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Cover by Ava Weiner

If I hadn’t already known that graduate student Ary — who requested her last name not be published — was recovering from several years of alcohol and drug abuse, I wouldn’t have guessed it from her appearance.

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Illustration courtesy of Regan Detwiler

As someone who's dealt with and continues to deal with disordered eating, most mainstream forms of exercise have come to be at odds with my mental and physical health.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

I tripped and ate shit the moment I stepped into a 300-person lecture hall on the first day of classes.

“Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life” — John Denver

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Illustrations by Rebecca Tarnopol

Some dreary November day my junior year of high school, I plugged away at a calculus test. As I calculated how quickly the height of water was changing in a tank draining at some fixed rate, I felt it emanating from my right pocket. Buzz.

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Illustration by Rabab Jafri

English is the language my tongue commands with the most power and versatility, yet it is the one from which I feel the most estranged — or almost unwelcome. I perform spoken-word poetry in English, I write articles for The Michigan Daily and I plan to teach English in secondary schools.

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Illustration by Emily Hardy

The last time someone asked me where I was from, the response itself was long enough to be nominated for a writing award (it certainly wouldn’t win, if anything for lack of lucidity).

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

Can some forms of speech truly be objectively unacceptable and therefore worthy of restriction on a college campus? If so, who should be making those necessarily objective decisions? University administrators? A sizable portion of a campus’ community?

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Illustration by Regan Detwiler

Both my father and mother have been working in Republican politics my entire life, but my political leanings fall pretty far to the left, due to a nebulous conglomeration of incidental factors.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

Wes Anderson never saw the beauty of elevated surfaces until now.

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File Photo/Daily

Endowed with the hallmarks of a leading institution, the University of Michigan has incredible faculty, cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art facilities and a rich history. But none of this would matter without the energy and passion of its students.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

“I wish this disease were as imaginary as everyone thinks it is.”

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Courtesy of Camp Kesem at the University of Michigan

I was given the name Annaka in 1998 in a hospital in Jackson, Mich. In Palmer Commons 19 years later, I was renamed, surrounded by 100 of my tie-dye-clad best friends.

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On September 14 and 17, I photographed two women’s soccer games. It was an incredible feeling to be shooting sports again. I started the fall 2016 semester shooting women’s soccer, and it felt like I was coming full circle for my last year at the Daily.

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“Love you and miss you loads! Can’t wait to hear more adventures next week! XOXO...”

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For four months of my life, I served as boss, editor, reporter, writer and tyrant all at once: This summer I worked as the managing news editor of The Michigan Daily.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

When I was younger, I played every sport you would expect a young kid to. From swimming to tennis to dance to softball, I had all the bases covered. I was never the best at any of them, but these activities made me happy.

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Illustration by Michelle Phillips

My mother would often express a desire to move to the West Coast when she retired.

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Illustration by Khanh San Pham

It took me four seconds to spot Teddy in a line of 50 students outside Crisler Center. He stood tall in a bright-yellow Pikachu costume holding a small Tim Horton’s hot chocolate in his right hand.

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Erin Tolar/Daily

Based on “Long Distance” by Victor Lavelle

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Courtesy of Regan Detwiler

Every summer growing up, my entire extended family went to a tiny summer camp on a tiny lake in southwestern Michigan for one week.