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faulty lines

politics along the u.s.-mexico border

A few weeks ago, I went on the annual DEEPS (Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences) spring break field trip to look at rocks in the West Texas desert. We traveled along the border between the United States and Mexico to see the geological features formed by the theory of plate tectonics, which births…

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spirit of brown

the eccentricities of brown campus tours

I only went on one campus tour during the college application season. I don’t remember much from it except the humid heat of mid-July and how our tour guide managed to mention at every stop how amazing the school’s Greek life was. “I never saw myself being part of a sorority, but now I can’t…

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the value of simplicity

a conversation with the brown marching band

It has almost been one year since I last played music with a band. At the start of my freshman year, I made the difficult choice to drop music and set aside time for other pursuits, and up to now I had swept feelings of regret and treasured band memories to the back of my…

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the new generation

building communities at brown

When I joined my high school’s tech crew freshman year, I was one of the first girls accepted onto the crew in five years—one of the first girls to pick up those drills, gain expertise with a circular saw, and run construction projects. In the years that followed, more girls joined, building impressive set pieces…

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a legal limbo

the end of temporary protected status for one rhode islander

Kim had to hide her books. She kept them on the roof of her home in Monrovia, Liberia, out of her abusive half sister’s sight. At six years old, Kim left the coastal town of Lexington, where she had lived with her parents and 16 siblings, to move in with her half-sister’s family in Liberia’s…