Thoughts from Paris

My trip to Paris was a moderately big deal for me as it was my first solo trip to a place where I don’t speak the language, and despite significant travels in Asia and the United States, I was also the first in my immediate family to set foot in Europe. And as I’ve been […]

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Beyond Sunshine and Nostalgia

This post was initially planned to be published last summer, after my first ASIMS, but with my second ASIMS rapidly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to finish writing it and put it up. Late May last year (2016), I had the great fortune to be able to return to my alma mater for […]

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More Than Dreams and Commodities: Why I Do What I Do

I’ve had multiple occasions in my PhD program where I feel bad about not having some noble moral ambition for wanting to do what I do. I know people who are here because they want to investigate how to get people to be healthier, protect journalists, investigate how power and media shape societal beliefs, and […]

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Music and Memories

A week after I graduated from USC, I was set to visit my then-girlfriend up in Santa Cruz. The first leg of this trip entailed a long train journey up the coast to San Jose. I went prepared for this lengthy trek with a new album from Christopher Tin, one of my favorite composers of […]

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REVIEW: Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will […]

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The Case for a Social Sciences Research Lab at TJHSST

People grow up wondering and pondering about different things. I’ve always thought of TJ as a place that nurtures this innate inquisitiveness with its emphasis on science and scientific thinking, a place that equips us with the fundamentals needed to think critically at a broad level but then allowing us to hone in on particular topics […]

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Reflections on Week 1 of Grad School

Well, technically, Week 0.5 since this first week started on Weds, but close enough. 1) I have friends!!! What a great feeling! Well, I dunno, I guess we could still be at that early social phase like the one in college where everyone’s just being nice for the sake of being nice only to later end up retracting […]

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Applying to Grad School – Danny’s Guide

So I’ve learned a lot about applying to grad school through two rounds of applications, having completely failed – zero out of ten – the first time around because I somehow thought applying to a PhD program in a field in which I had no formal background(business, marketing emphasis) with zero concept of research fit was a […]

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