[Poem] Bound

An extension of the June Quote of the Month. Xiao Mei lives to see the dawn of the day. The hues of brisk yellow match her skin like Chardonnay. “Be a doctor or lawyer,” both of her parents say. “It’s not like artists make money anyway.” Michael is Michael because Mwenye was too hard to…

To the Class of 2018: A Conceit

I remember the very first time I met the Future. I was six years old, and he made his presence known to me when he approached me to ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And I told him, “A princess.” And then I changed my answer to, “An archaeologist.” But…

[Repost] Does K-Pop Attract Mental Instability or Breed It?

There is a certain public intrigue when it comes to celebrities and their lives. This is even more so for those who are constantly in the limelight. However, their busy schedules and their dedication to being their celebrity persona means that they have little time to themselves. After SHINee's Jonghyun committed suicide late last year, attention…

[Repost] Are Schools Violating Child Labor Laws?

The title of this article is a bit provocative but there is merit in what the content of articles says. As students, we have to be at school for a certain number of hours for five days a week. Then, to get into a good college, we need extracurriculars and for most of us that…

The Origin of All Human Issues

There are two root causes of all the problems in the world: greed and miscommunication. Human greed can never be eliminated; it is human nature to desire any material that will aid in one’s survival and happiness—power, money, lust. Despite how good of a person one thinks he/she is, there is some small amount of…

[Repost] Rejection of Childhood

There are countless movies and works of literature that depict the folly of adults and their inability to take the word and worldview of children seriously. Even though all of us were children once, somehow, the word childish became something that is derogatory even to the children that it's supposed to describe. Why do we…

Recent Introspections | Short Essays

Hello, everyone! Today's post isn't about the greater world, it will be about me. These two short essays were written for my UGA application, which was the last application I finished. I suppose you can use these as example essay for UGA's writing portion of the application. So, this will be a bit of something…

[A Repost] A Single Story | A TedTalk

As human beings, perspective is something that constantly limits us in our ability to understand the world and our ability to empathise with others who don't have similar perspectives. In this TedTalk, the speaker Ms. Adichie details some stories in her life that led to false expectations and false realities in her own life. I think this is very relevant today when we are often blinded by "a single story". In psychology, this is called the representative heuristic where the most available example of one thing is taken to represent the whole of that thing. This thing can be a race of people, it can be a place or it can even represent things like political and economic systems. When you only hear one perspective about a thing and it's the only story you hear, then your knowledge is incomplete and you risk making serious mistakes based on your incomplete knowledge, one of which is your choice in what to vote for. Be informed and seek out sources besides news to inform your choices.

Different mathematical theories and formulas weren't invented in a vacuum; each theory and formula was made to solve a problem. So, when learning about math, you shouldn't learn it in a vacuum either. 

The Real Reason Why The Da Vinci Code is a Universal Bestseller

Some critics say Dan Brown took advantage of the social and political turmoil after 9/11 and sold his books when the American public needed for everything to make sense. As one critic puts it, “When bad things happen, Brown reassures us, it is probably because of the machinations of a 1,000-year-old secret society which is quietly running the world, though often in conflict with another hidden organisation.” However, what I want to argue against isn’t about Brown’s lack of literary common sense but how he has managed to seduce the American public into pushing the book to become the second-most popular in modern literature by taking advantage of human nature.

My Raw Thoughts on College and A Career

“Raw” as in, “I wrote this in twenty minutes”. No edits. Nothing. This brings up a topic I briefly touched on in one of my other articles, A Growing Standard: Student Apathy, in which I introduced the “exhausted professional”, someone that works solely for the tokens that come with it. I once had this view, and…

Blurb #5

Everyone is simultaneously blind, deaf, unable to touch or taste or smell. All that everything everyone is is just a brain. A fragile organ in a bone cage, trying to make sense of the world around it through a body that operates through the rules set not by logic or design but by the chance of nature. 

[A Repost] On Nagging | A Video

Usually, when we want to change someone else and have been met with a brick wall or an otherwise unsympathetic ear, we resort to nagging which not only turns off the other person more but also gives them a sense that they are being falsely accused or wrongly punished. This video helps explain the results…

[A Repost] Obese Autopsy: The Post Mortem | A Documentary

[Warning] Not for the weak of stomach or those who are afraid of blood and guts.

[A Repost] I’m a College Admissions Consultant, and I Tell My Students to Get Bs

Here's a little nugget from a person who has studied at Harvard and has been part of the admission process. In it, the author talks about how, by striving for the best, the best becomes monotonous and mundane. In the process of surpressing yourself and your passions and needs to get that perfect score on…