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The Things That Coffee Can't Fix

Amber Kane | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Amber Kane

Drink another cup of coffee, yes more coffee that will fix everything. That's what I kept telling my tired body, and while I drank A LOT of coffee , it seemed like my weariness was deeper than what the caffeine could reach, and so I had to push back the voice that just kept saying, why not try a stronger cup of coffee, why not drink the one labeled dark magic, and instead listen to the one saying, stop.

The Endless Awe and Awesome Endlessness of Self-Discovery

Corinda Lubin-Katz | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Corinda Lubin-Katz

Like any journey, self-discovery requires enduring the tougher times -- but in reflecting back on those difficult moments, we will often find they ultimately prove to have given far more than they took.

Reflecting On 30 Days Of Kindness

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

I am also reminded that it takes extra effort to cross the intersection and meet those I don't encounter everyday as a function of my position and my privilege. But now the crosswalk is there, connecting me to the world, and making the intersections newly ripe places for collaboration and action.

New Documentary 'Am I?' Explores What It Means To Be African And American

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices

Cultural identity is always complex, especially for those who straddle the lines of two worlds. So when you're an African living in America,...

After the "Summer of Trans," Is It Time for T to Break Away from LGB?

Adam Lewis | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Lewis

While neither sexuality nor identity should be subject to any form of discrimination, shouldn't this nuanced-yet-not-insignificant distinction be reflected in the way these groups advocate?

Knowing and Remembering Your True Identity can be Life-Changing

Dr. Nella Ann Roberts | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Dr. Nella Ann Roberts

Have you ever asked yourself, "Who Am I?" So many of us have. This is because we are not our names, nor are we our job titles. These are just labels that are used for convenience and ease of reference. Knowing and remembering who you really are can change your life!

What Accidentally Discovering I Was Adopted Taught Me About Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.

My 'Inner Mommy War' and the 5 Things It Taught Me About Identity

Reem Kassis | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

When I became a mother, my four most dreaded words became "What do you do?" Prior to motherhood, I had a professional identity, an easy way to present myself. Now as a mother, I find no easy way to present this new identity and what I do.

As a Journalist, I'm Ignoring the Producer Who Called My Head Covering 'A Distraction'

Noor Wazwaz | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Noor Wazwaz

I discovered that I am to pay the price for expressing myself. I am to pay the price for following a certain religion. I am to pay the price for donning the hijab. I am to pay the price because Arab plus Muslim plus hijab does not equal a true "American" identity.

Five Ways to Avoid Black Tokenism

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Nearly two years after I graduated, I have arrived to a truth that others around me still don't trust: blacks will never advance or be truly empowered until we stop demoting ourselves as inferior. Translation: self-isolation from the communities and heritage that we know and love will never bring us happiness

Point and Shoot: The Antisocial Media

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | Media
Paul Spector, M.D.

Vester Lee Flanagan (aka Bryce Williams) an unsuccessful TV reporter, recently made his final broadcast. His wish to be seen, to have a documented life, was fulfilled. In his last performance he played actor, director, cinematographer, writer, biographer, apologist and assassin.

The Sikh Boy Who Developed Breasts And Grew Up To Don A Superhero Uniform

Vishavjit Singh | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Vishavjit Singh

In my early childhood photos I look like a healthy kid with a cute smile on my face. All that appears to have changed somewhere around 1st grade. Photos past that point are without a smile.

Tufts Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.13.2015 | College
Write for the Future

by Tess Jacobson Which aspects of Tufts' curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: "Why Tufts?" (50-100 words) ...

This Is What It's Like To Grow Up Queer

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.08.2015 | Gay Voices

From the mind of photographer Dave Naz comes "Identity: In & Beyond The Binary," an insightful and candid short film where people across...

Native American Folk Art Meets Punk In One Artist's Search For Identity

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts

Traditionally, katsina dolls, essential to Hopi and Zuni Native American traditions, serve as messengers between the earthly and spiritual realms, of...

10+ Ways to Celebrate YOUR Story

Susan Vernicek | Posted 09.04.2015 | Small Business
Susan Vernicek

Reflect back to the last 10 years of your life and write down all that has happened during each of those years; review what you have written and come up with a theme for those experiences. Okay, you don't HAVE to come up with themes, but I think it's a fun experiment.

I Was Catfished: This Is What I Decided to Do About It

Stephanie Michele | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

"Somebody's daughter, niece, sister, friend..." This phrase has been running in my head for thirteen days now and is my motivation for writing this ar...

4 Back-to-School Identity Theft Tips to Keep Kids Safe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents

Summer is drawing to a close, which means children across the country will be lacing up new sneakers and sitting down in new desks for the start of another school year. Parents have enough to worry about when sending their young ones out into the world without them, but how much does the average parent know about protecting their child's identity?

I'm a Hyphenated-American and Proud of it

Bernice Kwan | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice Kwan

Many immigrants attribute their success in America to blending the old and the new, or to linking their past lives with their current one. However, Mr. Jindal calls on them to completely discard their old values for superior American ones, and to "learn English, roll up their sleeves and get to work."

When Culture and Tourism Join Forces Against Extremism

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

The strategy behind ISIS's is the narrative of a "war on history." Relics, ruins and history are components of ISIS's strategy of imposing a "Year Zero" on the territory they have defined as a "caliphate."

Identity Is Lost Without A Moral Compass

Pacific Standard | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

What defines a person? Is it their memories? Their hobbies? Look deeper, argue a pair of researchers—into the soul, so to speak. According to a&...

Propelling My Voice

Write for the Future | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

by Jordan White As the youngest in my family by eight years, I was awkward, painfully shy, and tired of being verbally overshadowed. So, at 11, I d...

How College Changed The Way I Saw Myself

Unwritten | Posted 08.17.2015 | College

Originally published on Unwritten by Allie Braun. I'll admit it; I was a pretty typical high school student. I went to class, took notes, and spoke w...

Why You Don't Have To Be The Person You've Always Been

Unwritten | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women

Originally published on Unwritten by Caitlyn Blair. All my life, I've been known to go through various "phases". Because of this, those whom I do not...

Personal Branding Attempt Sends Twenty-Something Into Identity Crisis

Becky Brinkerhoff | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Becky Brinkerhoff

Personal branding--it's not exactly easy for an early twenty-something. Putting yourself out into the world is terrifying enough. Trying to put together a packaged version of yourself when you're still trying to figure out who you are is even harder.