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How I ended up living with my best friend for six months during the coronavirus pandemic

Mia Alva, Community News Reporter April 1, 2021

I will never forget the night my dad returned from work to our home in Highland Park. It was March 18, 2020. COVID-19 had done little damage on the United States at that point, so I didn’t expect...

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

A personal essay on conquering the toughest months of my life
Kenya Romero, Community News Reporter 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...

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In a small room, an ocean away from family

An out-of-state student’s personal essay about being isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic
Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter 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...

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What do you do when your superhero is down?

Brandon Rodriguez, Community News Reporter December 22, 2020

What started as one of the greatest years of my life, 2016, nearly broke me as a person. I was in my junior year of high school at Luskin Academy in South Central Los Angeles.  I remember receiving...

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Not quite the success story I imagined

A personal essay about the financial and emotional toll the pandemic has taken
Marlene Cordova, Community News Reporter December 22, 2020

My height, at 5-foot-9-inches, and my brown cat-like eyes can come across as striking. My daily balancing act — maintaining mostly A’s and B’s in my classes at Cal State LA while juggling a job...

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Thankful for my job, worried about my family

A personal essay about being an essential worker
Natalie Alcala, Community News Reporter December 22, 2020

Societal burdens that have grown heavier through the pandemic have been carried on the backs of essential workers. I am one of those workers. Soon after COVID-19 began to make its way across the country,...

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From Tijuana to Temecula

My struggle for a sense of belonging
Juan Ricardo Gomez, Community News Reporter December 16, 2020

I’m a proud fronterizo — or border student. I was born and raised in Tijuana but often spent time in San Diego, where many of my family members live. I moved to California in my junior year of...

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Christmastime is tamale season but a strange one this year

A personal essay about tamales and a family tradition I’ll miss during the pandemic
Meghan Bravo, Community News Editor 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...

How I hit rock bottom and recovered

How I hit rock bottom and recovered

Jericho Caleb Dancel, Community News Reporter December 7, 2020

My best childhood memories include spending time with my parents and brother: playing in the snow and going on weekend hiking trips. That is why I took the news so hard. It was in the middle of winter...

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the COVID-19 global pandemic

A personal essay about my first year of marriage
Marisa Martinez, Community News Digital Editor November 30, 2020

My husband and I are planners. He’s an engineer and I’m a journalist. We analyze situations far before making a definitive decision. We decided that we wouldn't get married until we were sustainable....

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

A personal essay about experiencing and overcoming internalized racism.
Christopher Lazaro, Community News Editor 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...

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Dear dad and Davie, I did It!

A personal essay about love, loss and the journey to happiness.
Denae Ayala, Community News Editor 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...

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