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Improving our civic knowledge

Last week, while investigating a politician using public records from the Rhode Island Superior Court and State House for a course, I made a startling discovery: I quickly realized my basic high school education about American government had slipped away from me. As I spoke to administrators who asked me what type of court case…

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Teaching tolerance

When my sister told me she was trans, her eyes wide open for my response, I almost laughed. I told her that she should give it some time, that she was too young to make such a big decision. I didn’t understand why she took off in front of me when I suggested that maybe…

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How to resist the pressure to buy young children a smartphone

The holidays are upon us–the season of giving gifts, a time when it’s especially difficult for parents to resist the clamor of children begging for a smartphone. Research into cellphone use among young children suggests that this technology is doing real damage. Smartphone use by the young has been linked to increasing depression, sense of…

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Making A Splash

(Note: This is a talk given at an academic awards ceremony to students, parents and teachers.) In the ‘60s during the flowering of the hippie generation, young people didn’t trust anyone over 30. We didn’t like adults, didn’t want to become one. I recall vividly vowing that I would be dead before I turned 30,…

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Students should understand the benefits of getting involved

Being active in your field of choice early on increases the likeliness of future success There is no denying that college life is busy. The average student’s planner is filled with lists of commitments, exams and work schedules. But college is also a time to grow, make memories and develop foundations for the future. Amongst…

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My mid-college crisis

As a junior who came into Brown thinking she had it all figured out, I’m more confused about what I want to do with my life now than I was as a bright-eyed freshman. In high school the choices seemed black-and-white: I imagined I’d spend my undergraduate years preparing for either law, medical or business…

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The importance of time to oneself

When I think back on my summer, some of my favorite moments were spent alone. Oddly enough, I really enjoyed my daily one-hour commute in Los Angeles traffic from the San Fernando Valley to Pasadena. My falsetto dramatically improved with all of the R&B music that I sang along to in the car, and my…

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Saving for retirement, now

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article in the News encouraging students to over-borrow for their education while simultaneously investing money for the future. This week, I want to backtrack and answer the question: “Why on Earth would I save for retirement during my bright college years?” As is so often true, the limitations of…

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Inbox anxiety

There are a lot of things about myself that I expected to change once I started college — more friends, better classes, less junk food (a delusion and a failure, I assure you) — but one thing I didn’t expect was my newfound addiction to checking my email. Walking to class? Let me refresh my…

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