International Festival shows importance of being cultured
April 15, 2014
If we're going to be successful in any field, we need to think outside the box.
If we're going to discover new things, it's going to be outside of what you and everyone else around you has already studied and, more than likely, also out of our ...
Change your perspective and see people in a new light
April 08, 2014
When you meet someone for the first time, what do you think of him or her? Do you immediately stereotype and judge what they might be like?
We're all guilty. We're not going to instantly open and up and trust new people with what we say, lest we ...
As graduation nears, thanks is owed to our parents
March 26, 2014
When we are asked how we're doing in school, regardless of our answer, we've invested a lot in it.
Many tears and droplets of sweat have been spilled over the course of our academic careers. From the many late nights finishing up papers and lab reports to the ...
Competitive physical activity a step towards halting obesity
March 11, 2014
Last Friday, as part of an international soccer competition, I played on the Japanese team versus the Ghana team.
Although we lost, we were given a taste of the skill level – and the fitness level – that we would be up against in the tournament.
Not wanting to let the half-hour ...
Remove the blindfold, fight injustices when they occur
February 25, 2014
As people all over the world have celebrated and enjoyed watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics, not even the world's oldest international celebration has hidden the chaotic and tragic reality we live in.
Not far from the games, protesters clashed with police in Ukraine, angry over the actions of a ...
Standing up for others can save a life, including yours
February 18, 2014
While searching on YouTube for videos to help alleviate boredom during study breaks for exams, I came across a series titled "What would you do?"
This TV show creates scenarios of conflict with actors playing the main roles while in the public. However, the main purpose of the show is ...
Investigating the complexities of love: Is it worth it?
February 11, 2014
On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day will arrive.
Many couples have been waiting in anticipation for this day, eager to prove their love and dedication to each other. However, there are others who are much less enthusiastic about having such a day – those who are single, either unable to find ...
Feeling ill? Here's four way to ward off winter sicknesses
February 04, 2014
You sprint down the slightly hilly field, passing your opponents and teammates.
Several other players follow you, but you keep a balanced distance from everyone else. You turn your head and body back toward the scene you escaped from, prepared to receive the frisbee. Among the dancing blue and red ...
Your emotions don't dictate your life – you do
January 28, 2014
You walk down Pedestrian Walkway, listening to your iPod with the sun shining on your face and a cool breeze lightly patting you on the back.
The weather is near perfect; you could walk outside in shorts and feel comfortable.
You've had a long day, but you managed to ...
Ditch the 'Right vs. Wrong' debate and focus on you
January 21, 2014
Everyday, whenever we turn on the TV and watch our favorite shows or listen to today's music, we find ourselves bombarded with different ideals.
Covertly inserted into the thousands of frames that are displayed to our eyes, there is no end to the amount of ways that society tries ...
Ditch the apathy and live the life you think you deserve
January 14, 2014
As we head into another semester and a new year, there's no doubt there are areas of our lives that we think need improvement.
Regardless of whether our New Year's resolutions involve going to the gym every so often, trying to organize our hectic lives in the spirit ...
Channel your jealousy into worthwhile effort
November 26, 2013
When we hear about the success of others, especially friends and family, we say we feel happy and fortunate for them.
Whether it's prestigious scholarships and awards or finally getting jobs, the first thing that most people do is send congratulations and good wishes.
At the same time, however ...
History reveals chance to improve upon past blunders
November 19, 2013
History repeats itself.
We all know this specific idiom. We've heard and seen it throughout our lives, recited by those who have lived in the past, including our parents and peers. When we look at history, it's hard to deny there's a pattern in how humans have ...
Amid Haiyan disaster, hope can be found for Philippines
November 12, 2013
When I heard about the storm approaching the Philippines, my heart sank.
It didn't help when it was categorized as a "Super-Typhoon," and one widely classified as one of the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall in history.
I could have never expected the amount of damage from the ...