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Learning about the African culture

This semester I decided to take a class called the Introduction to Contemporary Africa and the few weeks I have attended it so far, it has become my favorite class so much that the thought of attending makes me so jovial. Because I am African a lot of my friends had...

A Not So Hot Girl Summer

This summer, like many of you, I participated in a research program here at Penn State. Originally I wanted to spend my summer between Dallas and Houston shadowing vets and maybe participating in a research project at a local university. However, when my PI contacted...

What We Can Learn From Teachers

Most of my life, I feel like I’ve always seen teachers as just an authority figure that’s there to share information about whatever subject material they’re teaching.  I was one of those kids that thought that teachers lived at school, because that was all they did. ...

3 Dots Reflection

I’m not really sure how I feel about this past week’s class. There were certainly lots of positives to take away from it. In fact, when I was talking with Kyle this evening about doing my blog I said I’d probably just write a blog praising the space...

Snowpiercer and Greek Life: Change the System

Let’s blow up the train, and change the system. In the Netflix movie, Snowpiercer, the entire world has frozen over, and can no longer support life. Curtis the main character played by Chris Evans boarded the tail section of the train. Crammed, he and thousands of...

Managing Up The Ladder

This week I’d like to talk about one of the leadership experiences I had this summer during my internship. I was given the honor to attend a workshop called “Managing Up the Ladder” which was run by the Midatlantic Employers Association. The workshop in particular...

A Charitable Worldview

I greatly enjoyed our class’s experience at 3 Dots this past week. One of the things that I took through my week was the idea of doing everything before you say no to a concept or an idea. In other words, thinking how something could work and come to life before...

Surgery

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend class this week as a result of a surgery I had to undergo to get a mass removed from my right ring finger. Consequentially, I will be using this blog as a way to reflect on the experience and my recovery thus far. Ever since...

No More Books in P(LA)

I recently reread the foreword to In Fact, an anthology of essays published in the magazine “Creative Nonfiction.” Annie Dillard, a famous essayist, structured her foreword as notes to a young writer. She wrote common tips (“Read.”), funny tips (“Don’t use another...

Relax, I’m Kidding!

As I lie in bed watching some lovely Dave Chappell, I want to dive a bit into the idea of comic censoring. A lot of comedians complain pretty often about certain political sects and ideologies clashing with their comedy routines. The story always goes something like...

Economic Geography

Why are economic activities (e.g. businesses, houses, agriculture) located where they are? This is the prompt of a reflection paper due Tuesday at 9:05 in Land Use Planning course and I’m going to take this blog-space right here to outline this paper. I am also...

September 11th, 2019

This past Wednesday, our country remembered the eighteenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks which so painfully etched the names of nearly three-thousand innocent lives into our hearts. It came to bear the fact that now, in 2019, high school graduates...

Lessons From My 90 Year Old Colleague

In my role as a research associate at the Center for Economic and Community Development, I have the privilege and challenge of working with a 90 year old agricultural economist and geographer. That’s right, 90! “Doc” as we affectionately call him, is an absolute hoot...

Reflecting on Greek Life

Over the course of the last two weeks, we have discussed the various pros and cons of Greek life across Penn State’s campus with an incredible amount of homogeneity within the PLA class. Beyond my brief two hours in the class on Tuesday nights, I personally have had a...

Bad Ideas

There is often too much pressure placed on finding the best ideas. Whatever you’re doing, it can be difficult to come up with good ideas at the right times. Often enough, the pressure alone can stifle truly great ideas from ever even surfacing. This past week...

Honestly I might make a TikTok

I am not one to post content on social media often. Maybe a picture or two whenever something really important happens in life and even then it’s usually a month late. Often I think I should just enjoy the moments and not worry about taking a picture of any of it… and...

Pick a worthwhile struggle

Life will never truly reach a point of null struggle. Pain and suffering is there to redirect us from things that would otherwise hurt us. I learnt this fact from Mark Manson’s, ‘The subtle art..’ Last week at 3 dots, Marshall talked about utilizing the resources...

Personal Mission: Impossible

When we were first prompted to create a personal mission statement in Honor 401 this week, I thought it seemed like a pretty direct and simple task. I was feeling pretty chipper after our paper airplane activity, so I got down to business and started to jot down the...

The Legend of a Grey Existence

This past week, the PLA class visited 3dots downtown. 3dots is a vibrant space downtown that hosts artistic and innovative experiences where one can experience everything from local artists to avant-garde performances to pop up restaurants. While at 3dots, we had a...

A Cult of Ignorance

“Living is easy with your closed.” -John Lennon With a level of connection that is unprecedented for any other time in history, I think it is incredible how easy it is to accept something as a fact when one source claims it to be true. Today it seems that...

Thankful For Mentorship

During the time that I had accepted my offer to Penn State and was making the trek to campus from San Antonio, I was bombarded with welcome emails for all kinds of groups and organizations. The most persistent of all these groups was the FastStart Mentorship program...

Mindset Matters

When Melissa told us on the first day of 401 that our Sept. 11 course would be held in 3 Dots Downtown, I was dreading it. Not because of the content material or the speaker, but simply because of the location. See, I have a class that ends 15 minutes prior to the...

Mixed Feelings on 3 Dots

On Wednesday morning, walking into class, I was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered in the space of 3 dots. It was a wonderfully whimsical space that definitely had an identity … and a great dog. I had never been inside, and previously had no concept of what its...
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