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Lauren French

“Lately I've been thinking about self love and how that idea can sometimes become a false medicine for dissatisfaction. Loving and being kind to ourselves is important always. But we can't let the concept that we should always be content with where we are in life stop us from realizing when we need to do more. An essential facet of self love is loving ourselves fiercely enough to recognize when our goals are escaping us, and calling ourselves out for it. There's real strength in that.”

#alovediary: an impromptu photo series of those I love and admire

I met Lauren in her position as editor-in-chief of our student newspaper. A flash later and I'm crying in her office as she attempts to comfort me with the tunes of Nicki Minaj. With most gentle hands, Lauren handles everything carefully with a large helping of Minnesota nice. Lover of truth and justice, she is quite plainly - a superhero.

Sheikh Jammeh

“I think settling is a woefully unexceptional way to live. But it takes a strong sense of knowing yourself and what you value, to be genuinely comfortable with the shape of things; and it's hard to get there, especially when you wake up and go to sleep to a slew of artificial mediums trying to tell you who you should be or what you should do. But look at us, we out here thriving."

#alovediary: an impromptu photo series of those I love and admire

Sheikh is always warm. He speaks in a way that is validating - so much so that my problems begin to solve themselves as quickly as they are voiced. Can't find Sheikh? He's the one with the pull-on winter jacket. And yes, I always make sure to point out how ridiculous it is. The coolest cat, Sheikh Jammeh has all the answers.