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There’s one scene in Sex and the City that comes to mind when I think about this campaign season. Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha are sitting in a restaurant talking about their interest—or lack thereof—in politics when Samantha and Carrie list the reasons they’d vote for a potential candidate, naming swimsuit competitions and general attractiveness as major priorities. Samantha says, point blank, “The country runs better with a good looking man in the White House.” The apathy that arises from these three white women during this scene is palpable. Miranda, in contrast, name-drops FDR and scoffs at her friends’ shallow political musings....
When I was in middle school, I went with my mom and my sisters to visit my cousin at USC. She showed us around the sprawling campus and took us to lunch in one of their dining halls. Later that day, we drove down Greek row and parked in the tiny lot behind her sorority. She gave us a tour through the house, and I remember it being beautiful, well-kept, and cozy. It was during that visit that I understood, maybe superficially, the appeal of Greek life....
Just days after the terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, I woke up to a response from Barnard President Sian Beilock expressing her sadness and disdain for the events that had occurred. Following the tragic hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, I received an email from Dean Avis Hinkson about support systems offered by Barnard, in addition to a list of organizations that would benefit from student donations. Since I officially enrolled at Barnard last spring, I’ve received responses addressing the terrorism in Manchester and London, the changes to Title IX and DACA, and the new travel bans the Trump administration intends to initiate....