’ve been called dramatic. And I am VERY dramatic. My drink isn’t great. It’s amazingly … Continue reading Archive: You’re Such a Diva

Things to Eat and Do at Fengjia Night Market

I really wanted to go out. I spent the entire day inside, avoiding the oppressive and wet heat outside. No matter how much I begged, my mom refused to come with me to the night market. “You’re 12 now. You can take the bus there yourself.” The idea of taking the bus alone at night in a foreign country frightened me, but my craving for … Continue reading Things to Eat and Do at Fengjia Night Market

Reducing Commitments as a Form of Self-Care

Being incredibly busy all the time will burn anyone out, and overworking yourself can cause you to harm yourself and your health. As students, we have to maintain busy schedules to earn our majors, work a job, or to get into grad school, but we also need to ensure that we are not affecting our health during the process.   You often hear about self-care … Continue reading Reducing Commitments as a Form of Self-Care

Living With Your Sister In College

“You’re living with your sister?” I don’t know how many people choose to live with their siblings, especially in college. However, when I mentioned this to people they were surprised. Some even said, “Are you sure you want to do that?” My sisters and I have shared a room for years. I only questioned it once and then laughed because I thought it was silly … Continue reading Living With Your Sister In College

Let’s Do a Mindfulness Exercise

First, just look up. A minute, even thirty seconds will do. What do you see? Right now, I’m in a library. The ceiling is a high eight-sided rotunda. Eight isosceles triangles curve gently up to meet at a twelve-pointed star in the middle. The surface is rough stucco, the color burnt orange. A light rose-colored strip of plaster rims the eight sides of the ceiling. … Continue reading Let’s Do a Mindfulness Exercise