Soulmate Defined

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Tracy Fuentes When someone hears the word “soulmate,” they immediately think of romance, of “meant to be,” of only one person for each person. But I disagree with all of the typical conventions of the soulmate. I believe that in life, we will encounter many soulmates, and they don’t necessarily…… Continue reading Soulmate Defined

Grieving For Who I Once Was

Photo by Lyra By Lyra Flickering in between life and death throughout my adolescent years, my childhood self has finally passed away.  My denial state of grief lasted quite a long time while in quarantine isolation. Remarks such as “You have to think about the future” or “I know how you feel” became monotonously nausea-inducing…… Continue reading Grieving For Who I Once Was

The Case Against New Year’s Resolutions

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Francesca Bernardino This year, I bought a yoga mat. The purchase was spurred by the panic-induced determination to be a “better person” that propelled many of us through 2020 as we drowned our pandemic listlessness in baking sourdough and consuming TV shows at obscene rates. After my purchase, I proudly…… Continue reading The Case Against New Year’s Resolutions

Lost & Found

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Vinh Tran January 3, 2021 I was introduced to a new friend the other day, the way I was described struck a chord, and it sat in my head for a couple of days. “This is Vinh, he’s kind of hard to describe, but he’s always wearing or doing some…… Continue reading Lost & Found

Matryoshka

Photo by Lyra By Lyra Matryoshka “Americans call it ‘nesting doll’ but it really is matryoshka.” My mother’s heavy Russian accent tinged the words she spoke with a certain harshness, even if she meant for them to carry a gentle tone. “See, there’s one doll inside the other. It’s like mother to daughter in a…… Continue reading Matryoshka

Confessions Of An Untraditional Capricorn

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo I am a Capricorn sun and after reading tons of Seventeen Magazine horoscopes, Costar app notifications, and Instagram infographics, I have learned that I am supposed to be very traditional by nature. I know a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and think it’s all made up,…… Continue reading Confessions Of An Untraditional Capricorn

Holiday Traditions Are Not Always What They Seem

Photo by Abbey Steinman By Abbey Steinman As the holidays approach, a crucial factor to enjoying them is the traditions that come along with it. Whether it be picking out a real tree or baking your Christmas cookie recipe with your family, it’s something you’ll forever long to do when the season comes. Although, when…… Continue reading Holiday Traditions Are Not Always What They Seem

Redefining Tradition Away From Home

Photo by Francesca Bernardino By Francesca Bernardino Homesickness never lingers, but arrives in doses potent enough to send me into an unfittingly pensive mood as I drag two weeks’ worth of laundry to the basement or eat some variation of a black bean burger for dinner for the third time that week. Though feelings of…… Continue reading Redefining Tradition Away From Home