Show up. Dive in. Stay in it.

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Watching President Barack Obama’s farewell speech last night, a single tear rolled down my cheek. As Obama’s eyes began to moisten and crumple at the edges, his gaze fixed on his wife and… Continue reading

A New Year reflection: Who I am and where I’ve been

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Fair warning folks, this is the type of post no one else really wants to read, but accordingly, it’s the kind that really needs to be written. Because some of us, and I… Continue reading

Wrapping presents: A Christmas lesson

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I learned how to wrap presents in eighth grade religion class. Our teacher, Mrs. Jebb, showed us how to fold over the raw edges of the paper to make a clean line, how… Continue reading

What European women get right about food (and life)

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This is a crosspost from Greatist, who published this story about how travel helps me maintain a healthy body image. In it, I talk about how leading National Geographic Student Expeditions affords me… Continue reading

New lit mag up: NatGeo Italy-Greece

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I’m so proud and excited to share the beautiful, sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny, and always insightful work of my students from this year’s National Geographic Student Expeditions trip to Italy and Greece. Check… Continue reading

Baldness Hurts. Here’s Why

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My most secret fear when my mom was diagnosed with cancer was her losing her hair. I say most secret, not worst – the worst fear doesn’t need to be spoken – because… Continue reading

The allure of broken things

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When I say I love broken things, what I mean to say is I love to know broken things are worthy of affection. And as much as I’ll mourn the first dent, scratch,… Continue reading

Like Echoes in the Mist

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I’m excited to announce my essay “Like Echoes in the Mist” won third place in the Able in This Diverse Universe contest, an essay competition whose entry fees helped a little boy named… Continue reading

Help me raise money for cancer research

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In almost exactly two months, I’ll be riding 30 miles with the Ride for Roswell, a fundraiser to support the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart… Continue reading

Racism in America: I am the problem

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Last night on the Oscars, Chris Rock spoke truth to power. His opening monologue laid it all out for us: We are not living in a colorless society. The Oscars aren’t the only… Continue reading