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To visit or not to visit: A vocabulary to better care for the sick

“The question is, how do you know if a sick friend wants to be visited? People respond differently to illness, and the same person suffering from the same condition at one point might respond differently at another point.”

“The question is, how do you know if a sick friend wants to be visited? People respond differently to illness, and the same person suffering from the same condition at one point might respond differently at another point.”

THE PROSPECT | 03/13/2023

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Thank you, COVID-19, but an even bigger thank you to me

I am rarely the star of my own works, which is oxymoronic since they’ve all been labeled “self essays.” This time is going to be different, though. This time, my co-protagonist is not a past lover. It’s the global pandemic that shook the world in 2020 — say it with me — COVID-19. 

I am rarely the star of my own works, which is oxymoronic since they’ve all been labeled “self essays.” This time is going to be different, though. This time, my co-protagonist is not a past lover. It’s the global pandemic that shook the world in 2020 — say it with me — COVID-19. 

THE PROSPECT | 03/07/2023

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Adopting a new language

“Underpinning technical terms and problem sets was the concept that language is something beheld and formed by its speakers and hearers. People make their own languages to suit their communities, needs, and traditions.”

“Underpinning technical terms and problem sets was the concept that language is something beheld and formed by its speakers and hearers. People make their own languages to suit their communities, needs, and traditions.”

THE PROSPECT | 03/03/2023

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Ants in a sandbox

“Everywhere one goes, everywhere one looks, there abound signs of something fraying, something so torn up and unsettled that it may erupt. It’s not just Princeton, but one’s very grasp of Princeton, that has been challenged, turned upside down: Princeton bouleversé.”

“Everywhere one goes, everywhere one looks, there abound signs of something fraying, something so torn up and unsettled that it may erupt. It’s not just Princeton, but one’s very grasp of Princeton, that has been challenged, turned upside down: Princeton bouleversé.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/26/2023

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One year since the war began

I didn’t know how I was meant to act then, when my peers and teachers at school suddenly became acutely aware of my Ukrainian heritage, prompting a few well-meaning souls to reach out in solidarity with no previously established strong rapport between us to merit this. I was confused, and I was scared. I am still guilty. 

I didn’t know how I was meant to act then, when my peers and teachers at school suddenly became acutely aware of my Ukrainian heritage, prompting a few well-meaning souls to reach out in solidarity with no previously established strong rapport between us to merit this. I was confused, and I was scared. I am still guilty. 

THE PROSPECT | 02/23/2023

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Love Languages

Why is there always tension and suspense in these three words; “love” between lover and beloved? What is it about this arrangement, the entanglement of “I” and “You” and the mediating “Love” in between? What does it really mean for a relationship to be defined by love?  

Why is there always tension and suspense in these three words; “love” between lover and beloved? What is it about this arrangement, the entanglement of “I” and “You” and the mediating “Love” in between? What does it really mean for a relationship to be defined by love?  

THE PROSPECT | 02/16/2023

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Valentine's Prospects

Whether you’re single, taken, battling a six-year situationship, or still mourning that breakup from a year ago, The Prospect invites you to join us on our emotional rollercoaster. We hope you enjoy.

Whether you’re single, taken, battling a six-year situationship, or still mourning that breakup from a year ago, The Prospect invites you to join us on our emotional rollercoaster. We hope you enjoy.

PROJECTS | 02/14/2023

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An ode to solitude

“But the centerpiece of my mind’s mantel is personal maturation, something that I find is best done solo.”

“But the centerpiece of my mind’s mantel is personal maturation, something that I find is best done solo.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/14/2023

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Coming back to love: the ‘Before Sunrise’ trilogy

“Beyond the aesthetic qualities of the film, the beautiful actors, and the retrospective admiration for the late ’90s, there’s something about this film trilogy (that also includes “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”) that seared a hole into my heart when I watched it the first time.” 

“Beyond the aesthetic qualities of the film, the beautiful actors, and the retrospective admiration for the late ’90s, there’s something about this film trilogy (that also includes “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”) that seared a hole into my heart when I watched it the first time.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/12/2023

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Passing by: On Triangle Tour 2023, Part Two

“As we all celebrated the successful conclusion of the tour, she turned to face me, awaiting a reply. I barely mustered a response; I’m not quick with words. But I too was happy as we returned, in the dark of night, street lamps, taillights, and city skylines passing by.”

“As we all celebrated the successful conclusion of the tour, she turned to face me, awaiting a reply. I barely mustered a response; I’m not quick with words. But I too was happy as we returned, in the dark of night, street lamps, taillights, and city skylines passing by.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/12/2023

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First day to fraying: On Triangle Tour 2023, Part One

“Perfection is a funny concept. This venue wasn’t perfect by being as large and well-equipped as our familiar McCarter haunts; rather, it was perfect because it offered nearly every problem one can have on tour in a manageable dose.”

“Perfection is a funny concept. This venue wasn’t perfect by being as large and well-equipped as our familiar McCarter haunts; rather, it was perfect because it offered nearly every problem one can have on tour in a manageable dose.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/09/2023

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Seeing like a student

“That’s why my site of enjoyment, not quite here or there, makes the contradiction in just existing so recognizable. It’s jarring and comforting at the same time. Everything that seems unnatural and out of place is a testimony to the usual comfort of nature; every imperfection signals the great potential of what could be.”

“That’s why my site of enjoyment, not quite here or there, makes the contradiction in just existing so recognizable. It’s jarring and comforting at the same time. Everything that seems unnatural and out of place is a testimony to the usual comfort of nature; every imperfection signals the great potential of what could be.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/06/2023

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An ode to the return trip

“I will forever be grateful to this charming, underfunded public transportation system for creating a liminal space in which I could simply exist, explore, imagine, and dream. In those rocking, ugly train carriages, I existed in the in-between.”

“I will forever be grateful to this charming, underfunded public transportation system for creating a liminal space in which I could simply exist, explore, imagine, and dream. In those rocking, ugly train carriages, I existed in the in-between.”

THE PROSPECT | 02/02/2023

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Clinging onto Lunar New Year

“Some part of me fears that once I graduate and no longer have an abnormally long winter break to spend at home, Lunar New Year will be consigned to the same scrap heap of obscurity that Thanksgiving and Christmas currently occupy in my mind.”

“Some part of me fears that once I graduate and no longer have an abnormally long winter break to spend at home, Lunar New Year will be consigned to the same scrap heap of obscurity that Thanksgiving and Christmas currently occupy in my mind.”

THE PROSPECT | 01/22/2023

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Love in the ‘Prince’ newsroom

“If I had found some love and support and connection in our virtual newsroom while we persevered through those darkest months, then the return to our newsroom on University Place let me see all those things flourish. There are an endless number of vignettes I could write about love in this college newsroom.”

“If I had found some love and support and connection in our virtual newsroom while we persevered through those darkest months, then the return to our newsroom on University Place let me see all those things flourish. There are an endless number of vignettes I could write about love in this college newsroom.”

THE PROSPECT | 12/21/2022

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Empty niches

All this from noticing an architectural quirk: these nine empty statuary niches led me along a year-long journey of observation and intrigued writes head editor José Pablo Fernández García in a visual journey through history and memory on campus.

“All this from noticing an architectural quirk: these nine empty statuary niches led me along a year-long journey of observation and intrigue,” writes head editor José Pablo Fernández García in a visual journey through history and memory on campus.

PROJECTS | 12/18/2022

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The exceptions

“Either way, the exception carries a double-edged sword — glory and pain. How, why, do such things, even in less extremes, coexist? This is what made my friend’s comment somewhat haunting. Being the exception is a distinction: it aggrandizes and alienates at once.”

“Either way, the exception carries a double-edged sword — glory and pain. How, why, do such things, even in less extremes, coexist? This is what made my friend’s comment somewhat haunting. Being the exception is a distinction: it aggrandizes and alienates at once.”

THE PROSPECT | 12/13/2022

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The Self essay

“But now, finally, in these essays I’ve found the binding together of my self. These disparate parts have been gathered and collected like a bundle of sticks — still precarious but at least momentarily unified.”

“But now, finally, in these essays I’ve found the binding together of my self. These disparate parts have been gathered and collected like a bundle of sticks — still precarious but at least momentarily unified.”

THE PROSPECT | 12/08/2022