Biomedical research is losing trust from the people it’s working to heal. That’s a big problem.

A young child, I sit at the kitchen table eating cookies and talking to my mother after a night of Christmas caroling. Slowly, her presence recedes. Her words become quieter and less frequent. Her gaze shifts to the wall behind me and her breathing deepens. Before I can process her rapid change in demeanor, she lurches forward and to the side, spilling out of her chair onto the linoleum kitchen tiles.

Although startling, a scene like this one was not particularly unusual in my household. For as long as I could remember, my mother had been fainting: collapsing onto kitchen…

As inoculations begin, it’s important to remember that we passed up on the solution we had in March.

UPI Photo/Vincent Laforet/Pool

A native of coastal North Carolina, I am no stranger to hurricanes and the destruction that they can bring. Within only a week of the first warning signs, a hurricane can make landfall with enough power to wash away entire towns, leaving thousands homeless, stranded, and dead. Even though we can’t prevent hurricanes from forming, a Vox article from 2017 points out a common fallacy that occurs in the media when covering hurricanes and their victims — a lack of accountability. Although at first it may seem like no one is to blame for disasters such as Katrina, it’s not…

On September 9, I set off, alone, on a journey that will take me to Arizona and beyond. Here’s how it went.

My route, courtesy of Google Maps

In the early morning hours of September 9, my white Mazda CX-5 slowly backed out into the street, weighed down by bags of camping gear and clothes, boxes of food, and a single, apprehensive driver. My parents’ solemn waves gave me a pang of homesickness that was quickly replaced by exhilaration. I was finally alone, with 2,500 miles of road between me and my destination.

My first stop was Chapel Hill, NC to have lunch with my girlfriend’s family. She taught me how to fold wontons and pork buns, and I savored what I knew was likely the best hot…

Instead of college this year, I’m driving across the US. Here’s how that happened.

This year, like many students around the US, I will be taking a “gap year” off before college and writing about it here on Medium. I never thought I would take a gap year, nor did I have any vision for what one might look like until a series of unfortunate events led me to a place I’ve been before.

In February of this year I was on a school trip to Costa Rica. In preparation, our group of fourteen had read several articles on the physiological and physiological benefits of immersing oneself in the natural world and we were…

I see dozens of articles attempting to entice beginners. This is one of those — and here’s why.

Is it just me, or does seemingly every running article try to convince non-runners to pick up the hobby? It’s a phenomenon that seems to occur on a scale much greater than with other sports. I rarely stumble across an article begging me to try my hand at gymnastics, or even other aerobic sports such as swimming or biking, but I think there is a reason for this. These articles are attempting to clear the muddied air around running, which I believe to be the most misunderstood sport.

Running and I got off on the wrong foot. Growing up I…

Ill-informed planning and shameful pricing has exposed a hierarchy of priorities for U.S. colleges. Students aren’t on top.

A student on the campus of Harvard University on July 14. Photo: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

On July 6, I was working as a bagger at a local grocery store. The Covid-19 pandemic had leveled my summer plans. The paid internship I’d lined up at the 3D Tissue Bioprinting Lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, was canceled. Instead, I spent 25 hours a week pushing shopping carts in from the broiling parking lot, cleaning toilets, and bagging endless hard seltzers for bronzed students on their way to a packed beach.

Sinking into the break room couch on my precious 15-minute break, I opened my phone to find an email I had been…

A Yale rejection tormented me for months, but for what? College acceptances don’t correlate with happiness — it’s psychology.

As of August 1st, the Common Application — the online portal through which most students will apply to college — will welcome the class of 2021. Endless checkboxes, word counts, and cryptic questions await applicants, as do six months of confusion, stress, and a fair bit of self-examination. As a recent high school graduate, I know how soul-crushing the college admissions process can be. It occupied my every thought at a time when I should have been enjoying my senior year; but for what? College acceptances don’t correlate with happiness — no seriously — it’s psychology. …

Sellers Hill

Sellers Hill is freelance writer, photographer, and member of the Harvard Class of 2025 from Wilmington, NC.

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