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I love bagels, especially the toasted Everything Bagel with cream cheese from Panera. I always joke that they’re called Everything Bagels not because of the various “everything” toppings but that they leave a mess everywhere. The poppy seeds and onion toppings always scatter onto my lap, and I, preoccupied with scrolling through Twitter, mindlessly brush the mess onto the floor. Hurried to attend class, I quickly chow down the rest of my bagel, dust the remaining seasoning off my hands, and leave.
“I want to be great, or nothing” is one of my favorite lines from Little Women (2019), directed by Greta Gerwig. Amy March, portrayed by the one and only Ms. Florence Pugh, accurately captures a rather depressing, but current, perspective on excellence in life.
A couple weeks ago, The New York Times Opinion column published a series of 12 articles, each answering the specific question, “What is school for?” Together, the 12 articles expanded on 12 different answers, coming from a variety of sources ranging from economics professors from Brown University to parents of public high school students.
If you’re familiar with quantum mechanics (because why wouldn’t you be) or a fan of The Big Bang Theory, then you’ve probably heard of Schrodinger’s cat. In simple terms, Schrodinger’s cat is a thought experiment where a cat is put into a box with something that could kill it (ex. a radioactive atom). The box is then sealed. Thus, until the box is opened, and the cat’s status can be empirically observed, the cat can be pronounced as both dead and alive.
If you had to give a twenty minute presentation, right here and now, what would you give it on? I’m sure, as the diverse community we advertise ourselves to be, I would receive a variety of answers. Skittles. Quantum Physics. Furries. The Hubble Space Telescope.
Apex predators have a weird superiority complex. I suppose some of that entitlement stems from not having any natural predators. Top of the food chain: a life with no risk and a risk to all life. Sounds riveting. For example, consider a crocodile. Yesterday, I watched a brief nature documentary of an aggressive crocodile hunting in a swamp, snapping its jaws at what seemed to be a couple of bass fish. Between you and I, the crocodile was agitating a rather infuriated electric eel. What a silly crocodile! Doesn’t it know that there’s no favorable outcome for what’s about to happen? It’s about to, quite literally, bite itself in its ass.
Needless to say, the 2022 Winter Olympics has been…intriguing. From the ROC’s doping scandal to U.S. figure skater Vincent Zhou’s removal, we KNOW that there is a Netflix special already in the making. However, what I found most intriguing was China’s reaction to the athletes, specifically three athletes.
I grew up in Florida, which is a state infamous for its peculiarity. Among all peculiarities, a common one is that some Floridians’ first kiss was one of their cousins. Disclaimer: not everyone in Florida goes around making out with their relatives (@Alabama), but it was a quirky fun fact about a few too many people I knew. However, no matter how many times I heard the same “we were just fooling around” story, I always first felt shocked, then afraid, and ultimately, repulsed. My extreme reaction told me that this shouldn’t be happening.
“Let’s just be friends.” Four words that can succinctly break your heart.
Are you constantly exhausted and depressed, with an endless pit of anxiety tumbling in your gut? Do you find yourself re-reading paragraphs of your fifty page reading assignment, as if the words are flying over your head? Are your 8:30s starting to hit different in the mornings? Do you want to just bash your head with a textbook, praying that some of the content transfers to your single brain cell?
Oprah Winfrey once said, “forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different.”
How is it 4 AM already?
What is your greatest fear?
What is the shortest distance between two words? Technically, the answer would be a hyphen. Check-in. Long-term. Seventy-two. Yet, a hyphen can sometimes induce the greatest distance imaginable. I certainly would know: Asian-American.
How many people do you know?
Editor's Note: This column discusses sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised.