Nayna Shah

Singles shouldn’t despair on Valentine’s Day
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Singles shouldn’t despair on Valentine’s Day

When I was younger, I considered Valentine’s Day a fun day in class when we decorated coffee cans and filled them with boxes of candy hearts and SpongeBob-themed cards from our peers. It was an excuse to wear red and pink together (even though everyone knows they clash), to eat endless sugar cookies and to…

Disconnect from technology, connect with friends
Opinion

Disconnect from technology, connect with friends

We’ve all been there. Sitting across from Friend A at the table, we tell her about our fight with Friend B and how she was so insensitive, but that we’re thankful that Friend A is always there for us. We look up at Friend A, expecting the understanding and sympathetic look we’re so grateful for,…

Distasteful compliments leave unsavory aftertaste
Opinion

Distasteful compliments leave unsavory aftertaste

Since I came to college, I have accepted the fact that I apparently don’t look like other Indian students. Some combination of my hair color, skin tone and facial features leave a lot of people surprised when I tell them that yes, both of my parents are Indian, and I don’t mean the Christopher Columbus…

Low standards encourage lackluster romance in college
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Low standards encourage lackluster romance in college

Spending even 10 minutes on a college campus is enough time to hear at least one girl complain about the fact that “college guys suck.” It isn’t unusual to hear grievances about the supposed modern death of romance. While to some degree, slacking suitors are responsible for low standards of romance on college campuses, they…

Four pieces of advice for freshmen
Opinion

Four pieces of advice for freshmen

  Those of us with younger siblings know what it’s like to fall victim to our parents’ request to “talk to your sibling, you know she never listens to us.” In my case, my parents asked me to sprinkle in college advice throughout the summer to my sister, who started her freshman year this fall…

Be benign toward abroad diseases, everyday struggles
Opinion

Be benign toward abroad diseases, everyday struggles

I will admit to being a germaphobe. When I hear any news of avian flu or malaria spreading anywhere in the world, my first instinct is to sprint to the bathroom and wash my hands.  You can imagine my horror when I learned that patients with Ebola were brought to the United States. But this…

Eliminate labels to show respect
Opinion

Eliminate labels to show respect

Wisdom can be found in “Mean Girls,” one of the most quotable movies of all time, when Tina Fey’s character tells her students: “You all have got to stop calling each other sl*ts and wh*res. It just makes it OK for guys to call you sl*ts and wh*res.” A few years ago, hearing the word…

Media’s acceptance of coming out will bring us together
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Media’s acceptance of coming out will bring us together

I’ve been hard-pressed to find someone my age that doesn’t support same-sex marriage. I feel as though our generation has made great strides in seeing marriage rights as human rights, analogous to the right to pursue happiness, and I’ve always been extremely proud to be a part of such an inclusive and progressive group of young…

Opinion

Shopping habits create cycle of attaining and wasting

Although Cyber Monday has provided a convenient (and far less chaotic) alternative to Black Friday, I am always surprised by the number of people I know who still trek out to the mall at ridiculous hours after Thanksgiving to shop. In this country, we spend an entire day giving thanks for what we have and…

LinkedIn links to opportunities
Opinion

LinkedIn links to opportunities

My friends always tell me to create an Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. At least I didn’t have to make a LinkedIn account, too. I thought the correct order for using LinkedIn was 1) get a job and 2) make a LinkedIn profile listing that job under “current employment.” Recently, however, I have learned that a…

Technology stunts a generation of attention spans
Opinion

Technology stunts a generation of attention spans

Sometimes I sit at the back of a lecture hall to look at what other students are doing on their computers as the professor explains the steps of cell respiration. Out of 200 screens, I’d estimate a breakdown of 20 percent each on Facebook, doing other homework, reading blogs and watching TV, another 10 percent shopping online,…

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