A Cambridge Spring

Spring has arrived in Cambridge, and Cambridge’s famous cows have returned to the city commons from their winter barns.  Cows have been grazing on Cambridge’s public parks, or “Commons” since the 12th century, and there is no doubt who’s in charge when they cross your path as you walk or cycle to a class.  Watch…

Edinburgh, Dover, Cambridge

Greetings from cloudy, chilly England! Cambridge is quiet now because many students have returned home or are traveling because we are on Spring Break until late April.  I’ve traveled a bit also, south to see the famous White Cliffs of Dover and north to Scotland. During week 6 of Lent term, a good friend from…

Cambridge Visions: Living, Working, Learning

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” Albert Einstein Chinese Master Sculptor Ju Ming’s remarkable bronze “The Taichi Arch – Gate of Health” gleams in the early…

Cambridge & Pitt: the first connection

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a rejuvenating break.  We are now back in classes after a six week holiday.   Cambridge University calls this new eight week term “Lent Term,” and in April, we’ll have another break before the final study and exam period called “Easter Term.”  I’ll write more about how we…

My CURF: Be Patient But Stay Curious

Receiving the Chancellors Undergraduate Research Fellowship has been very fulfilling and I am very appreciative to those that keep this great fellowship going. As a Pitt student it is great to see the encouragement from faculty for undergraduate research. This opportunity gave me the ability to delve deeper into my work and make it a…

Community Leadership Internship – A Final Look Into The Mirror

During this past fall semester, I was able to focus on refining my resource and opening up channels from which I could receive feedback. As far as the former of those goes, I feel I was successful. I added a foreword containing my own self-reflection on the manual’s purpose, as well as an appendix containing…

CEA Paris: Closing Remarks

Paris me manque Truthfully, I have been back in the United States for one week and I can assuredly say that I miss Paris a lot. I miss the picturesque streetscapes, the amazing food, and the romantic atmosphere that saturates the City of Lights. I miss the friends that I have made, my classmates, my…

Expectations: exceeded

Happy holidays, everyone! Christmas has arrived in Cambridge, and the streets are brightly lit with lights in the windows of shops and decorations all around the city. Some of my house mates and I traveled into London last weekend and experienced the Christmas preparations amid England’s Storm Arwen. Even in the face of the rain,…

I Did It! – My BPhil Defense and Future Research Endeavors

As the fall semester draws to a close, most seniors completing BPhil theses are just starting the research portion of their projects. Meanwhile, I just successfully defended my BPhil thesis and I would like to share my reflection on the BPhil process for those who are starting to embark on the later portion of this…