• Anna Semizhonova

    shadowing, safety, and shortages

    a reflection on the surgical mask

    April 2, 2020
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    On one of my last days of shadowing, I ate lunch in the Rhode Island Hospital cafeteria between cases. Even with new, stricter limits on hospital entry due to fears of a COVID-19 outbreak (back when there were only two positive cases in the state), the area bustled with medical staff and patients. Groups of […]

    lost and found in translation

    on language-learning, age, and starting from scratch

    March 13, 2020
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    NOTE: The University is mandating that all students studying abroad in Western Europe return home by Friday, March 20, 2020.   Hoi! Mijn naam is Jasmine. Ik kom uit de Verenigde Staten. Ik spreek Engels.  On the very first day of Beginning Dutch class this semester, my classmates and I were posed a question: “What […]


    confessions of a recovering workaholic

    February 21, 2020
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    My candle burns at both ends;    It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—    It gives a lovely light! – Edna St. Vincent Millay, “First Fig” *** Dublin, December: overcast skies, deadlines looming ahead. They told me studying abroad would change me. They told me it would be exciting […]

    fiery red

    on hayley williams, hair, and radical change

    February 7, 2020
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    Hayley Williams, fiery red and heavily banged, was the inspiration for my abysmal sixth-grade haircut. A noted social rebel (noted, I say) usually found wearing mismatched Converse sneakers with a middle-grade book about astronomers under my arm, I didn’t just want to look like Hayley Williams—I wanted to be her. Hayley was doing what no […]

    new semester resolutions

    (and how you’ll break them)

    January 31, 2020
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    Welcome back! Shopping period is in full swing, and a whole new semester with endless (and hopefully all good) possibilities awaits! In the spirit of the new year, and the brand new semester, you might find yourself making a few resolutions—AKA minor tweaks to your otherwise perfect lifestyle choices—which may look something like the following:  […]