Anti-Fall

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Francesca Bernardino This time of the year is always characterized by my pure denial that the cold, damp, dark part of the year is quickly approaching. For about a week now, I’ve been waking up for my 8am class to utter darkness. As I eat breakfast, I hope to catch…… Continue reading Anti-Fall

Teen Spirit

Photo by Jacquelyn Rodriguez By Jacquelyn Rodriguez An analysis of teen spirit when you feel like you never really had it. Turning 19 felt different than turning any other age – and I don’t mean that in an I-suddenly-woke-up-feeling-more-mature-type-of-way. What I mean is that turning 19 made me realize that I had entered my last…… Continue reading Teen Spirit

Duwende

Photo by Bianca Bucu By Bianca Bucu “Tabi tabi po” is what my yaya taught me to say whenever we see a small hill in our backyard near the water tank. By saying, “Tabi tabi po,” it’s roughly translated into saying “Just passing by, or excuse me” as a sign of respect. My yaya told…… Continue reading Duwende

An Ode to October

Photo by Sydney Stoddard By Sydney Stoddard There’s an understanding to the air of October. Like it gets it. It gets that the world is dark and scary and terrifying – but also full of wonder and potential and magic. It urges you to see both – both the ghosts behind closet doors and the…… Continue reading An Ode to October

The Ghosts of Our Lives

Photo by Ash Fuentes and Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes Okay, I know it’s October and not December, but how can we talk about spirit and ignore three iconic spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future? Because let’s face it, what can be scarier than the Past and the Future? Nothing haunts me…… Continue reading The Ghosts of Our Lives

Stigma

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Ash Fuentes My high school math teacher used to try to scare my class by saying that about 80% of us wouldn’t graduate from college once we got there. We were in the second-lowest math class that we could possibly take as seniors. She would say she had no doubt…… Continue reading Stigma

Smoke Break

Photo by Vinh Tran By Vinh Tran I actually do want to quit smoking eventually, even if it’s not really smoke–it’s still horrible for you. I want to kick the habit, I want to quit. But that’s the thing about giving something up, some things are worth never returning to again, however, other things are…… Continue reading Smoke Break