Not just a news story: What it’s like having family devastated in Puerto Rico

It’s not easy to describe. It hits me every time I watch the news. It hits me like a ton of bricks. It hits me sometimes when I’m just walking to class, going about my day. To say it hits me hard is a gross understatement.  It hits me when I’m laying in bed late at night, unable to sleep, overwhelmed with the weight of my uselessness in this situation. It creates a pit in my stomach every time I scroll through Facebook and see headline after headline of the devastation that has struck a tiny little island that nearly half of Americans don’t know is a commonwealth of the United States. The “it” I am referring to is the indescribable, numbing feeling of uselessness when you’re forced to watch your family suffer and your island slowly start to crumble. Because for me, it hits too close to home. It is home. I have family spanning the island of Puerto Rico – my abuelita, aunts, uncles and cousins in Aguadilla, family in Arecibo, Aguada, Naranjo and San Juan. My mom and her 15 siblings are from originally from Aguadilla. We come from a proud Boricua family, generations of history represented in each and every one of us. I waited and waited and waited for days to hear back from my family when Hurricane Maria first hit, nervously twiddling my...

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Ask Angela: The Trying to Find Love-Cast

In this second episode of Ask Angela, host Angela Hatcher and co-host Dmitriy Kzhikin give a listener some love advice, debate whether or not it’s OK to make a move via email and share some happy thoughts about memes. Recorded by Dmitriy Kzhikin and Angela Hatcher, Produced and Edited by Angela Hatcher, Music by Noah...

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Ask Angela: Freshman Advice-cast

In this first episode of Ask Angela, a weekly life & advice podcast from Angela Hatcher, a freshman trying to #thrive asks for tips and Angela and guest host Dmitriy Kzhikin vent about their on-campus fashion pet peeve. Recorded by Dmitriy Kzhikin and Angela Hatcher, Produced and Edited by Angela...

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An adventure among the mountains

6,594 feet high, standing among wispy, white clouds with the crisp mountain air caressing my cheeks, I looked out and saw nothing but mountains for miles. It was noon, and we had summited Mount LeConte in four hours. Four hours of navigating lush forest, steep sandstone steps and glistening rock faces. Four hours of readjusting the straps on our packs and stopping to chug water and catch our breath as we rapidly gained elevation on our ascent. Four hours of being drenched in sweat despite the shade from the trees and the pleasant summer temperature. Four hours of my...

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Slowing it down is key to reducing stress

By Angela Hatcher, Columnist Dear Angela, How do I get through college while having fun and getting good grades without stressing the hell out and spontaneously combusting? Sincerely, Overextended and already over it. Dear Overextended and already over it, A wise old owl once told me that they key to surviving your college experience is to understand the delicate art of balance. He told me to limit myself to being a part of a mere two or three organizations/extracurriculars that I truly love, to refrain from going over 17 credit hours in a semester and above all else, to...

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