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Shirin Chen

Undergraduate at Brown University

June 4th: Where Forgetting is Harmful, Remembering is Recovery

[section_title title=First page title] Is history only defined within the limits of human recollection? What happens to a deeply important event if it fails to transcend time and place? Is remembering the key to opening a better and transformed future?…

0 Comments / 159 View / September 9, 2015

Do You Ever Truly Know Who You Are?

As the academic year recedes into a whirlwind of the past, and summer’s sweet scent fills the air, it is a bittersweet feeling, looking back at my freshman year. In October 2014, I wrote an article titled, “I don’t know…

1 Comment / 168 View / May 31, 2015

The Stanford Duck Syndrome

A few days ago I was introduced to the ‘Stanford Duck Syndrome’. This was after I told my friend about something stressing me out and she responded that everyone is just as stressed but most conceal their struggles. Picture a…

0 Comments / 2792 View / February 17, 2015

Let’s Get Rid of Class Participation Grades

In some college classes today, class participation can count for anything between 10 to 20 per cent of the final grade. Two out of my four classes in the fall semester had class participation grades. Generally, class participation takes into…

3 Comments / 1854 View / January 6, 2015

A Change in Perspective on Volunteering

When I was sixteen, I travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia with a team of students from my high school on an expedition called World Challenge. Prior to embarking on this adventure, I was excited for many different reasons. Most of…

0 Comments / 303 View / December 2, 2014

I Don’t Know What I Am Doing. Thankfully.

“You are going to have the time of your life!”  “Freshman year was the best!”  “College will be great!”  No doubt these remarks sound familiar. From receiving those acceptance letters, to move-in day, to meeting quirky people from all over…

0 Comments / 369 View / October 6, 2014

 The Math Equation at the End of the Meal

Tipping is a distinctly American practice. This societal phenomenon is purportedly important because of its economic magnitude, and also its implications of behavioural economics. Dating back centuries, tipping or gratuity as some call it has been a way of showing…

0 Comments / 165 View / September 12, 2014

Social Media, Socially Crippling

You may be familiar with the process of getting to know someone through social media. Perhaps you’re using Facebook right now to stalk your future roommate and peers at college. Through casually ‘stalking’ people on these various social platforms, you…

0 Comments / 236 View / August 29, 2014

The Irony of Being a Liberal: How Freedom of Speech is Threatened at College

The countdown has officially started. There is less than a month until thousands upon thousands of students flock to their new home for the next four years. People from all walks of life with varying beliefs, ideologies, cultures, and intellectual…

9 Comments / 641 View / August 2, 2014

The Social Disease that is Consumerism

You tell yourself to keep walking, but as you get closer to the big sign your heart flutters a little. That red sign is practically flashing at you, hypnotizing you to walk in. You justify walking in by saying to…

2 Comments / 2132 View / July 17, 2014