Statement

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

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If I hadn’t already known that graduate student Ary — who requested her last name not be published — was recovering from several years of alcohol and drug abuse, I wouldn’t have guessed it from her appearance.

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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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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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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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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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