“Dec” Yale

Going for 10! The 133rd annual Harvard-Yale Game is this Saturday and regardless of what type of fan you may be, it is something that brings excitement and anticipation to all students. For some, it might be the excitement of selling your ticket for an outrageous amount to one of the alumni lurking outside of the dining halls after tickets get distributed. For others, it might be being surrounded by hundreds of people who have decided to come together and pretend that Harvard is the happiest place on earth and hasn’t broken them even a little bit. It won’t matter …






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Glass Shards and Bandages

I learned at a young age that ‘hope’ would get me nowhere unless it was backed by hard work. Yet, I still had faith that I would wake up Wednesday morning surrounded by the glass shards, complete with the dried blood, sweat, and tears of the women and people of color before me. Instead, I feel like I’ve been thrown out the window instead of breaking through the glass ceiling. In first grade, I told my teacher I was going to become the first female president. I went home crying, crushed after being informed that Hillary Rodham Clinton would beat …






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Not Your Dragon Lady, But Dragons Are Still Pretty Cool

So you’ve probably all heard about the MPDG trope in modern media, or the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She who mysteriously drops into the ordinary main character’s run-of-the-mill life, destroying every convention he held to be true with one stomp of her Doc Martens, flashing mischievous looks at him through her haphazardly arranged bright-blue bangs, who is the Interesting Girl, who smokes clove cigarettes and says valid shit like “Kerouac’s a filthy misogynist” and “do you ever think about how futile seasons are?” Unworthy Main Character is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind of character growth, and then the plot device …






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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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That’s None of Your Business

Comments on my changing colors. My phone reads 12:13 as I glance at it on my way to my noon class and as I run past the law school — hoping my professor is also running late today – I’m almost so caught up in whether I will be interrupting lecture that I nearly miss the mother giving me a disdainful look while passing by with her toddler. In the months of having bright dyed hair, I still do receive as many concerned looks as the small quote and Delta sign on my inner arm drew in the first week …






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My Body is Made of Crushed Little Stars

Self-care, when you need it most, comes in lyrical forms. After years of biology courses and common sense, I can tell you that the human heart is located off-center in your chest towards the left side of your body. But the moment Mitski walked onto the stage, I felt like my heart was everywhere at once. There is something special about screaming in a crowded room with your best friends while your hero is also screaming only 10-15 feet away from you. Feeling the drums reverberate throughout my body made me feel weightless. For the duration of Mitski’s set, it …






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Hallo-winning!

A Harvardian take on some costume classics. Do not blame yourself for not realizing Halloween is only a few days away, considering you had to ask for an extension on a paper and slept through your midterm already this semester. With all your assignments, extracurriculars, and applications, it is easy to forget that the rest of the world continues to exist outside of the Harvard bubble. Have no fear (save that for the actual day!), the Indy has you covered with some easy and relatable costumes: Ghost No, not like the “Boo, look at this sheet that I bought solely …






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Coming Out of My Cage

On National Coming Out Day: a reflection. I never could make up my mind about anything: not dinner, not what outfit to wear for formals, where to go for dinner, or what song to put on during car rides. But, contrary to popular belief, being bisexual has nothing to do with a failure to make up your mind. It’s not that I don’t know whether I like girls or boys, because, being the master of multi-tasking, I like to think I can actually do both pretty successfully. Arriving on Harvard’s campus freshman year with confidence and some ideas of who …






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The HUDS Strike and My Recovery

A struggle with disordered eating. I had only just recovered from years of starving myself and constantly upsetting myself over food anxieties when the HUDS strike rumors had begun. The talk of food instability for some caused understandable stress, but the mere mention of food created this nagging feeling in my gut much worse than any hunger I’ve caused myself. At the beginning of this year, I had finally started making real peace with myself. The summer had been long and full of days I couldn’t get out of bed, and certainly not out of my room to go searching …






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Stranger in a Strange Land

A Midwesterner in New England. October 3rd. On this day in the world: The day of Germany’s Reunification Iraq’s Independence Day On this day for me: My old friend’s birthday Got a paper due tomorrow I should really be writing this article On this day in New England: TOM BRADY HAS RETURNED NFL IS RIGGED // DEFLATEGATE WAS A SCAM PATRIOTS PATRIOTS #1 PATRIOTS There are very few things in the world as stressful as the first round of midterms, as confusing as the weather in Boston each day, or as difficult as being a Chicago Bears fan in New …






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Farmer’s Market

A haven of health at Harvard. These past few days have confirmed what the calendar has been trying to say for some time now: summer is behind us! And with it, the things that summer brings leave us as well; such as an abundance of fruit and sun, plenty of chances for fun exercise, and time to rest. So even though the New England fall is as beautiful as they say, there are many term time stressors that accumulate during this seasonal transition. Classes are in full swing and midterms are already upon us (though it is hardly midway through …






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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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