Nadia Kardan

Bio

Nadia is a graduate of Rutgers University. She is currently a public schoolteacher, an active feminist, and a lover of all things artsy and wonderful. She works and resides in New York City. Follow her @nadia_kardan on Twitter.

7 Things You Should Be Doing Solo If You're Single In New York

By Nadia Kardan
I've lived in New York City for four and a half years now. I've been single for most of my time here. If there's a city you should be single in, New York is it. I never understood the, “Dating in New York City sucks” sentiment. Are there not people…

Here's Why I Don't Want To Be Referred To As An Alpha Female

By Nadia Kardan
I've been told that an alpha female is a thing. It's a name given to strong women, to tough women, to independent women. I wonder: Why is this such an anomaly that it requires its own label? I'm a 26-year-old, self-sufficient, professional living…

How Losing A Man I Thought Was 'The One' Changed Me, But Didn't Break Me

By Nadia Kardan
I had a romance they could make movies about. All my life, anyone who identified as a realist, an "adult" or an intellectual claimed it was impossible to fall in love in just a few days -- and especially with a stranger. I did. Two summers ago, in a…

Why Being Single Doesn't Mean Being Unfulfilled And Lonely

By Nadia Kardan
I suppose like many young, single women, I’m often asked, “Why don’t you have a boyfriend?” What is the proper response to a person asking such an insanely personal and subjective question? My sister will tell you it’s because I “don’t put myself…

How Moving From An Urban Metropolis To A Small Town Changed My Life

By Nadia Kardan
I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by many people. Like so many Jersey kids, I lived in towns with quick and efficient transportation to New York City. My dad commuted there daily and continues to do so. Typical of the overly crowded towns in New…

Don't Vote, Try Tinder: Why Kim Guilfoyle’s Thoughts On Women Are Dangerous

By Nadia Kardan
Kimberly Guilfoyle expressed her frustrations on Fox News over the amount of young women voting Democrat. She asked that young women be “excused from juries” because “they don’t get it.” Apparently, we’re hot and healthy and should be excused, so we…

The Reality Of Sexism: Why Catcalling Is Dehumanizing

By Nadia Kardan
My friend and I stood in Union Square last week and cried. I realized a pain inside of me that I rarely acknowledged for fear of being told I was overreacting. I told her my sex had become an insecurity. I felt anxious every day, and I lacked…

What We Should Take Away From The Recent Tragedy At Rutgers

By Nadia Kardan
As a Rutgers alumna, I was deeply saddened to learn about the death of Caitlyn Kovacs. While Caitlyn is too young for me to have ever attended university with her, I’m sure we shared many of the same experiences at Rutgers. I imagine Caitlyn to have…

The Unique Pain Of Loving Someone Who Put You In The Friend Zone

By Nadia Kardan
When I was 22, I made a friend at a job fair. We bonded over shared interests in comedians and books; we talked regularly and hung out often. He later confessed he had a crush on me. I politely rejected his advances and asked if we could still be…

What We All Wish We Knew About Student Debt Before Picking A College

By Nadia Kardan
Go. It’s your dream school. They’re the words many a high school senior hears as he or she makes decisions regarding the pathway to college. The senior is 17 or 18 years old, has never lived alone, never worked a job outside the service or retail…

The Truth Hurts: How Ignoring The Negative Side Effects Of Weed Hinders Legalization

By Nadia Kardan
I have never smoked marijuana. It's been offered to me many times, I've watched my friends smoke, hung out around people smoking and have never been tempted to try it. I am not one to get on the bandwagon of anti-marijuana propaganda. I am skeptical…

Why Teaching Programs In America Aren't Actually Helping Our Education System

By Nadia Kardan
At age 22, I sat in a graduate school classroom and listened as my professor undermined my career. “You,” she said, referring to me, and the majority of my classmates, “are arguably part of the problem. Your program perpetuates this idea that…