Working to remember important global issues

I’ve been exposed to quite a bit of social justice in my time. It’s been a generally virtuous—if broad—banner which has rallied the hearts and minds of innumerable people across recent history and geographical space to mostly positive results. Before I had come to this university, I had never really encountered such a smattering of […]

Tips to get you through the housing lottery

It’s a new year and with this new year are your typical suite of new-year-comings: another notch on the Gregorian calendar, a rotation of the Chinese zodiac (it’s the year of the fire chicken, for those of you who don’t know), an increase in inclement weather and the dreaded college housing lottery. Currently, I’m a […]

Inconvenient transportation options limit cross-registration

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article about the harrowing process of cross-registering for classes at schools within the Greater Boston Consortium from Brandeis. I’ve actually been attending Boston University on the side for around two months now, but there still are a number of things that’ll stick in my head whenever I’m moving about, […]

Class cross-registration is disorganized

A privilege rarely exercised at Brandeis has been its students’ ability to enroll in classes offered outside of the university’s own course catalog. I am, of course, talking about the cross-registration program Brandeis shares with a number of other schools peppering the immediate area (Tufts, BU, Wellesley, Bentley, etc.), more formally known as the Greater […]

A cautionary tale of subletting

I have an adventure to share with you, friends, an odyssey that begins with a young man’s faith in miracles being dashed to pieces by the ignoble wheels of fate. In other words, I got a pretty bad number in the housing lottery last year and ended up living off-campus. The true meat of the […]

On growing older and feeling the same

I’m old: an old man of 21. Or I’m getting there. Today marks the day where I can start drinking alcohol, buying guns, gambling in casinos and adopting children. But overall, I feel much the same as the ungainly 18-year-old who first approached this campus in the fall of 2013—that faintly thinner, easily impressed and […]

False assumptions in the political circus

Much like the Olympics, the presidential election season can be seen as a quadrennial contest of noble vigor in which representatives of different pockets of humanity are afforded a rare opportunity to aggressively show everyone how unambiguously better they are than everyone else. Unlike the Olympics, however, the election season lasts for well over a […]

What to expect when working in research labs

Working in a research lab is often one of the most exotic and/or intimidating prospects in the minds of those who enter college with the intention of studying the natural sciences. I assume that whether you’re in a lab doing experimental work, theoretical work, computational work, biology work, chemistry work, history (it’s a course; look […]

Living off-campus: is it really worth it?

Housing is arguably one of the more universal topics of discussion that have made their way to the typical American college campus. It’s often the last of what I’ve come to consider the Four Cardinal Pleasantries one will likely resort to when making a new acquaintance: 1) What is your name? 2) Where are you […]