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Paper-Mâché Boat

Her storytelling is what guided me through the rainy nights. During these nights is when we could live the most. She would tell me to close my eyes and just listen, so I did. We traveled through the world, through new dimensions and worlds through her voice. She crafted us…

Who decides your concentration? It’s certainly not you.

I don’t know how many times younger me had to hear “the future is STEM ” from my teachers. As someone who’s never excelled in any stem subjects and dreaded every math class I had to take, consistently having STEM subjects pushed down my throat as something to pursue got…

 Chop, Dice, Repeat

Cooking, African-Femininity, and Identity in Gen Z “Ayoola, come to the kitchen!” My mother would scream daily at the top of her lungs, face heated, eyes filled with determination. Determination to make a “Woman out of Me!” Determination to prepare me for my husband’s house. “Mother” I would respond in…

The Historical Hiatus

“I can’t do this anymore!” I exclaimed from the top of my lungs, a cathartic release of the volcanic emotions that had been bubbling up ever since the start of the second semester. Given my location on the fourth floor of the Rockefeller library, this disruptive outburst normally would have…