Starting Anew.

No, I am not going to delete this blog. I do realize I haven’t posted for five weeks. I may post here on a more sporadic basis now, so I do feel sorry about that.

Right now I’m a week into my first semester as a junior at Vanderbilt. I’m also a student VUceptor and am planning to continue the research I did this summer; hopefully it will end up in an Honors in Chemical Engineering. Right now I’m in the midst of working on a poster for a presentation session next Monday. Due to my VUcept training commitments and post-Eid fatigue and overall stress (I won’t have any major breaks until October!), I’d been putting off some important analysis until last week when classes started again on Wednesday.

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On Being an Introvert

Recently I’ve read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and spent a few hours mulling over how much the book resonated with me. It was the first time a non-fiction work had ever brought me to tears. Why? Because it hurts so much for an introvert to be pressed into the mold created by the Extroverted Ideal.

Sure, some of us might be more readily engaged in social situations, but at the end of the day all introverts need their “me time” more than the rest of the world. I, too, am an introvert, and today I would like to talk about being one. Continue reading

A Science Teacher for a Dad and an English Teacher for a Mum

I confess I grew up in a family of teachers. My parents are teachers; in fact, they met at a teachers’ training college in Penang some 25 or so years ago. So were my maternal grandparents. On my dad’s side are three aunts and a handful of cousins who educate for a living. As a consequence, I cultivated a healthy respect for the profession – but that’s not what I want to talk about today. Anyway, today I’d like to talk about how my parents’ chosen vocation helped me become the person I am today – an aspiring polymath.

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There’s Something about Snail Mail

Apparently I haven’t blogged in four weeks despite the promised weekly schedule. I’ve been behind for all of the tasks I promised to myself due to my involvement in the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP for short, you can either pronounce it as an acronym or an initialism; either way people won’t understand anyway) for the past four weeks. Actually, the research gig started a couple of days after I posted A Presidential Fascination, and I’ve been busy ever since.

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A Presidential Fascination

It has been more than a week since I left Washington, DC on the tail end of my six-day vacation to Chicago and DC. The last time I pored over some writing of this kind (I’ve written a couple of Goodreads reviews in the meantime), it was for the VUcept blog. In case you haven’t read it, click here. Which reminds me, I have another short piece I promised my partner a couple weeks ago and a draft to edit for a friend.

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A Guest Post on the VUcept Blog

Hello, 12-23 readers,

This week I would like to direct your attention to the VUcept blog, where I guest-post about being in new places and getting out of the comfort zone:

I believe that there’s no better time to go out there than the present. While I’ve had some uncomfortable experiences during our excursions, I feel that getting out of your comfort zone is a part of life that shapes you.

Click here to read the entire thing :)

Wishing you a wonderful summer so far! – N