Statement

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As a Muslim, I quickly learned that the claims of this being an inclusive campus were not as earnest as I originally anticipated. Every year I find myself expecting instances of hate, and thus far I have never been proven wrong.

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Last week, just in time for the Jewish high holidays, a care package arrived from home. Grinning uncontrollably, I knew exactly what it was the minute I got it.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

This is a pretty common question for kids, but to someone who is almost 30? Actually, I often ask myself that same question, although in a slightly different way: What do I want to do with my life?

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The first time I watched “The Graduate,” I watched for the romance between the freshly graduated Benjamin Braddock and the older Mrs. Robinson. The second time, I watched for the romance between Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine.

Now, I watch for plastics.

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If I hadn’t already known that graduate student Ary — who requested her last name not be published — was recovering from several years of alcohol and drug abuse, I wouldn’t have guessed it from her appearance.

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