Is it better to try and fail? Or is it smarter to save yourself the time and effort if you know your chance of succeeding is low? Two weeks ago, I had cast audition for UCLA’s Korean Culture Night (KCN). I hadn’t prepared for it much because I was busy with midterms and papers; I only reviewed the audition script for 30 minutes a few … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions
Most millennials are familiar with the popular LGBT initialism that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. The initialism was first used in the ‘90s in order to replace the inaccurately labeled “gay community.” Since then, it has become a widely-accepted term to use for referring to the community of people who do not identify as heterosexuals. Since then, more and more sexual and gender … Continue reading Does the A in LGBTQIA Stand for Asexual or Ally?
I grew up hating makeup, Barbies, skirts, and uncomfortable shoes with lacy socks. I only cared about being comfortable, mobile, and warm. What was the point of wearing a skirt if I were constantly told to sit down with my legs crossed? As I grew older, mother nature suddenly decided to give me a head full of fine, fragile, curly hair, almost literally overnight. The … Continue reading Faking your Way, or Working that Slay? My Makeup Journey
Swimming is probably the only sport that I would ever voluntarily do. I love swimming. I love that I can’t feel the sweat dripping down my back. I love the exhilarating thrill from that initial push off the wall. I love feeling as though the weight of the world were lifted from my shoulders. But there’s one thing that I absolutely can’t stand: people who … Continue reading Pool Thoughts: Stay in Your Lane
I recently read an article on BBC called “Is There An Upside to Having No Social Life?” I found the article as I was scrolling through BBC on one of my rare days of connectedness. As one who strives to have a very active social life and is forced through a dearth of friends to have a not-so-active social life, I found this title particularly … Continue reading All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
In middle school, my economics class cited reasons for why people earn different wages. One of the reasons was skill. Some jobs required high levels of skill while some required low levels of skill; the level of skill demanded by the job was directly proportional to its wage. The textbook defined mentally laborious work as high skill and physically laborious work as low skill. This … Continue reading Why Poverty is the Result of Systematic Failure
One of my closest friends from high school and community college shared the following link on Facebook titled “ An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time” which made me think about my time at Santa Monica College and at UCLA. The article touches on the idea that taking longer to graduate is something that should not discourage an individual because graduating from college … Continue reading Graduation Deadline
The article, Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand by Monika Bartyzel highlights the fact that Disney princess-movie marketing strategies set many unrealistic expectations and are a harmful influence to a great majority of young people, especially to young girls. For instance, a negative influence suggested by Bartyzel is the racial stereotypes which most Disney movies have, including their princess brand. … Continue reading Valid and Deductive Argument on Monika Bartyzel’s “Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand”
Okay, let’s just dive right into a difficult topic: race. Disclaimer: it’s going to be messy, since I’m not used to talking about race, but I feel it has to be done. I have always been confused about the term “people of color” (PoC) and my relationship to that category. As a Korean, am I included when people talk about “people of color”? While various … Continue reading Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?
The airport is so big it makes me want to stretch out my arms toward the glass ceiling. The expanse of terminals and people and scanners and seats doesn’t match the size of my two aunties’ suitcases, stuffed to the brim with the latest fashions from Asia and souvenirs for me. “阿傑, we missed you so much,” they would tell me, hugging me as they … Continue reading Opinions of an Opinionated Traveler
Going vegan was never an easy decision. Since middle school I had always thought about going vegetarian or vegan because of my absolute love for animals, but it was not until college that I really put my values into action. Being away from home allowed me to stop and think about my family’s long history of obesity and heart problems. My family grew up very … Continue reading Guest Blog: “I am Hmong and Vegan” by Johnnie Yaj
Last week, I was walking through North Campus to the pass the time during a two-hour gap when it finally hit me – in five weeks I won’t have the opportunity to do this anymore. In five weeks, I’ll be holding a makeshift diploma, donned in cap and gown, smiling uncomfortably for photos my mom will probably try to frame on the living room wall. … Continue reading Be a Tourist
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