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A few weeks ago, I stood amongst my graduating class of 2016 and flipped a flimsy yellow tassel from one side of my cap to the other. It felt momentous, at least in that it meant we would probably get to take off the itchy caps and leave soon. But it wasn’t until my cap was discarded in some dusty corner of my room and I had left to celebrate the occasion… Read More

This essay appeared originally on the outdoor media site She-Explores.com. This time last year, I was a few months into my first full-time internship in field that I care about. While I should have felt lucky, all I felt was stuck. I spent most of my free time planning an escape from the routine in which I found myself lodged. I applied to study abroad (for the third time in three years) and… Read More

If any of you out there believe in cosmic irony, this one should give you a chuckle. After a record-, roof-, and spirit-breaking winter in Boston, escaping to sunny Colorado was my lifeline. I stared at my calendar for weeks, thinking about sweaty hikes in the mountains and wearing shorts. And just when Boston remembered what spring was, I boarded a plane for my summer oasis. And it was- for about 24… Read More

Six feet of snow. Five “don’t even try to get to the office” snow days. Four hopeless subway lines. And a bunch of pissed of New Englanders. I kid, but things have been a real mess since the snow started pilling up in Storm Juno… and never really stopped. Luckily, in between going stir crazy in my apartment and hallucinating beaches on my commute through the arctic tundra of Boston, I’ve managed… Read More

When you start having dreams about stereochemistry and the reproductive cycle of plants, you know it’s time to give yourself a break. After a brutal lineup of midterms last week, I got my break by getting out of Boston for the weekend- and thank god. There is nothing like trying to light a fire on a freezing cold morning to make you forget all the mundane stresses of college life. So four of… Read More

The crisp wind whipping past me as I boarded my flight back to Boston was just one more jolting reminder of the thought I’ve spent all week avoiding: Summer is over. The last few months have been filled with grand travels and constant motion. Not once was it lacking in adventure, but as I descend into Boston, it feels as though it has barely been summer at all. Of course, the city… Read More

Sitting at my desk in downtown Boston last Thursday, I was watching sheaths of rain hit the windows and wondering when June would feel like making an appearance . What I wanted was a bit of real summer. What I wanted was the mountains. Good thing I know a place for that- it just so happens that it’s halfway across the country. But what are homes for, if not to drag all… Read More

You forget how easy it can be to let the familiar holdings of your life become invisible to you. From the tree-lined streets you pass on the way to WholeFoods to the towering glass facades of downtown at rush hour, the city that you had once only dreamt of spending your days in can fade into the hazy blur of routine. Luckily, something will usually snap you out of this before too… Read More