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Nora Turriago
Nora Turriago is a senior at Smith College, where she studies history and government. An avid writer, Nora is passionate about using the written word to create meaningful change. She is interested in advocating for women's rights, international relations, and gender and conflict. Nora is the Opinions Editor for Smith College's student newspaper, The Sophian. Her writing has also been featured in various publications including Bustle, International Political Forum, The Feminist Wire, and Elite Daily. Check out her blog:

Entries by Nora Turriago

The Dangerous American Obsession: Why Are We So Fascinated With Fame?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Staying updated on the daily occurrences of celebrities has never been so easy. From Lady Gaga revealing she almost quit her music career to Gigi Hadid breaking up with Joe Jonas only to be photographed holding hands with Zayn Malik, it's clear that one story guaranteed to make headlines is...

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Why America Should Thank Donald Trump

(34) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Where Donald Trump goes, dehumanizing remarks are sure to follow. Fueled by a nationalistic pride catered to white conservatives of the country, Trump's outrageous statements -- the majority of which fall into the two well-worn categories of racism and sexism -- have been often presented by mainstream media as entertaining...

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Forever Young: Why The Fashion Industry Is So Obsessed With Young Girls

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Last month, 14-year old Israeli model Sofia Mechetner opened up for the Dior show. In what has been described as a "Cinderella story," Mechetner has traded her impoverished life in Tel Aviv for a $265,000 contract with Dior. The only troubling part of the story? Mechetner's young age. In 2012,...

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The Most Important Lesson From College? Learning How to Take Care of Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 9:17 PM

As a college student in her junior year, I am well-versed in the the many stresses faced by the modern day collegiate. In fact, I would say I am a little too familiar with the side-effects of attending a competitive, academically demanding institution: I felt so overwhelmed, anxious and mentally...

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A Challenge for Women: Love Yourself Even When Society Says Otherwise

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 2:18 PM

In a world bursting with photoshopped images of Western ideals of beauty, constant objectification and harassment towards women's bodies, and gaping inequalities between women and men, it's understandable to feel angry and saddened that these aspects have been incorporated and normalized in our society. One doesn't even have to enter...

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How Riding the Metro in a Foreign Country Taught Me to Appreciate Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 12:05 PM

For someone who has lived in a small town all her life, the public transportation of Barcelona--specifically the metro system -- at first seemed to represent the glamour and sophistication this cosmopolitan city had to offer.

Although abroad in Barcelona for my junior year, I was quite terrified of...

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Why Does Everyone Hate American Tourists?

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:22 AM

When journeying abroad, American tourists must contend with a myriad of unflattering stereotypes, ranging from a severe lack of fashion sense to an off-putting air of ignorance and entitlement, usually found in the form of demanding, "DOES ANYONE HERE SPEAK ANY ENGLISH?!"

Venture even further, and you'll quickly find...

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The Top Five Myths About Attending an All-Women's College

(10) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:57 PM

When attending an all-women's college, it's easy to forget that many view such an education as an anomaly. As a peer once asked me in high school, "A women's college? They still have those?" Yes, and we are doing quite well, thanks.

As soon as I leave the bubble...

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