Category: Op-Eds

Confronting nepotism: Why it is okay to have favorites

I, along with college students nationwide, am in the process of finding work for the coming summer. I’ve noticed that my process for getting job offers is not entirely composed…

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On “non-major” courses: What does a well-rounded education look like?

The fall 2017 semester is in the past, and that means I have successfully completed Drawing 100. During the 12 weeks of that class, I learned a lot, found a…

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On the soul of the College: Reflections on the importance of reflection

It’s one of the great structural paradoxes of this place that reflection – so essential to learning – is so counter-cultural to the routines of campus life. If an extra…

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Addressing the IWS name change: Integrative wellbeing and “thriving” at the College

Names matter. At the beginning of the academic year, we each came back to campus and discovered that the name of Psychological Counseling Services had been confusingly changed to “Integrative…

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Putting off procrastination: Why empowering news can be exhausting

I’m a master procrastinator – give me something simple that has to get done as soon as possible and I’ll find a way to put it off for weeks. I’m…

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What are we doing here?: An attempt to answer the unanswerable

Often, I’ve sat staring at my course packet or problem set and wondered: “What am I doing?” Not in the sense of what my assignment is about – though I…

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The role of secularism at the College: Why we need a non-religious chaplain

As the Preach it Forward campaign has made clear, people who enter the Chaplains’ Office do not leave any of their identities at the door. Faith identity is no exception,…

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On being thankful: The importance of criticizing the things we love

One of the things I miss most about home is the food. My family constantly jokes about my grandmother’s real home being the kitchen — the place you can always…

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How we define a Latinx: Language as a part of la cultura

Three times a week, I walk into my Intermediate Spanish class with the inability to roll my Rs and to understand when it’s okay to use the subjunctive. I always…

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The importance of looking up: Why we need to start stepping away from our cellphones

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder and yet every day we still must take strolls across campus on a regular basis. I have come to really…

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