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Kaitlyn Tsai

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Levity

Advice to Josh: When Does Winter End?

As the weather fluctuates between the 30s and high 50s, and as the weeks hurtle by, it seems like spring should be coming. The air is slowly getting warmer, on average, and there are some buds starting to burst forth on bare branches. Still, Cambridge seems dreary and gray, and the midterm slump certainly isn't helping the sense of endless winter. So we're here to give Josh advice on knowing when exactly winter ends.

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Endpaper

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It is late spring, and Eomma is teaching me how to make rice. “It’s simple, watch,” she says, her Korean soft and gentle. A little unfamiliar in its slowness.

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Fifteen Superlative Seniors

Most Interesting Thesis: Tatiana Miranda

Inspired by classes about bodily care and Black feminist theory, Tatiana is exploring how Joker fanfiction writers — particularly those who have marginalized identities — use their writing to reckon with their experiences.

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Scrutiny

‘You’re a Case Number’: The Bureaucratic Gaps Behind Harvard’s Mental Health Leaves of Absence

I set out to uncover the reasons behind these policies, as well as their effects; for some students, whether they take a leave and how they do so could be, and has been, a matter of life or death.

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Fifteen Questions

Fifteen Questions: Mina Cikara on Social Psychology, Intergroup Conflict, and Being a ‘Valley Rat’

Psychology professor Mina Cikara sat down with the magazine to discuss her influences and the psychology of discrimination. “Social psychology is rife with theorizing about all of the different inputs to intergroup conflict,” she says. “There are many, and they are multiply determined, and they are incredibly complex.”

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Introspection

Paraphernalia of Love

This year, I’ve found that my relationship with the past has gradually changed; that its pull, while still tender, has become primarily sharp and painful. I’ve found myself not just indulging in these trips down memory lane, but wishing I could stay in them forever.

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Scrutiny

The (Un)Official Harvard Dictionary: Fifteen Words and Where They Came From

As with any other language, each Harvard term or phrase has a complex backstory that reveals something about campus culture.

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Fifteen Superlative Seniors

Best Advice-Giver: Lucas Woodley

“I listen to people. Or I try. And I think that’s usually a precursor to giving good advice.”

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Introspection

Between Two Worlds

Could I ever fit in if my own voice screamed foreign?

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The Scoop

Looop Me In: A Return to the Days of Matchmaking

The app itself doesn’t match people — human matchmakers do.

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Introspection

Big Small Things

I love the job itself: the menial labor, the simplicity of the tasks, the smallness and apparent insignificance of my work.

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Endpaper

Growth and Decay

In a time when I felt I had nothing, not even a sense of who I was, I remembered that the earth gives me — gives us — so many gifts that I don’t have to work to earn or prove myself worthy of.

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Scrutiny

Humanities and The “Battle of the University”

“What are the unique values that the sciences and humanities bring? And how can we put them in conversation together to solve big questions?”

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Introspection

“Do you want to watch a movie?”

My dad isn't the most emotionally expressive guy, but somehow sitting in the living room and watching a random movie he picked that neither of us particularly cares for says a lot more than "I love you."

Retrospection

The Living Memory of Derrick Bell

In a 1990 photograph, Derrick Bell, the first tenured Black professor at Harvard Law School, speaks as a crowd of students rally behind him. In the front row, students clutch a banner that reads, “Harvard Law School: On Strike for Diversity.” The photograph was taken during Bell’s controversial announcement that he would be taking a “leave of conscience,” refusing to return until HLS hired a Black, female, tenured professor.

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