FAFSA, The Numbers Game

The FAFSA provides a preview of boring, adult financial forms one must fill out every year. While I still haven’t done my own taxes, referring to my parent’s taxes hints at a future one-sided relationship with numbers; in the wake of smartphones, math and numbers...

A Break before the Storm

As the world crumbled below my feet, collapsing into itself and swallowing me whole, I grasped for fragments who I was. Name? Raquel, I think. I was born in Fremont, I think. Or was it Alameda? Age? The beach trip I took to celebrate my 20 years last March. Scattered...

Sometimes the Solution is Obvious and Cliche

This was going to be my year. Or at least, I had told myself it would. August and September have visited without so much as leaving a tea ring on my coffee table. October has already stood up, ready to say goodbye, and will soon be leaving by the same door. Do I have...

The One Time when Comparing Yourself to Others isn't Toxic

On an unexceptional summer day, one of those days that feels like it could have been yesterday, or the day before that, who knows- I reached over to my bookshelf and pulled out my high school yearbook. Names I forgot existed flooded my brain with memories I had...