A Peek Into Princeton: My Favorite Campus Lectures

Over my four years at Princeton, I’ve had the honor of attending public lectures given by everyone from Nobel laureates to undercover journalists (including one who reported from North Korea). Among these lectures, here are three of my very favorites: “The Art and Science of Pixar” with Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting at…

A Peek Into Princeton: My Favorite Classes

“Creative Nonfiction” with John McPhee On the first day of class, Professor McPhee wrote the following sentence on the chalkboard: “There are a million ways to start a story.” And with those words, he started mine. I am better for having taken Professor McPhee’s class: a better writer, a better student, a better observer, a…

Savannah, Georgia: The Capital of Southern Charm

From its sleepy Spanish moss to its 24 sprawling squares, Savannah, Georgia is the capital of Southern charm. The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah boasts architectural beauty and iconic historical sites like the cobblestoned River Street and French-inspired Forsyth Park. It’s no wonder that Hollywood has courted this Southern belle time and again. With its…

I Haven’t Been Everywhere, But It’s On My List

Banff National Park, Canada Isle of Skye, Scotland Positano, Italy Kauai, Hawaii St. Lucia, Caribbean Lapland, Finland Block Island, Rhode Island Machu Picchu, Peru Faroe Islands Olympic National Park, Washington Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Patagonia, Argentina Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland Provence, France  Yosemite National Park, California Hallstatt, Austria  Lake Tahoe, California…

My World in Words

“She’s the pieces of the quotes that are splattered in ink in her favorite books… She’s full of dreams, and I hope they one day come true.”  

Briana’s Bookshelf: Favorites

SPECULATIVE FICTION 1984 by George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury The Road by Cormac McCarthy   NONFICTION Quiet by Susan Cain Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner & Steven Levitt   MEMOIR When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Night by Elie Wiesel   ROMANCE Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Light We Lost by…

New Year’s Resolutions

Be happy, right where you are. Whether that’s in the country or the city, single or in a relationship, working your dream job or working towards it. The future is beautiful, yes. But you know what else is? This moment. Right now. Say “yes” to spontaneity. Stay true to who you are, but don’t be afraid…

The Spirits of Greenport

The ‘citiots’ are coming. Having spotted a herd of fanny packs on the horizon, I sent a fistful of golden chocolate doubloons raining down on the throng of incoming tourists. Beside me, my classmate, Dory—named, ironically enough, after the fishing boat—bellowed “Ahoy, matey!” in a quasi-pirate accent. Adjusting the feathers on my skull-and-crossbones cap, I…

(Re)visiting Princeton

The whistle sounded behind me as I retraced my steps from the train station to Whitman College, lost in memories of a magical weekend. For two days, my younger sister, Angelina, had stayed with me on campus. That weekend, there was no such thing as homework—the only item on my agenda was to have fun with my best…

You May Say I’m a Dreamer

For the past three years, I’ve kept the same slip of paper pinned to the bulletin board in my dorm room. It reads: “I think guitar groups are becoming passé.” – Record Company Executive in his 1962 rejection letter, one of many sent to the unsigned Liverpool-based band known as The Beatles.  In 1963, The Beatles…

9.11.01

When you live in a tree, every story seems to start off with a leaf. This one in particular, however, was different from the rest. Huddled in our nest, my brothers and I marveled at the funny green leaf, beaks agape at its rectangular shape and exotic squiggles. When Mama returned from the river at…

Winter Break

To an onlooker, it must have looked like I was auditioning for a Life Alert commercial—“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” With a sickening crack, my right foot twisted beneath me, sending me tumbling to my dorm room floor. Curling up in pain, I played the sound over and over in my mind,…