I Love You, Harabeoji

What is my heart’s deepest desire? “When you look at a person, any person, everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed their life. Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are not signs of weakness. They are signs of trying to remain strong for way too long.” – Deepika Padukone My heart’s deepest desire is stories. I love reading and writing, but … Continue reading I Love You, Harabeoji

System.out.println(“There is No Free Lunch”);

What am I grateful for in my life right now? What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel? My high school computer science teacher loved telling us, “There is no such thing as free lunch.” It didn’t make a lot of sense to me at first, especially when I literally walked into his class with free food after coming from a … Continue reading System.out.println(“There is No Free Lunch”);

Warmer Waters

Who are my most inspiring role models? Do I apply their lessons daily? When I was growing up in San Jose, my school district held an annual speech contest. Everyone at school could participate starting from the fourth grade and teachers often made the contest a homework assignment. It was considered a pretty big deal by students, teachers, and administrative staff since the best speeches … Continue reading Warmer Waters

Prioritizing My Way to Happiness

What am I happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy? How does it make me feel? Currently, I am happy about my general mood and my ability to multitask better than I was able to a year ago. I definitely feel like I have obtained a positive perspective and general outlook on life. I attribute all of this growth … Continue reading Prioritizing My Way to Happiness

Self-Reflection and Self Improvement

What is the one thing I could stop doing, or start doing, or do differently, starting today, that would improve the quality of my life? There’s nothing I love more than self-improvement. I spend countless hours watching people on Youtube describe their organizational systems, their note taking methods, their hacks for budgeting, you name it. I start each quarter with an enthusiastic desire to better … Continue reading Self-Reflection and Self Improvement

Why I am indebted to BruinView

“This is too good to be true.” When I read the job description for WSP’s “Writing and Creativity Counselor” on BruinView, that was my first thought: this is too good to be true. I’d get to help people develop confidence in their writing and writing abilities? AND get paid for it? I didn’t believe it – I never imagined that a job like that could … Continue reading Why I am indebted to BruinView

The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Crazy to imagine that two years ago, my former boss Dennis Santiago, office manager and internship director, was trying to convince me to apply to WSP. I felt very doubtful because I really did not know much about academic writing. I was a creative writer but even then I had a hard time claiming that title. Fortunately I received the job and joined the team … Continue reading The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Guest Blog: “I am Hmong and Vegan” by Johnnie Yaj

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

My Father’s Dreams, Hopes, and Struggles

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the … Continue reading My Father’s Dreams, Hopes, and Struggles

Looking to my Roots

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the … Continue reading Looking to my Roots

A Tale of Two Dentists

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the … Continue reading A Tale of Two Dentists

The America My Dad Dreamed Of

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the process. … Continue reading The America My Dad Dreamed Of

“I will give you 111%.”

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the process. … Continue reading “I will give you 111%.”

Building a Career in Digital Media: An Interview with mom.me’s Angelica Lai

Blogging, social media marketing, online streaming–we live in the age of digital media. By now, it seems to be a fact of life. We’re more likely to discover breaking news on Facebook than in the newspaper. Likewise, many of us follow fashion blogs instead of subscribing to Vogue and stream movies online instead of visiting the cinema. While many critics condemn the ever-growing prevalence of … Continue reading Building a Career in Digital Media: An Interview with mom.me’s Angelica Lai

Headaches of Tackling The Question

When I first received my assignment (conduct an informational interview with an established professional in your field and write a blog post about your professional goals), I calmly read through the instructions and then felt a wave of panic quietly build. Oh geez, I don’t even know what I want to do… How am I going to ask someone to talk to me about career … Continue reading Headaches of Tackling The Question