Combating Racial Biases, Reinforcing Justice

Pictured: Leshia Evans, 28, at the Baton Rogue police protest in 2016 (Image Credit: Reuters photographer) Police brutality and mass incarceration have long been topics of hot debate in the current social and political climate, with many advocating for the reformation of the policies and procedures in place to ultimately put 'justice' back into the…

With Heart & Soul: A Profile on Matina Shakir, Artist

Pictured: Matina Shakir, subject of profile. (Image Credit: Sara Shakir) Matina Shakir is an emerging artist of great potential. With a background in fine arts, she has drawn and painted with various mediums and showcased her early work in her hometown of Bangalore, India. Despite putting her dreams of success on hold to look after…

Breaking Free From the Chains That Bind Us

“‘What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) In a self-absorbed world quickly succumbing to addiction and obsession, oppression and aversion — it is easy to lose sight of the things that truly matter. Merely living for the sake of living,…

Four Years of MIST: A Reflection

As a freshman in high school, you’re bound to get the “extracurriculars matter!” lecture drilled into your head by parents and teachers and counselors alike; all reinforcing the idea of colleges looking for “well-rounded individuals” with more to show than just good grades and a clean record. You’re bound to feel pressured into signing up…

Solidarity: Our Greatest Weapon

Election Night proved to be one of the hardest and most stressful nights of my life, with my anxiety skyrocketing as the results slowly pooled in. Restless, I couldn’t get a moment’s shut-eye and was scrolling endlessly through my Facebook and Twitter feeds, seeing nothing but bewildered reactions that matched my own to the horror…