Sick with Aspirations

Dear Reader, I hope to never get “sick with aspirations.” Starting graduate school last fall was a big step for me. Previously, I had been working multiple part-time jobs that did not allow for career growth. Researching schools, writing essays, getting recommendations, and filling out all of the applications was a months’ long process that... Continue Reading →

Laughs and Love

Dear Reader, Happy Valentine’s Day! One year ago today, it was evident that a virus was coming, but little did we know that it would linger for so long. Last year around this time, I was fortunate enough to visit Newport, Rhode Island (more here). Along the water, the wind was bone chilling, and the... Continue Reading →

The Good, the Bad, and the Ambiguous

Dear Reader, People go back to school during periods of economic uncertainty. We saw it during the 2009 recession and we see a surge in applications again in the wake of COVID-19. Unlike other times, going back to school during the pandemic is not your traditional on-campus experience. While there are some clear benefits to... Continue Reading →

Worse Than a Toothache

Dear Reader, Do you have dental insurance? Sorry, to be so direct, but this is an important issue. I have heard numerous complaints about the dire state of the U.S. healthcare system, but I feel that most of these complaints are about doctor’s visits and medical procedures, not dental appointments. As a kid, going to... Continue Reading →

Thoughts for Hire

Dear Reader, Do you have a side hustle? I am a big fan of the gig economy (although there are a number of super valid criticisms) and for the past few years, I have been an active part of it. I work part-time at more than one job and in the past, I have taken... Continue Reading →

Warning, Error, Failed to Compile

Dear Reader, “Opening your mind” and “learning new things” are all well and good until you actually do them…. I try to be an open-minded person and I generally impulsively go wherever my interests take me. This is the attitude that compelled me to take an advanced optional statistics course in grad school. If you... Continue Reading →

Cheers to Life Unstructured

Dear Reader, There is a very curious time of the year between Christmas and New Year’s Day when the days blur together into one seamless stretch of time. If you are lucky enough to enjoy this period of vacation, which the Germans refer to as zwischen den Jahren (“between the years”), then you know the... Continue Reading →

(Don’t) Gotta Love It

Dear Reader, Do you also force yourself to like things or is that just me? Good habits can be hard to form, in fact, sometimes they must be forced. When I was younger, I was not a big fruit eater. The first time I started eating fruits regularly (scarily enough) was not until high school.... Continue Reading →

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere

Dear Reader, Once again, I’m going to write about sugar. If you follow my blog, you may remember that I am trying to cut down on my added sugar intake (more here). That, like most things in life, is easier said than done. After a few weeks trying (to greater and weaker effect) to cut... Continue Reading →

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