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My Last Few Days in College

I always think about my time in college as the separation of two worlds. My home life and my college life do not collide and there is something practical about that setup. Yet in nearly a month one of my worlds comes to an end. It is interesting to think that I have...

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Springing into Healthy Habits

The middle towards the end of a college semester can be a very difficult time. Midterms, group assignments, projects, and so much more fill up the plates of college students everywhere. Not only that, but naturally we all want to keep up with our clubs and other extra...

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Concrete Post-College Plans

The month of March has sort of decisive in terms of what is next. Around mid-March I learned from the second school I had applied to that I was admitted. This took me to be indecisive about which school to choose over the other one. One is Northwestern University’s...

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In growing up First-Gen, I have had to grow up fast, needing to assume adult responsibilities at an earlier age than other teens. All of us First-Gens know this struggle. I have completed documents and read legalese regarding my parents’ mortgage and banking...

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Circles

It is my senior year of college and it feels like my senior year of high school again. I am looking at different post-graduation opportunities, all of them in Minnesota (my home state), except for one of them, which is located in Hong Kong. I shared with my dad about...

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Make Sure You Can Always Breathe

Let’s talk about the narrative of “resilience” that is spoken of as the prized possession that happens when first-gen/low income students are put through elite institutions. I went to a dinner the other day that my university was hosting, and it invited FLI students,...

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What I LOVE About College!

There is no doubt that college is incredibly different from high school. Our days are no longer structured for us and we no longer have to worry about eight different subjects every single day. I want to talk about some of the things I really love about higher...

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