Health After Graduation

Fellow soon-to-be-graduates, it’s really happening. We will soon be leaving Barnard and entering the weird, wild world of figuring out healthcare as graduates. To calm my own self down and try to spread some knowledge, I recently met with Barnard’s Executive Director for Student Health and Wellness, MJ Murphy.

She outlined four basic areas to be aware of for this transition:

  1. Health insurance
  2. Medical records
  3. Medications
  4. Following up on existing conditions

That sounds like a lot, but deep breaths! Let’s take it step by step (and not worry about dealing with these all in one day or figuring it all out right away, as my perfectionist streak would like).

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Yet Another Fat Fashion Post!

Sorry, y’all are probably getting annoyed of my obsession with fat fashion, but there’s a super cool event that I wanted to let everyone know about–The Big Fat Flea! It’s essentially a one-day flea market with all kinds of used clothes donations, sizes large to 6X, with nothing over $10. Great, right?! What’s even greater is that it’s completely gender inclusive–using their words, it’s an “all-genders fatshion rummage sale in NYC for fat folks who like a bargain”.

And–it gets better–all proceeds from clothing sales go to NOLOSE, a nonprofit whose statement I’ll post here because it’s pretty freakin cool: 

NOLOSE* is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture. In the activist and empowerment work that we do, we envision a world:

  • that is accessible to fat people and reflective of us.
  • that is without fat discrimination, hatred or prejudice.
  • where fat people are empowered to create positive change in ourselves and in our communities.
  • where beauty, morality, health, humor and fashion are divorced from size and shape and all bodies are celebrated.
  • where fighting fat phobia is seen as integrally linked to other social justice issues such as the women’s movement, anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles of people of color at home and around the world, queer and transgender movements, class struggle, disability rights movements and more.
  • where all people have a right to basic human rights as well as joy, sensuality and self-determination.
  • and where the diet industry closes up shop as the world sees their products for the oppressive and ineffective scams they are.


Woohoo! Tickets are $10 for the Big Fat Flea, and you can find more information here:

need some help thinking of a paper topic?

maybe you should take a walk.

this cool study from the new york times suggests that walking increases your creativity—and whether it’s simply the walk’s mood-boosting aspect or some kind of wake-up call, i am all about it. so if you’ll be working on a couple of final papers this weekend and coming week, like i will be, taking a half hour to walk in riverside might actually help you get going on the writing of the thing. (not to mention that the next couple of days are supposed to be beautiful.)

be very good to yourself,


Take yourself/your friend/your partner on a date!

I found this list of 20 dates under $20 (from my favorite fashion blogger, who was also featured in my post about fat fashion–guilty as charged.) While these would all be awesome things to do with a partner, I was thinking some would be great for self care during finals! Go alone, with a friend, with someone you’d like to get to know–just try to enjoy these last few weeks of NYC (if you aren’t in the city for the summer) and good luck with finals!

Some of my favorites, taken from the blog post:

1. East River Ferry to DUMBO
I think the East River Ferry is by far the most underrated (and most pleasant) form of transportation available in NYC – and it’s only $4 per ride. Taking the ferry will get you some of the best views of Lower Manhattan, The Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan Bridge – and once you dock at Fulton Street, you’re in one of the most scenic parts of all 5 Boroughs. For $2 each, you can take a ride on Jane’s Carousel, and follow it up by sharing a giant sundae at The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for $8 – all while catching a sunset steps from the waterfront. $20 exactly. Bingo. 

6. Disposable Camera Photo Excursion
$7.99 gets you two single-use cameras, so keep your phone in your pocket and resist the urge to Instagram your day away. Keep one camera for yourself, and pass one to your date, and walk around aimlessly snapping photos of your surroundings and each other. Walgreens offers some of the fastest (and cheapest) photo developing in the city – and at the end of it you have a stack of 54 shots that won’t disappear when your iPhone inevitably breaks and you’ve forgotten to back it up. 

13. Rowing in Central Park 
If you live in NYC, this is something you have to do at least once in your lifetime. Boat rentals are $15 per hour and fit up to 4-people, and the pond is open for rowing from 10AM to 6PM. Central Park might be totally man-made, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t do a near-perfect job designing it.”

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