Monica Chin

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burnt up

how I caught and lost the lovebug

I’d like to preface this by establishing that I am nineteen years old, a student at an Ivy League university and, cards on the table, consider myself to be somewhat cultured and mature for my age. That said, in my early teens, I was pretty into the Jonas Brothers. Their features were sculpted and incandescent,…

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Own Worst Enemy

“Tell yourself it’s the anxiety, not you.”

That’s the first thing they tell you in mental health treatment. You’re supposed to be able to remind yourself that the thoughts you’re feeling aren’t natural thoughts in the way that other thoughts are, that the compartment of your brain that produces your paranoia is somehow other from the entity with which the psychologist is…

Emily Reif Teaching English in China

it’s hard to make a case for global volunteerism

but I’m going to try anyway

As an aspiring educator, travel enthusiast, and English grammar obsessee, I thought a summer volunteering as an English teacher at a school in a rural village in China would be an experience custom-made for me. But I still embarked on the journey warily. The end of the spring semester had brought the annual deluge of…