The concept of separating art from the artist is almost guaranteed to expose you to a midst of debates and arguments. Although it isn’t in my place to dictate what you should believe in, I’ve personally noticed a pattern when the majority of the public comes to an agreement that we should separate the two: fame and reputation. Remember Chris Brown and his physical violence … Continue reading What I’ve Noticed When It Comes to Separating Art from the Artist
I remember the police officer saying, “she must be a disappointment to her mother” and “these kids are always getting into trouble”. I started getting into trouble in middle school and I think it was because I didn’t have good communication with my family and often felt lonely. Getting into trouble was a cool thing to do like you were a badass until you were … Continue reading The Consequences of Labeling
In general, friendliness is seen as a good trait to have. Friendly people show us that we are liked, which makes us feel good or accepted. But can one be too friendly? Certainly the creators of The School of Life video “The Problem with Over-Friendly People” think so. The video lays out three problems with “over-friendly” people: They don’t seem to have their own opinion and agree with anything. They compliment … Continue reading Is It Possible to be Too Friendly?
I like to think I’m a pretty nice guy. I never litter, opting instead to hold onto my gum wrappers and minty floss picks until I find a garbage can. I sometimes keep doors open for others when I’m the first one in a group to exit an establishment. Once, I told my boyfriend to help an old Chinese lady carry her suitcase as she … Continue reading Why are you so judgmental?
It’s possible to fall head over heels in love with an inanimate object. I know, because I did. The first time I held a Kindle in my hands, I was smitten by it. I had nearly every book available to me at one swipe, one tap of the thumb. Every book available to man was accessible in a device lighter than a single hardcover book! … Continue reading O Kindle my Kindle
After reading the article, “About a Boy “ by Margaret Talbot I became astonished at how smooth it was for Skylar a fourteen year old girl to transform into an F.T.M. or “female- to-male” transgender person. In my class discussion, I said that Skylar had the privilege that would make this transformation go smoother than others. The article starts off by describing how Skylar grew … Continue reading The Privilege of Undergoing Smooth Transformations
In times of fear, ignorance, and personal and political divide, it is more important than ever to possess a quality that is oftentimes overlooked: Compassion. A few weeks ago, I was scrolling down my Facebook feed when I came across something the Dalai Lama posted. “World peace can only be based on inner peace. If we ask what destroys our inner peace, it’s not weapons … Continue reading Compassion
You’ve been there before. You’re the one who sends the text to your friend at 6:32pm, have him read it at 6:33pm, and doesn’t receive a reply by the time you’re in bed at 1:12am. You’re the one who makes plans with your friend, which took countless days of back and forth, only to have him cancel on you for a more lit party down … Continue reading Rocks and Hard Places: Traversing the One-Sided Friendship
“What’s a diva?” “A what?” “A diva.” “Velvita?” “No. A diva.” “A diva?! You know like a diva. A princess boujee diva.” *** I don’t think I’ve ever been called a diva. But that’s probably because I’ve been called dramatic. And I am VERY dramatic. My drink isn’t great. It’s amazingly fantastic. When I’m upset I’m not sad. I’m ruined. So when I start to … Continue reading You’re Such a Diva
I’ve been told that an instrument is like a language – the older you get, the harder it is to master. When I mentioned to my friends that I wanted to play the violin, I received a few chuckles in response. I don’t blame the chucklers – I know what they’re thinking: aren’t you a little too old to start playing an instrument now? I … Continue reading What’s your violin?
“No take another one, I don’t like how I look in that one!” I tell my sister. “I think this one is good!” she says to me. To be honest, I never post the first attempt at taking a good picture of myself, and I’m sure ya’ll can relate. I remember when I first got 100 “likes” and I thought to myself finally I got … Continue reading “Likes” and the 1-5 System
Middle school. Twelve years old. Warm, blue day. I was standing in line to get school lunch with my best friend, minding my own business and focusing on getting my food when it happened— My head whipped to the left as soon as I heard it: “Ewww! Your nose is so big!” I faced a familiar boy my age, with large eyes filled … Continue reading Kylie Jenner: The Product of a Hypocritical Society
For years, I’ve been an avid fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a show about drag queens who compete against one another to win material prizes along with the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Though the contestants are often the most polarizing characters, creator and host RuPaul has said some pretty contentious things throughout the show’s history. One of his most bothersome sayings is, “If … Continue reading Why You Don’t Have to Love Yourself to Love Someone Else
Every Thanksgiving is a treat for me because it’s an opportunity for me to witness how strong the sense of community is in my family. My mother is always the “head chef.” With a laundry list of tasks to complete before Thanksgiving dinner, everyone pitches in. The turkey needs to be defrosted a whole day in advance. The stuffing, ham, and yams are done the … Continue reading Home for Thanksgiving
As undergraduate students here at UCLA – or any college or university, really – we’ve been programmed to achieve the best grades, fill up our resumes with as many activities or jobs possible; yet, we’ve been encouraged to hold social lives, and explore the “fun” side of college, free of homework or studying (whatever that may be for you). I remember reading what was … Continue reading Before You Pull an All-Nighter. . .
Zero week – freshman year. I finished unpacking my bags, my parents left, the last of my photos were pinned to the walls. I stood at the center of my dorm room, alone, and with no mindless tasks remaining to distract me. And then, as I stood there wondering where to go, or what I should do, or who I should reach out to, the … Continue reading A Blessing in Disguise
I always look at the transfer page on Facebook because I like to see the funny GIFs, important events and what transfer students are up to. This year I have noticed that the transfer page has become more of an outlet for incoming transfer students. Students have found the page as a support system where they are able to express having difficulties with the challenges … Continue reading Building Community at UCLA as a Transfer Student
Last week marked the final episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ second season. If you aren’t familiar with the franchise, it is a reality TV show about several drag queens who compete in challenges to win the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000. Tensions were high and friendships were lost as many viewers fought over who rightfully deserved … Continue reading RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2: Katya Was Not Robbed!
Have you ever gotten a really shitty grade? Like a what the fuck just happened kind of grade? The kind of grade that makes you contemplate whether or not living with your parents until you’re 30 is okay. Yeah….me neither. …I’m kidding. Of course I’ve had a grade like that. I’m a hot mess. But in all honestly bad grades suck. Especially when you thought … Continue reading America’s Obsession With Grades
I always looked up to my teachers in high school. As I sat in my classes, wide-eyed and unsure of the subject I was learning, my teachers were usually there to help me gain new understanding of the concepts being learned in class. They knew what they were talking about, professionals in their career, with years and years of teaching experience under their belt. … Continue reading Teachers: The Unsung Heroes