Lessons for China from America’s Wealth Inequality

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While reading a long essay in The Atlantic in May, something jumped off the page at me: “The Pew Research Center estimates that white households are worth roughly 20 times as much as black households, and that whereas only 15…

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The Making of Alibaba: A Glimpse of Jack Ma’s Leadership Style

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This past weekend, the biggest Chinese dreamer became the biggest  headliner in America! Jack Ma, Founder & Executive Chairman of Alibaba took the global financial world by storm last Friday (Sept 19, 2014) with the biggest ever IPO (Initial Public…

The Joy of Painting

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One of my favorite pastimes of childhood was drawing, so it does not surprise me that I’ve always been interested in visual arts and graphic designing. However, the last time I painted something was for an art class in middle…

The Unnecessity of Grades

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Grade point average, or GPA, is the most crucial factor in American college admission evaluations, but it is far from the most important element in college. College GPA is important for application to graduate schools and is believed to play…

Star Gazing

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I kept looking back at my past freshman year at Vassar. On the weekend nights at Vassar, same as many American colleges, it was not uncommon to encounter the smell of weeds and the noise of party music when walking…

The Focus & Flurry of a Rising Star

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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?

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“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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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?

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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…