Every morning, on the way to one of my favorite coffee shop in London before classes, I come across a graffiti message scribbled on the wall of a bustling intersection between Euston and Hampstead, which reads: FRENCH RIOTS GET RESULTS! U LOT ARE INSTAGRAM ZZZOMBIES I vaguely have heard of the riots in France that started […]Read more "metaphysical idealism, tiers of reality, and the captivation of social media"
Deeply unsatisfied with my life in high school, I dedicated years of my life reading self-help books. I would hole-up in the coffee shop inside the bookstore and plucked one self-help book from the shelf every few days. I would drink coffee paid for by my parents and eat food-truck food paid for by my […]Read more "self-help is full of shit"
I once saw a homeless man walk into a grocery store and steal a bag of chips out the front door without paying for it. He got caught by a store associate and detained at the entrance. As most people did, I walked past the scene without looking back. A couple of days later, I […]Read more "the privilege to be different"
Hi Grant, Thank you for completing the assessments for the Summer Associate Internship Program role. After careful consideration, while we are impressed with your background and skill set, we feel that your strengths do not meet the current needs of our organization as closely as those of other candidates. Due to the high volume of interest […]Read more "the sad irony of recruiting"
It is at this juncture in my life that I ask myself, where did I go wrong? Where, along the way, did I forget the importance of the future in context of the present? When did I stop asking myself what I wanted to do with my life and blindly started to follow the path that […]Read more "the cost of an interdisciplinary education"
What does it mean exactly when someone says they want to make a difference? From reading over 1,000 Common App essays within the past couple of months in my work at Character Labs, I have become very familiar with the frequency at which people believe they are making a difference. Perhaps it was a two-week trip to Haiti […]Read more "my issues with voluntourism"
It is easy to list “world traveler” as a descriptor on an Instagram bio next to “avocado enthusiast,” “recovering coffee addict,” and “Netflix aficionado.” Unfortunately, it is not always easy to purchase an $800 plane ticket to Reykjavik. While it would be ideal for all hobbies to be accessible to anyone who had an interest, […]Read more "“traveling the world” is not a hobby"