Navigating the “New Normal”: Making the Most of an Unusual Summer

In 2020, finding an aspect of life that was not significantly affected is far more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack — with higher education and summer jobs no exception to this trend. As the pandemic forced countries to shut down, college students flocked home to live out their spring semesters and summers.

Setbacks and victories in my internship (thus far)

You might be thinking that it’s too soon for an update from my last blog post here. Perhaps you have a point; it’s been only a week since I last posted on Tepper’s blog and started my internship with TurnUp Activism. But already, I’ve gathered some thoughts that I hope are worth sharing. So what exactly […]

Gap semester antics: the prequel

I recently made a blog post here saying that I would be taking a leave of absence this fall. There’s a bit of time until the leave actually begins, but I’ve begun to take on projects and establish a plan for the semester: Webtoons In the spirit of saving the best for last, let’s start with […]

Business and Society – An Interconnected World

Tepper prides itself on offering its students a holistic business education, one that is at the forefront of innovation. I am lucky enough to attend a business school that is truly interdisciplinary and intertwines aspects of business, technology, and society into its analytical approach to problem solving.

The CMU Spirit Is Still There

As we wrap up the semester, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past few months.

Plan with Me – Constrained Optimization

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 […]

Mamba Mentality

A letter to Kobe Bryant written by a young basketball fan.

Looking Back at My First Semester

I know this might sound cliché, but in my experience, time passes by pretty quickly. I remember in high school, I used to look back on previous terms and think to myself, “Wow, was that really three months? It felt more like three weeks.” The strange thing is, I can’t say the same thing about […]

Intensive Outpatient + School

“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 […]