The Taliban’s “Gentle” Approach to Women’s Rights

After Afghanistan fell under Taliban rule on August 15, 2021, women hid in their homes, fearing for their lives. The educated burned their diplomas, struck with the memories of the Taliban’s last takeover in 1996 when nearly all education was banned for women, enforced through obscene, fatal measures. Women were killed for attending co-education classes […]

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The Pitfalls of Graduation Culture

After ordering graduation announcements a few days ago, my mom hops on a call with me and exclaims, “you think these cards were made out of gold!”  This got me thinking – to participate in graduation, a student must shovel out even more cash to the university to engage in ‘graduation culture.’ Let’s take a […]

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The Year of Robin

This year has been a big one for me. I have felt myself be challenged. I have learned more than I ever thought possible. And I have become confident in myself in ways I never thought were going to be possible for me. Going into senior year, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But […]

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Appropriating Culture

I’m going to be honest with you: I’ve heard the term “cultural appropriation” just short of a million times and I’m still not exactly sure what it means. I have a good idea of it, but I’ve definitely found myself nodding my head in response when asked “You know what I mean?” when really, I […]

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