• Metiza

    Let’s Not Wait Until We Are 60

    I can’t remember the last time I really worried about being appealing… I think it was a really long time ago. -Meryl Streep When I was seventeen years old, Meryl Streep shared with me—well, not me personally, but me as…

  • Metiza

    A Portrait of a Worrier to Warrior

    As early as junior high, I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what. What I knew was: I worried. I pressured myself to succeed. I sweat profusely without explanation. This was a portrait of a worrier. This was what life felt…

  • Metiza

    Self-Help for Self-Help

    Have you ever noticed that Barnes & Noble has a whole bookcase—not a shelf but a whole bookcase—dedicated to self-help books? Have you ever noticed that many women’s magazines (print and online) repeatedly publish self-help articles? Self-help is a popular…

  • I Am

    Perceptive of Him

    “Who the heck hangs a picture of Jesus on their wall?” I asked myself. The picture hung just inside the door of an open office. I had never seen anyone do such a thing in my life. I sat in…

  • Reflections

    Home

    Sleepy-eyed, I roll out of my family minivan and stretch as I always do when we travel from Long Island to visit my grandparents in Manville, New Jersey. I haven’t seen them since maybe Easter, and those few months felt…

  • I Am

    Looking Beyond the Surface

    It was late one afternoon in 2013, and I had just got home from class at Suffolk Community College. I collapsed on my bed and began to cry. I was so exhausted. I was so miserable, and the worst part…

  • Reflections

    Focus On What Really Matters

    At the end of Stony Brook University’s Catholic Mass on Sunday May 6, 2018, Father Sean Magaldi announced that Bishop Barres approved four missionaries from an organization called Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to work alongside Stony Brook University…

  • I Am

    Living Life In The Front Row

    As if on the verge of jumping off a diving board, I was heightened by the anticipation of becoming a student leader. I was ready. This was something I wanted to be and knew I could be. I can be…

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