Thoughts on a Decoration

I have the above poster on the wall in my dorm room. It caught my eye in my grandmother’s resale shop this past summer, and I picked it up to bring to college. It’s a decoration that I’ve given some …

First Impressions

In college and during first days (and possibly up to your last days at Williams) you make a lot of first impressions. The first impressions you make partly depend on the context in which you meet, which can change the …

Adjusting the Zoom

What would you do if you only had 5 minutes to live?

It can be fun to play around with this question, something I’ve done several times with different people over the years. The answers are often split between the …

The Butterfly Effect

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the butterfly effect, it is the belief that even the smallest of actions can have a major impact later on down the line — for example, the flap of a butterfly’s wings in one …

SAMAR

From the book Lost in Translation, which features beautiful words without English equivalents. Here’s one of them I particularly like. Though, there’s one thing I wish could be different. I wish the next morning didn’t have the effect of …

The Holy Formula

Arguing about religion is hard. Even talking about it can be tough, because people’s religious beliefs are often very deeply held and tied directly or indirectly to their value structures, which then are tied in to the rest of their …

In Awe of the Scale

At the beginning of the bus ride home from our meet at Middlebury College last night, our team was treated to a magnificent sunset. The clouds and snowy fields created the perfect canvas for a multicolored celestial light show. I …

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