“Time is Galleons, little brother.” – J.K. Rowling

A few weeks ago, I attended my younger brother’s college graduation. As I watched him glide through the aisle of Old Campus cloaked in his cap and gown, I was swept over by the disbelief that comes with a mark of time passed: “Wow, is he done with college already? It feels like he just left!” While only somewhat unsettling in itself, the disbelief resulted in a more troublesome, existential worry for me: This means it’s been 3 years since I’ve graduated college. Where does the time go? The final…

“We want a world where life is preserved.” -Isabel Allende

I started reading Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune last December. I had stumbled upon a quaint book store reminiscent of an attic (those are the best kind) on my way to a coffee shop in La Jolla and just had to purchase something. (I have this disease where, when I enter a book store, I can’t leave without buying a book. It’s genetic.) In what, to any onlooker, would have seemed like a decision between life and death, I carefully selected the book from a choice of several others for no particular…

All The Right Moves

During my final meeting with my thesis adviser, we got into a discussion of the numerous ceremonies in my near future, from one for the department to one for the entire University. She looked at me and smiled. You know, we don’t have anything like this in France. It’s such a nice tradition in the States. I never see students as happy as they are at their graduation ceremonies. Everyone wants me to take pictures with them…and with their parents too! It’s just such a happy day. I had never…

One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor

When I was in the fifth grade, my school principal met Hillary Clinton. I’m not quite sure of the specifics, but the rendez-vous is the key takeaway. The day she returned, I saw her on the lawn during lunch recess. Ever since we had both dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween (twinsies!!), she and I were pretty good friends (insert joke about the beginnings of my bond with teacher-types that would eventually blossom into my emailing interesting articles to professors). I sprinted towards her. Did you meet Mrs. Clinton?! I…

Cupidtino

We’re all living tales of two, three, maybe four cities. Our friends and family are widespread across the country, and maybe even globe. But we’re all connected by a world-wide web. And that’s why, as the Dean of the Engineering School insisted at our University-wide Commencement, advanced technology is magic. There are two camps when it comes to social networking: those for whom the revolution is the angel on the right shoulder, and those for whom it is the devil on the left. People are uninhibited when it comes to…