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In Pursuit of Happiness and In Loving Memory

When I get upset about something as insignificant as my midterms, I try to think of my grandfather’s example, but I don’t always succeed. The never-ending drive for success synonymous with four years at Harvard is consuming.

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Lessons From a Free Clinic

In the absence of a supportive physician, it is not uncommon for the patient to start blaming themselves and believe that their lifestyle choices have denied them the ability to claim their right to fair, compassionate treatment and respect.

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The Real Fear of Deportation

Fear was present before I even knew what deportation meant—before I knew what it meant to not have papers.

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A Report From the Frontlines of the Free Speech Wars

To my mind, full-throated political engagement belongs on op-ed pages and in the hard work of citizenship. That said, faculty members should not be “watchlisted” if they make other judgments than mine about how to deploy academic freedom.

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Is It Worth It?

Being “The Only One” means that success is not a luxury, but a mandate.

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The O’Reilly Factor

Things like kindness, love, happiness, diversity, and respect challenge the worldviews of people like Bill O’Reilly. Harvard can, should, and in many cases, does promote all of those things.

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Where Apathy Meets Activism

How can a demographic that self-reports as politically conscious, advocates for change, and lauds the power of the ballot be counted on to vote only half the time?

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Harvard’s Not-So-Quiet Embarrassment

At its core, the purpose of language is communication and doubting a people’s language merely because one cannot “write it” is fundamentally discriminatory.

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The Importance of Being a Citizen Too

I hope, though, that those of us who ultimately become leaders will remember to be citizens, too. I hope that we will remember those whom we serve and why we serve them.

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Join the March for Science

We write not only to professors of the natural sciences, because a threat to any science is a threat to truth and the fundamental processes of research and knowledge dissemination.

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Trading My Lab Coat for a Hospital Gown

Of course I didn’t tell any of my pre-med friends about my suicide attempt. Future doctors don’t do that.

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Students Should Demand That the Administration Treat Them Like Adults

Harvard administrators have created a policy that assumes that male groups are, by their nature, dangerous. That’s an incredibly disturbing point of view and one which every student and alum should sharply criticize.

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There’s a Curious George in All of Us

We’ve got twenty cafes in the Square, and similar numbers of clothing stores. We need some sense of uniqueness. Harvard Square is not a strip mall. (That’s what New Haven is for.)

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It’s Time That Harvard Respects Patriots’ Day

Taking into account all of the contributions of volunteers, supporters, and the runners themselves, the Boston Marathon brings together millions of participants every year in an inclusive and patriotic way. Unfortunately, Harvard students are left out of this quintessential coming together of the greater Boston community.

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A New Zeitgeist, A New South Korea

Many young Koreans today refer to their country as “a living hell,” but shy away from political processes. We tell ourselves that our vote doesn’t make a difference. But we must refuse to enter into this trap of self-defeatism.