Engagements of My Mind

Iceberg Effect

Renowned Ms. Holly Hall of Stuyvesant High School once lectured that stories back then were better because readers had to fill in the blank what they did not know. Readers became part of the stories by filling in the holes with their own experiences and interpretation. By interacting with the works, readers would make the stories multidimensional, even when sometimes, the restrictive individual perspective (like a single photograph and misunderstood snapchat of one moment in time) was too small, and the plot stayed too still. I'd like to argue that stories now are better when readers find themselves...

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Falling in Love Again…With Books

When I was a child, I was in love with it. My mother brought me to the library all the time on weekends. Even though she was a Chinese immigrant in the USA's Big Apple city, she still tried her best to pronounce the crazy vowels and words that form the American English language. Luckily, the ones I needed her to read for me were simple. As I grew old enough to read on my own, I started to get buried in the shelves. As I grew older, I felt like I have read all the children's books. Eventually I made a huge mistake. I felt unchallenged by the stuff I was reading, but I didn't know that a Young...

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Spontaneous Interactions

Babson College October 17th, 2013 Babson's Student Government Association Executive Board members Benny Tang and I represented the Undergraduate student body during the Groundbreaking ceremony for the new First-Year Residence Hall and Schlesinger Innovation Center, designed to be energy efficient and induce spontaneous interactions. The building is to be completed by Spring 2015. Both current and former Babson Presidents Kerry M. Healey and Leonard A. Schlesinger spoke at the ceremony.

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Drive

I finally passed my road test this summer. Just kidding, this is not about cars or getting behind the (steering) wheel. Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Convention 2013 Campus Ambassador Leadership Program's blog theme in August was Dream Big. This theme was meant to focus on women who did succeed, so these articles and stories can motivate more girls to dream big. My take on the theme: Dreaming Big has too much of a money and power type of connotation. Success and motivation means something different to women. Check out what I mean by clicking http://caleaders2013.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/drive/!

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A Note on Public Speaking

A double-classroom that normally served as a meeting room for student organizations was now dressed up to be a luncheon spot. On the menu was fruit salad, consisting of mangos, watermelon, strawberries, and grapes, which turned out to be quite a blessing even for the wealthier college students. PricewaterhouseCoopers Vice Chairman and Babson alum Tim Ryan spoke in the double classroom dressed up to be a luncheon with undergraduate students and staff in formal business attire, he talked a lot about his family and six children. His message was that since the world was littered with intellectual...

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Don’t Just Lean In: Be Entrepreneurial!

Check out my piece in Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB) Intercollegiate Business Convention (IBC) Campus Ambassadors' Leading Ladies Blog here. Also read some of the other pieces as we conquer the state and issues of gender equity today!

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Choreography

“Don’t cry, Lena. It’s just a movie,” my mother used to scold me. My mother always said that films were fake. She would tell me that I should not cry, that I should be only understanding towards the situation. She would call me silly, and perhaps that’s all I was. But I always cry, even when the villains die in films. As a very emotional being, I understand the importance of crying. A sign of sympathy and understanding, crying also has the extraordinary power to relieve tension, stress, sadness, and happiness. Yet, sometimes I feel ashamed as I hide my tears. Someone depicted to cry often...

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Why Stuy

Stuyvesant High School is similar to a teacher you might hate when you're in his/her class, but whom you love later because you leave more prepared for the immediately following challenges in life. For those who do not live in New York City or are unfamiliar, Stuyvesant is a public, specialized science high school located in Manhattan and indiscriminately only accepts the top 850 score-achievers of a standardized test (that middle school students choose to take at the beginning of their eighth grade). U.S. News ranks Stuyvesant as one of the best high schools in New York City, 58th in the nation,...

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