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All of the little items I’ve collected bear a unique story of their own, reminding me of all the places I’ve come from. 

What defines home?

My idea of home will only keep evolving as I grow, but it’s important for me to relish in the space I inhabit now.


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Is school truly always the most important part of my life? And how do I handle the guilt associated with missing classes?
Life

“You paid to be there”

The supposed grievousness, ingratitude and moral offense of skipping class wasn’t what was getting to me — it was what my missed classes were leading me to believe about myself. 


Saying goodbye to someone not only represents a change in our lives but more importantly, as I’ve realized, it reminds us of the growth of our own selves.  
Life

Saying goodbye

Bidding our friends farewell is really a celebration of the passage of time. It is a call to remember the growth you’ve experienced, the memories you have made and the time you have spent together.


Since I was much younger, I found comedic relief in observing the dynamics of my Grammy and Grandaddy, an unlikely pair that complement one another in many ways and clash in others.
Life

Understanding the meaning of a “better half”

In a slightly rarer moment, I watched as Grammy took Grandaddy’s hand, gently kissed it and smiled at him with adoration. He could barely see her, and she could barely hear him, but, as cheesy as it sounds, their love was more apparent to me than ever before. 


Life

The art of incompletion

To my fellow perfectionists out there — if you don’t finish something, that doesn’t mean you are a failure or any less of a person or worker. Do yourself a favor and look at the journey.


Yasmin Teixeira is a Life columnist for The Cavalier Daily.
Life

Balancing conflicting priorities in my summer plans

Just about everyone is dealing with difficult summer decisions, and what you do this summer does not necessarily determine your future. You can take comfort  in the fact that this is a common experience for most students, and seek support from others in this precarious time.


Life

Why Take Morning Showers?

As a student at college with stringent and specific time constraints and responsibilities, showering in the morning has become one of my methods for better managing my schedule. 


Writing for the present, and not because I feel as though I should write, will boast invaluable meaning in my future.  
Life

Meaningless writing doesn’t exist

I hope to someday find myself in the same position as Bonnie, indulging in a dinner alone, yet not at all lonely — with a pen and paper, thoughts and memories flood our present, making it impossible to be alone when with yourself


The radical love, selflessness and openness of Senegalese culture continually challenged me to do better. 
Life

Teranga: what it means to prioritize people

 For these students, teranga meant slowly walking by our sides and supporting us as we learned to live in Senegalese culture  - it was welcoming, it was protective, and it was love without expecting anything in return.