Category: Lutalica

Being a Queer Catholic is a blessing

(Catherine Aniezue/Emory Wheel) In a way, my sexuality has always been tied to my faith. My first romantic inclinations occurred during mass. I was in the pew, holding my parents’ hands and sneaking glances at the boy on the altar, holding a candle. Even though I was aware that my mind should have been on [...]

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Puzzles: taking life piece by piece

(Openverse/weremonkey) I have always been the type of kid who would rather do puzzles than watch television or play video games. For as long as I can remember, I have found that puzzles are the most captivating and interesting way to keep myself entertained, as they require active creativity and problem solving. But working on [...]

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I am ‘mestiza’: embracing my Indigenous side

(Martinna Roldan / Emory Wheel) Ecuadorians underwent a national census back in 2010, and one of the questions involved self-identifying as one of the cultural ethnicities. Families were unveiling their family trees to determine their ethnic group. When it was my family’s turn, I annoyingly replied “mestiza,” a term from colonial times describing the racial [...]

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Embrace your traumas for the empathic person who emerges

(OpenVerse/moonjazz) I remember vividly two of the worst events of my life. Both irrevocably shaped how I perceived myself and interacted with the world. I became riddled with self doubt and the irking sensation that life wasn’t worth living. In earnest,  I wish to underscore that nearly everyone endures trauma, disappointment, rejection, bullying and so [...]

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On chai, visas and Indian warmth

(Rhea Gupta / Emory Wheel) When I landed in America in 2019, the first thing I noticed was the smell. Atlanta smelled different from Mumbai: Something about it felt streamlined and sanitized, yet still full of opportunity. I didn’t know too many people here, but nevertheless, I was excited to explore Emory University with the [...]

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Where’s the flavor?

(Pixabay/mohammed_hassan) I moved 12 times before the ripe old age of 20. My entire adult personality—what I act like, how I present myself to others and how I view change—is shaped by this fact. For every move where I have been a self-aware being, I can tell you exactly how my persona evolved and what [...]

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My journey in Islam and learning more about religion

(Hameddaeipic/Wikimedia Commons) Growing up, I distinctly remember that I rarely saw a face in my neighborhood that looked like mine. When Christmas came around every year, I would see beautiful trees adorned with unique ornaments from our neighbors’ windows. Large presents lined their floors, and iridescent lights glowed from within their living rooms.  Our house [...]

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