Inspiration

Life lessons 101: from freshman year to the real world

There’s a certain energy that takes over a college campus in the weeks leading up to the first day of school: a buzz of  opportunity and optimism, a feeling that this is a brand-new start. Subletting a room on the street that borders Columbia University for the month of August has meant I’ve been surrounded […]

August 27, 2012 Continue reading…

The seeing comes before the writing

I always seem to be going on “my last big trip.” Nice was supposed to be six months of French and fun. Australia was a chance for international work experience. And then, well, Southeast Asia was so close and cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. My parents have deemed this my “gap summer,’ a […]

June 15, 2012 Continue reading…

Finding comfort in cathedrals in Asia

A sense of calm overcomes me as I dip my fingers into the basin, and make the sign of the cross before kneeling in front of the altar and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. I’m not Catholic, and I’m not particularly religious. But I do believe that people turn to religion to make sense out of […]

March 23, 2012 Continue reading…

This is your life.

I get a little uncomfortable when people tell me they’re jealous of my life or that they’re really impressed by what I’m doing: as far as I’m concerned, all I’m doing is living life, no matter where in the world I happen to be. I’m very happy with the life I’m living, and I’m very […]

March 18, 2012 Continue reading…

The reward of breaking the rules

For the most part, I have always been a rule follower. I am the daughter of a former FBI agent—I was bound to be brought up with clear definitions of right and wrong. Even during a particularly rebellious streak in high school, I still managed to earn good grades, hold a part-time job and never […]

March 2, 2012 Continue reading…

What Mimi taught me about traveling

My grandmother is easily one of my favorite people to share a drink with: whether it’s a glass of pink champagne or a can of Budweiser, Mimi is always a wealth of stories and laughs. She’s easily the nicest person I know, is a talented (and persistent) gardener, and makes the best chocolate chip cookies […]

February 5, 2012 Continue reading…

The wise words of Kurt Nordstrom

Remember that quote about how you’ll forget your nights out in college, but you won’t forget who you spent them with? I think the same thing also applies to your classes: I might not remember the key terms in social psychology or the exact format of a press release, but I do remember the professors […]

January 20, 2012 Continue reading…