On making a difference

Disclaimer: I wear many hats. This post, however, represents only my personal views, not those of any of the organizations I am a part of

To the first-years:

So you’re a first-year at Columbia with big dreams and (possibly) plans for the future. You might have planned out your trajectory at school, whether that be finding lucrative internships for yourself or participating in social activism. Or maybe you haven’t — I know I certainly didn’t come in with anything more than a vague notion of what I wanted to do.

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Flowers and Happiness

It’s the week before finals, and it still feels weird to think that my time here at Columbia is almost half over. I was wandering around campus the other morning, and decided that I’d take a few pictures of the flowers that have started (finally) blooming, despite the inconsistent weather we’ve been “enjoying” for the past couple of months.

Some pink at the edge of College Walk

In any case, it seems like a good time to reflect on this past year. I’ve made new friends, learned new things, experienced a little more of New York, and (hopefully) grown a little.
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Playing the piano

One of my few distinct memories of when I was six years old was going to a dinner party at a family friend’s house, and deciding impulsively (as little kids often do) that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. At the time, my parents had been in near-constant communication with their friends from school, work, and the general Asian-American community, so it was almost a foregone conclusion that I would be signed up for piano lessons the moment I expressed any interest whatsoever.

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Oops.

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Wow. It’s been a little more than a year since I last posted here on aeturnalus—a year since I’ve posted anything significant on the internet, really. I’m a little disappointed in myself: I wasn’t really that busy that I couldn’t take a few minutes and write down my thoughts… just a bit too lazy to actually do so.
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