21st Century Culture

8 Ways My Life Got Better By Sharing My Deep Thoughts Online

1. My writing got better. Some of the world’s greatest writers recommend writing even when you’re not inspired. By forcing myself to deliver weekly/monthly blogs, my writing and thinking got significantly better. It’s kind of fun (not really) to see my progression from my first blog on Never What You Think to now. Also, keeping […]

Going Inside Inside Out: The Importance of Sadness

DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE [A LOT OF] SPOILERS IN THIS BLOG FOR DISNEY PIXAR’S INSIDE OUT Last month, Disney Pixar released its latest film Inside Out. While geared towards its main audience and has their typical whimsical and warm feel, I argue that this film is not a typical Pixar film. The story revolves around change […]

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 […]

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. Think about the loads of YouTube videos […]

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 eventually, both my classmates and the […]

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 price they are paying for their quarter’s units. There is an […]

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.  All in all, it just […]

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 taboo people wanted. It was harder to get a […]

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 own arsenal of labels, but they have the most […]

I’m Not Undateable, Everyone Else Is

Every time I visit my grandparents, they never fail to ask me if I have a boyfriend. My answer 95% of the time is, “no.” My answer also never fails to perplex them because they don’t see why I can’t just find someone. That’s just it, though. I can’t just find someone. The more I […]