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Daddy’s Text

by Ashley Chou // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. Every generation grows up with a new set of generational issues. My great-great-grandmother used to tightly wrap my great-grandmother’s feet with cloth bandages to stunt the growth of her daughter’s feet. Apparently, large […]

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Featured Nonfiction Pop Culture

Is It Just a Highlight Reel? The Secret of Casual Instagram and Finstas

by Kat Ureña This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. The most recent trend across all social media platforms is to be more intimate with the people who see your content—using your accounts as a virtual diary. Social media has always been a place […]

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The Secret is Out: Someone IS Watching You When You’re Alone

by Leio Koga // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. Another swipe of mascara and her lashes look voluminous and flirty. Another flick of black eyeliner and her eyes look bigger and more striking. Another line of light gloss and her lips look […]

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Creative Nonfiction

Secret Pain

by Aditi Hukerikar // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. Where do secrets and pain intersect? For me, my pain became my secrets: not only did I internalize my pain, keeping it a secret from the world, but I tried to deny my […]

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Featured Nonfiction

The Lack of Urgency to Combat Sexual Assault: The Harvard Story

by Izzy MacFarlane // This piece was originally published in Issue 1: Secret Edition (Spring 2022). To see past print publications, click here. The Backstory A few weeks ago, news broke out about a sexual harassment scandal occurring at Harvard University. John Comaroff, a professor of African and African American Studies and Anthropology at Harvard University […]

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Health & Wellness Nonfiction

A Letter to My Ex

by Madison McCormick Trigger Warning: emotional abuse, suicide, domestic abuse Dear ex,  You were the worst decision I ever made. I ignored every red flag as soon as you mentioned childhood trauma. I told you that I had a habit of being a people fixer and letting people walk all over me. You took advantage […]

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Nonfiction Opinion Pop Culture

Reminder: All Cosplayers Deserve Respect

by Aditi Hukerikar // After transitioning to a virtual format due to the pandemic, comic conventions are finally returning to their former glory. October 7-10 of this year, droves of fans eagerly attended New York Comic-Con. Sadly, along with the return of Comic-Con comes another pre-pandemic occurrence: the criticism women face for cosplaying at conventions. […]

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Health & Wellness Nonfiction Uncategorized

Plate By Numbers

Warning: This article contains talk of scales, weight loss, and dieting and may be triggering for those currently struggling with body dysmorphia and other related body image disorders. Make a Wish Throughout the majority of my twenty-one years, I’ve had a constant wish in the back of my head: I want a flat stomach. I’ve […]

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Health & Wellness Nonfiction Opinion Uncategorized

The Evil Witch Inside Us

by Helen Zhang // Look around your room. How many mirrors do you see?  Now, if you did not include your phone, laptop, or other technology with screens, adjust your answer.  Did your number change? Mine certainly did. Personally, I have five mirrors in my bedroom alone. That fact shocks me. After all, like many […]

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Health & Wellness Nonfiction Uncategorized

Aditi’s Makeup Story

by Aditi Hukerikar // When I was in middle school, I thought that I was ugly. Not an uncommon experience for young girls to have (which is an issue in its own right) but one that defined how I felt about myself as I grew up. There definitely wasn’t one cause for it, but rather […]