A Poem on National Identity: Do All Lives Really Matter?

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA April 5th, 2018 “Empathy is not impossible, however; all human beings share certain ties, such as emotional connections, that are universal. “ Identifying with a country can be a source of pride and an integral part…

Father Forgets: A Tribute to Relationships

By SADAF AYAZ April 2nd, 2018 “Father Forgets, by W. Livingston, is a reflection on the day his son stirred his heart. A beautiful reminder of the innocence of youth and the unawareness of adulthood.” The relationship dynamic between parents…

3 Billion Under 30: An Inspiring Book on Some of the Most Successful Under 30s

By KRYSTYNA OLSZEWSKA March 13, 2018 “Kleinert says he hopes that readers will “really take to heart all these stories and strategies that are shared and then use those to have more impact in their life”, much like the people…

What Would Your Horcruxes Be if You Were Voldemort?

By RAN ZHAO August 29, 2017 “I’ll befriend a pack of Hungarian Horntails and name them all “Horcrux”, just in case Harry decides to yell “ACCIO HORCRUX!”. “   Here are a few things I would make my horcruxes if…

Ten Books That Changed My Life

By REBECCA WILOVA December 28, 2017 Here are ten very different books that changed my life in a meaningful way! A Tale Of Two Cities. I first read it in seventh grade, and I like to think it had a…

Dear America: You Make Me Feel Oppressed

By NIHAN AHMAD December 8th, 2017 “September 11, 2001, the day The World Trade Center fell, that day was the happiest day of my year. At least, as much as I can remember.” Dear America, I’ve been meaning to write…

Historical Photographs That Will Make You Cry

By ASMITA DAS December 7, 2017 Here are a series of historical photographs and events that will make you cry, if not make you immensely sad. A picture can say a thousand words. Photographers play a huge role in shaping…

Are You A Woman: A Series of Poems on the Over Sexualization of Women

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA November 29, 2017 “The line between how society views gender and how we define our own gender is often blurred. It can be difficult to reconcile how we view ourselves versus how society views us.” Over…

Foreign Citizen

By SADAF AYAZ November 25, 2017 “Earlier in the year, in the midst of this year’s election season, I felt more and more like I had been told what I meant to the country I had lived in all my…

No One Watches The History Channel Anymore

By ALEX DIAZ-GRANADOS November 7, 2017 “Now, you have to understand that as fascinating as history is for some individuals, the sad reality is that there are more television viewers who are bored by the subject than viewers who love…

Mental Illness is Not Pretty: A Series of Poems

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA August 21, 2017 “The romanticization of mental illness is not only misleading, but also dangerous.” Think of the common conception of someone with an eating disorder: is it someone white, skinny, pretty eating a couple almonds…

Starving for Perfection: What It’s Like Living With Bulimia

By EMILIA VAISANEN August 11th, 2017 “The feeling of anxiousness steadily creeps throughout your entire body until you are paralyzed.” “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!” You stare at the screen in awe. The pixels, dark and stagnant…

Be A Man, Be A Man, Be A Man: Even If It Means To Not Be You

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA August 2, 2017 “Women are undoubtedly the oppressed gender. However, this does not mean that there are certain gender roles men can feel pressure to conform to.” These gender roles lead to what we think are…

My Name

Amanee Abdallah August 1, 2017 “Juliet Capulet once said “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”” Juliet Capulet once said “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as…

Mom, I am Lonely: Explaining My Depression to my Mother

Intro By Monique Davis, Spoken Word by Sabrina Benaim June 14, 2017 “One of the biggest issues in the generation gap is the lack of empathy from adults, especially our parents when it comes to depression. “ In a passionate…

Under Construction: A Film That Defies The Patriarchy in Bangladeshi Society

By NUSRAT ZEBA April 8, 2017 “In a patriarchal society that shows women as weak and incapable of being independent, Hossain managed to create a film that portrays a liberal Bengali woman who is independent and takes control of her…

Mona Haydar’s Hijab Rap Song is Not What We Need

By HIBBA MAHMUD April 3, 2017 “Instead of placing an emphasis on the physical beauty of Muslim women why not make a video that showcases Muslim women of intellect, thought, and character or celebrate their own intellect and character while…

Take the Next Train to In Transit on Broadway!

By CATELEN WU February 27, 2017 “You gaze at the stage, at the props that instill a sense of familiarity in you, as it displays a train station for the Broadway acapella musical – In Transit.” You adjust yourself in…

Refugees: A Shiver to the Spine

By FATAMA ZOHRA January 28, 2017 “A war in a distant land seems of no attention, but if your child was between oceans of torture and insults, would you not raise a hand to protect them from drowning. “ Our…