Category: Opinion

OPINION

Emory, reverse the opioid stigma and put naloxone in accessible first aid kits around campus

Creative Commons/PunchingJudy In 1995 prescription opioids took the U.S. by storm. As pain began to be treated as a fifth vital sign in American medicine, pharmaceutical companies began aggressively advertising their powerful new painkillers while doctors started prescribing them, spurring the opioid crisis that has only worsened in the nearly thirty years since then. Emory [...]

College is a game many students don’t realize they’re playing

Unsplash/Randy Fath Life has become gamified. In order to receive a loan, one needs a high enough credit score, a point system that reduces a complex idea like financial credibility down to a single number. Posts on Twitter are measured by likes and retweets, a point system to which we have arbitrarily assigned value. Our [...]

Reclaim your life, be present

(Pixabay / dimitrisvetsikas1969) Powerlessness is pervasive. On those days where you feel like you can only exist in the spaces between meetings, appointments and lectures, the world seems like it moves too fast to find meaning in anything. Especially when coupled with burnout, a painful reality for many students, reclaiming a sense of control in [...]

Black mental health: An overlooked and misused perspective when discussing Kanye West

Unsplash/Axel Antas-Bergkvist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, recently sparked controversy after launching online attacks on his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and her boyfriend, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. Amid his divorce, Ye’s posts range from accusing Kardashian of keeping their children away from him to brewing hateful sentiments toward Davidson. A slew of online [...]

In order to flourish in the face of hypocrisy, we must be more open and honest

(Wikimedia Commons/ Nick Youngson) The thought of being a hypocrite may sometimes bother you because of a desire to be considered morally unimpeachable. Perhaps you think you are hypocritical because of what you eat, the hobbies you enjoy, the thoughts you have or even the way you live. You are not alone. Hypocrisy, defined as [...]

Dequantify your life

(Emory Wheel / Anusha Kurapati) Valerie is a junior at Emory, and she excels across the board. She set herself a lot of big goals as a first year, but all of the pieces have fallen into place. She aced her MCAT early, secured a lucrative gap-year job in San Francisco, maintains a GPA of [...]

Open your horizons to flourish in nature’s sanctuary

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park. Courtesy of Demetrios Mammas. Worries and fears drift away as I lay on the South Carolina beach, comforted by the calming warmth of the summer’s sun. Wisps of sand brushed across my face this past spring break, obscuring a desert landscape dotted with Joshua trees and eclectic rock formations. My [...]

What you can do about the Ukraine conflict

What Ukranians need right now is action. They need you to remain committed to helping them, regardless of the ebbs and flows of media attention. Ukranians need your help, however you can give it.

Living la vida local

(Emory Wheel / Anusha Kurapati) Most nights of the week, you can find two or three of my closest friends and I sitting in my apartment, gossiping and eating dinner. While we sit together, we recount our days, think toward the future and enjoy the closeness of Clairmont. I savor these moments, knowing that when [...]

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OPINION

The ghosttown of the South: Selma, Alabama

The Emory Wheel/ Noor Aldayeh Going 80 miles per hour in a zone where the speed limit was 25 miles per hour helped me to conceptualize the vast emptiness of Selma’s community. When I say vast emptiness, I am not referring to Selma’s history and the amazing people who call it home, but rather the [...]

Flourishing as a Latinx woman at Emory

(Pixabay/Mohamed_Hassan) The concept of flourishing typically encompasses rapid growth and success. Yet I associate flourishing with strength and courage, particularly as a result of growing up in a highly “machista” region. To begin flourishing, it takes an incredible amount of strength to face the obstacles life presents. Personally, the pressure and pride of being one [...]

Taking a leave of absence from Emory was the best decision I ever made

(Emory Wheel) Last fall 2021 was the pinnacle of my anxiety-ridden college experience. My transition to college as an international student was crippled with fear and resulted in an abrupt leave of absence.  Freshly graduated from a private school in the suburban bubble of wealthy families, I was ready to leave the comforts of my [...]

Emory, reverse the opioid stigma and put naloxone in accessible first aid kits around campus

Creative Commons/PunchingJudy In 1995 prescription opioids took the U.S. by storm. As pain began to be treated as a fifth vital sign in American medicine, pharmaceutical companies began aggressively advertising their powerful new painkillers while doctors started prescribing them, spurring the opioid crisis that has only worsened in the nearly thirty years since then. Emory [...]

College is a game many students don’t realize they’re playing

Unsplash/Randy Fath Life has become gamified. In order to receive a loan, one needs a high enough credit score, a point system that reduces a complex idea like financial credibility down to a single number. Posts on Twitter are measured by likes and retweets, a point system to which we have arbitrarily assigned value. Our [...]

Reclaim your life, be present

(Pixabay / dimitrisvetsikas1969) Powerlessness is pervasive. On those days where you feel like you can only exist in the spaces between meetings, appointments and lectures, the world seems like it moves too fast to find meaning in anything. Especially when coupled with burnout, a painful reality for many students, reclaiming a sense of control in [...]

Black mental health: An overlooked and misused perspective when discussing Kanye West

Unsplash/Axel Antas-Bergkvist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, recently sparked controversy after launching online attacks on his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and her boyfriend, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. Amid his divorce, Ye’s posts range from accusing Kardashian of keeping their children away from him to brewing hateful sentiments toward Davidson. A slew of online [...]

In order to flourish in the face of hypocrisy, we must be more open and honest

(Wikimedia Commons/ Nick Youngson) The thought of being a hypocrite may sometimes bother you because of a desire to be considered morally unimpeachable. Perhaps you think you are hypocritical because of what you eat, the hobbies you enjoy, the thoughts you have or even the way you live. You are not alone. Hypocrisy, defined as [...]

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