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Music and my identities: Learning from Jorge Drexler’s visit to Princeton

“I belong to all my intersecting identities: a little to them all, but to none of them entirely. It is in these shades of gray that identity can be so wonderful.”

“I belong to all my intersecting identities: a little to them all, but to none of them entirely. It is in these shades of gray that identity can be so wonderful.”

THE PROSPECT | 6 days ago

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My rural community and the stories we tell

Contributing writer for The Prospect Noelle Carpenter reflects on coming to Princeton from a rural community. She writes that, upon encountering stereotypes, “I’ve found myself an unlikely champion, frequently arguing on behalf of a community I too had to learn to love.”

Contributing writer for The Prospect Noelle Carpenter reflects on coming to Princeton from a rural community. She writes that, upon encountering stereotypes, “I’ve found myself an unlikely champion, frequently arguing on behalf of a community I too had to learn to love.”

THE PROSPECT | November 17

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The Cause: the days are long, but the months are short

“I love the cause. Yet I can’t help but feel that loving the cause means I have little space left for loving streaky sunsets, or the wind whipping through my hair, or autumn fading to winter.”

“I love the cause. Yet I can’t help but feel that loving the cause means I have little space left for loving streaky sunsets, or the wind whipping through my hair, or autumn fading to winter.”

THE PROSPECT | November 14

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Triangle Traces

“All this makes my last few nights in McCarter for my last Triangle premiere this weekend just that much more special. And with light, one thing that makes it so magical is how ephemeral it is.”

“All this makes my last few nights in McCarter for my last Triangle premiere this weekend just that much more special. And with light, one thing that makes it so magical is how ephemeral it is.”

THE PROSPECT | November 3

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An ode to Halloweekend

“Getting ready is the most essential part of a Halloween party. Whether you just throw on an oversized shirt and boxers for a low effort but utterly classic “the guy from Risky Business” or you don full-fledged face makeup, green hair, and purple suit for the Joker, getting ready is the time to get into character. You are no longer you.”

“Getting ready is the most essential part of a Halloween party. Whether you just throw on an oversized shirt and boxers for a low effort but utterly classic “the guy from Risky Business” or you don full-fledged face makeup, green hair, and purple suit for the Joker, getting ready is the time to get into character. You are no longer you.”

THE PROSPECT | November 3

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From hidden to happy: On not fitting in, being myself, and Season 1, Episode 5 of ‘Modern Family’

Avery Danae Williams, contributing writer for The Prospect, frames a self-essay about fitting in with an episode of “Modern Family.”

Avery Danae Williams, contributing writer for The Prospect, frames a self-essay about fitting in with an episode of “Modern Family.”

THE PROSPECT | October 30

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I see you and learn how to be

“I want to know how people do it. How do people wake up and put their feet on the ground and do what they do like it’s nothing at all? How are people doing this thing that is living? I look out my window and see.”

“I want to know how people do it. How do people wake up and put their feet on the ground and do what they do like it’s nothing at all? How are people doing this thing that is living? I look out my window and see.”

THE PROSPECT | October 26

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First-year imposter syndrome, rejection cycles, and living in the moment

“Success is not limited to current achievements; it also encompasses future endeavors that I can build for myself.” Contributing writer Russell Fan comes to terms with rejection in a self essay about trying to find an extracurricular to join.

“Success is not limited to current achievements; it also encompasses future endeavors that I can build for myself.” Contributing writer Russell Fan comes to terms with rejection in a self essay about trying to find an extracurricular to join.

THE PROSPECT | October 13

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In anticipation of love

“From the distance we see in each other, love emerges.” Contributing writer Kyung Eun Lee reflects on finding love and community through solitude and struggle.

“From the distance we see in each other, love emerges.” Contributing writer Kyung Eun Lee reflects on finding love and community through solitude and struggle.

THE PROSPECT | October 11

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Tierra y memoria

“To see land and memory intertwined, the physical world and our experience of it, is perhaps one of the greatest lessons my communities have taught me.”

“To see land and memory intertwined, the physical world and our experience of it, is perhaps one of the greatest lessons my communities have taught me.”

THE PROSPECT | October 9

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Back to the B floor

Head Prospect Editor José Pablo Fernández García reflects on the calm and stability that Firestone Library’s B floor brings him, after all these years.

Head Prospect Editor José Pablo Fernández García reflects on the calm and stability that Firestone Library’s B floor brings him, after all these years.

THE PROSPECT | October 6

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Existence, in theory and in practice

“What I do on my Fridays has little bearing on my Tuesdays, and vice versa, yet I’ve found that it’s only through the dichotomy of these dual existences that I can be all of myself.” Contributing Prospect writer Joshua Yang reflects on balancing the theoretical, abstract world of philosophy and the concreteness of reality.

“What I do on my Fridays has little bearing on my Tuesdays, and vice versa, yet I’ve found that it’s only through the dichotomy of these dual existences that I can be all of myself.” Contributing Prospect writer Joshua Yang reflects on balancing the theoretical, abstract world of philosophy and concreteness of reality.

THE PROSPECT | October 6

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An ode to Dunkin’

“For the first-years who never even knew this Dunkin’ once existed, let me enlighten you: This Dunkin’ did not have particularly good coffee or stellar customer service. It wasn’t always tasty or pleasant. It didn’t have the local charm of Small World or the customizability of Starbucks. But it was always there for you. And it was always the cheapest option.”

“For those first-years who never even knew this Dunkin’ existed, let me enlighten you: This Dunkin’ did not have particularly good coffee or stellar customer service. It wasn’t always tasty or pleasant. It didn’t have the local charm of Small World or the customizability of Starbucks. But it was always there for you. And it was always the cheapest option.”

THE PROSPECT | October 3

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In love I trust

“Yet, suddenly, I didn’t want to just pass these moments by anymore. I wanted to feel the sentimentality exalted in the song and to one day be able to claim thoughts like these as my own.”

“Yet, suddenly, I didn’t want to just pass these moments by anymore. I wanted to feel the sentimentality exalted in the song and, one day, be able to claim these thoughts as my own.”

THE PROSPECT | September 28

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The mysterious case of a Persian polymath in the Princeton University Chapel

“How can we wrap our heads around this singular place for Islam in the overwhelmingly Christian imagery of the Chapel?” Guest contributor David Chmielewski reflects on the significance of a stained glass window depicting the Muslim Abu Bakr al-Razi in the Princeton University Chapel.

“How can we wrap our heads around this singular place for Islam in the overwhelmingly Christian imagery of the Chapel?” Guest contributor David Chmielewski reflects on the significance of a stained glass window depicting the Muslim Abu Bakr al-Razi in the Princeton University Chapel.

THE PROSPECT | September 25