Cracks in Life’s Path

He walked along the suburban sidewalk, the sound of summer cicadas buzzing away. On either side of the path sat unfettered patches of brown grass, dotted with dandy lions, weeds, and small anthills. The dandy lions had bloomed quite some time ago and were turning a sour yellow from a lack of moisture. Ants flooded … Continue reading Cracks in Life’s Path

Fuck Your Party Music

Social life is important for everyone, but I think it is a priority among youths. College students, who sacrifice sleep staying up late conversing, partying, hanging, are no exception. Although I feel like an old soul in a sea of youngsters, I too am caught up in this social culture by my mere existence on … Continue reading Fuck Your Party Music

Executive Function and my Autism Spectrum Disorder

Throughout college I have become increasingly aware of my autism and its effect on my perception of the world. Gradually adopting adult tasks has exacerbated problems associated with my neurodivergence that were otherwise left alone in childhood. One facet that I think is particularly important to discuss in autistic adults is that of executive function. … Continue reading Executive Function and my Autism Spectrum Disorder

Poor Students, Rich Presidents

Among the myriad benefits of a college education, perhaps one of the largest barriers to a fulfilling student experience is debt. Although college is advertised as the ultimate bridge to future opportunities, it is certainly possible to get by with a trade job. Colleges and universities offer a package of professional development, safety, and services, … Continue reading Poor Students, Rich Presidents

Crafting Narratives for Opportunity

In my cultural anthropology course, we read about a group of Somali-Bantu refugees who immigrated to the US after fleeing a civil war in their home country, Somalia. Along their journey they faced various obstacles to resettlement, which they overcame by crafting narratives of utter helplessness and displacement. These stories confirmed the preconceived notions held … Continue reading Crafting Narratives for Opportunity