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Last Presidential Leadership Academy Blog

I cannot believe that this is my last Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) blog. For the past four years, I’ve been writing approximately one blog per week for PLA or for my freshman year Rhetoric and Civic Life course. It’s strange to think that I will most likely...

Appreciating Everything

I woke up in the cliched “cold sweat” in the middle of the night last night realizing that I only have one weekend left in Los Angeles, and yet there are so many things that I haven’t done yet and won’t be able to do in this short period of time. This panic slowly...

Communication at Gettysburg

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to visit Gettysburg with other PLA members, we were accompanied by President Barron as well. On this trip we learnt about the battle of Gettysburg, a significant turning point during the civil war. What made this experience more...

Counting My Blessings

Recently I’ve been through a few interviews for various summer intern positions, and PLA is something that is always brought up. As a result, I’ve done a lot of thinking in the past month or so about the PLA and how thankful I am for my involvement in it....

On Fear and Happiness

Fear is something that we all must face at some point in our lives. It is a gruesome feeling, one that we dread before it even manifests. While some of us may have some different fears due to our various upbringings and encounters with life, many of us – in our...

Monthly Challenges

Being the person I am, I love trying new challenges. It might be the word “challenge” that excites me or just the opportunity to form a new habit. For those that do not already know me, I am a planner. I have two planners, one for strictly school matters and the other...

Going Through Changes

As this semester slowly but surely wraps up, I have learned a valuable lesson of being open to the possibility of change. Within the past couple of weeks, I have experienced major changes in my future, friend groups, and academics. All of these changes have carried...

Loving Yourself and Others

Deciding to build a significant relationship with someone shouldn’t be a quick decision. Taking the time to get to know and love all of the minute quirks and qualities that make each person uniquely him or her shouldn’t be taken lightly. Someone giving you the...

A nudge in the pro-science direction

This blog post may sound a bit similar to one I posted 3 weeks ago, but for a very good reason… I recently attended another wonderful sustainability showcase series, this time featuring Communications professor Lee Ahern. Lee comes from a background in marketing...

Diversity and Inclusion

Within the past few years we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of inclusion initiatives. These inclusion initiatives are aimed at increasing the representation of minority groups on college campuses. One of the first inclusion initiatives is the  “diversity...

State of State Observations

This year was actually the first time I was ever able to attend the State of State conference, which is a shame because I’ve heard great things and a lot of individuals I really look up to have participated in the past. But this year, with some of our great...

A State of Change

I recently had the opportunity to spend time hearing the stories and ideas of some leading students on campus at the 6th annual State of State Conference at the State Theatre. Described by Executive Director Clare McHugh, the conference “[serves] as a platform for...

Vision and Opportunity

I’ve been working day and night, but I’m finally within striking distance of finishing my thesis. I’m very glad to have put in the work to produce a thesis of which I can be proud, and I think the final paper will be something that makes a noticeable contribution to...

Productively Unproductive

This week has been so relaxing and I have realized that it is a result of my decisions–it is possible to have an easygoing week when you don’t overcommit. For example, in lieu of going out, and, in spite of the probable FOMO, you can go to bed earlier and...

Midway through the passage

I am at that point in my journey here at Penn State where I am halfway through. I, therefore, chose to blog about it as a reflection of these past two years. There is a lot to talk about but I am only going to mention some of the things that have been a highlight of...

Home Again, Home Again!

I got out of town two weekends ago and headed home. I had a race to run, a concert to see (Maggie Rodgers!), and an afternoon in the sun to kill. I spent part of it in one of my favorite places, the Morris Arboretum. The Morris Arboretum crowns Chestnut Hill, its...

Despite the Mileage (A Mushy Post!)

A few weekends ago, my lovely partner, Max, came to visit from Seattle, where he attends the University of Washington. Reconnecting with Max after being apart for months never fails to leave me filled with gratitude and warmth. Even though the brevity of our visits...

On Lying

Lying matters. Lately, it’s been the focus of much of my research, reading, and thought. Lying seems to be so prevalent in our lives, especially in multiple forms. When I think of lying, I draw on Sam Harris’s definition: “To lie is to intentionally...

An Insight about Productivity

I distinctly remember attending an advising lecture during my freshman year of college telling me to take it easy with the amount of extracurriculars we sign up for because we have four years to engage in something new each year since they can be distracting from your...

Abandoning Social Media

After the L.A trip, I decided to delete all social media platforms from my phone. Prior to deleting these apps, I found myself I mindlessly wasting time scrolling through news feeds and explore pages. I would look at videos of food, exercise routines, old high school...

Self-Evaluation

A few weeks ago I got a follow-up email from an internship that I have been waiting to hear back from and they asked a few questions that made me think a little more about who I actually am as a person. Here they are, and I hope you enjoy! I also encourage you to...

Civil Rights Reconciliation in the South

Over the past few weeks, I have been conflicted about what to do this summer. With the ultimate goal of going to law school and majors in subjects that could serve me in a number of fields, it hasn’t always been entirely clear to me what would be the best use of my...
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