Aria N. Bendix

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Guiltless Pleasures

I’m no longer willing to be embarrassed by what entertains me. At the end of the day, guilty pleasures are just pleasures that have been shamed and stigmatized among the intellectual community, and even among society at large.


A Message To Young Voters

At the end of the day, basic supply and demand tells us that our position as voters is the most favorable, the most powerful, because we have what every politician wants: a vote.


The Activism Doctrine

As young people, we tend to be overly idealistic about our impact on the world, particularly when it comes to issues of social justice. We tell ourselves that problems will be fixed if people speak up, but we occasionally fail to consider what happens when our words or actions are insufficient.


The Problem With “Isms”

We are the hashtag generation; we feel the need to compress the entirety of an image or sentiment into a simple set of words.

Working Seniors Going Into Consulting or Finance By Year

Staying Above the Finance Fray

In my brief stint in the working world, I’ve come to realize that the career search is very much like dating, and it doesn't feel good to be the one who’s more invested in the relationship.


Life Outside Harvard

Confining oneself to Harvard’s campus alone can often lead to tunnel vision.


If Rejection Letters Could Talk

Given the current professional climate, we might be better off treating our rejection letters as wake-up calls.

Op Eds

More Than Just Sex

I’ve been wanting to write this article for a long time. I will open with the disclaimer that I try my best to avoid the cliché argument about “hook-up culture” (in fact, this will be the only time I use the term), but if I fall subject to certain platitudes, I apologize in advance. I also can’t promise that I will add anything new to the discussion of modern-day dating. Nevertheless, I believe it is one to be had, and re-had, especially among college students.


The Price of Scandal

As sad as it is to say, the story is tried and true. Politician makes a grievous personal error and then denies it until enough evidence surfaces to make him admit the truth.

Summer Postcards 2013

Scandal (Part III)

While D.C. may be filled with backdoor deals and political agendas, it is also the vibrant epicenter of change and the quintessence of what it means to be American.

Summer Postcards 2013

Scandal (Part II)

WASHINGTON D.C.—Continuing on with the theme of Washington D.C. scandals, here are some of my favorites from this week:

Summer Postcards 2013


But Olivia Pope tackles high-profile government scandals, whereas I’ve just been sitting in a cubicle all day making edits to a website. Living and interning in D.C., however, is not without a few small-scale scandals of its own. Here are some of the ones I’ve encountered over the past two weeks.


A Fleeting Moment in History

By continuing on this same trajectory, then, Pope Benedict XVI’s succession and the upcoming election offer little in terms of historical merit, especially considering the general tendency of modern-day Catholics to disregard papal doctrine.


Stress in a "Type A" Environment

Because Harvard students are competitive by nature, they must in turn develop healthy means of coping with the inevitable stressors they encounter here on campus.

Harvard Square

Ghost Tours, Flash Mobs, and...A Proposal?

At first glance, a ghost tour around Harvard Square in the midst of a budding hurricane might not scream romance. But for Rosana Gambino and Jerilyn Sawyer, these elements would set the stage for a marriage proposal over a month in the making.

Big States, Little States

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard

Central Administration

In Op-Ed, Law Profs Call for University Governance Changes

Jeffrey K. McDonough Artwork

Not a 9-to-5 Job

Advising Programs Office Under Construction

Freshman Advising: Under Construction