Saying “No” and Steady Growth

Although I graduated college in June, I’ve learned just as much in the past three months as I did during my four years in the classroom. Most recently, this summer has taught me the importance of recognizing the difference between something that is right on paper and something that is right in person. Early in my…

When the World Isn’t Watching, What Do You Pursue?

When the world isn’t watching, what do you pursue? I am a firm believer that the way in which we spend our free time reveals a lot about ourselves — and so, between job interviews this summer, I’ve taken the time to sit down and ask myself this question. Last week, I typed it out,…

Transforming Highlight Reels Into Something Real

In our digital age, social media has a reputation of serving as a “highlight reel.” Successes are shared, while rejections are often written off or hidden altogether. But what if, instead of accepting this reality, we acted to combat it? What if we transformed highlight reels into something real? As part of my personal mission…

Almost Yeses and Starting Anew

The past few weeks have been a confusion of faith and failure: job interviews, almost yeses, and starting anew. But today, I allowed myself to forget the future — if only for an afternoon. Sitting on the bow of my dad’s Grady White, I felt a fullness that I hadn’t even realized I’d been missing….

Failing Forward

“Unfortunately, we have decided to move forward with another candidate at this time…” After spending a month interviewing for a role with a company I love, being named one of two finalists, and apartment hunting in anticipation of an acceptance, I checked my inbox on Monday morning — only to be met with an all-too-familiar…

Until One of These Tomorrows

Yesterday, I interviewed for a job in the industry I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. On the bus ride back to my sleepy seaside village, I had three long hours to contemplate the road before me. Somewhere between skyscrapers and seascape, I found myself closing my eyes and simply letting myself be…

You Brought Me to Sea and Taught Me to See

One month ago, I graduated from college. With Princeton in the past, I have the future before me. But first, I’ve come home. Home. To the country roads that raised me. To the town that brought me to sea and taught me to see. In wonder, I wander the landscape of my youth. Staircases to…

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 Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling   ROMANCE The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Me Before You by Jojo…

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…