Meet Your New Favorite Song: Sunday Candy

It started off a day like any other; I put a random Spotify playlist on shuffle, began my early commute, and mentally prepared myself for the day ahead. I was deep in thought (probably anticipating what I was going to eat for lunch) when the sounds of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s nostalgic new […]

The Case for “Mental Cases”: Slashing Stigmas and Redefining Discourse  

Sometimes, it is not until you experience something for yourself that you truly realize all of its challenges. For those living with a mental illness, one of the many challenges is dealing with the stigma of being labeled as such. Whether it is an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder, or an eating disorder, an association […]

No Longer the Sidekick: The importance of diversifying in the media

The personas of a math genius or a martial arts master are stock characters found in movies and television shows. These stereotypes are examples of roles that Asian actors and actresses receive. They are casted as sidekicks and never star as the leading protagonist. Fresh off the Boat is the first sitcom to star an […]

“Get In Loser, We’re Going to Broadway”

On April 30, 2004, America’s favorite movie about a clique of high school plastics was released. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Herron (Lohan), a 16-year old who has just moved back to the United States with her parents and is thrust into the stereotypical high school setting that is stricken with cliques, social standards, drama, and the Queen of it all, Regina George (McAdams). However, an article written by Nadia Aror, author for GRAZIA, has revealed that this screenplay, written by Tina Fey, could soon find itself center stage on Broadway.

The Power of the N-Word

Although Allen Kingdom, a flame thrower, and the heavily censored version of Kanye West’s new song “All Day” were the main attractions at the Brit Awards last week, a bigger issue was resurfacing for the Chicago native and a majority of the hip-hop community. Images and video footage of Lionel Richie at the award ceremony […]

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 […]

Common Misconceptions of Generation Y

As an active reader, I always get a kick when I see multiple posts about how this generation’s lackadaisical approach to life is the best thing since sliced bread, how it is going to change the world for the better, and so on and so forth. Sometimes as I’m scrolling down the illuminated screen after […]

Wait, You’re American?

I’ve gotten used to it by now, but when I was younger, I didn’t understand why all these people were asking me such silly questions. “Are you from Korea?”, “North or South?”, “Were you born here?”, “Really, I didn’t know that!” From teachers, parents, friends, and even their cousins, they never seemed to run out […]

Advice for Change

You don’t need to know who you are right away. It’s okay. Take time to do things slowly, investigate what things mean to you and what is important to you. What many people don’t understand is that you don’t have to be exact replicas of your friends, being yourself is the only way to go about life. […]

On Why You Just Need to Do You.

The internet has been getting on my nerves a lot recently. I’ve had to stop checking my Facebook upon waking because I simply don’t have time to be appalled first thing in the morning. Since when did we, as a society, feel like it is our job to tell people how to live? Wake up, […]

A Country Against its People?

9/11  hit America swiftly, violently, and with a vengeance. Post 9/11 leaves U.S. security bounding into a new age, where in reality know one is above being questioned or considered dangerous. For some this is with good reason, after tragidies  like the Boston Bombing or even home grown terrorism in public places, once considered to […]

Fresh Out

This is a sample from an essay that I recently wrote on Ex-Offenders reentry back into society: Being guilty can change the rest of your life in a court of law. Please allow me to chauffeur you into the world of crime , social injustice and societal stigmas. Please allow me to introduce you to […]

Where is home? A rare piece of American and German History

The 75th anniversary of World War 2 so here’s an interesting piece of history to learn about. The documentary is called Brown Babies by WUSA executive producer and award winning journalist, Regina Griffin. This documentary gives a very different view on what it means to be African-American. Griffin takes us back to World War 2 […]

Consider the following: Diversity

This week I had the opportunity to visit our wonderful capitol of Washington D.C. It was all that I could expect in most ways. Cute little houses, great food and a very fast paced metro system. But one thing that surprised me about D.C. was not the lack of diversity, but in essence the seemingly […]

Greek Life the Myth but here’s the Facts:

“I’d never imagined I would go Greek,” Tiffany Melecio a founding sister of Delta Xi Nu, a multicultural sorority at the University of Missouri informed me. She had many preconceived notions about Greek Life in general. Tiffany along with her line sister (They along with 6 of their sisters founded the Delta XI Nu chapter […]

Lessons from Fahrenheit 451

It is no piece of cake being a college student…or much of anything…in today’s world. Lately, I’ve been feeling burned out, beaten down, and altogether hopeless – and a lot of people I’ve talked with lately are feeling the same way. This is a point in my life when I want to learn all that I can learn, and […]

World Heritage Sites

World heritage sites are specific locations around the world that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chooses based on a criteria of human cultural impact and biological and ecological significance. Currently there are 962 locations deemed to be world heritage sites: 745 of those are cultural sites; such as archeological ruins and […]

No love + No respect = The extinction of Black women.

If one were to take a look at the old music videos starring rappers such as Snoop Dogg, and then shift their eyes to the current hip hop videos, one would be able to see that the amount of African-American women starring in these videos has alarmingly dwindled down to a point, where it has […]

The Test that’s the door to the future

The futures of high school seniors in China were set in stone about a week ago, when the grades for the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, or gaokao (高考), were released to test-takers across the country. According to Edward Wong of the New York Times, families huddled in front of computers and phones, waiting for […]

Happiness Doesn’t Always Follow Wealth

Over the past two decades China has shown a near-unfathomable rate of economic growth.  Despite this growth in wealth, Chinese people are less happy overall than they were 20 years ago, at the beginning of China’s economic expansion, a newly published long-term study has shown.  In 1990 Chinese people reported high levels of life satisfaction, […]