Opposite of Lonely

The other morning, I was skimming through my Twitter timeline and there was one tweet from Buzzfeed with the headline, “Reading and Mourning a Friend”. Intrigued, I clicked on the link and read a beautiful essay about a beautiful young writer who passed away too soon.

In 2012, Marina Keegan died in a car accident five days after graduating from Yale. She was 22 years old. The essay on Buzzfeed reflected on how Keegan had such a positive energy to her and she was also a brilliant writer.

Keegan’s family, friends, teachers and colleagues worked together to comprise a book of her short stories and nonfiction. The book is titled The Opposite of Loneliness, named after a pieceshe wrote for her graduating class.

As a fellow 20-something college student, I feel the pain of losing a classmate and the loss of an amazing writer. Even if you don’t buy her book, please read one of her pieces. Let’s strive to see the world through Marina Keegan’s eyes and keep her memory alive.


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