Category Archives: Relationships

A Small Price to Pay

Being raised by religious immigrant parents has shaped the person I am today. My parents are Muslims who emigrated from Sudan to America in their teens. I was raised surrounded by the Sudanese culture. My mother always cooks Sudanese food and burns Sudanese incense in…

Appreciating the Adults in Your Life

Since I’ve gone away to college, I notice that I interact with my parents differently when I come home than I used to in high school when I saw them more frequently. I make more of a conscious effort now to thank them for providing…

Friends or Something More

Just like any other teen you most likely want to be accepted, loved, and respected. With everyone around you getting in and out of relationships you’re bound to instantly like someone and try to get close to them. Maybe you don’t end up with the…

Recharging With Friends

This past weekend, I visited another city to see some of my closest friends from high school and college. I attended a boarding high school for 10th-12th grades and so had a unique opportunity to befriend, live with, and grow with the kids I met…

Let’s Talk About S-E-X

Talking about sex can be awkward, but it’s super important! In fact, it’s so important researchers and doctors came up with a name for it, “sexual communication.” It means talking about what you know about sex, your experiences (if any) with sex, and your views…

Love is Love is Love

I broke up with my first ever boyfriend on Valentine’s Day my freshman year of college after he refused to see me perform in The Vagina Monologues. He claimed he was uncomfortable hearing me speaking the “V” word publically. I was “peeved” (as my mother…

Don’t Wait, Communicate

“Family is not an important thing, it is everything.” I believe that this statement perfectly describes the proper way to interact with your family. Family members are like lifelong best friends. Maintaining a strong communication with them can ultimately lead to having positive memories in…

When to Call It Off

I believe that there are many times when you should call off a friendship – no questions asked. If a person is bullying you to your face or behind your back, if they lie to you over and over again, or if they’re peer pressuring…

Making New Friends

Maybe you have a new summer job or you’re going to a new school in the fall, but whatever it may be, I want you to know that you’re not alone when it comes to being nervous about making new friends. Here’s some advice I’ve…