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4 Things I Learned Volunteering in a Hospital

During my college career, I did a lot of volunteering. It was my bread and butter, really. I enjoy meeting lots of people, and I like that I’m helping out and (hopefully!) leaving a positive impact. As a result, one of my favorite volunteering programs was UCLA Care Extenders, where you volunteered at a hospital; getting a glimpse of a lot of different departments, helping out … Read More

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Why We Need To Obsess Over Things

In some ways, your obsessions define you – they’re what make you unique. If you choose to express them, they become your identifier and sometimes make you … Read More

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Tales of the Tremor: What I Learned from the South Napa Earthquake

Last month, from the 22nd to the 25th, a group of us drove from San Diego to Napa for a friend’s birthday celebration.  While it was a great time of friendship and community, everything radically shifted on the morning of the birthday.  If you follow the national news, you know … Read More

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Healing is a Love Affair with Yourself

Stop what you're doing. I want you to try this: 1. Put your left hand on your right shoulder blade. 2. Put your right hand on your left shoulder blade. 3. Now squeeze. You just hugged yourself. I didn't. That's important. It's about you now. We waste time being … Read More

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Are Beauty Pageants Relevant to the 21st Century?

What is the purpose of beauty pageants today? To make money for the media? To entertain the masses? To affirm beautiful women of their beauty? To celebrate female beauty? As beauty pageants have sparked many debates over the centuries, let’s take a deeper look at the evolution of … Read More

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Reconciling Remakes

If you’ve not seen already, Disney released a trailer for a movie adaptation of Into the Woods. If you’re not familiar with the Sondheim musical I definitely hope you check it out, it’s an awesome story about the lessons fairy tales were originally intended to teach. I found this … Read More

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Why It’s Important to Unplug

What does it mean to "unplug" today?  It means staying away from all electronics and technology to get back to yourself, the nature around you, and the people close to you. I went camping recently, something I haven't done in nine years.  Camping was always a summer constant … Read More

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Virginity Should be a Big Deal to Boys Too

Whatever your beliefs or upbringing is, it’s pretty safe to say the idea of virginity mostly weighs more on girls than boys. Granted, abstinence and safe sex is held against both genders until a certain age but this is definitely emphasized more on girls. This does date back … Read More

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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.  In fact, that’s what most of the Youtube videos showcase: “The little girl sings like a pro,” “Amazing young … Read More

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5 Interesting Ways to Handle Paranoia When Dating

Paranoia Case #1: You love it when you two exchange text messages more often.  But each time he sends you one-liner or one-word messages, a lot of thoughts come into your mind.  Is he okay?  Did I offend him?  Should I send him a follow up message to explain what I meant with my … Read More

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Does More Knowledge Make us Less Human?

It’s been established for centuries that our emotional capacity is what makes us human; it’s what separates us from androids as it’s been showcased in many movies. Another movie to add to that list is the recent sci-fi flick Lucy. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil the movie for … Read More

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Give Kids a Chance: Thoughts On Education Reformation

education (n.) - the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. After being a part of the education system for over seventeen years, I … Read More

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No One is Truly Alone

As a young theatre-goer, I have come to terms that going to see rather pricey plays and musicals is a solitary hobby. It’s already hard enough to find like-minded people who love the theatre as we are a certain kind of breed. (Explanation: I went to a performing arts high … Read More

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Let the Moment Seize You

DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS BLOG ABOUT THE FILM BOYHOOD. This past year, director Richard Linklater released a film different than any movie previously made.  In 2002, Linklater casted six-year-old Ellar Coltrane to star in his film Boyhood.  For the following … Read More

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5 Reasons Why Crafting is a Lifestyle

Crafting can be a lifestyle.  Or it's my lifestyle, but I'm sure I'm not alone when I say crafting IS a lifestyle.  My artsy-fartsy parents encouraged creative hobbies, so as a result my sister can doodle anything off the top of her head and I can craft my way out of anything as … Read More

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6 Reasons You Should be Friends With a Writer

Whether it’s in advertising, journalism, or literature, the life of a writer is filled with little idiosyncrasies the world has to deal with. Hence, you need a certain je ne sais quoi to befriend one. For the most part, you’ll find us entertaining and interesting. Being friends … Read More

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