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In the Name of Efficiency

When it comes to work ethic and career, I’ve been given two slightly conflicting pieces of advice: 1. “Treat your job as if you want to be in that job for the rest of your life; if you put your all into it, people will want to put you in better places.” 2. “Excel only at the things you want to do, otherwise you might find yourself working far from your passions.” I’ve … Read More

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The Point of Pointless Classes

When I was learning about some formula in Honors Pre-Calculus junior year, I thought to myself: This will never apply to my life beyond high school. The following … Read More

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Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself “Undateable”

Every Valentine’s Day, it seems like cynics are suddenly everywhere. I’m surrounded by people getting ready to celebrate “Singles’ Awareness Day” and scoffing at those who are in a relationship. Which is fine. If you happen to be single on Valentine’s Day, why not take the … Read More

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What Does Snapchat Say About Our Culture?

In Tibet, Buddhist monks participate in a religious art called “dul-tson-kyil-khor” (or commonly known as “sand mandalas”).  Monks participate in this tradition as a way of healing the environment and the world around.  For example, 20 Tibetan monks came to Washington DC to build … Read More

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What is True Love?

Lust vs Love. Love vs In Love. Romantic Love vs Platonic Love. With so many different ways to love, one type of love baffles me the most – true love. True Love’s What?! As a Disney fanatic and a sucker for chick flicks, I grew up hearing and believing in “one true love” … Read More

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Calling All Adults: Volunteer More!

No matter who you are, what you do, or what you think you have, there's always someone out there worse off. That's what motivates / guilts me daily! How do I cope with this up and down? Helping those less fortunate any way I can. One of those ways is VOLUNTEERING. Kid Mandy … Read More

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Art Inspires Life (Or, Why Art vs. Science is a False Dichotomy)

So, it’s 2015. You know what that means, right? It means, this is the year we get our flying cars, Black & Decker food hydrators, and of course, our hoverboards! …well, we only got one of those but the year’s still young. But really, this new milestone does bring up … Read More


Sit Still Already

Today I sat, staring out at the harbour. The sun gleaming down on the water and the wind gently pushing through my open window. I turned my car off, stared out towards the vast sea and in that moment without any thinking I pulled my legs up sat straight and closed my eyes. This … Read More

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The Most Beautiful Thing On Earth

I cannot think of anything more evil than divorce.  I’m not merely talking about marital divorce, but rather any great separation from those we love or have loved—be it through falling out, break-up, legal divorce, or death—is the clearest portrayal of Hell on Earth.  If you … Read More

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You Have Nothing to Lose

Taking calculated risks is hard, let alone risks in general. I’m not talking about risking your life on drugs, criminal activity, or death. I’m talking about applying for that school or job you’re doubting you’ll get. I’m talking about pursuing that passionate business or hobby … Read More

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Why I Love (and Hate) Birthdays

As another year comes to a close, there's a Baby New Year celebrating a birthday.  And so is the author of this particular blog post. I was born Amanda Christina Norman at 8:48am on December 31st, 1989 with no idea how rough yet wonderful it will be to be born on such a day. … Read More

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Your Occupation is to Live Life

There is a fundamental lack of direction that many people are forced to grow up with. It becomes apparent when we are given the blueprint, to the path, we should take once we become young adults. Many are taught that our duties in life are to secure a full time job, as soon as … Read More

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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 … 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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