Now, at eighteen years old, I’m still trying to figure out where that leaves me. I’m not white. But I don’t feel Latina, either. I toe the line between two ethnicities and don’t feel entirely comfortable in either.
Being Canadian, I’m biased towards universal healthcare. I am lucky to be able to say that a single payer, publicly-funded health care system is all I have known. And to be honest, I don’t know too much about my country’s system, let alone anyone else’s. But I do know this: if I was American, I […]Read more "A Canadian on the American Health Care Act"
I’ve been at university for about six months so far, and I’ve noticed one thing comes up time and time again: people don’t like Arts kids. Science majors, med students, biz kids—no matter the degree, a lot of people tend to look down at people with degrees in the Arts and Humanities. We’re wasting our […]Read more "What’s Wrong with Arts Kids?"
That lazy/entitled/arrogant/narcissistic image of us isn’t the full reality. But the problem is that time and time again, the outliers are the ones who get noticed. And labels stick. When you hear over and over again how entitled or lazy you are, sometimes, you start to believe it. When someone tells you your dreams are foolish a few too many times, sometimes you abandon them.Read more "Hey, Millennials—We’ve Gotta Believe in Ourselves"
This is not about politics or parties; the world is far past that. It’s about humanity. It’s about kids being tortured because of their sexuality. It’s about women being in control of their own bodies. It’s about the freedom to walk outside and not being assaulted or harassed.Read more "The Presidency of Fear"
Look: I know I’m no authority on American politics. I’m a seventeen-year-old Canadian girl who’s never studied politics nor followed them closely. I don’t spend much time thinking about them, either. The truth is that the socio-political climate in the United States of America will never affect me directly, and my opinion might be easy […]Read more "On Police and Guns"
I’m sure most of you have heard of the Stanford rape case, how a boy named Brock Turner sexually assaulted a girl known as Emily Doe in an alleyway while she was unconscious. I’m sure many of you have already read countless articles about it by far more credible sources than me, including the victim’s […]Read more "Oh Irony: Brock Turner and the White Male Syndrome"
(Arianna is not only one of my best friends, but she’s my resident comic book geek, writing buddy, and all-around fangirling compatriot. When she’s not working, doing homework or watching one of her many beloved TV shows, you can find her on Tumblr.) Comic books have always been famous for their instantly changing storylines and […]Read more "Hydra Cap: Comic Books and Shock Value (Guest Post)"
Last Thursday night, ABC officially cancelled Marvel’s Agent Carter. When my friend texted to tell me the news, not only was I sad, but I was angry. We’d talked not the night before about how much we hoped the show wouldn’t get cancelled. So now I sit here with a low-simmering rage, trying to get […]Read more "Goodbye, Peggy Carter"
Look, I’m not ashamed of my intelligence, nor am I complaining about it. I am very, very grateful that I have smart parents and smart grandparents who passed on their DNA on to me. I am. And I wouldn’t give that up for the world. I’m not trying to complain about it, either. But here’s […]Read more "Stop Calling Us the Smart Kids"