Unrequited Loneliness

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Ian Watson As synonymous as love is with Valentine’s Day, loneliness is equally related; it is the dark underbelly that comes with such a sensationalized holiday. For every person in a happy relationship, there is a person feeling the pain of unrequited love; for every flower bought, there is someone…… Continue reading Unrequited Loneliness

To Whoever, With Love

Photo by Vinh Tran By Vinh Tran When someone falls in love, the brain releases a whole bunch of chemicals, serotonin, dopamine, you know–that good good. But I’m still not entirely sure how science can bring to reason why people do the things they do for the sake of love. Love makes you vulnerable and…… Continue reading To Whoever, With Love

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