Unconventional thank yous

giving thanks

(and serving tea)

Thank you to my phone alarm—without you, I quite literally would not be here. Thank you to the SciLi; at first you were intimidating, then dreary, then stressful, but slowly and surely, you’ve become home. Thank you, Hillel—you ease my mother’s heart when I lie and tell her I go to you. Thank you, Blueno’s…

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slice of heaven

crepes and friends

“Are you kidding me? It’s like a pocket full of goodness.” We are bent over four Nutella crepes, tucked inside the best hidden place in all of Providence: La Creperie on Fones Alley. Over the past few weeks, we have made our way through all of the Brown University staples, including Baja’s, Bagel Gourmet, and…

Jennifer Osborne, Julian Towers, Sydney Lo Article

why i left new york

love, loss, and thanksgiving

hard-boiled romance My freshman year of college, I would schlep down to New York City once a month to see a boy from high school. We had a great time going to the Met and eating oversized pizza. By the start of sophomore year, however, my trips had become more of a chore than anything…

Sydney Lo Article

YA fantasy meeting reality

moving past the page

The Brown University Bookstore smells of burnt espresso and cardboard boxes, half-emptied after the initial shopping period mayhem. With some free time before classes and nowhere better to be, I meander past the Bestsellers and the Newly Recommended, glancing out the windows at the metal scaffolding and orange plastic of Thayer Street’s recent construction. The…


thoughts in the clouds

retrieving memories from airports

  Airports make me feel a whirlwind of emotions. After flying around thirty flights within the past four years, mostly between my home city, Beijing, and my boarding high school near Boston, I have come to recognize airports as places for reflection. Since I traveled alone on most of these trips, I hatched my thoughts…