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How—and Why—to Practice Self-Care

Remember, you are more than your degree, more than your activities, and more than your schedule. First and foremost, you’re a person, worthy of respect, care, and comfort, from others and yourself. Setting aside bits of time each day to care for yourself can help you be a more fulfilled, complete person.

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The Myth of the "Common Man"

Trump did win rural voters, and Clinton did fail to connect with everyday Americans. But the common man, as portrayed by nearly every political analyst, is more myth than fact.

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Revisiting Voluntourism

As long as we treated local communities with respect, owned up to the limited difference we made, and did not pretend to be doctors, maybe we offered a sense of legitimacy that benefited all parties involved.

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Even Science Has Blind Spots

While math and science can certainly give us a better understanding of objective reality and advance social progress, the ways that people instrumentalize math and science cannot be divorced from their own biased purposes.

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The Ice Cream Metaphor

It wasn’t so much the hard facts but the expression of it, the words themselves—the ones we said aloud and alluded to in the spaces caught between our metaphors—that were beautiful.

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#MeToo Excesses

However, I am concerned that in the recent rush to judgment, principles of basic fairness, differences between proven and merely alleged instances of misconduct, and important distinctions between different kinds of sexually charged conduct have too often been ignored.

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When Jokes Aren’t Funny

When you parody the thing you fear, you loosen its control. The exercise of writing satire is my way of taking power, of convincing myself that I have a voice.

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The Harvard Community is Responsible for Sexual Assault

I am not trying to remove responsibility from the men who attack women. Their behavior must change—but so should the behavior of people not directly involved in sexual assaults.

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Why We Should Be Reading Breitbart News

Did we come to Harvard to reinforce our existing beliefs? Or do we truly want to deepen our understanding of all viewpoints?

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​Harvard’s Advising Needs a Nudge

No matter how helpful the resource offices, advising fellows, and websites may be, it won’t make a difference until we make those resources more convenient, advertised, and accessible for students.

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How to Save a Life

On this one night when I, for the first time in my life, legitimately was considering suicide, the music kept me sane until I made a life changing decision: I reached out to a friend.

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World AIDS Day and the Tragic Politics of Health

Although HIV/AIDS may feel like a crisis of the past, 37 million people depend on bilateral funding for treatment and prevention. Their lives cannot depend on the conceits of one politician in the Oval Office.

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Raze to Raise

Think of Harvard like you’d think of an airplane.

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If Democrats Respect Women, Al Franken Should Resign

Any Democrat who excuses Franken’s lascivious behavior—whether it be out of cynicism for our political future or another reason—must recognize that they, too, are part of the problem.

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Let’s Build Together

Physical space is vital, not just because it reflects our commitments, but also because the environment we inhabit and regularly interact with necessarily impacts our experiences in and feelings towards that space.