The airport was entirely deserted at 4 am when Justin dropped me off (did I mention he’s the best ever?) and it was the first time I’d been without my Model UN people. Normally we do dumb stuff together until we board the plane, like playing Cards Against Humanity for hours to distract us from … Continue reading Swinging on Stars
Hey, guys! I’m about to leave for Colombia for six weeks and, in an effort to document the experience (and let my relatives know I’m alive and not taken captive or eaten by an Amazonian monster) I’ll try to post here regularly. I say try and not I will because I’m notorious for only posting once every three … Continue reading Off to Colombia
“We plunder the earth hoping that accumulating material surplus will make up for the profound, unfathomable thing that we have lost.” “The Love Laws. Who should be loved. And how. And how much.” “You are responsible for your rose.” Aries. Aries, the Greek God of War. Aries, my birth symbol. Arete, try to do … Continue reading Musings in Philosophy: You Are Responsible for Your Rose
I love quotes. I live off of the words of others because often their words say what I am thinking more effectively than my own could do. A few months ago I read Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, and on December 6, 2013, he died at the age of 95. His contributions were … Continue reading Madiba
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Friere makes the point that “Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.” If you look at leadership as a function of control, then to be feared is … Continue reading To be Feared, or to be Loved?
I am currently taking a course on Advanced Leadership. As the President of a non-profit organization that commands 50+ members, a $50,000 budget, and an alumni base of over 350, this class has been useful in understanding leadership dynamics and assessing myself as a leader within the organization. I always listen to what we are … Continue reading Leadership
Today my Russian teacher asked us to clarify that a building possessed “stories.” The Russian word’s translation equivalent was awkward, per usual, and she wanted to make sure that saying, for example, “the building has five stories” was a correct English phrase. She asked me and I faltered at saying yes. Not because she wasn’t … Continue reading How Many Stories