Statement

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After the Patriots and the Rams kicked off the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in its 53-year history, ad space became as scrutinized as the space between Rams wide receiver 

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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.

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How would you personally define self-love?

Freddie: Self-love is being ok even in the case of your setbacks and failures you can still be a good person even when making mistakes.

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Dear Mom,

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How often do you put yourself down? Talk to yourself in negative way? Tell yourself that you’re not good enough?

Really think about how often you do this to yourself.

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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.

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Dear hair,

Thank you for sticking with me throughout all the years.

From the hair frying days of high school to the box braids that were worn way too long.

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it’s past midnight and i start thinking about my umma[1] dying again. she’s not dead, but as my head starts to spin i think—

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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.

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She touched my lips on the first day in May

Her lips made the cold go away

My heart was iced over

Frozen solid, stone cold