For the last three years, I’ve measured my self-worth by an admission officer’s decision. I spent countless hours drafting Common Application essays about my community and “Why Michigan?” to prove I was worthy of going to the University of Michigan.
The sun is beaming and so are you. You get a text that makes you smile, but you put your phone into your pocket before responding. You have on your headphones and the volume is maxed out, this is the playlist that blares through.
Dating. A word that is thrown around casually at home in America is a word that, if uttered in an Indian household, causes the television’s volume to be lowered, the newspaper to be slowly folded, and the hustle and bustle to come to a standstill.