Not a Sell Out, Yet

By EMILY JIA This is the second in a series of blog posts where the author, an incoming freshman, tries to figure life, friendships and priorities the summer before college. You can find the first post here. It’s my first time taking the Amtrak alone, and I climb aboard while clumsily balancing my two bags. One of them contains a puffy bag of Chicago popcorn and a box of madeleines; the other, a change of clothes. I’m visiting my high school roommate in her hometown of Champaign, a place she affectionately calls “the ghetto.” When I see her room for …






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Harvard Kid Takes DC

By EMILY JIA It’s my first day of vacation. For some reason I thought we were going to NYC until I saw “DC” at the airport gate. After arriving at our hotel, we got lost immediately and somehow ended up in Chinatown. What can I say: the motherland was calling. (Even though I saw zero other Chinese people there.) We entered a McDonald’s and were greeted with some next-level sagging and suspicious noises. I hail from the Northwest Chicago suburbs where this is not the typical McDonalds treatment, so we migrated to another Chinatown classic: Chipotle. There, I made the …






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