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School, work, babysitting, COVID-19: How I learned my limits

A student at a computer with a child on her lap.
A personal essay on conquering the toughest months of my life
January 6, 2021

The past several months have been the most challenging of my entire life, by far. They have been the most rewarding for my work and school career, yet the worst for my mental well-being. The COVID-19...

In a small room, an ocean away from family

Photo of Leeward Coastline, Oahu by Krysta Pae
An out-of-state student’s personal essay about being isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic
December 29, 2020

I grew up in a small town in Hawaii in a household of seven: myself, my three older brothers, my parents, and my grandmother. Grandma was always home, and when she wasn’t, one of my parents was. And...

Christmastime is tamale season but a strange one this year

A woman with lipstick and a dark blue dress sits next to a mirror.
A personal essay about tamales and a family tradition I’ll miss during the pandemic
December 7, 2020

Every year, my family crowds around the kitchen island creating a big mess and getting masa stuck underneath our fingernails and I get the chance to ask my aunt questions about my roots. My family’s...

Keeping ourselves healthy during the pandemic

Two clear cups, one with a green smoothie and another with fruit.
A review of Kumix, a juice bar in La Puente
December 4, 2020

This year came with many uncertainties. That’s why taking care of my well-being — including being considerate about the food I consume — has been so important. It really has made a difference...

Dinner for one: A review of Big Catch Seafood in Alhambra

Full dinner from Big Catch Seafood.
October 12, 2020

During the pandemic, it has been challenging to adjust to life. Even the little things I used to enjoy seem like a distant dream now. For instance, dining out at different restaurants has always been a...

Editorial: The UT supports the Black Lives Matter movement

University Times Logo, Black background
June 4, 2020

The editorial board of the University Times would first like to give our condolences to George Floyd’s family. We stand against any type of inequalities, racism and oppression. Though Floyd’s death...

Asian American and proud of it. But it wasn’t always so.

Christopher Lazaro is shown dressed up and having his tie adjusted before a party.
A personal essay about experiencing and overcoming internalized racism.
May 31, 2020

I’ve never felt as carefree as I did when I was a kid. I loved getting the latest video games, watching Saturday morning cartoons with my sister, collecting Pokemon cards and even just finishing my...

Dear dad and Davie, I did It!

Denae Ayala is shown posing with a congratulations balloon and with family members.
A personal essay about love, loss and the journey to happiness.
May 27, 2020

When I was 9 years old, my mom dropped a bombshell on me. She told me that our family would be moving from Los Angeles County to Bakersfield. I had grown up with nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles...

Just three words

Katherine Conchas and her mother, Bertha Conchas, pose for a photo together in San Diego in May 2019. (Katherine Conchas/UT)
A personal essay on my family's fight against cancer
May 10, 2020

Who knew that just three words could change your life?  It was February of 2014 and I was a sophomore in high school. My parents, brother and I had just finished eating dinner and we were all sitting...

OPINION: 10 things society should know about rape culture and how survivors can seek help

OPINION: 10 things society should know about rape culture and how survivors can seek help
April 29, 2020

It’s time to whip out your favorite pair of jeans because today is Denim Day. “Denim Day” is an annual rape-prevention movement, where individuals wear a pair of denim jeans to show support for survivors...

Opinion: Hearing out Sanders’ supporters and other voices on Twitter can be exhausting but enlightening

Bernie supporters still want to have sway in the presidential campaign. (Photo by Parker Johnson on Unsplash)
April 15, 2020

Looking for elevated and articulate political discourse on Twitter is like searching for Michelin Star cuisine in a dumpster, guided only by your tongue. You’ll never find what you’re looking for but...

UT editors’ picks: Books

UT Editors' Picks. Illustration by Lauren Dahncke
Our editors suggest some of their favorite books to read while students are ‘safer at home’
April 10, 2020

As the spring semester converts to online classes and “safe at home” regulations are put in place, there is more free time for us at home. During these times, it is important to stay busy and find...

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