On Loving Self-Love

On Loving Self-Love Masturbation and How No One Wants to Talk About It By ALAYA AYALA   Jacking off. Alone time. Wanking. Touching yourself. Whatever you call it, it’s technically known as masturbating. It’s healthy, a lot of people do it. It’s normal, yet no one wants to talk about it. This is really weird given how often people talk about sex in everyday life and how boldly. It’s the subject of jokes, it’s exalted in media, it’s threaded into advertisements for everything from food to house furniture. Centuries-old literature that has been lauded throughout the ages harps on about …

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Body Talk

Body Talk Thoughts and Conversations About Hypersexualizing Athletes By ALAYA AYALA   If there’s any group of students on campus that know a lot about bodies and how they work, it is pre-med students and athletes. Pre-med students need to know these things because it will ease them into medical school where they can relearn it all when the time comes. Athletes, on the other hand, need to know about their bodies for more immediate and practical reasons. Their bodies are what allow them to engage in sports, and without knowing how they look, feel, and what they need, they’d …

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Shopping Week Sucks

Shopping Week Sucks A Different Perspective on Shopping Week By ALAYA AYALA   This past Sunday, an email was sent out by the UC president and Vice President announcing the news that the faculty council voted to preserve shopping week on March 27th. I have to admit that after reading that email, I was left feeling frustrated and, frankly, dreading the next Shopping Week ordeal that I’ll have to go through. As a person who likes having a routine early on in the school year, Shopping Week was kind of my academic nightmare when it came to choosing classes my …

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Spring-Cleaning My Life

Spring-Cleaning My Life Just Another Article About Self-Care By ALAYA AYALA   With the weather beginning to warm up and the sun beginning to set later I, like many people, have really begun to notice a change in how motivated I am to take care of myself. Suddenly, I want to scrub down my dorm room every day. I want to make my bed in the morning, I want to wake up early. I’m even motivated to go to breakfast. These are not things I could do over the winter, by any means. The constant darkness and the cold got …

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Instagram Profiles to Warm the Cockles of Your Heart

Instagram Profiles to Warm the Cockles of Your Hearts Harvard-Inspired Instagrams By ALAYA AYALA   With the weather growing ever colder despite it now being March, most people are likely finding themselves spending an inordinate amount of time inside and bored out of their skulls. There’s always plenty of content to be found on the internet to ease this boredom, but the truth of the matter is that what we find on the internet is often a lot of negativity that we don’t need. School is stressful enough without the harsh realities of the outside world glaring up at you …

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A Helpful Harvard Romance Quiz

A Helpful Harvard Romance Quiz Last Minute Date Ideas for the Elite and Emotionally Bankrupt By ALAYA AYALA   A new year, a new semester, and already there’s a new wave of class work and extracurriculars and jobs ready to leave you awake and struggling in the library at 3am. That’s not to mention the residual effects of the winter holidays and cuffing season, all culminating in the ultimate holiday for putting pressure on a relationship – Valentine’s Day. I recognize that college students probably have it a bit more tough than others when it comes to putting effort into …

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Classes I Wish I Could Shop

Some musings on the things Harvard Professors can’t teach you   By ALAYA AYALA   The week after Thanksgiving is often the week when all hell starts to break loose for Harvard college students. Suddenly every essay is due, final projects are in the works, and Reading Period is just around the corner. Procrastinating is probably one of the main causes of stress during this time. Unfortunately, however, that doesn’t stop me from doing it.   During one of these fits of procrastination, I decided to start looking at classes that I could shop for next year. I found myself …

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The Roommate Agreement Part Two

Part Two By ALAYA AYALA   Growing up, I’d never been one to put much stock into the supernatural. I stopped believing in things like fairy tales and Santa Claus when I was about five years old. One day, I must have asked too many questions and pushed my mom a little too far. That was the day that she broke down and told me I shouldn’t believe in things that I can’t prove.   She probably thought she was saving herself time, sparing herself the trouble of having to deal with the fanciful musings of one child when she …

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What’s REALLY Horrifying at Harvard

Things go bump in the night on Ivy-League campuses, too   By ALAYA AYALA   1.The Night: A period of time during which the sun does not shine upon Harvard.   Upon being a student for little more than a year at Harvard, I have observed a truly terrifying trend at the school. It would seem that for some reason, Harvard students feel the need to guard themselves against the night. You can see this in the way they stay up until the early hours of the morning, often sitting in groups together as they fortify themselves against the darkness …

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What Not to Do to Prepare for Midterms

Because what kind of insane creature would even contemplate self-care at a time like this?   By ALAYA AYALA   1.Sleep Sleeping is for the weak and you know it. Tired after having classes all day and studying all night? Don’t even think about taking that nap, you could be using that time to study, and you know it. Thinking about going to bed at a reasonable hour? Absolutely not. You shouldn’t even be considering going to bed until at least 1 a.m. Oh, but you have a 9 a.m. tomorrow? Sucks to suck. You were the one who didn’t …

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