Straight edge is a philosophy spawned in the punk scene of Washington DC as a way to have a clear and serious mind by abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Claudia Nunez, a college sophomore from the city who chooses this lifestyle, describes what life is like when everyone around you indulges in intoxicating vices, but you choose not to. Her college experience may be different from what is expected from hard-partying students, but she is surrounded by friends, comforted by religion, and driven to succeed without chemical intervention.

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