“After coming to Wesleyan I've identified more strongly to my Hispanic and my Latin roots. So sometimes, well, a lot of the time, when I’m feeling homesick I literally just listen to these songs and just dance by myself in my room, because that's what my grandma does. That’s what I saw her do when I was growing up. It reminds me a lot of home and it just reminds me of them… it's a nice little thing to help me get by.” [laughs]
Dara Swan and Dayna Weissman
Dara Swan ‘21 interviews Noa Lin ‘21.
“I might ask, Why don’t people like me? rather than simply, Why didn’t people like my post?”
“Why is it that when you search “rock music” on Google, Nickelback appears three times, along with white guys from the 1950’s who look straight out of Mad Men? How many times was Chuck Berry noted? Once.”
“I was too nervous to listen to the album for fear of disappointment. However, I soon became annoyed with myself for letting Ameer’s absence stop me from listening to one of my favorite bands. I felt as if I was giving him too much power.”
“If most songs I listen to are close up, cropped photos, a Mac Miller song is a full panorama. A Mac Miller song has it all.”
“It’s fine, the stakes are low, right? But what happens when those students have to cross paths twice a day in the lines of Usdan?”
"The fact that we are debating how uncomfortable someone has to be in a sexual situation for it to warrant a conversation is the issue."
“What seems to be going unnoticed amidst the Bitcoin boom is how much energy it eats up. While the Bitcoin name has worked its way into the mainstream, not many know how it is created."
Saam Niami Jalinous
"I fell in love with Joan Didion during my first semester of college, and just as quickly as she filled me with total excitement for the art form of essay writing, she showed me that there’s a lot I have to learn."
"This is the age of the outcast; while in 2002, being “just a kid” meant “life is a nightmare,” in 2017 both the tangible and the existential grief of youth is a fostered identity.
"People aren’t hard-wired to conceptualize mass suffering in real-time. When a neighbor feels pain we can empathize, but when we hear of the same pain being inflicted on someone across the globe, on millions across the globe, our reaction is more complex."
What is so intriguing about Juuls is how quickly they have proliferated around Wesleyan. A year ago, you’d be hard pressed to find a Juul. But now, they are everywhere. And the students who Juul don’t just Juul. They Juul a lot.
"Everyone knows an asshole. The asshole is the ever-present drunk teen clawing at your car window, or the grumpy and neglectful dad who spends all of his Sundays glued to his TV set, stocking all the chips.
"Wesleyan as a community can do better when it comes to representation and support, and not just among performers, but among all participants of the music scene, whether it be those who host and organize shows or those who attend. Rape culture, sexism, and violence are not required to show their IDs at the door to enter these venues. They are already present, and have been for quite some time."
"Obama simultaneously fused together the critical approach of postmodernism and a return to hope and ideals, sentimental notions that postmodernism was highly skeptical of."
"Why was I wasting my time reading this when, if I point my eyes just 20 degrees up from my computer, there is an ever-growing list of books I want to read?
"When I first realized that the practice of an a.m. nature doc might be more widespread than my immediate friend group, I thought it represented a sensible juxtaposition to the night before."