• Chantal Marauta

    New Beginnings

    And why sometimes they’re the best thing

    November 1, 2017
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    Leaving my friends behind for a year to go and study abroad was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. After two years of getting to know a group of incredible people and forming an amazing family around me, I now had to leave it all behind and start fresh. The thing that killed […]

    The Summer of Realizing Stuff

    Kylie is more intellectual than you think

    September 27, 2017
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    Kylie Jenner kind of had a point when, in an interview on her YouTube channel, she said that 2016 was a year of “realizing stuff.” Sure, her statement is vague and cryptic, but on a deeper level, the word “realizing” and the word “stuff” encompass a whole host of meanings that, when looked at closely, […]

    From Brandenburg to Currywurst

    why Berlin has taught me so much

    September 20, 2017
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    Berlin is a city that has seen an immeasurable amount of heartbreak, injustice, and death. From the brutal Nazi regime to the atrocities of the forced East-West divide, this city has endured its fair share of oppression and segregation. Yet, walking through its vibrant streets, flanked by the beauty of both classic buildings and modern […]

    I’ll Never Be Mulan, Bridget, or Merida

    and that’s completely okay

    April 13, 2017
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      A series of personal dramas befell my friend group this past month. While one friend was going through a breakup, another was figuring out her feelings in a budding relationship, and all the while I was going through a chain of existential crises, which involved continuous exasperated exclamations of “What am I going to […]

    La Dolce Vita

    the importance of living in the here and now

    March 9, 2017
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    Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita has become a classic of Golden Age cinema. Released in 1960, it stars the suave Marcello Mastroianni as Marcello Rubini, an influential journalist living amongst the glitterati in Rome. Throughout the film, he searches for love and happiness in a glamorous world he believes will bring him satisfaction, and in […]