Night Driving

“When I told people that we used to go driving at night, they didn’t understand it,” my former roommate told me. Back in high school, I didn’t party or indulge until late in the game. When I hung out with friends, we’d play basketball, watch movies, or just hang out and talk. Some nights, that […]

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The Hostel

One summer, I lived in Costa Rica. It all started in the spring of 2014. I needed to fulfill a work requirement for grad school, and despite my best efforts, I hadn’t landed a domestic internship. I had applied to jobs in New York, DC, and maybe even Boston, but to no avail. As the […]

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Before and After

Most people wouldn’t start their birthday with a workout, but I am not most people. I woke up this morning, threw on my dark blue bathrobe, and turned on some soccer. It didn’t matter who was playing. I had plans for later, but they weren’t now, and I entered my 31st birthday by having the […]

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Facing Yourself

“What’s the best part about living alone?” —- During my freshman year of college, my roommate left every weekend. On Friday afternoons, his friends or parents picked him up, and he’d return late Sunday night. During the second half of the year, with no Friday classes to speak of, he would jet on Thursdays, leaving […]

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A Running Start

“So, have you been running?” When I haven’t seen someone in a while, this is the most common question they ask me. The answer should be straightforward, but there’s more to it than just a simple yes or no. I used to love running, and to some degree I still do. I love road races. […]

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It’s that time of year once again. On the brink of turning 31, I thought about last year’s birthday. It was a momentous occasion, and the celebration was exactly what I wanted it to be. At my stepmother’s house, I was surrounded by friends and family. Not everyone was there, but there were enough people […]

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Home Movies

Letting go isn’t always easy. A few years back, I interned in Costa Rica for the summer. I woke up that first morning in a bed that was not my own, in a hostel that was unfamiliar, and got ready for work. It felt like I had started a brand new life, and in a […]

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