Someone Pinch Me

It’s been a month and a half since I moved,

And I’m still amazed at the beauty of what is Portland.

A city built within nature,

So many colors and scenery.

As I walk with my friends through the forest,

I marvel at the beauty.

This place that I never knew about up until this year,

Has a type of wonder to it. It pulls you in, hypnotizes you and won’t let you go.

Some days it hits me like

“Whoa I’m here, I’m actually here.”

Other days, like today it hits a little different,

“Someone pinch me, I must dreaming.”

“This is so beautiful and gorgeous!”

“I can’t believe I get to spend the next three years out here!”

You can get lost here,

And not the bad lost where you wonder around and forget where you came from.

The type of lost that just makes you appreciate what’s out here.

City and nature,

All in one.

What more you can you ask for,

In a place that has me say “someone pinch me”

-Krystal Figueroa

Gender Pay Gap: Myth or Reality?

Noowong_HeadshotBy: Anchitta Noowong

Tuesday, April 2nd was Equal Pay Day in the United States. Equal Pay Day was launched by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 to shine a light on pay disparity between men and women.

In honor of Equal Pay Day, I brought in 3 different women with 3 different backgrounds to share their stories. Is the gender pay gap fact or fiction?

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Winter is Here

Noowong_Headshot By Anchitta Noowong

Winter is coming, winter is here. Are you feeling sad this winter? You’re not alone. Being born and raised in a hot tropical country, it was difficult for me to live in a place where it’s cold and dark half the year. I remember my first Portland winter, and it was brutal. I recalled that it rained all the time, there was no sunlight, and everything was just gross. I remember feeling depressed, sad, tired, and unmotivated. I figured that I couldn’t live like that, so I adapted and found ways that help me get through Pacific Northwest winter.

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Not Yours

Noowong_Headshot By Anchitta Noowong

With the spotlight being on Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh case and the current president who openly bragged about touching and kissing others without their consent, this short film is made to express the seriousness and reality of the issue. I went out on the streets of Portland as well as social media asking women to share their experiences. ‘Not Yours‘ is a short documentary on sexual assault and harassment.