The Existential Dread of Completing Financial Aid Forms

Written by Christina Kevorkov For a high school senior or a newly-admitted college student, the FAFSA or Free Application for Student Aid is a government form that determines someone’s eligibility for receiving financial aid to usually cover the annual fees of baccalaureate/undergraduate degree.  While their federal website confidently…

Beacon On a Hill: How This Shelter Is Transforming Young Lives

Written by Óscar Fernando García A cluster of cozily set houses on 17th Street in Santa Ana blend into the surrounding neighborhood. Had I been strolling through, I probably wouldn’t have given a second glance at Mary’s Path, a shelter for young mothers and their children. I wouldn’t…

Blurring the Lines Between Business and Community

Written by Daisy Murguia Laughter, chatter, and the smell of french toast fill Toast Kitchen and Bakery, a restaurant in Costa Mesa. The tables are an earthy woody tone, and there are flower arrangements on almost every table. The restaurant is inviting but easy to miss since it…

That was four or more months ago

Written by Lori Sinanian Did the title of this piece catch your attention because you were wondering what happened four months ago? Did you notice the word “or” in the title, and felt the unsure connotation it brought of whether or not it was actually around four months…

Life Behind Bars: Before, During, and the Aftermath

Written by Jenny Le For both current college students and recent college graduates, such as Nicholas Gardner, the future seems unceasingly nebulous and daunting. We are all familiar with the classic concerns and goals, the ones that the average college student makes morbid jokes about on the regular,…

Finding Illumination in the Darkest of Times: Stories of Homelessness in Orange County

Captivating portraits and stories from some of Orange County's homeless residents.…

The New Face of Hunger

Many college students can’t afford food. What extremes would you go through to ease your hunger? By Yesenia Cuevas When in college and unable to afford food, I stole so I wouldn’t go hungry. One scorching hot July morning, I woke up under only a delicate, white sheet…

Maya Moreno: Reclaiming the “W” Word

I took ownership of ‘alien’ before I took ownership of the word ‘whore’. For all my life I fought for control over myself and I thought the only way to do that was to fit a perfect mold of what society wanted.…

Trump Among the Younger Generation: How Do High School Students Feel about the Donald?

High school students from two school districts shared their thoughts on the Trump Administration’s most notable orders so far.…

The Lonesome Death of Peg-Leg Ronnie

A first-hand account of life and death in the Orange County Riverbed. Writer and activist Patrick Hogan illuminates the circumstances that are frequently overlooked.…