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Thank you, Saint Mary’s

| Friday, May 15, 2015

I’ll admit, it took me a while to appreciate the “all-women’s school” eccentricities, which first appeared to me mostly as foibles. Everyone always talked about the “sisterhood” and the value of being a “Belle,” though I saw these things as abstractions for much of my first two years as read more

Thank you for both homes

| Friday, May 15, 2015

Which is a better indicator of how much you love someone: tears and the ache of absence when you leave them, or the ability to pack up and leave joyfully knowing that a perfectly happy and all-around satisfactory reunion will come eventually? That question has popped up several times read more

Who I have become

| Friday, May 15, 2015

I like to distance myself from the high school version of me. She knew a lot less, balanced her life a lot less, was a lot less confident. And I don’t like that. My fiancé wrote a column the other day though, “Four years and one lifetime ago” (April read more

From hate to love: My Notre Dame story

| Friday, May 15, 2015

I hated Notre Dame. That’s right, I said it. I hated Notre Dame at one point. Here’s my story. These aren’t the words that traditionally adorn these pages of tearful, emotional and heartfelt reflections from our newest batch of college graduates, but I’m not ashamed to say them. College read more

It’s time to say goodbye

| Friday, May 15, 2015

It’s time. I’ve put off this one last contribution to The Observer long enough, unfairly prolonging the Senior Week days of our underclassmen working in the South Dining Hall basement. It’s a writer’s block in a different way, equal parts not knowing how and not wanting to say these read more

Are we out of the cave yet?

| Tuesday, April 28, 2015

No, we are not there yet, so stop asking. While it is my last column, I promise to largely adhere to the foreign affairs commentary and not provide you with a diary entry or pretend I have a loyal following (I estimate regular readership at an optimistic four). For read more