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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Berkeley chapter.

Dear Santa Claus, 

I know I may not have been positive or nice most of the time this year, but I still think I deserve a chance to be placed on the nice list instead of the naughty list. If you are generous enough to give me Christmas gifts this season, I have a few suggestions: 

First, I would like my sanity back. I have been without it for a while, and my lack of stability is really taking a toll on my social life. 

girl laying in bed feeling stressed out
Photo by Kinga Cichewicz from Unsplash

Second, I beg you to extend 24-hour days. How is it possible to be a full-time student via Zoom and a social justice advocate, among many other things, in the span of a 16-hour day at most? 

Third, I ask for global warming to end. It is destroying our planet, and there are still so many ignorant people denying that it even exists. 

Fourth, I ask for immigration policies to improve, and I ask for equity in this country — for all the stereotypes and racism to go away. The lack of resources in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities needs to be addressed as well. 

Sign Immigrants make America Great

Lastly, I plead for women to have the same rights as men: pay, jobs, opportunities, and everything in between. I also ask for child labor to stop. All over the world, children are denied the opportunity to educate themselves and are set to follow in their parent’s footsteps, often living a life of poverty and struggle. 

This Christmas, I ask for a change. Prove that you are real and grant me at least one of these gifts this year. Oh, and I would also like some fuzzy socks.


Tania Salceda

Tania Salceda

UC Berkeley '24

Samhita Sen

UC Berkeley '21

Samhita (she/her pronouns) graduated in December 2021 from UC Berkeley with a double major in Communication/Media Studies and Sociology. At any given moment, she may be frantically writing an essay, carelessly procrastinating by watching Claire Saffitz on YouTube or spending time with people she loves.