Dylan Losee, Political Science - International Relations, '21 “Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.” -His Holiness, the … Continue reading Can travel rewire our brains for compassion?
Ingyin Yu - Political Science/International Relations, '20 "Hi there, how are you doing?” I asked a fellow Uber Pool passenger as she entered the car late one afternoon. So nonchalantly, these words slipped out of my mouth so naturally as if I was so used to asking strangers how they were. It took me a … Continue reading Loosening the Reins of Conservatism
Albertina Oliva, IS-Economics '19 My friend recently came back from her solo trip to Cuba and she raved about her amazing experience throughout her 16-day trip through Cuba. Her energy and excitement fueled the travel bug in me to want to leap for a similar adventure. I’ve always dreamt of the day I would travel … Continue reading Why Expectations Can Change your Travel Experience
Haoran Tian, Applied Mathematics, ’21 Typically at this time of the year, we Chinese people would gather with family and have tuanyuanfan, reunion meal. Whenever I hear elders talk about how crabs can be taken to supplement yang during chilly winter in northern China, I was always amazed how Chinese culture would put so much … Continue reading What would lunar new year dinner look like if Confucianism never prevailed?
Charlotte Armstrong, IS - Political Science, '20 A few summer ago, I had the opportunity of traveling to Cinque Terre, Italy. My dad, who worked and lived in London years back, had a good friend who was Italian and had taken him there during his time in Europe. My dad wanted to take my mom, … Continue reading Island Hopping: My Journey Through the Five Villages of Cinque Terre
Megan Cheung, International Studies - History ‘19 Over the Christmas dinner table last week, my family started talking about the merits of learning a foreign language. One of my cousins learned French in high school but when he went on a trip to France, he did not really need to use it because most French … Continue reading English Time?
Gia Pedro, Math - Economics, '21 Christmas is a joyous occasion for thousands of people around the world. Each country has their own set of traditions and celebrations that they practice during the holidays. Since I moved to San Diego for my undergraduate studies, I noticed that there are several similarities and differences in the … Continue reading Christmas in the U.S. vs. the Philippines