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A snapshot of the life of a Boston medical student during the COVID-19 pandemic

(Janhavee Deshpande)
Suffolk County has over 55,000 COVID-19 cases to date
January 8, 2021
Suffolk County has experienced 57,742 cases with upwards of 500 new cases every day. The rise in cases has put heavy pressure on healthcare professionals to treat COVID-19 patients faster and more effectively. Alongside healthcare professionals, roughly 700 medical students at Boston University have been struggling to continue their training during the pandemic.  

Saving yourself for the vaccine

Saving yourself for the vaccine
Hook-up culture takes a hit after the pandemic causes young adults to limit social interaction
December 9, 2020
Estridge has seen more of the university hook-up life than most people. Being an ex-sorority sister, she is not shy about the horror stories from her friends. But lately, she and her friends are all committed to occasional celibacy in order to stay healthy. 

App of the Week: Food Network Kitchen

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Your go to kitchen helper for the holidays
November 20, 2020
The holidays are fast approaching, and for many, this means hours spent in the kitchen whipping up dishes of all shapes and sizes.

Should Christmas music be listened to before Thanksgiving?

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A highly-debated topic in a year unlike any other
November 19, 2020
A highly-debated topic in a year unlike any other.

Students grapple with mental health as first fully-remote semester draws to a close

(Patrick Kline/Amherst Wire)
UMass has reported 321 cases of COVID-19 since August 6
November 18, 2020
College students at UMass Amherst, many of whom expected nothing more than a two-week extension of spring break at the onset of remote learning, were thrust into a purgatory of uncertainty commandeered by a novel contagion. 

Meet the NYU student running a small business from her dorm room

Pictured: Samet with 2 of her hand painted bags. Photo from @cutelilbaggies on Instagram
Creating your own version of reality that you can wear
November 18, 2020
Since opening the shop on July 26, Samet has sold around one hundred bags and expanded her business, which originated on Instagram, on several different online shopping websites, including Depop and Etsy, and she isn’t slowing down.

Marked As Read: Episode Four

Artwork by Celina Rivernider.
Author interview alert!
November 16, 2020
Tune in for an exclusive interview with the elusive Nick Cutter.

Mass incarceration in Massachusetts

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Narratives from formerly incarcerated advocates and their vision of a future beyond prisons
November 16, 2020
What are the experiences of those imprisoned within Massachusetts?

App of the Week: LinkedIn

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The app to download for professional networking
November 13, 2020

Given the current state of the world, it may seem like finding a job right now is difficult, daunting and for many college students, has possibly been pushed aside for a later time. However, for college...

Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and the pursuit of the self

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Fiction is not always fictional
November 11, 2020
We prefer to present ourselves according to some arbitrary set of social norms, ostensibly sleeping well knowing we are ‘normal’ and not some social pariah. However, at times we may experience personal duress, not knowing what our true self is in the pursuit of some societal ideal.

A whirlwind of a Presidential election

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Delaware to deliver victory speech from Google Images
Overwhelming feelings have come to light from the results of the Election Day that turned into Election Week
November 11, 2020
On Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris have officially become the president-elect and vice president-elect for the next four years, making Donald Trump one of the few incumbent presidents to lose in his race for a second term. The results brought a lot of conflicting emotions throughout the United States. 

What does fashion look like in the age of Zoom classes? 

What does fashion look like in the age of Zoom classes? 
How our style has changed in an era of online lectures and social isolation
November 10, 2020
As many college students started their fall semester from the desk of their childhood room, attending seminars and lectures through a pixelated screen, daily uniforms have fluctuated. Some choose to dress up, others are fully embracing the athleisure wear lifestyle. Colder weather and early nights beckon all of us to embrace cozier clothing.
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