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Rachel Chen

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Riding A Bike Illustration

Like Riding A Bike

But maybe there’s a way to outgrow training wheels without outgrowing imagination. Call it visualization, or self-romanticization, or a million more mature, adult behaviors — but in the end, I haven’t left the wild, unfettered imagination of my childhood behind.

Rachel Homecoming Design

Homecoming: Working Out In the Long Run

"This story doesn’t end with me running a marathon, trembling arms raised in victory and frigid medal between my teeth. I may never enjoy running, or even feel truly comfortable jogging with a friend." RC ponders what it means to run.

Bartholet Portrait

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet's Call for a Presumptive Ban on Homeschooling

Elizabeth Bartholet, a Harvard Law School professor, recently published a letter calling for stricter regulations on homeschooling, sparking a debate about issues ranging from government intervention in schooling to Harvard elitism.


Love in the Time of Corona: Long Distance Edition

The classic Zoom movie night! Spend some quality time arguing over who has to deal with the screen share lag.

Puppy Love

The Other Dog

Ask anyone who knows me — I cry easier than a toddler at the dentist. But for some reason, it wasn’t the hundreds of patients we’d seen in various stages of disease or the abandoned children ecstatic to receive their first toy who finally broke the dam on my tear ducts. It was a stray mutt minding its own business in the corner of a park in Concepción, Iloilo.

Character Panel at LeakyCon
Around Town

When Fandom Becomes Family

The sincerity with which the Leakycon attendees treat panels and merchandise stores alike reveals an enduring relationship to Harry Potter: a conception of the Potterdom as an evolving universe with abiding relevance to modern life.

Dancers at the Dance Mile
Around Town

5280 Feet of Footloose

The Dance Mile's website promises “5280 feet of pure awesomeness,” and under the rules section, they insist in all caps to “HAVE THE MOST FUN POSSIBLE.” It’s barely noon on Saturday, and FM has sent me to a dance party in the middle of Boston hosted nominally by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

CGIS Poets
Around Town

Asian American Poets Take a Stand

Beyer has authored a poetry collection called “We Come Elemental,” Tran placed in the Top 10 at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, and Yoon was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2017.

CPD Uber Image
The Scoop

A Safety Toolkit in Your Uber

The recently announced safety feature is simple: If you feel unsafe or if there is an emergency during your Uber ride, a button within the Safety Toolkit of the Uber app will allow you to call 911 and send your updated location and the car’s make, model, license plate, and driver to emergency responders, all within seconds.

Necklace Design


I window shop for a middle name too. I spend so much time on that I feel like an expectant mother. Elizabeth, Isabella, Valerie—I try them on in my mouth, in doodled script, in the mirror with my best ‘ello guvnah accent.

Edgar Allan Faux Reading
Around Town

Edgar Allan Faux

If you can’t imagine Edgar Allan Poe being funny, you’ve never seen Velella work a crowd.

Sartorial Scholarship
Ivy League

Retaking the Ivy League

Page after page of white men wearing rugby shirts, Bermuda shorts, and boat shoes strolling around brick buildings and grassy quads...