A mundane, exciting, good bad thing

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UREA 8.6. GLU 3.7. CHOL 6.47. Low blood sugar. High blood urea nitrogen. High cholesterol.

I stared despairingly at the alphabet soup of numbers and letters in front of me that unequivocally condemned me as physiologically abnormal. Here I was, 18 years old, having overexercised and dieted on and off for about half a year due to various misdiagnosed food sensitivities, and seeing the stark effects of various restrictions on my metabolism, hormones, and digestion.

Although I didn’t have an official medical diagnosis for an eating disorder, I knew that the situation could no longer be rationalized away. I had…


Lessons from eating disorder recovery

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Trigger warning: vague discussion of an eating disorder

At some point in the summer before freshman year of high school, everyone collectively stopped liking silly bandz and became obsessed with their bodies.

It sounds ridiculous, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, that’s what at least 30% of the conversations were about. Who was hot, who was dating who (and thought who was hot), who got a spring break haircut (and looked hot now), who stopped wearing fugly clothes (and was kinda hot now but in a FarmersOnly kind of way?), etc. etc. ad infinitum.

Then, this intense level of…


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If you were to flip to the journal entry for the day I started reading David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, you wouldn’t be able to find any evidence of how much the book will effectively realign my pandemic existence. The slightly clinical entry runs, instead, as follows: “August 27th, 2020. Planning the gap year — once more to the breach. Now focusing on a daily schedule…”

While I was indeed composing daily schedules to fill up my year, I was also beginning to make my way through the first few essays of A Supposedly…


Trans YouTuber Ruby Price on 4/1 Trans Visibility Day, and being a 90’s kid

By Ruby Price

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Growing up transgender in a Northern, working-class town like Huddersfield is a bit like flying to space in a second-hand rocket made out of cardboard. You don’t really know what you’re doing, and neither do the people looking after you.

When I first went to my GP to tell him I thought I was transgender, he didn’t have a clue where to start with helping me along this process. In fact, his exact advice was for me to book another appointment in two weeks so that he could find an appropriate course of action going forward.

Maybe…


The college application process is hard. Let me make it easier.

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The college application process is hard. If you are anything like me, a sheltered, privileged kid whose only job for most of her life has been to care a bit about friends or family and study really hard, then your college application is one of the first times you get to make a major decision that might potentially alter your future forever.

At least, that’s what I thought last year, when I applied to college myself. During the gap year I’ve taken within the past year, I’ve realized how wrong that was. …


Don’t even talk to me. I’m, like, literally flourishing at the moment.

1. It’s cathartic

It has been empirically proven that the mechanical action of writing words you know and thoughts you feel is one of the most relaxing things known to man. In helping you lower your stress levels, journaling can improve cognitive functioning, strengthen your immune system, boost your mood. The physical writing portion has also been proven to help in healing from both arthritis and psychological trauma. Besides, a team from New Zealand has published the groundbreaking claim that it helps you heal faster from actual, physical wounds. What? The explanation we have so far is that journaling is a bit like…


In order to elevate Black voices, don’t celebrate Black History Month: celebrate Black History Always.

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February is Black History Month. It was created as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson but not publically recognized until fairly recently because of progress made in civil rights. But as seen from the recent political events, the work is far from over. So how do we recognize the accomplishments, history, and culture of those of the African diaspora?

  1. Tiktok

Yes, you read that right. TikTok is leading the educational effort this month with #MakeBlackHistory. Featuring creators such as @TaylorCassidy, @KellyRowland, and @TheShadeRoom, the month’s in-app campaign will discuss Black culture, fashion, historical lessons, hair tips…


I hate that falling in love with your straight best friend is such a ubiquitous queer experience.

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To get back to the beginning of my big gay story, one would really need to go back to one innocuous Spring day, the day middle-school me discovered the existence of females with legs.

Joking, joking. Although females with legs were somewhat essential in my early recognition of my own queerness, my big gay story as a whole is a rather sad affair.

Even as a kid, I was one of those people who had very few friends but a great deal of loyalty and love to spare, so in middle school, I had only one best friend and several…


Meet the Hungarian biochemist who conducted landmark mRNA research and co-developed the basis for the COVID-19 vaccine

Katalin Karikó was born in Kisújszállás, Hungary in 1955. She grew up with a typical country childhood in Eastern Europe and went to pursue higher education at the University of Szeged, where she stayed to earn her Ph.D. She became a biochemist, spending most of her time studying and conducting research in the lab. Being the simple and introverted person she was, Karikó planned to stay in Hungary her whole life whilst all of her friends and colleagues moved abroad to find new job opportunities.

It was not until 1985 when she was fired from the Szeged Biological Research Center…


By Amy Xu

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Our current situation is unprecedented. The latest pandemic was in 1918 with the H1N1 virus and our world has drastically changed since then: there are more people in the world, transportation has become increasingly convenient, and most importantly, the influence of social media has never been greater than it is right now. With the sheer power that social media wields over daily lives, it’s only more important than ever to correct misconceptions and curb panic about COVID-19.

Myth: Thermal scanners can detect COVID-19

Fact: Thermal scanners and temperature checks are only effective in detecting fevers

As the World Health Organization…

Rachel L

writer & occasional student, lover of really crisp apples, metaphors, & bad jokes.

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