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Frances Lin

Undergraduate at Barnard College

Something Selfish About Suicide

Undoubtedly, suicide has become a serious problem in society: 30,000 people commit suicide in the United States each year, while 750,000 people attempt it.  Regardless, there has been endless debate on whether or not suicide, in its entirety, is selfish.  Shortly…

6 Comments / 676 View / October 8, 2014

An International (dis)Orientation

College orientation was a time to unpack the bedroom that you somehow managed to fit on the plane, a time to make the friends you’ll probably never see again, and a time to celebrate your newfound freedom away from the…

2 Comments / 146 View / October 3, 2014

The Revelations In One’s Taste Of Music

Author’s Note: This can apply to many forms of entertainment…but I’ve just decided to limit my scope to music for both its ubiquity and simplicity’s sake. Music has been an integral part of our lives across the generations: it makes…

2 Comments / 237 View / August 18, 2014

The Tears of Applying To College – International Edition

Some of these tears are obvious, but universal: no matter where we are, we all cry these tears.  There are the tears of sadness as a result of college rejection comparable to unrequited love.  There are the tears of doubt…

3 Comments / 393 View / August 5, 2014

(Some) Memetic Marketing

Let’s talk about memes, shall we? Frequent visitors of BuzzFeed and 9GAG are familiar with memes: they can instantly recognise the unique images that are used to describe certain situations, such as a cat with the body of a PopTart…

2 Comments / 539 View / July 29, 2014

The Problem with A**holes—The Book, That Is

When one stumbles across a book with the word “Assholes” slapped across the cover in the Philosophy section of a bookstore, one would most likely be under the impression that this book would be an engaging but also intellectually stimulating…

2 Comments / 193 View / July 23, 2014

The Other Side of Hip Hop

Really, hip hop isn’t all that bad; its reputation, however, would beg to differ. When the words “hip hop” comes to mind, what words do people typically associate it with? Vulgar, obscene, degrading, repetitive, nonsensical, are just a few of…

3 Comments / 170 View / July 8, 2014

Review of In Cold Blood

One sentence to describe the book:  An investigative account of a mass-murder—examined in different perspectives—that left my mouth wide open even after I closed the book. My friend and mentor Evan recommended In Cold Blood last April, saying that it is one of…

2 Comments / 1220 View / June 19, 2014