10 Lessons I Learned in my Sophomore Year

These are not listed in any particular order. These are not ranked in terms of importance. They have slipped through, sliding, sagely as I learn and unlearn all that sophomore year has deigned. Consider this an unofficial letter to myself, the Ambar of August 2018. People are not permanent. Do not expect that the people …

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Change Your Walk, Change Your Attitude

The way we feel affects the way energy is manifested in our bodies. Anxiety sits on our shoulders, demanding constant attention as we struggle to conquer the day. Depression holds our hands tightly, pointing out that all-day naps and isolation are a sure trick for happiness. Stress blows a middle-school gym coach’s whistle, blasting endless …

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My One Acts Directorial Debut – A Retrospective

TW: This play references substance abuse. A year ago, a friend had told me that he thought I’d make a great director. I dismissed the compliment, thinking that my theatre experience was best limited to acting and production staff. Before this year, rarely had I allowed myself to ponder leadership opportunities. There takes a certain …

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“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2” – Review

This review does contain spoilers. Continue reading at your own peril. There’s nothing I love more than a female-led show with great costumes and snappy dialogue. Add in witchcraft, feminism, and prophecies, and you’ve got yourself a spellbinding time. Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS) released Part 2 this past month, after a hit first …

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Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, Brooklyn Museum

I love you more than my own skin. I first discovered Frida Kahlo in the second grade. A friend of mine had dressed as Frida for Halloween: her mother had painted her thin brows into a unibrow and together, they crafted an intricate floral headdress and braided her hair into it. I was dressed as …

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“Sometimes I Hear My Own Voice”: The Wonderful Loneliness in Netflix’s “Everything Sucks!”

Humans exist in contradictions. Despite a desire for companionship, there’s a distinct natural setting of loneliness. Life is spent in purgatory, struggling to communicate wayward thoughts with others who share the same dilemma. I think that’s why the connections we make feel so special—became some way, somehow, we’ve found someone who speaks the same language …

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