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I’d met the RA’s, I’d met some of the people on my floor — everyone seemed nice and enthusiastic. They were going to be my safety net. But if they were as nervous as I was, they didn’t show it.

A few hours later, I was decked out in a toga in the middle of a dance floor, surrounded by drunken frat bros and teenagers making out. For my sheltered 17-year-old self, it was quite the escalation.

This is a gruelling moment in our lives, he thinks as he sidles up beside her.

Let’s face it, everyone has to leave the house in something, provided they want to keep a roof over their head and all of their toes. There’s no way around it, you have to at least wear shoes and pants — maybe a t-shirt for picture day.

I speak for the editorial board when I say we’ve enjoyed reading every piece immensely, and though we didn’t have room to print every submission we received, rest assured yours has impacted us, challenged us and made us think.

This family dynamic is hard to come by, and definitely only existed when I was a child. I like to think of it as a fond memory of my childhood and an interesting way to retain a part of my cultural heritage that would have otherwise been lost.

Antonya Gonzalez, a PhD student studying Developmental Psychology, conducted a study on reducing racial bias in children with the help of stories. Her goal was to try to change children’s perceptions of racial out groups.

Whether it’s assistance for your mental well-being, the need to contribute to the campus’s diverse community, or just the peace of mind in getting home safe, there are a number of personal support resources available to students here at UBC.

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