LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
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In Pursuit of New Beginnings
April 17th, 2021
I used to be obsessed with the idea of starting over. I spent a majority of my school years in the same Maryland public education system, and I romanticized moving away as an attempt to remedy the feelings of loneliness that permeated my youth. By my junior year of high school, I was determined to graduate early and start over somewhere else—this time on my terms...
A Student’s Race for City Council: Maria Ordoñez on Her Decision to Represent District 7
April 15th, 2021
When Maria Ordoñez, a rising Columbia College senior, talks about her favorite small businesses in West Harlem and Morningside Heights, her joy is palpable. The Hungarian Pastry Shop makes her smile so much that she mentions it twice. When she tells me about Mofongo del Valle, a Dominican restaurant in West Harlem, she beams about the owners’ kindness—something she has experienced firsthand as she attended school with their daughter—and she describes just how much she loves the smell of 5 Estrellas Bakery in Washington Heights, exclaiming “Oh my gosh, I love it.”..
(Not) an Isolated Experience: Students Navigating Gender Identity in Quarantine
April 19th, 2021
Content warning: This article contains mention of a homophobic slur.