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Zelia Egan

Columnist — Class of 2025

Number of articles: 7

First Article: September 15, 2023

Latest Article: February 23, 2024

Life Lines

Open arms

When I was in high school, my rowing coach told me I needed to be more vulnerable. That was the last criticism I expected to hear. I valued vulnerability. I knew that opening up to people was how friendships were …

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Velcro letting go

Clinginess may not be a desirable trait, but for velcro and for plants, their ability to cling is an asset. The market value of velcro, though, also depends on its ability to let go.

Letting go of things has never …

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The thermodynamics of laughter

Over the centuries, there have been numerous theories to explain humor. How do Improvabilities, Office Hours and Purity Pact make us laugh, and why are our friends so outrageously funny? Philosophers have posited that feeling relief, feeling superiority or feeling …

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Rocky Patience

I am not a particularly patient person, but as I sat at the train station last Thursday night, pondering at the wooden ceiling, there was no place I would have rather been.

In Bowdoin’s busy atmosphere, I have become accustomed …

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Under Tension

Bowdoin’s maple trees drop their leaves to rest just as students hunker down to work. When will we stop to rest?

Every tree in Brunswick pauses its productivity in the winter to protect itself before returning to work in springtime. …

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Homeostatic identity

Last New Year’s Eve, my friend asked if I felt an unchanging “core identity” within myself. I said no, but she felt such a core. So why didn’t I?

I pondered her question as I flipped through activities and tried …

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Life Lines: Feeling Seen

“I like that we’re on the same wavelength,” I tell my friend over dinner. Our eyes meet and the corners of his mouth curl up. We are pondering the good life and personal needs. The concepts are abstract, and the …

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