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MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS

I am excited. Finally, after over two years, my family is embarking on an international vacation. Each time this happens, I count my blessings; I am immensely grateful for the countless unforgettable trips my parents have allowed me to experience and I truly feel that it is the best gift they could have…

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THE MONTH OF MAY

With it being the first full week of June, I thought it’s now a good time to begin a new segment in the Chocolate and Politics register: monthly favorites. In order to break up the philosophical, profound blog posts with something a bit lighter and easier to digest I am introducing a monthly…

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WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE?

The question comes up year after year. The one which excites you as a smallchild. The one which seems to hold unknown opportunities: “what do youwant to be when you grow up?” For a long time, I answered this questionwith the first thing that came to my mind. Originally, it was a baker,…

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER

Today was my first official day of summer. Normally, summer is an exciting time for all the opportunities it brings with it. However, this year, summer feels a bit different. I am excited about summer but not necessarily because I get to spend all my time with friends or go out every day.…

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EUROCENTRIC IDEALS

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the way I grew up, and, along with that, the ideals I grew up with. Being the child of two immigrants, my life was quite different from many of my friends and peers. The way I looked was obviously different, but so was the food…

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BURNOUT

Burnout is a term I was never aware of before entering high school and something I never realized I experienced until this year. Burnout, put simply, is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It is something that can be very difficult to recognize, especially by those…

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FLORIDA’S ‘DON’T SAY GAY BILL’ IS NOT OKAY

Following his election in 2020, Joe Biden began acting to protect LGBTQ+ rights. On the first day of his administration, he passed the executive order “directing all federal agencies to recognize that existing federal bans on sex discrimination protect against LGBTQ discrimination as well.” (ACLU). In January of the same year, Biden repealed…

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WHY I DELETED TIKTOK

In 2019, I made the choice to download the up-and-coming app TikTok. Like its antecedent Musical.ly, I assumed TikTok would be another entertaining pastime that would provide a creative outlet and area to explore a new online community. And for a time, that is exactly what it was. 2019 was a year I…

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