04 // Hiking, Camping, and Freedom From Choice

There is one order, a definitive linear order to follow in the world of camping. Sometimes, I don’t even have the extra energy to think - I am entirely consumed by the act of putting one foot in front of the other, perhaps because my pack is heavy, or the sun is hot, or the trail goes ever more steeply upward. In any case, I cannot progress unless I follow that one order to things. And it’s soothing to not have any choices beyond when to stop for water, or to admire a view.

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WYW // Worth Your While: Lethal Sexism, Tim Ferriss, Secrets of Successful Research Students

A combination of final exams, a spring break trip to Stockholm, and some research gearing up diverted my time and attention from blogging. So until next week's essay on the American concept of and obsession with leadership, enjoy some links!

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03 // The Notorious RBG and What We Expect of Our Heroes

I had taken pages and pages of notes - yet I had no better understanding of Ginsburg or the meaning of life to show for it. Ginsburg's responses were by and large already on the record. Later, a friend of mine pointed out that expecting someone to address the meaning of life might be an unreasonable expectation. I replied that it might be, but then again that was the whole point of the lecture. Her comment got me thinking, however. What is fair to expect of our role models and heroes?

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WYW // Worth Your While: Russell Westbrook, what3words, Rebecca Solnit

One of the ways these blogs garner my loyalty is by linking to quality content. When I don't have a particular destination in mind, the internet can feel awfully vast and difficult to navigate. In the spirit of sharing and - dare I say it - curating, I'll be posting links to my favorite web-based content every other week. I found these links to be worth my while - I hope they'll prove worth your while, too. 

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02 // Thinking Critically About Inclusion

As a woman of color learning and working in STEM fields, I hear the words diversity and inclusion bandied about a lot. As a new and skeptical resident of Silicon Valley, I’ve also been thinking a lot about what innovation actually means. So when I had the opportunity to apply to Fostering Innovation Through Inclusion, a d.school pop-out course hosted by Google, I couldn’t resist.

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01 // Books Will Save You: Reflections On 2016, and What I Read

2016 was anything but constant. So it's not surprising that I've developed a deep-seated need for self-discipline, routine, and tradition - creating constancy in my self, since it has been so lacking in my surroundings. And it's even less surprising that in the tumult of moving, graduating, and tentatively entering the adult world, I turned to books for wisdom, comfort, and old-fashioned escapism.  

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