Love in the Time of H1N1

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“…and equitably speaking, it’s abysmal. The system is failing them. Our children are being left behind.” I had pens lined up along my college adviser’s desk, modeling the achievement gap due to summer learning loss and income inequality. My hair was falling out of my ponytail and my brow was unnecessarily sweaty. She blinked at me through her Sally Jesse Raphael glasses, and handed me a print off of my fall class… Read More

I pulled my sweatshirt over my arms and leaned back in his uncomfortable desk chair. It was dorm issued and scratchy and was stained with something yellow. He was lounging on his XL twin staring at the ceiling and humming to Slipknot. I guess that’s what we did when we didn’t have smartphones. “Do you want to watch a movie?” “Sure.” He hopped off the raised mattress, its plastic coating crinkling as… Read More