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A love letter to the Duke Chapel

(04/02/24 4:00am)

Easter is hands down my favorite day of the year. Growing up, Easter meant waking up at 7 a.m. for an egg hunt before heading to church for back-to-back services where my siblings and I got to sing the most glorious pieces of choir music, accompanied by a brass timpani and an organ which literally pulled out all the stops. Easter is — at its core — a celebration of joy and grace, and a powerful reminder that we are loved. So, being away from home for Easter as a first-year last year was difficult. It was the first time I hadn’t celebrated with my family and home congregation in over 10 years, and I felt lonely and disconnected. 

Slow and steady wins the race

(02/27/24 5:00am)

A few weeks ago, Punxsutawney Phil declared that spring would arrive early this year. What good news! Sunshine is on the way! Well, Groundhog Day this year has got me thinking; it’s a strange concept for many reasons. However, I’ve recently tried to move beyond my confusion over our country’s reverence for this rodent to reflect on the broader significance of this holiday. 

The strange nostalgia of 20

(01/30/24 5:42am)

A few days from now, I will turn 20. It’s hard to believe. I know it’s become normalized to let the tears flow on birthdays, but I’ve never really been one to cry on this special occasion. After all, it’s a day I get to make all about myself! This year though, I do feel a certain melancholy or dread about turning 20. We all “officially” become adults when we turn 18, but for some reason, 20 feels more significant.

The cold never bothered me anyway

(02/13/24 5:00am)

A few years ago for Lent, I decided that I would give up hot showers. For those unfamiliar with the practice, Lent is a 40-day period where Christians give up something important to mirror the temptation Jesus faced from the devil. Who doesn’t love a long, hot shower? I certainly treasured the time to steam and relax in utter bliss. Mind you, Lent began at the end of swim season too, so I could’ve definitely used a hot shower after hours in a freezing pool in March. It wasn’t easy to turn on the cold jets of water and quickly wash my hair every day, but I truly felt good about my commitment by the time 40 days had passed. 

Winter is coming. Get outside now!

(10/27/23 4:00am)

I have an announcement: It’s officially been seven weeks of classes, and I have yet to spend a single minute of my time doing work in Perkins. No, it’s not because I haven’t had work or haven’t needed to “lock in.” I’m a normal student, come on. I will admit — I have gone to Vondy (or Perk Cafe as some call it), and I’ve been to the Link once or twice. Still, I have managed to survive half a semester without shutting myself inside a library.