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5 Ways You Will Better Yourself With A Second Language

I am one-fourth Croatian and three-fourths a bunch of other white people, mostly European. I grew up hearing a few Croatian and Polish words from my dad's side of the family. My grandmother on my mom's side is fluent in French. I have aunts who married into my family from China and Taiwan. Spanish is spoken all over Nevada where I mostly grew up, and the Bay Area where I live now is a … Read More

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Information Overload—What Causes Our Minds to Be Less Sharp

Whether we realize it or not, we are fed so much information every day. Think about all the gossip one must sift through as they check their Facebook feed. Think about the plethora of hours one has spent in classes absorbing all that information, both useful and not-so-useful. … Read More

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Leave My Skinny Body Alone

I’ve always had French fry-shaped body. And I’m just learning that that’s okay. When I was younger, I never had a problem with my self-image. I played sports, my parents fed me healthy food, and I felt good. I didn’t think about my straw-like figure at all. Ever. But … Read More

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Dare to Suck Big: A Life Lesson From Improv Comedy

In the world of improv comedy, anything can happen. When anything can happen, you need to choose what will happen. Otherwise, there is no show. The “Yes, And” The first and foremost principle you learn in improv is the “yes, and.” There have been recent articles and books … Read More

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Entitlement to Education

Throughout our lives we get accustomed to free education. Think elementary school, middle school and high school. If you want to continue your education, there is a slight culture shock for continuing onto community college. You might hear grumblings in the hallway about the … Read More

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Community is Needed in Classrooms

If I’ve stressed anything in all my writings on Never What You Think, it’s that community is important to life.  It helps us get our heads out of ourselves and recognize that there are others in this world.  It helps us recognize that our individual actions affect a greater body. … Read More

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9 Life Lessons From Being Raised by a Fitness Mom

Pushing yourself physically has many parallels to pushing yourself in life. My mom is a fitness trainer and always kicks me in the butt to get in shape, get out there, and get what I want. Naturally, her training spilled over to her parenting and it has shaped the way I approach … Read More

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Are Tattoos No Longer Taboo?

When my happy-go-lucky liberal parents were kids, those who chose body art like tattoos had a shadow cast upon them. Tattoos were for thugs, criminals, and "loose" individuals regardless of the symbolism, amount, or size of the design(s). A tattoo was a "taboo" thing that only … Read More

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Math & Me: The Complicated Formula for Finding Love

I’ve never been great at math. Sure, the average arithmetic and algebra make (enough) sense to me, but anxiety sets in when the subject turns to statistics. Ask me to convert a z score to an x value given a certain probability or what the degrees of freedom are from an … Read More

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Why Does the 21st Century Suck At [Post-]Labels?

Is it just me, or does the 21st century confuse everyone greatly?  Take the ideas of labels, for example.  Titles, boundaries, statuses—if anything, this era takes great pride in doing away with these pieces of frivolous nonsense.  That said, not only does our generation have its … Read More

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