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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Teenager vs Parents: winning the college major argument

Let’s rewind to junior year of high school. At the time, I was smack in the middle of my music obsession phase, where I was staying up til 4am+ arranging or writing music. My parents were generally supportive of my interest in music, which made sense given my dad’s time in his high school glee club and my mom’s […]

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From Annenberg to Annenberg

It’s been an incredibly stressful few months, in the best way possible. The wave of responses to my PhD applications began in January, and it has been… unexpectedly overwhelmingly positive. Really, after a crushing round of failures last year – applying for the completely different field of marketing had been a terrible idea – I wasn’t expecting […]

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Finding Meaning in Interstellar

I recently saw Interstellar for the second time, this time in 70mm IMAX at the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’s Airbus IMAX Theatre, and, just, there’s, agh – there’s no real words for this movie. It’s a fantastic movie that really kicks the brain into deep thought, and it’s utterly loaded with deep existential-philosophical subtext. Now that I’ve seen […]

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I Do Have a Family Jewels Story

A couple of months ago, I had three of my grad school friends over. We shot the shit, as is to be expected from friends catching up. Jobs, new business endeavors, new romances, old romances, et cet. Side to early 20s people: late 20s/early 30s people will drink you under the proverbial table. Between three of us who were […]

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A Reading List

Continuing on the reading boat, I wanted to put out there a list of books I highly recommend – some taken from the list I use with my tutees, but mostly not – in case anyone out there is looking for some cool books to check out or get someone as a last minute holiday […]

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Why Reading is Important

It’s an oft-repeated saying we hear from an early age: “Reading is important.” But few stop to ask why. Why is reading important? People seem to think that the only significant reason reading is important is because it helps you learn and gives you new knowledge. It’s a forgivable conclusion: the more you read, the more […]

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