College: Reality Check

Was I academically prepared for college? Yes and no. The focus of my high school instruction was breadth, not depth. Having this breadth prepared me for a liberal arts education, not the rigorous engineering major I pursued my first year at Carnegie Mellon University....

Almost There: Fall Semester 2019

The next few months seem to be brimming with opportunity. Opportunity often brings me feelings of anticipation, but recently, fear. I say fear coming from the workload I’ll have in the fall semester. I applied to the Washington Semester Program for Fall 2019. I’ll be...

Make Sure You Can Always Breathe

Let’s talk about the narrative of “resilience” that is spoken of as the prized possession that happens when first-gen/low income students are put through elite institutions. I went to a dinner the other day that my university was hosting, and it invited FLI students,...