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Maggie Nelson on freedom, queerness, and (not) knowing ourselves

Covering Maggie Nelson’s recent campus appearance in a conversation with professor Gayle Salamon for Princeton’s Public Lecture Series, Staff Writer Clara McWeeny also explores her own understanding of knowing one’s self.

Covering Maggie Nelson’s recent campus appearance in a conversation with professor Gayle Salamon for Princeton’s Public Lecture Series, Staff Writer Clara McWeeny also explores her own understanding of knowing one’s self.

THE PROSPECT | April 13

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The art of looking up

“It feels whimsical, indulgent almost, to tell people I want to spend this era of my youth studying the stars.” Paige Cromley reflects on declaring as an Astrophysics major and the grounding experience of stargazing.

“It feels whimsical, indulgent almost, to tell people I want to spend this era of my youth studying the stars. However, I think there is something fundamentally grounding about the field — it seems significantly removed from human-scale worries.” Prospect Staff Writer Paige Cromley reflects on declaring as an Astrophysics major and the grounding experience of stargazing.

THE PROSPECT | April 11

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Writing myself into Princeton’s story

“For some reason, I’ve hesitated to write more explicitly about my Mexican identity or my story of immigration. They’re weird, complex identities and issues I often struggle to understand on a personal, internal level, especially as an immigrant to a country with a distinctly difficult history of race and otherness.”

“For some reason, I’ve hesitated to write more explicitly about my Mexican identity or my story of immigration.” 

THE PROSPECT | April 10

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Breaking Up with STEM

"And although some days I wonder whether the grass is greener on the other side, for the first time I am learning for the sake of learning — and that should be enough." Assistant Editor Kerrie Liang reflects on her struggles with letting go of her STEM persona.

“And although some days I wonder whether the grass is greener on the other side, for the first time I am learning for the sake of learning — and that should be enough.” Assistant Editor Kerrie Liang reflects on her struggles with letting go of her STEM persona.

THE PROSPECT | March 28

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Growing up with instant noodles

“Instant noodles will always have a special place in my heart.” Senior Writer Albert Lee revisits the  roles instant noodles have played in his life and that of his family.

“Instant noodles will always have a special place in my heart.” Senior Writer Albert Lee revisits the  roles instant noodles have played in his life and that of his family.

THE PROSPECT | March 22

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'Philosophy with the body in it'

“I found myself in an intimidatingly silent studio dotted with students deep in serene contemplation, forming a perfect circle between the colossal window and mirror.” Contributing Writer Andrew Johnson reflects on his first foray into dance classes at Princeton.

“I found myself in an intimidatingly silent studio dotted with students deep in serene contemplation, forming a perfect circle between the colossal window and mirror.” Contributing Writer Andrew Johnson reflects on his first foray into dance classes at Princeton.

THE PROSPECT | March 21

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On Van Gogh: what it means to be ‘useful’ in the world

Staff Writer for the Prospect Thia Bian reflects on Van Gogh’s letters, his desperation to change the world, and the lesson that “little happinesses” are more important than the pressure to be revolutionary.

Staff Writer for the Prospect Thia Bian reflects on Van Gogh’s letters, his desperation to change the world, and the lesson that “little happinesses” are more important than the pressure to be revolutionary.

THE PROSPECT | February 17

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Navigating doubts, hopes, and hormone replacement therapy at Princeton

“As I waited to be seen by the next practitioner, I thought back through the journey which led me to that room.” In an anonymous guest contribution to The Prospect, a Princeton student shares their journey to beginning gender-affirming care at McCosh Health Center.

“As I waited to be seen by the next practitioner, I thought back through the journey which led me to that room.” In an anonymous guest contribution to The Prospect, a Princeton student shares their journey to beginning gender-affirming care at McCosh Health Center.

THE PROSPECT | February 14

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The love in buying and receiving flowers

“At any point, I could have stopped buying flowers. Instead, every two weeks, I chose to keep giving them to myself, to my home. It is that act of renewal that made flowers so beautiful to me.”

“At any point, I could have stopped buying flowers. Instead, every two weeks, I chose to keep giving them to myself, to my home. It is that act of renewal that made flowers so beautiful to me.”

THE PROSPECT | February 8

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Two years later, back on stage with Triangle

After two years away from the stage, the Princeton Triangle Club is premiering its show at the McCarter Theatre. Head Prospect Editor José Pablo Fernández García reflects on the privilege of finally being back in the theater.

After two years away from the stage, the Princeton Triangle Club is premiering its show at the McCarter Theatre. Head Prospect Editor José Pablo Fernández García reflects on the privilege of finally being back in the theater.

THE PROSPECT | January 27

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How to be productive

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, so each day choose carefully to produce what you find most valuable.”

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, so each day choose carefully to produce what you find most valuable.”

THE PROSPECT | January 5