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Word on the Street

I Spent Years Downplaying My Experiences With Anti–Asian Racism. Not Anymore.

A (far from comprehensive) list of times I’ve felt like a foreigner and a caricature

by CHELSEY ZHU

My Body, My Insecurity

 How I tumbled down the rabbit hole of body insecurity

by JULIA ESPOSITO

Regretting My Return to Campus

I've struggled with unmet expectations for my first year of college.

by ANONYMOUS

I’m Allergic to the Cold. No, I’m Not Kidding.

How I’ve grown into having an unusual allergy

by JULIA ESPOSITO

Taken by the Tides

How my family's neighborhood became a ghost town

by ANNE LALLY

‘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

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