THE FOREWARD things are different. things aren’t like they used to be. things are changing. our world is not the same as it was 20 years ago, 12 months ago and even 5 weeks ago. some things are the same. young ones, like us, dancing and spinning around our rooms while our favorite band plays on the stereo. chasing timeless trends, dressing like moms and dads and spinning the records they used to love. seeking out flea markets and thrift stores and beaches and oceans and the highs and lows of the world’s altitudes to ignite a feeling inside our souls. among all the things we do, we are similar. we are people — we are all human. we share the experience of living; therefore, we are all connected. some share the same hobbies, and that’s what immediately connects us to one another and creates friendships. we are all human. we all crave connection to each other that dives deeply past the instantaneous moment we walk into class wearing the same shirt, or the moment on a car ride where we shout in unison that we love the same song. connection on an unseen, deeper level is what drives humans to thrive, to grow and to experience one of the most profound emotions the world has to offer. we are all human, and we all face similar struggles. the easy way out is to highlight our joys, our highs, those thrift store trends and hottest bands — that begins connection, but we want more. we want you to feel alive. we want to make you think. a more rooted connection is made when we push the envelope and converse about topics that society is afraid of addressing. society is fearful of speaking on challenging matters simply because it is easier to put our emotions on the back burner and focus on the tangible, uncomplicated things of this world. we’re here to facilitate conversation, make you think about the things your mind may have thought of once or twice sometime ago, and here to inspire you to be a better you. let’s talk about what’s going on in our world. we all live here together, and we are here to grow together. things are different now. things are changing. humans are changing. we are the same because we are changing. this is here, but i am leaving. this is for you, for your thoughts and to help you through. this is my conversation with you. i hope it makes you think, and i hope it makes you feel less alone. remember, we are all the same.
— NICOLE TILLOTSON, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE META