The Focus & Flurry of a Rising Star

· Leave a comment

I wrote a screenplay. It took about two days, a lot of focus, and a couple bars of British chocolate. During the month of July 2014, I had a blast. I traveled nearly every weekend and stopped unpacking my suitcase…

Who’s Here?

· Leave a comment

“September – it’s a brand-new year. Let’s look around and see who’s here.” What a brilliant cartoon in the September 15th issue of the New Yorker magazine –  it completely cracked me up! Reading through the poem and following the…

Why Ivy League Schools have done more good than harm? (Sichun)

· Leave a comment

Right at the beginning of this new school year, I went to a public debate held by the Cornell Forensic Society, ranked No.1 in 2013, around the topic “Have Ivy League schools done more harm than good?” As exciting and…

Are Elite Colleges Bad for the Soul? (Shiqi)

· Leave a comment

The key question lying here is: what is college for? Almost everyone agrees that going to college is to improve the chance of living a good life, but what is a good life? Is it a life that aims for…

Are Elite Colleges Bad for The Soul? (Kevin)

· Leave a comment

Too many students (or their parents) view the Ivy League as an opportunity to accumulate status rather than embrace a life-changing experience. Many young people have come to integrally link their identity to the composite of others’ views–i.e., their status….

Are Elite Colleges Bad for The Soul? (Fang)

· Leave a comment

Whether an elite college is bad for soul or not is a very personal question and it’s not the problem of the college itself being “elite” or not. At Brown, I’ve seen people anxious about getting good grades and finding…

Are Elite Colleges Bad for The Soul?

· Leave a comment

Are you an Ivy League graduate? What did you get out of it? Is it worth how much you’d put into it? Last week, I heard a provocative discussion on New York’s Public Radio (WNYC) asking – “Are Elite Colleges Bad…

The Lunch Routine of a Chinese Intern

· Leave a comment

Noon approaches. I typically have two choices as an intern in dire need of lunch: order in, or eat what I brought to work(or shuffle up to a food truck, a godsend in New York and Washington DC). Ordering food…

Where is Home?

· Leave a comment

Long before landing in Beijing, I imagined time after time how I would get out of the airport and see mom. I would don my yellow Ecuador T-shirt to show my pride in the country I had just visited and…

The Road Not Taken

· Leave a comment

One of the most frequent questions I encountered regarding Spring Break is, “Why did you choose service learning while most of your friends were going either South or West to embrace the beach and sunshine?” I have contemplated this question…

Is Your Calling Worth Dying For?

· Leave a comment

Calling is a big word. It implies a lifelong commitment to a cause, a belief. It may be a profession or a mission you feel so passionate about that you would lay down your own life in the course of…

Building a Balanced Sino-Africa Relationship

· Leave a comment

Ever since my Peace Corps days in Cameroon, I’ve taken an interest in Sino-Africa relations. Last week, I met two journalists, one German, and another Chinese, both living in Africa, one in Addis-Ababa, and another in Ghana, respectively. We had…