Putting a Ring on It

Septum piercings, decoded. “Do you ever get snot on that?” my little brother, to my mother’s dismay, asked a woman with a septum piercing at the supermarket.  She smiled sweetly, ignoring his question. It was a valid, albeit socially inappropriate, question.  Not having a septum piercing myself, I had always wondered about them—I guess it runs in the family. Is it hard to blow your nose? Do people judge you if you have one? Does it hurt to get it done? It wasn’t until one of my close friends decided to get one that I learned the answers to these …






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Application Anxiety

Musings on the waiting game. Before I even started the application process for medical school, I was convinced that taking the MCAT would be the worst part.  After all, what could be worse than spending hours upon hours studying for a seven-hour test that would dictate where you may or may not be able to apply to medical school? Surely, after test day, I would have significantly less stress in my life, and all would be well in the world. While the MCAT was in fact quite miserable, my stress did not go away.  Rather, it shifted to having to …






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More Listening Than Talking

Getting to know Dean of Students Katherine O’Dair. As a nervous freshman at Miami University in the small town of Oxford, Ohio, Katie O’Dair had become accustomed to rejection. Her attempts to join the student council, the campus activities board, and an international ambassadors program had all been in vain. Though she recalls feeling “pretty down about it all”, she was thankful for the support she received from upperclassmen who encouraged her to keep seeking out opportunities to get involved, especially those about which she was truly passionate. Eventually, she found her place on campus, as a mental health counselor …






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Life Without Greenhouse

With the beloved Science Center Café closed, students must find caffeine elsewhere. The closing of Greenhouse Café in the Science Center brings not only despair, but also confusion over where to procure snacks and caffeinated beverages between classes. Of course, Harvard Square boasts many respectable cafes and eateries, but these establishments are both slightly out of the way from buildings in which classes are held, and – more importantly – do not accept Board Plus as payment.  So what is a hungry and/or under-caffeinated Harvard student to do? The Indy’s got you covered! Behold, a breakdown of lesser-known cafes that …






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Dating Apps, Decoded

Some words of wisdom. Two years ago, I decided to get Tinder so that I could write an article about dating apps. You know, for research purposes. I couldn’t imagine actually trying to meet somebody through an app. After all, what would we tell the children if it worked out?! As a matter of fact, though, according to the Pew Research Center, 5% of married American couples met their significant other online, and—if they are honest— that is what they will tell their children. Although 5% does not seem like many people, it is important to note that the use …






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Entering Enemy Territory 

How to do Harvard-Yale at Yale right.  Ladies and gentleman, it’s that time of year again: the infamous weekend when students of Harvard College become students of Harvard State. The game is upon us. But wait. It’s at Yale this year. What’s a Harvard State student to do? Luckily for you, my little party animals, I have compiled some tips on how navigate the Game when it is hosted in the treacherous armpit of New England, otherwise known as New Haven. Not only is dragging yourself away from the beck and call of homework to go to the game often …






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Mental Health at Harvard: “How was your day, Harvard?” 

A social media campaign for social change.  “How was your day?” It’s such a simple question, but sophomore Taylor Ladd saw the importance in asking it. This fall, she launched a social media campaign, called “How was your day, Harvard?” to encourage more people to ask the question. Mental health has recently been at the forefront of issues at Harvard, especially in light of the tragic suicide of sophomore Luke Tang at the beginning of this school year and the recent release of the sexual assault survey results. Whether it’s helping students who are dealing with depression, anxiety, or trauma, …






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