Arushi Chandrakapure

Student, Artist, and Writer in Troy, Michigan

Arushi Chandrakapure

Student, Artist, and Writer in Troy, Michigan

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I am a student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a minor in Spanish. My interests range from reading and politics to music and writing.

Get to know me better in my "cheesy" --pun intended-- piece below!

Contact: arushic@umich.edu

"You Are What You Eat"

The warm gooiness of a deep dive into my bowl of Mac n’ Cheese often results in sticky residue along the neck of my fork, burning dribbles down my chin, and always a blissful closed eye smile. I joined the community of Mac n’ Cheese eaters when I was a young 3 years old, and like many others I found it to be delicious but unremarkable amongst the array of food I saw on restaurant menus and in food court cases. It wasn’t until a tough day losing my title as ultimate tag winner that I realized the true power of the Mac n’ Cheese community.

My toddler sister was sitting on the island with her bowl of fresh Mac n’ Cheese when I flung open the door, a pout plastered on my face. Her innocent eyebrows furrowed as I dropped my backpack, and with her stubby hands she cautiously held out the bowl to me. Amused at her gesture, I took a bite, warmth and love permeating the receptors on my tongue, traveling down through my body. It was this connection that had been wordlessly shared through a pink Ikea bowl that marked the beginning of my advocacy for the Mac n’ Cheese community.

Whether it be silent laughs over the stove at 3am with my girlfriends or rambunctious family dinners, Mac n' Cheese has the power to create experiences, share stories, and forge deep bonds with people I've just met. The elasticity of its cheese is the span of its ability to glue broken hearts, warm frozen relations, and tie people together. I am a proud advocate of the Mac n' Cheese community, and eternally thankful for its communion that allows me to enjoy Kraft, four cheese, or baked love with people of equally diverse makings.