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a dark hallway with orange accents


This film employs the act of doing laundry, in its habitual, cyclical mundaneness, to reflect a deep longing for a cultural heritage under the strain of constant, quiet erasure. Invoking two voices, mother and daughter, Tagalog and English, I choose to render this immigrant experience through the insecurities surrounding language, and its intimate relation to generational relationships.

curtain being peeled back

What Happens in Vegas Should Stay in Vegas

As fourth-year students, my friend and I wanted to celebrate our final spring break with a bang, so naturally, we took a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas.

a kpop girl group

5 Things I Love and Don’t Love about the K-pop Industry

My K-pop origin story all began with a YouTube React video. One day, one of those “YouTubers React to K-pop” videos popped up on my YouTube recommended—it intrigued me.

red open mouth with bacteria in the back of throat

Deconstructing “Going-Out” Culture at UVA: Why Can’t We Ever Slow Down?

The red dress I had planned on wearing to my boyfriend’s winter formal, coincidentally, happened to be the same shade of red as the back of my throat. That is, as I was about to discover, the portion of it that wasn’t covered in white stripes of bacteria (lovely, I know). 

figures of womens bodies pole dancing

Somebody Come Get Her, She’s Dancing like a Stripper

Yes, I took a pole dancing class. Anyone who knows me is likely unsurprised since I’ve been wanting to take one for quite some time.

blonde girl and pink background

Reneé Rapp, Date Me?

It’s 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024. I dress in a black and pink cropped sweater, and listen to my newly created “reneé rapp” playlist as I softly draw on my eyeliner, preparing for the life-changing event I am about to experience.

band on stage

Growing Up With No Regrettes

I am fifteen years old and sitting in my dining room. I am painting a mask from Michaels for a school project on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

makeup products

Things that Weren’t on my 2024 Bingo Card: Preteens Terrorizing Sephora Employees

I was in Sephora over winter break, looking for a new perfume, when a couple of girls who could not be any older than 11 shoved past me to get to the Sol de Janerio display.

3 going out tops

Question for a flapper: Can my bar clothes be feminist, too?

Walking into a dimly lit room, bass vibrations rattling the windows, I look around—the women are in uniform. So am I. The year is 2023. I’m in a small “going out top” matched with straight leg jeans, and for personal flair, my black combat boots.

hands holding a gift

7 Gifts to Give People You Hate: UVA Student Edition

1. Burnett’s Liquor 

If they’re over 21, this is an insult.