Lately, it seems like teens and college students have had to grow up fast. Faced with a deluge of global and local crises, Gen-Z is past any “era of innocence,” when worries were relatively small (e.g. your family is sick, provided you’re lucky enough to have a ball at all). to have).
In her essay, “Can we please just date without the hate?” Joyce Juhee Chung, finalist of our most recent Modern Love College essay competition, writes movingly about her desire for a carefree first romance in New York City, but how she is stripped of that opportunity after a series of racist incidents.
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Correction: In last week’s newsletter, essay writer Modern Love’s last name was mislisted. It’s August Singer, not August Wilson.