Why I spent the past eight years (and a lot of money!) pursuing a Ph.D. program.

Why I spent the past eight years (and a lot of money!) pursuing a Ph.D. program.

It was April 2002, many months after 9/11. I had relocated back to San Francisco after spending four years in New York City. Like many people, I was consistently anxious; reminded that the world was not what I had once envisioned. It was during this time that I sought to belong to something greater. For [...]

Outside In

Outside In

Have you ever thought about how others perceive you? And how their perception of you shapes or strengthens your own identity? I’ve thought about the concept of identity for many years now; and in the past nine years, I’ve come to understand that several factors contributed to the development of who I truly am. We [...]

Hug Your Younger Self

Hug Your Younger Self

"I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression." - Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club When I was an adolescent, no one ever asked for my opinion on most matters. At mealtime, I ate the pickled side dishes that [...]