10 things good mentors do

Express their intentions. Tell you they're busy, but they'll get back to you when they can. Empathetically inform you when you've made a mistake. Listen to what you feel you need. Introduce you to other people who can help you. Give honest feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. Shun selfishness and put their egos to … Continue reading 10 things good mentors do

Brain Pickings: A collection of all things smart and interesting

  Brain Pickings is the result of Maria Popova's pursuit of her own truth, the record of her becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life. Popova is one of the most incisive literati of the 21st century. It's no wonder 1.2 … Continue reading Brain Pickings: A collection of all things smart and interesting

Community: The foundation of culture

Smarter people than me, scholars and artists, have tried hard to capture the complexities of the human experience and show perennial truths about the state of Man. Unfortunately, the fact is that it’s probably impossible to do. There are so many diverse cultures in the world. People change greatly for an unlimited number of reasons, … Continue reading Community: The foundation of culture

My top five most meaningful, thought-provoking podcasts

I used to think that podcasts were a waste of time or just a thing for geeks. I thought that if you wanted to learn something, you should listen to audiobooks on Librivox or Audible. But, in my junior year of college, I was introduced to a podcast for local government professionals, Govlove, which really … Continue reading My top five most meaningful, thought-provoking podcasts

Liberal education: An introduction

A few months ago I received a set of books published by Encloypedia Britannica consisting of 10 volumes from 1959 called collectively The Great Ideas Program. The topics in the set run the gamut from philosophy to mathematics to imagination, literature, and theology. I'm excited to eventually explore the depths of its ideas. And I'm … Continue reading Liberal education: An introduction

Triage & crisis management: The way of the graduate student

Triage usually refers to something that takes place in a medical environment, but it is also applied to students in graduate programs and professionals with a lot of responsibility and little time to make a decision. It's the idea that when you're in an emergency or urgent situation, you have to group (in the case … Continue reading Triage & crisis management: The way of the graduate student