Suggested Reading: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Do you need some more motivation to actually start implementing a more consistent exercise regimen into your daily routine? We all know that it is good for us and that we need to exercise at least a few days a week, but what is actually stopping us from exercising more regularly? It is difficult to start implementing exercise into our daily routines, but using some … Continue reading Suggested Reading: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

“There will be a box to make love in.” … so read a pin-back button in rainbow type. The button was displayed as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching initiative for exploring Latin American and Latino art. Launched in September, the event seeks to bring a variety of crucial exhibitions about contemporary and modern art, the ancient world, and the pre-modern era to … Continue reading There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

Thinking in Math: How Certain Languages Make Learning Math Easier

“一二 , 一二 (one two, one two),” I counted as my tiny toddler feet ascended the stairs. The first two Chinese numbers were—according to my mom—my first words. Growing up, my peers at school would always joke about the stereotype that Asians (specifically, Chinese Asians) were good at math. Although it does not always hold true that Chinese students can solve linear differential equations faster … Continue reading Thinking in Math: How Certain Languages Make Learning Math Easier

Learn With Curiosity

Ever wondered what Stephen Hawking’s thesis looked like? Or why you always seem to gain back any weight you try to lose? How about what’s killing galaxies? Curiosity is an informational website and app that creates and gathers articles and videos on all kinds of interesting topics so you can learn and get inspired. There’s lots to like about Curiosity. It’s well-organized and has plenty … Continue reading Learn With Curiosity

Things to Eat and Do at Fengjia Night Market

I really wanted to go out. I spent the entire day inside, avoiding the oppressive and wet heat outside. No matter how much I begged, my mom refused to come with me to the night market. “You’re 12 now. You can take the bus there yourself.” The idea of taking the bus alone at night in a foreign country frightened me, but my craving for … Continue reading Things to Eat and Do at Fengjia Night Market

Faking your Way, or Working that Slay? My Makeup Journey

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

Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Subtlety sub-till-tea n. the act of avoiding an unpleasant situation through clever maneuvering. Literally: waiting under a rock until tea time. Words are pretty cool. They let you write a letter confessing your love to your crush, understand your favorite Friends episode, tell your roommate to stop stealing your food, or negotiate a pay raise with your boss. If you’re like me, you like words … Continue reading Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Pool Thoughts: Stay in Your Lane

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

#MeToo trending in Social Media

Sexual assault has long been a taboo topic in the United States, and it has been garnering plenty of attention in the light of many revelations of abuse in the film industry. The Harvey Weinstein cases in the past few weeks have revealed just how widespread this issue is, and the #MeToo movement aims to show that sexual assault happens way more often than we … Continue reading #MeToo trending in Social Media

“kill! kill! kill!”

Around this time last year, I was going through the worst heartbreak of my life. I was in a one-sided relationship with someone I never should have developed feelings for. “It’s just sex,” he warned. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t listen. I fell for him and my feelings were not reciprocated. After this, he moved up north and the unhealthy one-sided relationship continued for months, but now … Continue reading “kill! kill! kill!”

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

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

Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

On September 25, President Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was overturned when Republican senator Susan Collins voted against the motion. Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of Trump’s main campaign promises; it is evident now that the president will be unable to fulfill his promise, at least within his first year in office. According to the New York Times, Republicans, believing … Continue reading Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

Daily Tidbit: Study Tip

We often study by simply re-reading or rewriting our lecture notes. However, we trick ourselves into thinking we know everything when we are simply recognizing the information. And just like we are good at recognizing faces, we are really good at recognizing our notes. However, this does not mean that we truly understand them. Instead, take a blank sheet of paper and write down questions … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Study Tip

On Procrastination: The Instant Gratification Monkey Inside all of us

As students, we usually tend to procrastinate on homework, reading, term papers, and studying. It seems commonplace and it’s always a relief to hear that your fellow peers are also procrastinating on their assignments. Lots of college culture is accepting of the fact that we procrastinate, but have you ever stopped to think about why we do it? What is going on in my mind … Continue reading On Procrastination: The Instant Gratification Monkey Inside all of us

On My Creative Writing Process

Picture this. You’re sitting at your desk, trying hard to come up with a good sentence, the kind of sentence that would make the likes of Isaac Babel and Joan Didion proud. Five minutes in, you lower your expectations—not everyone can write like Junot Diaz, you say. You settle for writing a relatively good sentence. Another five minutes pass by—your cursor blinks mockingly. Okay, you … Continue reading On My Creative Writing Process