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Word on the Street

‘Sobremesas’ at an Empty Table

 Moving to America and missing home in a year of isolation

by HERTHA TORRE GALLEGO

When Stories Grow Claws

I was the victim in my story, the villain in his. Part of growing up is acknowledging the harm I’ve caused. 

by ANONYMOUS

Spencer

Learning to be still with the help of man's best friend

by ELIANA DOFT

Day 62: A Love Letter

Finding pleasure in seven–minute walks, pancakes, and number theory.

by ANONYMOUS

My Friend, Will Shortz, and I

A friendship traced through a New York Times Crossword streak.

by KATHRYN XU

A Love Letter to My Quarantine Coping Mechanism

Thank you, 'sanity walks.' You've helped make this year suck less. 

by EVA INGBER

Songs I Carry for My Dad

When my own words were gone, I sang for him.

by JULIA MITCHELL

On Tinder and Tarot Cards

How I learned what it means to love during quarantine

by JULIA ESPOSITO

A Word to the Verbose

A reflection on my relationship with the English language

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

Right And/Or Wrong

Finding sense in the senseless age of COVID–19

by LILY STEIN

On Becoming a Penn Student During COVID-19

How I found my Penn family amid a global pandemic

by TAHANA AHMED

Include Jews in Your Activism

An Open Letter to AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Non–Jewish Left–Wing Activists.

by ARIELLE STANGER

Pressure Drives the Worst Bargains

How I knew it was time to drop pre-med

by BECKY WEISBERG

How Percy Jackson Helped Me Face My “Fatherless” Reality

Thank you, Rick Riordan 

by KIRA WANG

My Fight as a FGLI Student

For the past three years, I’ve had to combat impostor syndrome, internalized inadequacy and classism. 

by TYIRA BUNCHE

Rewriting My Undergraduate Experience

How staying home during fall 2020 allowed me to re-imagine my future

by KESHAVA KATTI

Dear Em:

A love letter, to my friend, on the cusp of young adulthood.

by ANONYMOUS

Toni Morrison’s 'Tar Baby': What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Is pain a part of love? For Black women in relationships, it’s often inescapable and normalized. 

by KALIYAH DORSEY

Life, Interrupted

Coping with the present while longing for the past— when will things be “normal” again?

by EVA INGBER

Racism is Ingrained in Asian American Communities. We Can Change That.

A letter to young Asian Americans on confronting racism 

by CHELSEY ZHU

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