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career, life

Stay hungry, stay foolish

When I heard about Steve Jobs’ death, I felt a sudden flash of sadness hit me. Why was I so sad about the death of a man I never met? Because Steve Jobs is not just a man, but a legacy — an inventor, innovator, entrepreneur, and creative genius. Steve Jobs changed our lives by creating beautiful technology infused with love, passion, and the desire to “think different.” His marketing of Apple products was successful not simply because iPhones, iMacs, and iPods have sleek, fashionable design — but because of the brand he associated these technologies with. By purchasing a…

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issues, life, links

Around the internet, and 9/11 links

First of all, I want to thank Makafui, a fellow blogger over at “That African Girl,” for featuring an interview with me! I enjoyed writing about what got me started blogging and my views on culture, women’s rights, and feminism. Please click here to read the interview. Thanks, Mak! Second of all, today is 9/11 — a day that is forever etched in the hearts of Americans. We can’t forget 9/11; it changed our lives, defined the course of our country, and altered international relations. Many people have been posting about their experiences on 9/11 and where they were at…

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career, innovation, life, non-profit, personal, social change

What gets me excited

I have a lot of interests and passions. I am driven to find ideas in justice & social change that make sense, are about the people, and fill real needs. So what excites me? Carlos recently asked me, “So how do you keep yourself motivated when it doesn’t seem like things are changing in this world?” Well, here’s part of my answer. This is what inspires me, even when the going gets rough. Change is not easy, so we have to selfishly reach deep inside and pull out what drives us, at the core. I get excited when I find…

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life, personal

Inspiration for the new year

I found the following quote/graphic on Tumblr and fell in love with it today. Although it’s from 2009, I find it extremely relevant to my life today. I think I’ll adopt it as my personal manifesto for 2011. Life is short. Get rid of things in life that make you unhappy. Live your dream, travel, follow your passion, be with people you love, open your mind and soul, do what energizes you. I think we all know these simple truths at heart, but sometimes they are hard to implement within the chaos and confusion that can be life. Sometimes, we…

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life, links

Assorted Weekend Links

Hope you have all had a great week(end)! The past few days have been absolutely perfect one for me – delicious cupcakes from Molly’s, a friend’s birthday celebrations, Dillo Day (annual day of fun, sun, and concerts from Regina Spektor, Guster, and Nelly at Northwestern), a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo (although I am still not a fan, morally, of zoos…this did confirm this viewpoint), and the excitement of another close friend visiting NU from out of town. After I handed in my thesis on April 30th, I’ve just been trying my best to enjoy the time I have…

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life, travel

Reflections on 2009

This is the time of year for reflections, and I’m certainly no exception to the rule. So here goes (though I don’t usually talk much about myself on this blog): In 2009, I finished studying abroad at the London School of Economics and fell even more deeply in love with London and LSE. I also continued working with the Student Microfinance Development Initiative (SMDI), a student-run nonprofit which I helped start up. SMDI connects student volunteers with microfinance institutions, and spending so many late nights and long strategy meetings working on the organization was one of the best experiences of…

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life, social change

When activism becomes elitism

Maybe it’s just me, but I increasingly see a problem with activism: it can easily slip from passion to elitism. I’ll be honest; as I became more passionate about human rights issues, I started feeling incredibly upset. I started wondering: “Why doesn’t everyone else care? How can they hear about genocide, conflict, women’s rights, torture, lack of access to justice, and not do something about it?” And yes, it made me mad, it made me frustrated and disappointed. But I realized that while I can try to encourage some people to care, many of them just won’t. I also realized…

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