• narrative

    winded

    confessions of an expat band geek

    April 25, 2019
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    One Time at Band Camp… Consisting of 60 hours over five days in the last week of August, camp inspired its own special form of dread, the kind that festers and then collapses in on itself when the thing you have to do gets close. But it was ultra-mandatory: No camp meant no membership in […]

    flow

    learning the elements of dance

    April 25, 2019
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    A few weeks ago, the professor of my Philosophy and Psychology of Happiness course introduced us to the concept of flow. Flow, as he described, comes from taking action to complete a difficult task. When a person is in flow, their enjoyment of a task lies outside the boundary of anxiety and boredom, where a […]

    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.  […]

    alternatives to water

    one girl’s quest to stay hydrated

    April 25, 2019
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    To be honest, I never follow the recommendation to drink eight glasses of water per day. Shocking, I know. Well, there might have been that one day when I was little: I remember continually filling up a small, colorful cup decorated with animal prints. I thought that there was something intriguing about that cup—my favorite […]

    the pen is not a sword

    on the power of writing

    April 25, 2019
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    We often hear that the pen is mightier than the sword.  Throughout my years as a writer, I’ve proudly clung to this expression, simply believing that it promised me the possibility of transcending the bookworm archetype. Offered a weapon to wield, one even mightier than a sword, I became a warrior-leader-pathfinder—with an emphasis on “warrior,” […]