I never did inherit my father's green thumb, but I read somewhere that this plant is almost impossible to kill. (Save for a stubborn bamboo plant, pretty much every plant I have ever had under my watch perished.)... Read more about Matilda
P is for passion, problem-solving and... programming?
It has been a while since I worked on a project so enjoyable that I have lost track of time. Something that involves creative problem-solving, and seeing the immediate results of changes to this or that, engages a part of my brain that shuts all other distractions out. It's really quite something else.... Read more about If Surface Scratched, then Dig Deeper
"The Stoics believe that everything around us operates according to a web of cause and effect, resulting in a rational structure of the universe which they call Logos. And while we may not always have control over the events affecting us, we can have control over how we approach things... Read more about Seeking Serenity Through Stoicism
When someone tries to drag you down, pull them up instead. But, if they resist and insist on spreading their toxic energy, spoiling your serenity, don't let it be. Just walk away, and let the black hole of their making swallow them up.... Read more about Don't Let the Dark Side Win
I try to live each day with a clarity of mind and purpose, with humility and gratitude for the gifts in my life. While it may not always be possible to have a day as perfect as I define it, I still try to achieve a certain state of serenity, so that I may sleep peacefully at night, and try it all over again the next day.... Read more about August Affirmations
Murphy watches as the rain continues to fall in the backyard, making the large, green leaves of the ginger plants quiver, shimmer and dance. Daddy’s shirt, though loosely draped over him, gives Murphy some comfort and security. He seems a bit relieved that the thunder stopped, but apprehensive it would start up again at any moment.... Read more about Between Fireworks and Thunderstorms
Having a nice chat with my sisters about Edison and Tesla and DC and AC and EE and IT and all the glorious, mind-blowing things we get to take for granted in our daily activities, and now I am wondering if I should have stayed the course and declared Computer Science for my field of study instead of Economics... ... Read more about A Reason for Being
When I first registered at the Extension School, and got my Harvard email address, I had a light-hearted conversation with my husband. I said some things half-jokingly along the lines of
"I really just need the email address, you know. Watch it open some doors for me. Maybe I'll go as far as get accepted into the program, then leave. I don't have to stay and finish. I can join the list of elite Harvard dropouts. Haha haha."
The devil carved a fork on the road upon her feet not unlike the last time, but perhaps now with sharper edges and bigger gaps in between. Her body swayed toward one side, while her heart and mind swayed the opposite direction.... Read more about Left Shoulder, Right Shoulder
Reflecting upon what it means to be here as I look toward the Masquerade Ball
I am constantly amazed at the enthusiasm and grit the people at Harvard possess. Outside of the University, many of them hold full-time jobs; take care of their families; are active in their communities; may be struggling with emotional, financial, health, or societal issues; may have various other obligations, and yet still manage to continue with their studies in an institution known to be exceptionally demanding and highly competitive.... Read more about Wear a Mask and Show Yourself
Because it is fascinating, intimidating, and a necessary evil
In about two weeks, while most everyone else in the nation (who have yet to cast their vote) will be deciding who should be the next President of the United States of America, I shall be preoccupied with a more short-term and less crucial (but, nevertheless personally important) kind of result: my second Quantitative Reasoning midterm exam grade.... Read more about Mathematics as a Second Minor
As a tactile learner, it helps me to better absorb and retain knowledge when I write my notes by hand. Sadly, technology has played a huge part in my dwindling ability to write legible notes quickly and completely. With its convenience and the speed with which it displays my thoughts on screen, the keyboard has become a very close friend to my fingertips.... Read more about On the Values of Writing Notes by Hand
Orphan Black is fascinating. If I had known about this show before the semester, my final thesis might have taken a slight twist.
I previously mentioned that I was switching away from Boko Haram due to its disturbing nature. Some of you would probably find the final topic I had chosen to be comparably disquieting. It’s entitled “Beauty and Biotechnology: Embracing the Evolution of Human Enhancement.”
"Boosting education will be a direct counterbalance to Boko Haram’s appeal. In particular we must educate more young girls, ensuring they will grow up to be empowered through learning to play their full part as citizens of Nigeria and pull themselves up and out of poverty."
... Read more about Education Versus Terrorism
Having not owned a television for many years now, using the Internet as my primary source of information, makes it easy for me to curate the content upon which I feed daily, tuning out most news broadcasts.... Read more about Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone
Perhaps it was a serendipitous click upon a newsfeed link that led me to edX.org eleven months ago. The perpetual pupil living inside my head was immediately spellbound after watching a short course preview video on the site.