Dear Class of 2015 (or, Dear Me 365 days ago)

If this letter seems late, that’s intentional. I wanted to wait until you needed it. Tomorrow you’re moving to Berkeley and you’re going to need a friend. Nowhere is going to feel like home in the same way campus did, but it took college a long time to feel like home in the first place. […]

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Can you really go back? Alumna dispatches from Wes

This weekend I went back to Wesleyan for the first time since graduating in May. That probably doesn’t sound dramatic considering the school year literally started two weeks ago. Returning students barely had time to get settled in before I rolled up in my nostalgia wagon, toting a bottle of André and a ton of anxiety. […]

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How to Move to California

1. Decide to do it. Or decide to consider it vaguely within the realm of possibility when a partner looks around your room full of San Francisco gift shop crap in September of your senior year and says, “What’s stopping you?” and you discover you don’t have a real answer. 2. Fall in love with a […]

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5 Tips for High School Grads about College

5 Tips for High School Grads about College I gave my advice for Greenwich High seniors about college on Greenwich Free Press! That image you have of yourself as a senior four years from now, valedictorian and accepted to a great law school? Yeah, probably not. Very few of my friends wound up where they expected to be […]

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journal entry: graduation

Graduation day is very slow, waffles, your boyfriend does not want to wake up and cannot find his dress socks, your parents manage to get parking in the Vine lot because they arrive early, there are a lot of pictures, you are flustered. Everyone seems cranky and you bristle and he shakes their hands. More pictures. They go […]

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Foss Hill, mon amour

One of these days you will write the next great coming-of-age tale, and it will end with the heroine standing alone on top of Foss Hill, looking out at the old brick buildings and the grass having just experienced some great epiphany. You don’t know yet how she gets there, what land mines of post-adolescent […]

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