As we wrap up the semester, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past few months.
About Madeline Kim | Professional Writing and Undergraduate Business 2021
Madeline is an Alabama native who, after four years in Pittsburgh, is caught between the worlds of “y’all” and “yinz”.
She dedicated her first three years of college to completing a BS in Business Administration in the Tepper School of Business along with a minor in Professional Writing in Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. However, she switched the two during her senior year. She is taking a gap semester during fall 2020 and working as a Social Media Director for the new social media app, TurnUp Activism.
Additionally, she is continuing her commitment to The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon’s student-run newspaper, where she is both an editor and a member of the executive committee. Some of her passions outside of journalism lie in mental health advocacy and fighting for inclusivity. Outside of the classroom, she likes to create Webtoons, film videos, write, and make aesthetically pleasing bowls of oatmeal.
Entries by Madeline Kim | Professional Writing and Undergraduate Business 2021
My father, an economist, loves to remind me about constrained optimization. His semantics may resonate more with a niche population. But the idea behind it isn’t: do your best given your circumstances. Needless to say, our current circumstances are… less than optimal. We all want a light at the end of the tunnel. Answers. Some […]
Raise your hand if your “new semester, new me” energy has fizzled out. Much like many of you, I’m also raising both my arms like I’m an amusement ride fanatic anticipating a massive roller coast drop. I’m still, surprisingly, keeping up with my planner. It actually gives me a moment to recharge every week and […]
I used to be a hardcore paper planner user. In high school, my planner was basically my third hand and ready to jot down a new deadline or appointment. Somewhere along the way, I started telling myself “I don’t need to jot it down; I’ll remember!” (cue Morgan Freeman narrating: “she did not remember.”) This […]
We live in a guideline-driven world. It makes sense. We’re constrained by our information processing capabilities, our time, and our energy. Tools like hard-and-fast rules help us make decisions efficiently. They give us a sense of structure in an otherwise unmanageable sea of chaos. They exist for a good-enough reason: they highlight a general trend […]
“I know this seems like a scary commitment, but you need this.” I let the words sink in: I needed to dedicate 10.5 hours every week to an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Basically, my therapist wedged me between weekly therapy and hospitalization. Was I happy with myself? No. But routine comforted me. I felt like […]
“Why would you change your major in your senior year?” That’s the first question I hear when I tell people about my major, but I can’t blame them. It’s odd. I was so close to getting my B.S., so why would I be switching right in front of the finish line? The answer is quite simple, […]
Picture this: it’s April, and you’re a junior. While your friends seem to all have summer plans lined up, you’re scrambling for an internship while trying to finish your second to last year of undergrad strong. If you’re me, you don’t need to imagine. That was my spring semester until I got a message on […]
This past Saturday, Pittsburgh had its seventh annual National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) walk. This was my second time attending, and I got to see my Internet friend whom I have had the privilege of getting to know for the past two years. However, this year I have been more vocal about my attendance and […]
This past Monday, I went with my freshman-year Community Advisor and a friend I met through The Tartan to see Watsky. I’ve been a huge fan since freshman year when I heard him appear on The Hamilton Mixtape. x Infinity had released just a few months before, so I immediately jumped to that and fell in […]