In February, Modern Love opened its sixth college essay competition, asking college students across the country to tell the truth about love today.
The last time we held this competition, in 2019, the world looked very different.
This year, when college life was disrupted like never before, students shared stories about experiencing isolation, navigating identity, managing mental health, returning to family, connecting with stay-at-home moms, and finding community in surprising places.
Today, we’re bringing you the best of that writing, starting with our winning essay, “My Plea for a Sixth Love Language,” by Layla Kinjawi Faraj, a freshman at Barnard College in New York City.
Stay tuned for our finalists’ essays, which we plan to publish in May and June. You can read the full list of winners here.
Thank you to everyone who took part, and to our contest readers, Danya Issawi and Emma Grillo!
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