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Our Life is Not on a Strict Schedule (And How Monsters U Taught Me That)

CAUTION: This blog discusses movie spoilers. If you haven’t seen Monster’s University yet, you might want to check it out first, it’s definitely worth a watch. When I was younger I was concerned with being prepared, with keeping up, and with hitting the right milestones at the right time. I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to make sure I was prepared in high school, taking … Read More

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As we make technological and societal progress to do more with less, what has become of our productive culture?

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Can We Learn Through Mere Imitation?

Child prodigies is always a topic of contention amongst classical musicians.  To most, people are wowed by how someone so young could “master” a professional sound. … Read More

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Why is Monday Dreaded?

Why is it that Mondays are universally dreaded? There is nothing inherently wrong with a Monday. A Monday purely signifies the beginning of the work week. Friday, on the other hand signifies the ending of the work week. Dreading Mondays only arises when you do not like what you … Read More

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The Problem With Being “Gifted”

I have trouble with the term “gifted.”  I’ve been given this label since 2nd grade after taking merely one test.  I was a GATE kid.  I was talented. Granted, I understand why this label was bestowed upon me.  It was a key to access teachers that could better my learning.  It … Read More

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Let Other People Make Mistakes For You

In my 20-something years of living, people have always mistaken me for being older than my real age despite how I (ironically) look younger. (I like to thank my Asian genes for the latter.) And despite how much of a kid at heart I am, people think I’m older in age because of “how … Read More

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Being Smart About Quick Wit

We've all been there.  A bully picks on you and you're too scared to fight back even with words.  Maybe a bit of repartee would put them in their place.  Those witty catch phrases and/or put-downs written in scripts and books alike turn the tables on any situation for the … Read More

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Impatience Can Be a Virtue

In many aspects of life, I strive to be a patient person: The wait in a long line, for instance, goes by pretty quick if you’ve got friends, music, or maybe even just something you’ve needed to mull over on your own. Family might be crazy and demanding, but in the end you … Read More

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Interstellar: Fighting For What You Love

DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE FILM INTERSTELLAR Last Friday, director Christopher Nolan released his latest work Interstellar.  While on the surface this film is about traveling through a wormhole to find a new habitable world, at its core it’s a love story … Read More


NWYT Recap & Review: Takeaways From TEDxSanDiego 2014

Note: We will add videos of the talks as soon as they are on YouTube. On November 8, 2014, the NWYT Team joined 1,300 attendees to learn, laugh, question, think, and experience talks from local thought leaders at our first TEDxSanDiego event. The conference’s theme this year … Read More

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The Value of Doing Nothing

In this fast-paced society, if you’re not doing something, you’re not productive. This includes every hour, every minute of your waking life. There’s always people to see, work to be done, places to be visited, money to be spent, etc. You can’t waste time being idle. I am … Read More

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Stop Playing Around with Labels Like “Gamer Girls” (Plus Halloween Bonus Game!)

So, I hear there’s this whole thing about “gamer girls.” This implies that girls, no matter the circumstance, will always be inferior and less-knowledgeable video game players than their male counterparts. I’ve grown up around video games and have been playing them since I was … Read More

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The Pros and Cons of Our Consolidating Culture

In 2005, I came across an Apple advertisement juxtaposing an iPod with a stack of CDs.  While iPods are immensely popular today, Apple was still trying to get stragglers on their bandwagon.  One of their proponents: consolidation.  As the advertisement portrays in its Apple-esque … Read More

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