A Year in Japan: My Study Abroad Experience

  |  Topic: Culture, Education, Grad Countdown, International, Travel
Written By: Jasmine Carruth
I am with friends Miku and Mizuki, right to left, in Harajuku, a major city in Tokyo, to celebrate my birthday at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. We shared several colorful foods and drinks, including an extremely cute birthday cake that said “Happy Birthday” and “Jasmine” in katakana.

Even though studying abroad can seem out of reach, giving yourself the chance to experience a new culture allows you to understand your own from an outside perspective, develop unforgettable friendships, and overcome apprehension toward financial constraints. I ultimately decided to go for it.

I Am Racist and So Are You

  |  Topic: Culture, Editor Picks, Identity, Personal, Race/Ethnicity, VOX Investigates
Written By: Sharah Hutson
internalized racism

When I learned that I would be attending a college where 75.9 percent of the student body is composed of white people, I immediately found myself anxious about whether my blackness would be accepted. I shaved off my hair, telling people “I just want a new start.” But I really did it because I did not want to face the awkward looks in the dorm’s bathroom.