42 Days in Europe, Postmortem Part 2 – City Reviews

Welcome to Part 2 of my Eurotrip postmortem! In this post, I’ll be providing “reviews” of the various cities I visited. To keep things simple, I break my thoughts about each city down into 1) level of attachment, 2) pros, 3) cons, 4) recommendations, and 5) other comments, if available. I’ve also labeled each city […]

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42 Days in Europe, Postmortem Part 1 – Travel Tips

With my 42 days in Europe this August to October drawing to a close, I’ve decided to write a series of postmortems on the trip. It’s been a long trip and, as such, there’s a lot to write about. I’m breaking down my writings about the trip into three chunks: 1) Travel tips: The most […]

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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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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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