Statement

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I hear music reverberating throughout the lecture hall. The speaker is shuffling my playlist titled “special fridays.” It is a special Friday. It’s show day. 

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Editor's Note: The Michigan Daily has used several anonymous sources to report this story, as indicated by changed names with attached asterisks.

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A few days ago, I had plans to meet a friend for a (socially distant) dinner at their house. We made this plan at around 6:27 p.m. PST, and I was going to arrive at their house at 7:30 p.m. At 8:02 p.m., a text message from my friend appeared across my phone screen: 

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In late May, I strolled through my small town’s farmer’s market for the first time this season.

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With this piece, I am aiming to show the connections between what I have learned in my public health classes and through the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement.

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CW: body image, body dysmorphia

 

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This summer I have been working as a hostess at a tourist trap restaurant spot on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off of Massachusetts. 

 

EXT. SEAFOOD SHANTY – Clam shack located on Martha’s Vineyard

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Our sense of normalcy has all but eroded over the past few months. Classes have moved online, restaurants have closed and we can’t see our friends. The world we left when we locked down in March is a far cry from our world today.

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In a little over a month, it’ll be the anniversary of my childhood cat and dog’s death. It may sound morbid and depressing, and that’s because it is.

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On June 10, I opened Twitter to see it aflame with tweets regarding President Donald Trump’s controversial election campaign rally being held in Tulsa, Okla. on June 19. Curious about the outrage, I clicked on the trending topic.