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On the Character and Destiny of Our Country

I recently took it upon myself to spend some time exploring a well-known gem in downtown State College named Webster’s Bookstore Cafe. I was immediately captivated by the sights of bookshelves containing incredibly old and hard to find reads, the sounds of folk music...

So Much to Look Forward To

At times, life can get a little slow out here in Appleton, WI. During the week, I have settled into a routine of getting up, going to work, going to the gym, then coming home and relaxing. Of course, there are still things to do during the week, concerts to see,...

Two Of Us

On my journey back home I think I used every form of transportation on this planet (barring a few a anachronistic exceptions). This path home started in the tiny Danish island of Bornholm. This dot of earth in the Baltic was the escape my partner and I needed after...

Dear Old State

As I wrap up my last Fall semester at Penn State I can’t help but reminisce on my journey here and my first impression of the institution. I was a junior at Charlotte Amalie High School when I was given the opportunity to participate in a college exposure program...

State of State Auditions

As some of you may know, I am the Content Director for State of State 2019. State of State is an organization committed to facilitating a dialogue within the university community about important Penn State-related issues. This dialogue culminates every year in a...

How to Enhance the PRCC

In my last blog, I began discussing multicultural spaces that are offered at other Big Ten universities. I would like to further explore this topic by discussing how I would enhance the PRCC based on the research done. In the Latino Caucus’ University Relations...

The end is near…

I can’t believe that I am saying this, but tomorrow marks the last week of classes for my second to last semester! I say this every year, but this semester truly flew by. I feel like I was just sweating on my walk to classes during syllabus week. Now, here I am...

Last Week as a Penn State Student

As I enter my last week as a Penn State student I have been reflecting a lot on the path that has brought me here. I did not want to go to Penn State.  Most State College Area high school graduates do not want to stay in State College for any longer than necessary....

Now that the semester is coming to an end, (as well as my time at Penn State) I am reflecting on Econ 304 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) – arguably my favorite class that I have taken in college. Taking the class has taught me a lot of things and has opened my...

Holiday Szn

Before we know it, it’s going to be Christmas time! As fun and lovely as Christmas time is, it can become stressful when we constantly get text messages from our moms asking what we want. And vice versa – it can be stressful trying to find that perfect gift for...

Some Pre-Final Motivation

One day I was scrolling through the discover page on Instagram and a post from an inspirational quote account came up.  It said something along the lines of “Don’t always wait for the weekend – you should be waiting for the week, so you can continue to do what you...

Activism Project

*Possible Trigger Warning*     This semester I decided to take CRIM 423: Sexual Violence as an elective for my Sociology major. I was looking forward to the class before the semester since I was and am interested in the topics covered in the class. After a semester of...

The Angel of Santo Tomas: Fe Del Mundo

In honor of her recent birth anniversary, today I’m giving a nod to my own heritage by highlighting one of the coolest Filipina ladies in recent history: Dr. Fe del Mundo. Fe was born in Manila (the capital city of the Philippines) in 1911, and when she was...

PAINT NUTS ORANGE!!!

When it comes to leading a hyper competitive organization, whether it’s a trillion dollar company. a cycling team, or even your own body during a marathon, optimization is one of the most crucial steps for improving your performance. I recently came across a...

Winning Boredom

Recently, I’ve been really, really bored. Not in a depressed, sluggish kind of way – more in an anxiety-producing, “oh my god I’m not going to amount to anything if I keep doing nothing” type of way. I’ve clearly identified my goals...

Taking a break/Finals

As we get back into the groove of things after our week off, I wanted to reflect a bit on my Thanksgiving Break: I did absolutely nothing and it was delightful. I know a lot of my blogs have to do with me being so overwhelmed with how much work I have because I like...

A Dormant Pedagogic Revolution

In late June of 2008, after years of hearing about ‘El Colegio Estudio’ at home, I said goodbye to my friends at the British school I attended in Madrid to fulfill a dream I did not yet fully understand. ‘Estudio’ was a very special school, one that many members of my...

What happens after your 20s?

Change. In particular, what can I change?  A word that has been on my mind as of late. A year in college has provided me with the pleasure of rearranging the very building blocks of my predetermined sought out future. A proposal for the common blueprint of my...

Poor Leadership and the Effects it can have

Recently I’ve had a plethora of frustrations with my internship. First of all, it is unpaid. I know that I went into it fully understanding this, but it definitely makes it more difficult to motivate myself to work. Additionally, now that I know I don’t...

The Belief to Freely Speak without Causing Harm to Others

The Constitution of the United States was written in 1787. Within the constitution lies one of its most famous portions; the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is comprised of the ten most crucial rights guaranteed to United States citizens. Since the Bill of Rights...

Going Home

I am SO excited to go home, but home has taken on a completely next context to me. After having spent a semester at home last spring, I love my hometown and area so much more than I did when I left. I’m excited to go back to my second home in Philly and get to...

In Awe

Lucky me! Remember that question I hoped I would see on my exam? It was there and I absolutely nailed it. Unfortunately, the rest of the exam didn’t go that well (would you be able to describe, for me, the terms under which China entered the World Trade...

What is this all for?

  After 13 years of schooling I notice a pattern. School teaches us how to read, write, and calculate. That’s the most important part. After that, school teaches us how to defer present pleasure for the promise of even more pleasure in the future. If you work...

Slow But Growing

Something I haven’t gotten a chance to really dissect in writing is my slow and quiet, but growing, love for Penn State. When I first got here, I really, really did not want to be here. I would blame any minor inconvenience on the fact that I was at Penn State...

EXM SZN

Things have been HECTIC here for the past several weeks. I am in the throws of a month’s worth of exams, and I am currently taking these precious few minutes — which I ought to be spending studying for my 8 AM final tomorrow — to reflect on these...
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