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A few years ago in college, I was listening to an interview with “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe about how his career progressed over the years. In the interview, he warned against “pursuing one’s passion.” Instead, he said people should “pursue opportunity and bring passion with you.” That quote is…

How we can change the narrative of burn out culture

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In the spring of 2016, I was sitting in the cafeteria of the student union at The Ohio State University preparing for my final days of college. As I sat there studying, I received a voice message from my friend Rachel living in New York City. …

A love affair with New York City

New York City & I

Out of all the people I have dated in my life, New York City has been my best and longest relationship ever.

When I moved to the United States in 2007 from Cameroon, one of the most exciting traditions my family and I started practicing each year was watching the…

What doesn’t kill your garden makes you stronger

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My little brother moved out of my one-bedroom New York City apartment during the summer of 2020. Though it was rough when he first moved in, I grew accustomed to having him around for those four months. I worked a lot, so he did most of the grocery shopping. …

Top five lessons learned in 2020 and how it helped me find myself

It was the first week of February. I remember being at work in the Financial District and discussing with coworkers the news of a new strain of the flu virus that was causing a health-care crisis in China. We imagined the possibility of the virus spreading to New York City…

The Haitian refugee crisis is a human crisis

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Growing up in Cameroon, my family always talked about America as the land of opportunity, the land of wonder, the land where it was all equal. With the right work ethic and grit, you could build a sustainable life for yourself. I’ve learned that such aspirations are coined “the pursuit…

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Lil Nas X has ushered us into a new cultural era with his debut 15-track album “Montero.” Lil Nas X first gained widespread attention with his 2019 hit “Old Town Road,” which broke cultural barriers by putting a hip hop spin on the country genre. It had the world questioning…

How I continue to find and create space in a world that wants me boxed in

Home I grew up in Cameroon

My first day at an American school was in May 2007. It was two weeks before my brothers and I had immigrated to the United States from Cameroon. That morning began with my mother making breakfast — fried sweet plantains and eggs with some juice and tea. I was so…

Reconciling with the aftershock of growing up without a dad

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My three brothers and I moved from Cameroon to the United States in 2007. We lived with our single mother, who had moved to the States two years prior.

Five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment was not easy. But we made it work and kept the place organized.

While cleaning…

I found freedom in my pandemic-era hair journey

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These days, you’ll find a vast selection of hair products inside my bathroom cabinet. Bottles and jars, big and small, lined up side by side like soldiers. It’s funny to think one year ago I wasn’t even aware of some of my essentials, like Originals Hair Mayonnaise and Shea Moisture’s…

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