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Selam G. '18

Jan 12 2018

All the Bloggers’ Personalities!

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

(it took a lot of effort not to resort to a clickbait-y title like “ADMISSIONS BLOGGERS---EXPOSED!!!!!!”)

Some of you may remember that a(n embarrassingly long) while ago, I wrote a post about personality tests, in particular, the scientific invalidity of the Myers-Briggs test. Well, I also sent out a survey to the bloggers, asking them what their results were for all those personality tests!

None of this, the tests themselves nor my own meta-survey asking people to take surveys, is scientific either. Mainly, I just thought this would be fun to read (since you all want to know more about the bloggers, right?!?!) and I thought it would be cool to gauge the different qualitative reactions from people to their test results. It turned out, there was a lot people had to say--about their results and their own identities, about the tests themselves, and even just about how fun or less fun each one was.

On accuracy, a common thought seemed to be, “I feel like I would get different... read the post »

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Dec 11 2017

What’s in My Bag?

Posted in: Miscellaneous

They say you can tell a lot about a person by what’s in their bag. Or the clothes they’re wearing, or the things they buy. Of course, this always carries that “judging a book by its cover” risk, but it is at least true that most people have a degree of choice in what they purchase or acquire, and that sometimes those choices reflects on their own personalities.

This is in part why one of my favorite websites this year has been New York Magazine’s The Strategist. The Strategist is essentially a sort of shopping advice blog, with article titles like “Deals of the Week” and “Best Shower Caddies on Amazon”. I started reading it because of some link I clicked (probably on facebook) that was a description of someone’s favorite bag, and I thought it was fascinating how wrapped inside that description was actually a love story. They somehow manage to blend really heartfelt anecdotes and funny stories into writing about “Best Vacuums 2017″ or sales around the internet. I read this just... read the post »

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Nov 11 2017

Some Saturday Thoughts

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Saturday, November 11th, 2:33PM

I’ve been struggling to blog lately. Not out of writers’ block--I truly always want to write, but mostly because the positive things I want to write seem to take too much effort or energy, and the rest of the things that come easily are mostly Internet Venting, which I often feel like is a) a little depressing, and also b) not very interesting to read. So today, I thought I’d try my best to just tell you, honestly, how I feel. I stopped fighting my own mood to try and write a peppy post about personalities (which is still on the way for a better day, because it’s still a good idea lol) but maintain the self-control to only let the emotional floodgates open a little. I apologize in advance by how meandering and rambl-y this post is about to be.

Last night, I was reading some articles from “The Cut”, a section of New York Magazine. I came across this one, titled “The Ambition Collision” by Lisa Miller. It's one of The Cut's most read articles, and... read the post »

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Oct 15 2017

Some F Words

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

Lately I’ve struggled to blog, due to being in the middle (!!!) of the semester where things get hard, and some additional unfortunate events. So today, instead of diving deep into what I’ve been doing all this time, I thought I’d just dwell on some words I’d been thinking about lately (which I found mostly began with ‘F’) (thanks for clicking on my click bait-y title lol)

 

Feminine

What does it mean to be a woman? This is a question I don’t think I thought about too hard when I was younger, but I found myself facing more often in college, as I found myself facing more questions about identity in general in college. This year, I’m living in an all-female house (the Delta Phi Epsilon house!!!) across the bridge, and I’m starting to apply for jobs and work in tech and do those things that make you realize your own identity, its advantages and disadvantages, a little bit more...

When I was a kid, I considered being “girly” a bad thing--who wanted to be a girly girl??? Not me!... read the post »

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Sep 16 2017

Freshman Year vs. Senior Year

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I’d intended to write this post the first day of classes, but was swept up into the chaos of starting the school year, which has been a special and different type of hectic every year that I’ve begun classes here. This year it involved running across town to Harvard, where I’m taking a Chinese literature class, looking frantically for potential thesis advisors or a new UROP, and pre-semester cleaning of my new home, the DPhiE house (it looks wayyyyy better now!)

I was struck by how different my first day was, but also by how similar it felt to my first day as a freshman.

Freshman year, my first class was 18.02: Multivariable Calculus. I walked into 26-100, an enormous classroom, into a throng of students all seated before the array of blackboards, the backdrop of a stage where Professor Minicozzi often played the role of both a math professor and a comedian. The room is so large that he has to have a microphone. By the end of the lecture, I was excited (wow! College!... read the post »

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