Mindful Musings

Periodic posts — playful, profound, personal. A little bit of introspection and momentary mental release. The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer, professors, or the University.

This Journey's End Begins Another

When my friend James told me that he got accepted to Yale a couple of months ago, I thought that I couldn't be more proud of him. Then, I came across this Gazette profile, and learned more of the struggles he went through before finally making his way to Harvard. Next week, he will be graduating along with several of my other friends.

James T. Venable (Photo by Jon Chase via Harvard Gazette)

James T. Venable (Photo by Jon Chase via Harvard Gazette)

To James and to all of you who have worked your butts off to earn your diploma from Harvard, CONGRATULATIONS! You make me feel very proud, inspired, and motivated to follow in your footsteps, to see this journey through to the next stop, and then the next, and the next...

May you all have a fantastic future ahead!

A Reason for Being

Pardon the run-on coming right for ya

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...

Shortly after I posted the mental rant above on Facebook, GB, a fellow student at HES, shared the graphic below.

Japanese Ikigai (Image via Toronto Star)

A Reason to Jump Out of Bed Each Morning

My fellow learner rightly acknowledged this genuine predicament—having doubts about my primary focus of study at college—as she herself suffered through it recently. GB advised that the idea is "to focus on the center, which is the purpose of your life."

Indeed, according to an article by Thomas Oppong, ikigai is "the convergence of four primary elements," which are your Passion, Mission, Vocation, and Profession. Oppong posits that finding this center would bring fulfillment, happiness, and longevity into one's life. To discover your ikigai is to understand your reason for getting up in the morning.

EdSurge Interviews Dean Hunt Lambert

Extending the Role of HES

EdSurge recently interviewed Huntington "Hunt" Lambert, dean of the Division of Continuing Education and Harvard Extension School, to talk about "How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age."

"What if every student that ever touched Harvard, instead of just doing their one-point activity, and then going off into the world, we helped them always be ready for their next civic, social or professional opportunity?"

~ Dean Hunt Lambert

Listen to the complete interview at SoundCloud.

Oh, Hey. It's May.

Guess What Happens in May

Wait for it, wait for it...

For months now I have been listening repeatedly to the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack, an absolute masterpiece in storytelling. Every time specific parts of certain songs are sang, it never fails to hit me in the same manner. It is like getting unexpectedly kicked in the gut so hard, it sends waves of energy up my spine, and raises the hair in the back of my neck.

Hamilton the Musical at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City (Photo by Niki Lanter)

Before month's end, we shall be "in the room where it happens" at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City. We very much look forward to experiencing this show up close and personal in "the greatest city in the world!"

Shake It Off...

... and switch gears for the new semester.

Why wallow in your woes when you can swim up to the shore?