Contrary to those who are meme-ing about “going crazy” in quarantine, I have been thriving. Classes are cancelled until April. Due dates have been shifted. I know what I want to do with my time, and none of it is school (well, not exactly). The first thing I did after being dragged home was to … More Emily Geeks Out in Quarantine
As human beings we can learn how to manipulate words so they sound like what people expect to hear, or what we think people want to hear. I could have an entire conversation with someone where I say all the “right” filler words, then leave without knowing what transpired during those 30 minutes (That is, … More Rant #4: Words Are Meaningless
Back in high school, my friends made a lot of self-deprecating jokes. Like, a lot. Every time I saw them they would kid about how their GPAs were burning and how low their grades were. It was funny at first, but I quickly grew tired of its regularity. It didn’t seem productive. Self-deprecating humor looked … More Can I Just Lie On the Floor?
I was sitting in a dorm with some friends, working on our Networks problem set when a friend came in to rant to us about recruitment—not her frustrations with trying to be recruited, but rather other people’s obsession with it. Everyone in the room started agreeing instantly, saying how people could only talk about work … More Unambitious and Unconcerned (For Now)
Imagine this: you’re in China. The humidity slathers every inch of exposed skin in sweat. Your host relatives place a bowl of steamy jiaozi in front of you and insist that you consume more. You weren’t even hungry for the generous breakfast they served you two hours ago but you politely pick up a dumpling, … More Hungering for Hunger
Disclaimer: The title may imply that I have mastered the art of conversation. I have not. I only know what not to do and how to pretend that everything is fine. Please enjoy the non-comprehensive list below. #1: Don’t bring up random topics in group settings People will look at you funny. You’re “socializing” at … More How (Not) To Talk
Why don’t I write more about God? If Christ is really at the center of my life, then why don’t I mention Him more on my blog? My past reasons were because non-Christians who read my blog wouldn’t be able to relate or understand as well. I think a small part of me was also … More interlude: purpose