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98% Renata

There’s something comforting about accepting mediocrity. Or at least, being accepting of less-than-perfection. Perfectionism is always something that I’ve struggled with. I can still remember sitting on a bench with my Spanish teacher while studying abroad in Spain, struggling to eloquently convey my thoughts in Spanish. “I can see the wheels turning in your head, trying to come up with the perfect thing to say. … Continue reading 98% Renata

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Being Childfree

“Paula, did you hear what your daughter just said!?” My grandmother yelled across the kitchen to my mother in a scandalized voice. “Yeah, she doesn’t want to have kids,” my mom responded, unfazed, “I’ve always known that. She can have dogs if she wants.” I still remember this conversation with my grandmother plain as day. I don’t remember what exactly brought it up, perhaps it … Continue reading Being Childfree

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Renata’s Guide to Making Friends in Your Twenties

Making friends in your twenties while out in the “real world” is hard. And it’s even harder now that we’re all mostly stuck inside. Back in college, it was so easy. At my college, for the most part, students lived on campus (can anyone say captive audience?). You saw the same people at every event and eventually decided to be friends based on your common … Continue reading Renata’s Guide to Making Friends in Your Twenties