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Author: Advikaa Anand

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A Letter to My Imposter Syndrome 

Advikaa Anand writes an open letter to her imposter syndrome and its impact on her own mental health as a young woman of color with hearing loss. Imposter syndrome plagues successful role models such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, too, she writes, encouraging others to remember that they are not alone and that they are enough.

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We Are Not Snowflakes: To Normalize Bullying is to Abet Suicide

Advikaa Anand reflects on times in her life when she was bullied, remembering the effect it had on her self-esteem and overall mental health. She encourages parents, teachers and neighbors to proactively validate children’s experiences, protect them and provide just consequences for bullying.

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Power of the Pen: Redeeming Language for Love and Inspiration

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage created by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Advikaa Anand agrees, saying that written words are a more powerful tool for communication compared to violence, and our language should be cultivated for love and inspiration, not to perpetuate profanity.

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First-Gen Americans: Born Into a Crossroads of Assimilation and Cultural Tradition

I take immense pride in my Indian heritage. To be born into the crossroads of a culture that encapsulates the epitome of tradition and a country that represents a beacon of freedom has afforded me the liberty of drawing from both in order to cultivate the perfect individual character. But my extended distance from India over the last two years has compelled me to ponder the nuances of inheriting the former legacy. I began to ponder a crucial question: To what extent is it my responsibility as a first-generation American to uphold my cultural traditions?

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Remarkable Women, We Must Demand Respect for Our Person

Could it still be possible for someone to sexually assault in the midst of a global pandemic? Could perpetrators that depraved really exist? As I delved into the internet to satiate my curiosity, my supposition was confirmed. In fact, since the pandemic has started, female victims have been locked in with their abusive partners, with no means of escape. 

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