Imagine a wall full of circular holes, that circles can keep walking in and out of with no difficulty.
Now imagine that the triangles manage to get the resources together, after years of not being able to fit through the circle’s holes, to drill a single triangle space into the wall.
Now imagine that the circle — who previously supported the triangle’s efforts because they are well-rounded (har) and value equality — comes along and sees the construction project. But instead of being happy, they get angry.
“Well, I won’t be able to fit through your hole!!!!” the circle cries.
“I helped you get the drill!!!!” the circle shrieks.
“Make it fit me too!!!!” the circle demands.
The triangles, barely holding it together enough to get a triangle hole together, stare at the circle in confusion.
“You have all the holes you need,” the triangles explain. “This is for us. You don’t need to fit through our hole, too.”
“YOU’RE BEING UNEQUAL AND HURTING MY FEELINGS!” the circle wails. “I DON’T SUPPORT YOUR HOLE IF IT DOESN’T FIT ME TOO. GIVE ME MY DRILL BACK.”
“It’s not your drill, it’s our drill. You helped us get it, because you said you cared.”
“I ONLY CARED WHEN I THOUGHT YOU’D MAKE A HOLE EVERYONE COULD FIT THROUGH. YOU’RE PERPETUATING INEQUALITY!!!”
“Why is it up to us, the small group that has never been able to fit through the wall at all, to make a hole everyone can use? Why isn’t it up to you, the people who have been able to cross back and forth at will for years? We just want to see the other side; why are you yelling at us?”
“I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN A CIRCLE, OMG. I’VE HAD TO WORK HARD ALL MY LIFE TOO. YOU’RE JUST BEING BIGOTED AGAINST ME BECAUSE OF SOMETHING I CAN’T CONTROL, JUST LIKE EVERYONE IS AGAINST YOU.”
“You are interfering with our project and asking us to comfort you while we’re trying to make progress. Please leave.”
“I’m going to tell everyone about this,” the circle warns. “Nobody will support you now.”
“Apparently nobody ever did,” the triangles sigh, getting back to work.
It’s kind of sad
That we have to draw comics using colorful shapes
To explain systematic inequality to people
don’t be friends with seniors because they will graduate and leave you and it’ll suck
DON’T BE FRIENDS WITH UNDERCLASSMEN BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THEM AND IT WILL SUCK
don’t be friends with seniors if you’re a senior because they’ll go to a different college than you and it will suck
dont make friends
glad we sorted that out guys
Stealing this idea from my bud!
1. I am stronger than I thought. I went into college a very confused first generation college student and I somehow managed to survive a health crisis, financial crisis, and a series of hearings and trials.
2. I NEED help sometimes and that is okay. I am strong, but I am not a superheroine and asking for help is okay.It is okay to let people know about what is happening to you. It’s not something to be ashamed of. Sharing your struggle is not something to be embarrassed about.
3. It’s okay to take a break. Just don’t take too many! I try to get two pages of a paper done and then I play a 2 minute game on my iPad.
4. Miso soup can cure everything
5. It’s important to make friends. I would not have survived this semester if it wasn’t for my friends.
6. Office hours help! GO TO THEM!
7. It is really hard working and going to college. REALLY HARD
8. You need to write a paper more than a few hours in advance for it to be a good paper!
9. You need to have fun sometimes or else everything will be meaningless. Good grades mean nothing if you feel isolated and depressed.
10. Sometimes you will meet people who make you uncomfortable because they are really different from you. That’s okay! Just be polite and kind and you can handle anything.
11. People are mean sometimes and will say things to be spiteful. Trying to stop them is a waste of your time and effort.
12. Meeting celebrities never gets old.
13. You should never date a childhood idol, they never match up to that ideal.
14. Don’t date someone you have nothing to say to! It’s hard
15. If someone asks you out for coffee JUST GO. It’s harmless and you never know, you might meet a nice friend.
16. Sleep is important! I never valued sleep until I nearly died and now I need to get my eight hours or I am grumpy.
17. It’s important to eat regularly. If you don’t eat enough you’ll be cranky and hungry all the time. No extra minute of studying is worth it.
18. READ ALL YOUR PAPERS OUT LOUD BEFORE YOU SEND THEM IN. GOD just DO IT.
19. BACK UP YOUR BACK UPS. AND EVERYTHING. DON’T LET ANYTHING GO UNSAVED. I had the worst experience with a bad lab report.
20. College is just as amazing as everyone says it is. I am so so fortunate to have the chance to go somewhere like Barnard. I hope that my younger cousins get this sense from me and get to experience this too.
I did one of these last year, so I should probably follow through again with the lessons I’ve learned during the year of wise fools. It’s been quite a journey with plenty of downs and just enough ups to keep me afloat. I’m not sure that I’m 100% comfortable where I am, but I’ve learned to focus on the positives to keep myself sane.
10. Economics is hard. Like really hard. And evidently not for me.
9. There is strength in admitting you can’t do everything. This is not weakness, it is wisdom.
8. People have a serious issue with people who speak their mind. Especially when they don’t agree with the opinion expressed. Yet another reason I’m so happy I grew up being exposed to many differing viewpoints and was encouraged to express my own while respectfully acknowledging others.
7. Never listen to dark thoughts at 3am in the morning. There is going to be a day, somewhere along the line, in which you will think, What if I had missed this?
6. Taking a poetry class was simultaneously the scariest and best thing I’ve ever done for myself. And being taught by Mr. Zadie Smith was simultaneously the scariest and best thing I’ve ever done for myself.
5. Believe me when I say that you will find something that sets your heart on fire and you will major in this and your heart will be filled with rainbows and unicorns. #politicalscience
4. Don’t let people get to you and ignore them when they tell you how to live your life. Remember that when you go out into the real world, you will be much better adjusted.
3. Internships are not nearly as daunting as they might seem. And the working world is actually really great. I get to go home at 6? And there’s no homework involved?
3. Fall Out Boy is back and if I fail my finals it’s all because of the epicness that is Save Rock and Roll. PS I’m seeing them at the Barclays Center in September and I AM SO EXCITED.
2. Living in a single is actually the best thing ever. But the loneliness can take a little bit of getting used to.
1. New York is still the best city ever. The end.
Bonus: Sophomore slump is real you guys. It is actually a thing.
Gordon Ramsay doesn’t care about your gender, race, or creed. All he cares about is that you can cook.
The contestant, Christine, is blind, and he lets her know exactly what he thinks of her dish.
OMG I was preparing myself to be enraged by him making some horrible comment but now I’m crying in Starbucks GOD DAMMIT
Christ I am not okay with these fEELINGS
I’ve been to many many places, and my personal experience is: the dodgier the place looks, the better the food. Just a room with chairs and the menu scribbled on the wall…god that food will stay with you.
If they spend a fuckton of money on decor, their food is usually shit.
i’m a strong believer that not everything you do needs an explanation. if you want a tattoo, get one. if you rather stay home that night, it’s okay to miss that party. don’t forget that you’re living for yourself. you don’t owe anyone an explanation for your choices or preferences.
I used to feel incredibly sad about the fact that I do not have many friends.
My therapist once asked me “So, what do you do besides work?”
And I literally had no answer. I was speechless. I told her I attend classes, but when she asked if I had any friends there that I saw outside of class,…