Commentaries & Essays

Living Forever

Aug 30, 2018
Deborah Prum

My dad died in March. Even though he needed a pacemaker to regulate his heart and he was a brittle, non-compliant diabetic, his death still shocked us.

Often, my father would start a sentence, “If I ever die….”--as if the inevitability of his death was not a foregone conclusion. Somehow, we bought into his way of thinking.

If I Was You

Aug 30, 2018
Deborah Prum

In my hip hop class, we dance to a Meghan Trainor song whose lyrics are:

If I was you, I would wanna be me, too.

I would wanna be me, too.”

Your Happy Little Pill

May 8, 2018

Your Happy Little Pill by Kataeya Daley, a student at UVA School of Nursing

Caring For Mrs. J

May 8, 2018

Each year, the University of Virginia's School of Nursing sponsors a writing competition for its students -- a chance to reflect on the career they've chosen. 

This year's winner was graduate student Kit Barger, who recalled the case that taught her to speak up for her patients.

Pet to Table Dining

Apr 20, 2018

       Growing up, I desperately wanted a pet. We lived in a tenement bordered by an asphalt driveway in the back and a concrete sidewalk in the front. Our apartment was so tiny that we needed only a cook stove to heat the whole place. Clearly, I faced limited pet options. However, being an optimistic child, I decided to ignore the reality of my situation. Against all odds, I begged my parents for a horse.