• Holly Zheng

    meeting myself

    reflections from revisiting symphony hall

    April 25, 2019
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    As the audience lights dimmed and the stage lights brightened, I quickly flipped through the concert program to remind myself of the pieces’ names. A tuning note from the first oboist broke through the silence of the concert hall. Different timbres of sound emerged slowly underneath this steady note, soon weaving into a comforting harmony.  […]

    finding my way

    embracing getting lost

    February 15, 2019
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    The wind cut my hands sharply, but I could feel the rest of my body heating up under my heavy windbreaker. As I ascended the steep slope of College Hill, the few RISD shuttles I passed assured me that I was walking in the right direction. After a few more minutes of walking up the […]

    thoughts in the clouds

    retrieving memories from airports

    November 2, 2018
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      Airports make me feel a whirlwind of emotions. After flying around thirty flights within the past four years, mostly between my home city, Beijing, and my boarding high school near Boston, I have come to recognize airports as places for reflection. Since I traveled alone on most of these trips, I hatched my thoughts […]

    interlocked by five rings

    remembering the 2008 olympics

    September 27, 2018
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    A few days after this past August 8, I was on my way to attend a conference at the National Convention Center inside Beijing’s Olympic Village. While riding the No. 8 subway line, I passed the Olympic Green station. As the car decelerated, the recorded message from the overhead speakers reminded passengers to get off […]