• andrew liu

    warming up to the apocalypse

    gratitude in the face of climate change

    November 16, 2018
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    When I was 12, I loved conspiracy theories. Often, I would scour YouTube for mysterious videos that claimed to uncover a spectacular truth hidden from the public. Whether it was the banks, the Illuminati, or even corrupt lizard humanoids that ran the world, I would become a staunch believer. One theory that I was particularly […]

    little state of hauntings

    reflection on vampires, spirits, and halloween

    October 25, 2018
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    I was easily scared growing up. There was one episode of Scooby-Doo in particular that my sister and I would rent repeatedly from the local library: Its main villain was a disturbingly well-drawn vampire with the most startling hyena laugh. Yet, the most unsettling part came near the end of the episode. Instead of the […]

    another false alarm

    vaccination and sensationalism

    September 27, 2018
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    Why the confusion? Even in the information era, with massive advancements in public health, there is still lingering public speculation about whether vaccines in young children might lead to autism. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), which protects against three of the most fatal diseases for children, is still met with rumor and rejection […]

    do it yourself

    independent study options at brown

    April 26, 2018
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    Like most students here at Brown, I was drawn to this school for its Open Curriculum, excited by the prospect of being in control of crafting an education fueled by my passions. Now well into my second semester, though I’ve sampled some unforgettable courses, it seems I’ve committed to blindly plowing forward in the course […]

    the value of simplicity

    a conversation with the brown marching band

    March 22, 2018
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    It has almost been one year since I last played music with a band. At the start of my freshman year, I made the difficult choice to drop music and set aside time for other pursuits, and up to now I had swept feelings of regret and treasured band memories to the back of my […]