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I’m a Product of White Privilege

More than 400 years ago in 1619, white Europeans thought they were a superior people group, so they raided a country and literally shackled thousands of Africans toa new identity, a foreign land and a ghastly lifestyle of slavery. According to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., the […]

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Small Steps to Take Towards Environmental Living

With the daunting news broadcasts claiming Earth’s expiration date, it only seems appropriate to panic. We may be far from solving the so-called climate crisis, but if each of us takes small steps toward a more eco-conscious way of living, we might have a chance to lift some of the […]

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Us vs. Them: Is it always the case?

“Don’t worry about discrimination in the States. You can pass off as a white person.” “Are you from Honduras? I am surprised because you look white.” “Don’t fall in love with a Hispanic if you want your kids to look pretty.” Growing up, I was always told that I was […]

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White Christmas? What About Green Christmas?

As the season of gift-giving and house-decorating approaches, it is easy to be overzealous—overzealous with your spending, your décor (yes, your house can be too decorated) and your waste. According to the Stanford Recycling database, Americans throw away 25% more waste from Thanksgiving to the New Year’s holiday period than […]

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Leveling the playing field for introverts

Your hands feel ice-cold. Your mouth is dry. The question is asked again.  In the silence, your hand slowly rises. Are you sure you can do this? Pushing through your breaking, shaking voice, you spill out an answer, praying that it makes sense. Although the moment lasted maybe 10 seconds, […]

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I’m a chronic apologizer

Hi. I’m a self-diagnosed chronic apologizer, but this time I actually mean it. Today, I’m labeling myself a chronic apologizer. My symptoms are apologizing for everything, doubting everything I do and not really knowing what “sorry” means. However, I have an issue that I really need to ask your forgiveness […]

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Natural vs Organic? How Do You Choose?

How do you choose between yummy natural granola bars and delicious organic granola bars? Without looking at the ingredients, you might be persuaded to grab the natural granola bars because they are cheaper and, well, they are natural. Natural seems to be just as good as organic when you look […]

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The benefits of joining the debate team

Everything we do in life prepares us for something bigger. That is how I would describe my experience with debate. It is a means to an end. A common misconception is that debating means arguing over politics, but, in reality, it is so much more. To debate is to have […]