On Reading – Also, this summer feels way too short

August 12th, 2014
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I’ve been trying to read this summer. Not just read several pages at random intervals or skim several pages of a book. It’s been a while since I actually sat down and read for a good half an hour – and textbooks don’t count.

I have been reading about reading, and about writing. I am currently reading “On Writing Well”, written by William Zinsser. It’s a great book about writing with a great message. The book centers around the argument that most writing is unnecessarily complicated.

The life-changing message of ‘On Writing Well’ is: simplify your language and thereby find your humanity.

Especially in law, business, and some academic fields, writing is full of jargon and paragraphs are convoluted.

I can’t agree with his point more. My writing used to be complex, and full of large and overly grandiose words. Looking back now, I would say my writing was poor. Writing is a tool to communicate ideas. There is no need to be unnecessarily dense with language and if something can be said in one sentence, use one sentence.

I’m glad I happened to find this book. It’s given me a lot of new insights and thoughts about writing. Definitely one of the best, if not the best, books on writing that I’ve read.


Getting my feet wet

July 28th, 2014
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It’s really tough to figure out your true calling. I think most people don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do. And if they do, figuring out how to get there is a tremendous obstacle.

I’ve had a lot of trouble with this myself. I grew up thinking that I wanted to be a police officer. “Catching bad guys” was my thing. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with football. It was amazing – the camaraderie, the thrill I felt after a big hit, and the pride I felt when we won. It was a tough sport, but the constant workouts were worth it. Unfortunately, I could not keep up with academics, sports, and extracurriculars. I realized that if I did not devote all my focus to football, there was no way I could reach the professionals or even play Division 1 ball.

I put all my focus on academics and extracurricular activities. I flirted with medicine. Then, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in finance. And now, I still don’t really know what I want to do. There are many things I enjoy, and I feel like I’m a lot closer to the answer now.

This summer, I’m in Boston working in management consulting in their legal analytics department. It’s a new experience and I hope this guides me further along my journey.

First Post!

July 19th, 2014
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Hey all, to commemorate my first official blog post, here’s an article that I read a while back that I found really insightful.

It’s tough to keep everything in mind sometimes, but not impossible!

Here’s the post: It was posted on MIT’s admissions blog and it was quite popular a while back.