Dating is Hard: A Different Kind of Illness

“I matched with this guy, but…”  “But what?”  “He said he thinks Asian girls are cute.”  Dating can be hard, but personally, dating apps scare me because I am afraid of the way men will perceive me (as a cis-heterosexual female). But there are countless different versions of this conversation among my East Asian girlfriends … Continue reading Dating is Hard: A Different Kind of Illness

Collegiate Athlete or Superhuman?

Imagine… 5:00 AM Tuesday morning, your alarm gently plays the “sunrise” sounds. You know what that means. Time to crawl out of bed, throw on some workout clothes, shovel a quick meal, then walk outside in 20º weather for a 6:00 AM lifting session. Once you get a great session in, it’s time to go … Continue reading Collegiate Athlete or Superhuman?

Social Media and the Normalization of Hustle Culture

The term “hustle culture” often reminds our generation of the ironically motivational social media content from which it originates. A mass amount of cloned Instagram accounts regurgitate the same Elon Musk quotes about working 100 hour work weeks to start his businesses, all hoping to convince their audience that hard work will give them all … Continue reading Social Media and the Normalization of Hustle Culture

FP 4: Big Brothers Big Sisters

In these posts I have discussed the goals of Big Brothers Big Sisters, my personal experiences with my Little, the strengths of the program, and my recent experiences with the program during COVID-19. I would like to spend this post talking about the overall impact Big Brothers Big Sisters has had in the United States. … Continue reading FP 4: Big Brothers Big Sisters

FP 3 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

The last time I saw my Little was the week before Spring Break. When I visited her I had no idea it would be our last visit of the semester. I picked my Little up from the lunchroom like I do every Wednesday and we went to our classroom. During the last few weeks of … Continue reading FP 3 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

FP Post 2 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

The goals of my weekly visits with my Little are to improve her academic as well as social skills in the classroom and at home. While there are not many requirements for my meetings with my Little, the organization does provide her school with a collection of games and activities for us to use. While … Continue reading FP Post 2 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

FP Post 1 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

When I transferred to Vanderbilt as a sophomore, I knew I wanted to work with children in underserved communities as I had at my previous school through YMCA. After attending the Org Fair during my first semester, I came across Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vanderbilt. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to … Continue reading FP Post 1 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

School Segregation through Illustrations

Integration of public schools in the United States was supposed to take place more than 65 years ago. Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 declared that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional under the 14th amendment and that children of all races should have equal access to education. While this court case could and … Continue reading School Segregation through Illustrations