Category Archives: stories

July 2020: How I Went a Little Overboard with Graphic Novels and Book Acquisitions to Find a Little Joy

What I Got: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo The Deep by Rivers Solomon Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, … Continue reading

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March 2020: How I’m reading and reconnecting with myself during this weird time

What I got: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler What I read: City of Night by John Rechy The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto González The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth An Orchestra of Minorities (audiobook) … Continue reading

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Mom Hugs and Puppy Snuggles: How I Let Depression Get the Best of Me Before I Explored Why Life is Worth Living

As you already know, this summer has been rough for me. I have been lonely, dealing with an emotional new roommate, and starting a job at Walmart that was slowly sucking my soul out like a Dementor. I won’t go … Continue reading

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Rock Band Wii Blisters: How I’m Gaining Confidence in the Things I’m Good at, Even if They’re Small

I’ve been home on winter break from college for the past month, and there have been ups and downs, but I managed to end the break on a high note. My dad, sister, and I went to the basement and … Continue reading

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Fall Out Boy, Five Hundred Dollars, and Feminist Authors: How I’m learning to accept the good alongside the bad

Over the past few years, I’ve gotten really bad at receiving compliments and accolades. It’s not because I’m modest; it’s because I’m self-deprecating. I indulge in negative self-talk and awkwardness when it comes to noticing good things about myself. Then … Continue reading

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Chester the Stud: How My Betta Fish Has Helped Me Feel Less Lonely and More Rooted in Reality

As Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day says, “I believe I’m a walking contradiction.” And I am. Actually, I am full of contradictions. I am a perfectionist, but I have several hobbies I’m not good at. I dislike crafting, but … Continue reading

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I Can Lift a Car: How Walk the Moon Inspired Me to Meditate More and Keep on Trying to Make my Own Happiness

Going to a Walk the Moon concert has been on my bucket list ever since I heard their music, which was a surprise even to me. My typical music is angst-ridden pop punk, angry rock music, and the occasional musical … Continue reading

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To The Homeless Man on Michigan Avenue with Swollen Legs

I’m sorry. I’m sorry I pretended to look the other direction, all the while gaping at your legs. Your legs that looked like they should be on a different body. Cracked, dry, swollen to twice the size of your emaciated … Continue reading

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“For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?”: How Shakespeare Finally Became Relevant to Me

You know how everyone talks about how Shakespeare is still relevant in this day and age? Well, it’s not that I didn’t believe this, but I never really saw evidence of this in my own life. I couldn’t imagine how … Continue reading

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“I Just Wanted To Tell You You Look Pretty Today”: How I Flirted for the First Time

Yesterday, I told a girl she was pretty. This may not seem like a big deal, but it was for me. Ever since I came out as bisexual, I’ve worried about dating. I never dated in high school, because I … Continue reading

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