Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 5:53pm
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Walking south of campus with my sweet shades on and headphones in blocking out the darties nearby, I strut down the street in a fantastic mood, leaving my winter blues behind me. Welcome to springtime in Ann Arbor, which essentially means summer, where people wear basically no clothes even in 60-degree weather, spend all their time outside and avoid all of their school work.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 4:22pm
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Laying in my pajamas on a lazy Friday morning, perusing the feed in my borrowed Hulu account, I begin streaming the first episode of “Shrill.” In this new comedy, we follow the life of Annie, a writer who juggles her work and relationships with friends, parents and love interests. But this show is different from other female-centered comedies because … (drum roll please) Annie is fat! Did we finally just get a mainstream narrative of a fat woman where it is not entirely about her fatness? Yes, yes we did.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 5:18pm
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Driving down I-75 South with Maggie Rogers’s new album blasting through the speakers, a group of girlfriends and I begin our spring break. En route to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in the Northern mountains of Georgia to go backpacking, we take turns driving and napping. I look out the window expecting to see some classic highway treasures like the usual chains that fill exit signs: fast food restaurants, gas stations and the few-hundred Waffle Houses.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:16am
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Laying my mat on the ground, I look left and right observing those around me. I take a seat as I try to adjust to the hot temperature of the room. The instructor walks in and motions for us to begin in child’s pose. As I slide in, I can’t help but look at the woman in front of me. Is my butt supposed to be as low to the ground as hers? We begin to hold long balancing poses, and I shake trying to hold mine longer than those behind me so they can see how talented I am.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 5:17pm
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Lying on my freshman dorm room floor, my hallmates and I share our latest matches on Tinder. We compare our similar options, read out loud our ridiculous conversations and laugh about our feelings of loneliness. None of us had any intention of meeting up with our matches because that would be too risky and scary. This was our new game. We swiped for a few hours, received a small ego boost and would go on with our day. We were putting ourselves out there without actually having to deal with rejection or in-person consequences.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 4:39pm
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With our stomachs full of popcorn and Buncha Crunch (the best movie snack combination), my brother and I drove home after seeing “On the Basis of Sex,” the story of now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her history-changing case on gender discrimination as a young attorney. We began our usual movie debrief and analysis, discussing how the characters were depicted, what we loved, what we would have changed and how the film made us feel.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 3:38pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Laying on the couch in my comfy pajamas, flipping through the channels I come across an old classic: “Dirty Dancing." I was ready to experience all of the passion between Baby and Johnny until I was rudely interrupted by a sequence of commercials for weight loss plans and products. I began to huff and puff as my cheeks turned red and flipped off the screen in rage. My siblings sighed and ignored my visceral reaction to the commercials. Somehow, it slipped my mind that it was New Year’s Day, the beginning of a month-long mental battle.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 4:28pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Lately, when people ask me how I’m doing, I explain how I’ve been pretty overwhelmed and stressed by my workload and commitments this semester. Either they respond sharing the same feelings and we gab on and on about the struggles of failing to juggle it all, or they say they hope I’m finding time to take care of myself. I’m relieved yet sad to know I’m not the only one experiencing all-consuming stress. But when given the second response, I’m often annoyed that people mention taking care of myself, because I’m trying to do that, I just often don’t feel like I have the time.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 5:59pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

We lay on the carpet floor, our beds, the couch, sit around the table and sigh. Oh, how we long to be in loving relationships. It’s that time of year when my friends and I fantasize about the people who we wish to meet, the ones we are longing after and those who were just not right for us. When will we meet someone new who will change and impact the rest of our lives as we know it? Recently, I realized I spend a lot of time having conversations with my friends about the existing or nonexistent romantic partners in our lives.

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:57pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Hearing the news of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was numb. Another shooting at a place that is supposed to be safe and sacred. It was horrifically disgusting and incredibly sad, but it didn’t feel very different from the other shootings at schools, churches, bars and movie theaters. I must be desensitized to mass shootings, but am I supposed to feel different because it happened to my people?