Rayna Berggren

Rayna Berggren

A provident young person back for the future
Goodbye, Los Angeles

Goodbye, Los Angeles

Dedicated to all the high school seniors who, come September, will be leaving their hometown. Everyone at the party was four freeways away from home, but just one Instagram away from fame. We were born at UCLA. Or Saint Johns. Or Kaiser. We took our first breaths and...

On the importance of the personal statement

On the importance of the personal statement

I put an Annie’s Mac and Cheese in the microwave. The machine appears to be sentient and judgmental. I back away and sit on a hard Ikea chair, noting that I have two minutes available to think about the things left undone in my life. Why do you do the things you do?...

Baptism of political activism

Baptism of political activism

"Meet at 8 p.m. and we will go from there." At the steps of L.A. City Hall, a pig effigy is raised above the crowd. Two men climb a stoplight and release a Mexican flag to ripple in the wind. “Sí se puede,” the congregation yells up to it. A middle-aged man holds up a...