Molly Young

Shiru Cafe

shiru

meditations on modernity

I have been here fifty-three times      since springtime I remember when the naïve baristas offered      plastic cups for iced drinks      only to watch them float beyond      the caffeinated gates      in the hands of summer swindlers when I signed up      proudly declaring my career…

vaccination and sensationalism

another false alarm

vaccination and sensationalism

Why the confusion? Even in the information era, with massive advancements in public health, there is still lingering public speculation about whether vaccines in young children might lead to autism. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), which protects against three of the most fatal diseases for children, is still met with rumor and rejection…

Lessons Learned from Toddler Teachers

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lessons learned from toddler teachers

“Mama! Mama! MAMA!” screams the two-year-old girl circling my legs, arms outstretched and face screwed up in the effort of crying. My hands are trembling slightly as I pull on purple gloves. I want to burst into tears like her and scream, “I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER!” But what little sanity I have left tells…

mollyyoungillo

do it yourself

independent study options at brown

Like most students here at Brown, I was drawn to this school for its Open Curriculum, excited by the prospect of being in control of crafting an education fueled by my passions. Now well into my second semester, though I’ve sampled some unforgettable courses, it seems I’ve committed to blindly plowing forward in the course…

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gender revealligator

nation-building in pink and blue

  Maybe you’ve seen them on your newsfeed—people cutting cakes, opening fake presents, shooting guns at tannerite explosive, all leading up to the magical ~reveal~, blue or pink. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing out. There’s an entire genre of videos dedicated to announcing the gender of an expecting couple’s newest…