WORDS: BENJAMIN ROMERO '16
IMAGE: Matteo de Mayda
LIVING WITH ANXIETY
Someone told me they thought I was overrated, and I agreed. You might think I’m saying that for attention, but I swear I’m not. Sometimes I’m afraid I’ll walk into Usdan and start screaming.
LIVING AS A SENIOR
I go to the dining hall if I want to eat without seeing anyone. I oscillate between running into people I know intimately and people I’ve never seen before, and I have varying degrees of success in recognizing this fact. Most days I feel ready to graduate.
LIVING AS A GAY MAN
I can pee sitting down, but I forget to put the seat-up when I don’t. Masculinity is one hell of a drug.
LIVING WITH FOUR GIRLS
Girls are messy, complicated, and Lena Dunham has nothing really to say on the matter. They also only eat ravioli, baby arugula, and margaritas, and they’re always down. Well, these girls at least.
LIVING AS A CATHOLIC
“I’m confirmed and everything” is something I say a lot when it comes up. I subconsciously know the mass by heart. I wish I had less catholic guilt.
LIVING WITH A YOGA TEACHER AUNT
Once, she took me to a fire ceremony on the eighth hole of a golf course. We burned sage and incense, and people in plaid pants walked by and eyed us suspiciously. I think she kind of rules, but she told me I can’t use straws or drink anything fermented. She left a t-shirt on my bed that reads, “Vehicle of Consciousness.”
LIVING AS A GAY MAN (PART II)
The closest I’ll get to queer solidarity here is the look exchanged at queer parties when you realize you’re not getting laid.
LIVING WITH ONE WINDOW IN MY ROOM
Much like living as a white man. You only see things one way.
LIVING AS A WESLEYAN TOUR GUIDE
I know more about this school than most people. Most tour guides were try-hard’s in high school, myself included, and they are all now just low-key try-hards. I lie through my teeth when people ask me if this is just a school for people for rich people from New York.
LIVING AS THE EDITOR OF METHOD MAGAZINE
I check yik yak sparingly.
LIVING AS A COLLEGE STUDENT
“Adults” ask me “questions” about “free speech,” and I drink “too much.” Everything’s a “spectrum.”
LIVING WITH SOCIALLY LIBERAL, FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE PARENTS
They love Barack Obama, and they’re not-so-subtly worried about having a gay son travel abroad. NPR puts me to sleep on long car-rides.
LIVING AS A MILLENNIAL
Seems like we're having a conversation that was long overdue. Bill Clinton is old.
LIVING IN 2016
I hate the word ‘aesthetic.' Planned obsolescence is spooky. I can flirt on LinkedIn.
E. All of the above.