Favorite coffee: Caramel flavored
Favorite season: Winter
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite type of jewelry: Earrings
Lakshmi Bisram has lived in Queens her whole life, and always thought she was fated to work in math and science-- not that there's anything wrong with them, they're very interesting, but just not her cup of tea. She loves the arts and, fortunately, her creative side prevailed in the end. Currently attending FIT, Lakshmi is majoring in fashion business management and she makes frequent trips to the city to take in the busy streets. When she's not at school, she's usually watching Netflix or reading in the comfort of her own room.
By this point, I thought my brain was going to implode on itself because I was so confused-- I didn’t know what was happening, yet I did know what was happening, and I loved it but I also felt kind of like a deer in headlights. I'm really glad that I was actually supposed to be confused (I was starting to feel really young and uncultured). I was supposed to be questioning what I was actually seeing. Is it about art? Is it a play? Is it real? Is it an act?
It’s what a total stranger would be able to dig up on me and my family, and it’s what I know about me and my family. I don’t come from a family with a strong and firm tradition of talking about our great-great grandparents’ accomplishments or triumphs, because we don’t even know if they had any.
When it comes to balancing culture, I always thought I belonged to every group I thought defined me. To Aya, she belonged to nothing, having the privilege to pick and choose which parts of each group she would take along with her, having the privilege to leave those groups and go home whenever she pleased. I never thought about it as being a privilege.
I was reminded that I've never felt like I belonged anywhere, just like many others who come from families that haven’t been in America for very long probably feel. It’s a small comfort to know that there have been others who felt this way for centuries, especially when they didn’t have much of a choice in coming to the U.S. But in the end, it’s not really a comfort to know that others have shared the same pain as I have.
It made me realize that victims of sexual assault might need more than an “I’m sorry this happened to you,” or an “I’m here for you,” and that saying “It’ll get better, easier,” sounds more like wishful thinking than a guarantee. They deserve justice, they deserve to know that they did nothing wrong, and above all, they deserve an end to rape culture. I think we all do.
He's probably (or was) the least talked about of the founding fathers, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical puts Alex in the spotlight. I remember learning about Alex in my AP U.S. History class-- from what I remember, he pretty much ran the country as Washington’s right-hand man and he was one of my favorite historical figures. But I never realized how much was left out of Alex’s story until I saw Hamilton.
Haemon, who was Creon’s son and Antigone’s fiance fought in defense of his bride-to-be. This was the scene that really resonated with me because Haemon stands up for Antigone. Although she has disobeyed the law, she has really done no harm. The argument between Haemon and Creon felt like it could have easily been an argument between me and my mother (although I really hope I’m never in a situation where my mom buries my fiance alive).
I think being raised in the Western hemisphere has caused me to doubt the validity of my own religion because the Western world is dominated by Abrahamic religions. Because of this doubt, I identify as Hindu and agnostic. I can relate to what Lewis was trying to achieve, as I also face ridicule of my religion. In explaining the fact that one of my deities is, in fact, a cow, and that cows are sacred in my religion, someone had responded, “Okay, but do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?” I don’t know, probably just as ridiculous as a guy walking on water.
Reading the Playbill before the show, I was a little confused. The characters were: Actress 1, Actress 2, Actress 3, and Lester. Okay, so who is Lester and why is he so much more important than the other characters that he gets a name and they don't? Isn't the show called Hell’s Belles because it was about, well, the belles?
I studied Macbeth in my sophomore English class, where we analyzed and over-analyzed the symbolism of pretty much every word in the script. So, seeing Macbeth (Of the Oppressed) was a completely new experience for me, because I've never seen a play where I was already familiar with the content.