Immigrants

In 2018, 15% of H-1B visas were denied, as opposed to the 7% in 2017, 6% in 2016 and 4% in 2015. Many among those denied H-1B visas are Asian immigrants like my own father who immigrated to the US on a full scholarship as a hardware engineer and worked his way up the semiconductor […]

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Sarcasm

Few people my age are active nihilists. Some of my acquaintances, especially those at elite universities, have had existential crisis’s, thoughts of “what’s this all for?” …but almost always they come out soft determinists (or moral compatibilists ), rediscover meaning in their life, usually via friendships, goals, or family, and live on (until their next […]

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Panda Express

Me: *finishes final exam of the quarter, tries to brainstorm available friends I can grab a meal with before my flight tomorrow* *10 mins later, I open text message* Me: Hey hey are you still around today or tomorrow? Friend: Aw a friend has an end of the quarter party off campus. I’m going now. […]

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Emptied Cup

3 exams crushed, a poster and a report down, with 1 final exam on Friday to go before this quarter is a wrap. Now I can feel the abyss slowly coming back to me to settle the void left by the absence of my 4 weekly psets and 5 courses that count for my major. […]

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Why I think people I know ignore me

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” – Friedrich Nietzsche On the vibrant, sprawling campus of Stanford, everyone seems to be on some teetering center of mass between academics, social events, and sleep, so it’s understandable that some social cues […]

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The Source of Conflict

I don’t think conflict occurs because (groups of) people have different standards. Conflict occurs because of the illusion that those of different standards can work together. It is this illusion that leads to the buildup of grievances collected from compromise – and for two sides of different value systems, every compromise is a negative-sum game. […]

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Unhappiness

The wisdom you’re about to read comes from the mind of a person who has suffered the cumulative trauma of an average’s person life many times over, and who has the mental age of a death bed patient. *cough* If every human action is driven at the core by emotion, and all emotions are determined […]

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