Gender doesn’t define opportunities

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I have been lucky enough to grow up with the understanding that my goals and desires are not defined by me being a woman. Although there have been times that I have experienced unfair treatment or inequality because of my gender, I have never thought of it as something that would constrain me.

I realize now that that is no coincidence. The mindset of “I can do anything I want” was not adopted by accident.

Tarja Halonen was a woman with red hair and rhotacism, and she led the nation for 12 years emphasizing solidarity, equality, and the importance of…


Reflecting on the time that feels like a blink of an eye and five years all at once

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It’s been almost one year since the world turned upside down.

I keep thinking how funny it is that every time I watch a movie with characters in big crowds without masks, I’m taken aback by how strange and far-fetched that idea seems. I barely remember that it used to be normal to go to concerts, hug people, and not worry about sanitizing your hands after touching a door handle.

The past year feels like five years and a blink of an eye all at the same time. …


To the silent heroes behind the pandemic

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When I open the TV, or my phone, or the newspaper, pandemic-related criticism is everywhere. Whether it’s criticism towards politicians and decision-makers or fellow citizens who don’t agree with rules and restrictions, the overall message seems to be that everyone is doing something wrong.

What is not seen very often, is recognition and gratitude for people who have been relentlessly working for over a year now in an attempt to contain the spread and protect people. I notice that I oftentimes assume things work the way they work on their own when actually, there are exhausted individuals who make it…


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Some years ago, I was feeling deeply defeated. I wasn’t sure of my purpose or intention anymore, I felt like my career was a series of failures and like I had lost my chance. Disappointment after disappointment, I felt less and less excited about the future.

Then, one summer evening, my mother and I drove two hours outside of the city to our tiny summer cabin by the Vironlahti Bay. We arrived late at night, but as you may know, Nordic nights are light and the sun was nowhere near ready to set. It was just us two, the water…


Ah, perhaps you misunderstood then. I certainly didn't mean to imply that one would look to the poem for a n indication of what the immigration process is like!

I definitely agree with your point about making illegal immigration less desirable. One way to do that would be to make legal immigration more possible, as often, for many people without proper education, illegal immigration is the only viable option. This should not be the case. Why would legal immigration be harder than illegal immigration? One way to achieve this would definitely be to fine those who hire illegal immigrants more heavily!


Why it works for those who are already privileged

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The colossus of The Statue of Liberty proclaims:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I had these words in my mind as I landed in Los Angeles, California in September of 2019, full of childlike anticipation and excitement. I was here to begin a new life full of opportunities and I couldn’t wait to get started. …


There’s nothing holy about it

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I have always felt puzzled with people who devote their lives to God but are incapable of acceptance and inclusion when it comes to people who don’t fit the traditional gender roles. Though I’m not particularly religious, I have always understood that the centering theme of Christianity is love. God loves you, forgives, you, accepts you. God wants us to do no harm to one another and to accept one another. Yet many Evangelicals, especially on the conservative side, find an excuse from religion to discriminate against people who don’t fit their ideals.

Religion is no justification for inequity.

I…


The benefits of embodied learning are still overlooked by most educational systems

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Over the past few decades, there has been an increasing amount of research on the connection between art, health, and well-being. In November of 2019, The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO) launched its first-ever report on the role of arts in improving health and well-being. The report reviews 900 publications on the topic, including 200 analyses on over 3000 studies, concluding that there is growing evidence on the positive impact of arts on both mental and physical health.

So, in what way does art impact us? Among other things, the report found that listening to music can…


Is there such a thing as objective journalism?

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Ever since I started studying journalism, the number one thing our teachers at UCLA have emphasized is this: BE. OBJECTIVE.

Don’t bring your own opinions or biases into the story. Look at things from all angles. Get multiple points of view. Check everything.

For a while, I felt overwhelmed and stressed with the idea of writing objectively. I was extremely cautious of what my biases are and made sure not to bring any of them onto the keyboard. I overanalyzed every single word and thought.

Everything I wrote felt boring and lame. Detached, inauthentic.

I felt defeated. The reason I…

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That girl next door.

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