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I Don’t Want to Be Happy, I Just Want to Be Okay

Sanya Kamidi assesses the downside of pursuing aggressively high standards for happiness.
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What Does “Self-Care” Actually Mean for College Students?

In anticipation of the new school year, Laurel Rinehart shares her tips for attaining a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy college lifestyle.
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Why I Hate Cigarettes

Sanya Kamidi opens up about her fear of addiction and the ever-present temptation of nicotine.
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Jew-ish: The Gray Area of Being a Modern Jew

Hannah Jackson reflects on her experiences to explore the religious, cultural and ethnic nuances involved in identifying as Jewish in America today.
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“That’s So OCD”

Hana Simon opens up about her experience with OCD and the ways in which people can best express empathy.
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Two Down, Two to Go: Reflections From the Halfway Mark

As her sophomore year comes to a close, Assistant Opinion Editor Hannah Jackson reflects on her UCSB experience thus far.
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In Slow-Motion: Experiencing Loss From Afar

Hannah Jackson unpacks the emotions that come with experiencing grief as a college student.
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The Student Experience: Mental Health Vignettes

UCSB students share their stories and insights about mental health.
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A Love Letter to My Roots

Sanya Kamidi reflects on her cultural identity and what it means to be Indian.
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Existential Crises and the Quest for Validation

Anjalie Tandon offers an alternative view to the idea that a successful career is essential to form one's identity and purpose in life.
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Negativity: A New Social Norm

Alaina Ayres questions the tendency of people to spiral into negativity just to have something to talk about.
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Surviving the Sophomore Slump

Calista Liu talks about how Sophomore year can be up and down at times.
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Reflections from the Halfway Mark: The Ups and Downs of My First Two Years as a Gaucho

Laurel Rinehart takes a walk down memory lane and shares advice and insights from her college experience.
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Mental Health Studies: A Patient Perspective on Psychology

An in-depth look at the lack of inclusion in Psychology and an analysis of the effects it has on marginalized groups.
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Epicurus: So you want to be happy? … Well, you won’t like the answer.

Brian Wheat discusses Epicurus' philosophy on how to attain happiness through the pursuit of friendships over love and meaning over money.
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