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…

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….

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…

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…

(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…

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,…