Blink and You’ll Miss It: The Papal Visit 2015 Edition

January 19 was the last day of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines. Upon arriving at the Villamor Air Base with my family and walking to the main road, I was hardly surprised to see that as early as at five in the morning, there were rows and rows of people standing and waiting to […]

An Entire Weekend of “Doing Nothing”

I am bombarded with schoolwork all day, every day. But not today. This weekend, I had absolutely no deadlines to meet; no essays, tests, readings, projects that I know will painstakingly be added up to create my final second semester grades. While my ideal reaction to this type of situation would be to rejoice and […]

Revisiting the Journals of Sylvia Plath

The following piece contains excerpts from a presentation I gave for my IB HL Literature class. Sylvia Plath is one of the few writers whose works have mirrored all the thoughts, anxieties, and fears that I write about each day. As a young girl, most of the books I read were by men of the […]

11 Gifts to Give the Antsy and Emotional ‘Twin Peaks’ Fan in Your Life

When the return of David Lynch’s 1990s TV show Twin Peaks was announced last October 2014, MILLIONS of frustrated fans like me were elated and overjoyed by the news that we would once again be returning to the town of Twin Peaks. The show’s tentative release date in 2016 is exactly 25 years after the show’s […]

4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet This 2015

If there’s anything I’ve learned from the four dogs I’ve had over the years, it’s that raising a pet as a child or teenager is a lot easier said than done. If you’re thinking of getting a pet this 2015, make sure to consider these 4 things for the sake of your new dog, cat, […]

Change Is Hard: Why New Years Resolutions Aren’t for Everyone

I have never been one for New Years celebrations. I’m not against new beginnings, and my dislike of New Years celebrations isn’t only because I hate fireworks. In fact, I love that we blow up a big party every year in honor of the earth making another lap around the sun. The only problem is […]

Why I’m Still Suffering From PSBD

After spending a full three weeks at Brown University’s Pre-College Program from July 23rd to July 12th, I’m still suffering from a particularly severe and self-diagnosed case of PSBD (Post Summer at Brown Disorder). While I’m fairly certain that the only cure is for me to get on the next plane to Rhode Island and […]

Why There’s No Such Thing as a Useless Degree

“Study neuroscience. Psychology and English won’t get you anywhere.” If I had to eat a pint of ice cream for every time I’ve heard this from an adult at least 20 years older than me, I’d be at least 30 pounds heavier than I am now. Coming from a social environment where wanting to become […]