Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Paola Gonzalez

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applicants for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down below for this recipient’s story: The most meaningful object that I own is my ukulele. Three years ago when … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Paola Gonzalez

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Nga Mai

Every year the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applicants for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down below for this recipient’s story:   There is one photo that hangs in isolation upon an off-white wall. The … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Nga Mai

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Amelia Vernon

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applicants for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down before for this recipient’s story:   A flat. B. Or was it B flat? The notes all merged together … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Amelia Vernon

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Giovanny Machado

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applications for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down before for this recipient’s story: The most meaningful object that I possess is my mother’s silver chain that she … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Giovanny Machado

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient Essay: David Nguyen

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applications for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down before for this recipient’s story: My most meaningful object is the acceptance letter to the UCLA McNair Scholars Program, … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient Essay: David Nguyen

Privileged Complexions

Why do light skinned people in all Races and Ethnicities have more Privilege than their darker complexion counter parts? As I was growing up, I was constantly praised for my light skin and light brown hair. My classmates would tell me that they were jealous of my skin color and told me that I was prettier than them because of it. As an eight year … Continue reading Privileged Complexions

Chopstick Noises: Being Political as an Asian American

On the first day of senior year in highschool, I walked into my AP US Government class nervous and expectant; nervous because it was my first class of the day and expectant because it was an elective I chose on my own. It only took forty minutes, the duration of the class, for me to realize that the class would be difficult. For one, I … Continue reading Chopstick Noises: Being Political as an Asian American

If Not You, Who?: The Dangers of Political Indifference

Political engagement is the theme for the Writing Success Program’s developmental blog this quarter. Naturally, this context made me wonder about whether I’ve been doing my part to fulfill my civic duty as an American citizen. And in the wake of the passing new year, I’ve spent countless hours reflecting on all of the events that happened during 2017. Because of the American media’s propensity … Continue reading If Not You, Who?: The Dangers of Political Indifference

Politics? What Politics?

I feel I am not political at all. It’s almost embarrassing to say, but I am not political at all. Being raised in a household where the main religion is Jehovah Witness, politics are avoided and not talked about. I know I can educate myself on the subject since I am now an adult and can think for myself; however, I have been bounded by … Continue reading Politics? What Politics?

Let Yourself Learn

The following piece is written by Maggie Bui, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to the Winter 2018 Developmental Blog question: What makes you political?  Society has changed within the last few centuries, and naturally, the definition of education has also evolved. However, what we expect from an education has not: an education should broaden our minds, help us develop a higher level of thinking, … Continue reading Let Yourself Learn

What Makes a Person Political?

The following piece is written by Keson Chen, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to the Winter 2018 Developmental Blog question: What makes you political?  What makes a person political? Well, it’s hard to say. Anything happening in one’s life can change his perception and ideology of the world, and what we call Democrats or Republicans are merely the two typical modes of ideologies that … Continue reading What Makes a Person Political?

Music on My Mind

The following piece is written by Maggie Bui, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: When am I most naturally myself?  The light dims and the audience holds its breath in anticipation. The sound of rotating helicopter blades fills the theater for a good ten seconds. Then, the conductor looks to the percussion section, and with a swish of his … Continue reading Music on My Mind

When I Am Most Naturally Myself, and What to Do With It

The following piece is written by Keson Chen, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: When am I most naturally myself?  When am I most naturally myself? When I pose this question to myself, I somehow feel it would be better to rephrase the question as following “When does my beginner’s mind manifest itself?” Since the beginner’s mind is a … Continue reading When I Am Most Naturally Myself, and What to Do With It

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