Supporting Foster Youth at CSULB

Guardian Scholars (GS) is a program on campus that supports current and former foster youth at CSULB. If you have been in the foster care system, find out how you can become a Guardian Scholars member!

What I Wish I Did Before Graduating

After being in college for over 5 years, I can’t help but regret the things I didn’t get to explore and experience. Here are my biggest regrets.

How to conquer your fears

How to conquer your fears in the most logical way possible without the hassle of a thousand dollar registration fee

Better Than A Band-Aid

I have been hurt, and I fear I will get hurt again. So why haven’t I found help? This is a story about therapy, and why I haven’t gotten any yet.

Illustration by Jake Winkle

Anniversary Dinner

By Natalie Comfort

two candlesticks, languishing yellow, sit,
Proud, Rigid,
held in small dark jars gripping their bases.
thin wax flakes gather around the upper rim,
a couple falling further, past engraved spiraling
intertwined with thin straight cracks
of the brittle wood.

a teardrop of wax slides, meeting the tablecloth,
inner liquid wax rippling and wrinkling, pressing
against the walls of its congealed surface. the man
slouches forward, forearms crossed, hands hanging
off the edge of the table, the woman leans to one side,
then another, eyes fixating on a painting, indistinct
brushstrokes of gold and blue.

and the flame flickers, casting shadows,
one moment tall and thin,
another moment short and wide,
leaning to one side and then another,
responding to unfelt drafts.