Duke University
Undergrad
"You can't have a career in science and lead a fulfilling life. Sorry, but you just can't," the girl sitting next to me concluded, shrugging contentedly as the bell rang. The rest of the choir members packed up their belongings, but I remained seated, trembling from both bewilderment and rage...
Harvard University
Undergrad
Approaching the colossus with hesitant steps, I peered under its lid, suspiciously examining the bronze coils beneath as if they would detach themselves from the golden crown and lash out at me. Reassured that I could proceed in relative safety, I shuffled over the stained floorboards, evading the giant’s legs and seamy underbelly...
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University of Pennsylvania
Undergrad
“Are you 40?” “Do you have kids?” “Why don’t you have wrinkles?” Though slightly unsettled by the thought that being 17 is comparable to being 40 years old, I cherish these moments each summer when I work as a paid counselor at an enrichment camp called Kids on Campus (KOC), held at Chabot Community College...
Duke University
Undergrad
As I read, I realized I hadn’t been eating meat, but I had been eating animals. “Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?”..
University of Pennsylvania
Undergrad
“Are you 40?” “Do you have kids?” “Why don’t you have wrinkles?” Though slightly unsettled by the thought that being 17 is comparable to being 40 years old, I cherish these moments each summer when I work as a paid counselor at an enrichment camp called Kids on Campus (KOC), held at Chabot Community College...
University of Pennsylvania
Undergrad
娜娜 was the nickname my host sister gave me during the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Summer program in Chengdu. I soon became responsive to 娜娜 as it became a part of my life, my second name. I never thought I would have my own wēibó, and yōukù account. However, I also never thought I would be able to learn Chinese...
Smith College
Undergrad
When I moved from Canada to the United States, I felt like a caged bird longing to be free. I was pessimistic about moving to the United States because Canada had always been my home. The reality of being completely uprooted from what I was comfortable with terrified me, and the adjustment to a new education system was the most challenging aspect. Immediately I noticed the difference between the education systems...
University of Washington
Undergrad
Three girls and a boy linger outside the open chemistry classroom, nervously pawing at the ground. Inside awaits a monster, ready to rip them apart. The group is terrified. It was well known among the community that confronting the monster guaranteed an emotional breakdown. The group had no choice, however. It was a choice of crying for a night or living with failure hanging over their heads...
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Undergrad
The University Honors Residential Community brings together students who strive for excellence in every aspect of their lives, including academically and socially. These students come from different backgrounds and have different experiences, as well as a diverse range of majors. In order to further advance their academic careers while at the same time providing a space for students’ enjoyment, I would create an It’s Academic Club...
Merrimack College
Undergrad
My father once said to me, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” He recalled hearing Tom Brady say this a few years back (although I think Tom may have borrowed it from Seneca, a first-century Roman philosopher). I’ve more often heard it stated that “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” This quote, whatever its origin, has always resonated with me, because to me, success seldom comes if you don’t prepare yourself for the opportunities that may lie ahead...
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