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I am your average college student. I kind of know what I want to do in life, but at the same time, I have no idea. But recently I’ve unintentionally stumbled upon some key parts in the formula for success.

Over the last two semesters, I’ve been running special events for the product club at my university as VP Special Events. In total, I’ve hosted 18 events this semester for the club this year, each about an hour-long with about 30–80 participants each. During these events, we discuss all things product management, design, engineering, and marketing through member casual mixers…


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Let’s talk about the college admissions scandal that shook the nation a few years ago. In 2019, a criminal conspiracy lead by Rick Singer was exposed. This scandal consisted of Rick promising wealthy parents that he could get their children into elite American universities through the “side door”, as opposed to having them work hard to get into these colleges through the “front door”. This “side door” meant using Rick’s connection with athletics coaches, a proctor for standardized tests, and more to bribe their way into the school of their dreams. …


It’s mentorship season! Whether you’re the leader of a club, corporate company, or any other type of group, mentorship is a critical part of every organization. Through virtual coffee chats, speed dating calls, and more, mentorship programs can help people get connected with those who can offer a little guidance.

Glimpse is the perfect place to host your organization’s mentorship events. Glimpse is an easy-to-use platform for community building to help you organize your speed-matching one-on-one video chats. …


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I have always been creative — spent my summers painting in the mountains, played the clarinet, wrote the most dramatic short stories about anything and everything. When I was in high school, I turned to creative writing to air out my feelings and put my thoughts into words. Yet, when it was time to choose a career path, it didn’t take long to realize that being a writer didn’t pay well.

As a second-generation American, I’ve been focused on doing well in school and reaching financial stability. So now, I am a college student studying computer science. All my life…


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Have you ever had a really great meal? Or a truly amazing trip? Then you’d know that it’s often not as good the second time. This happens because after the first mind-blowing experience, we look forward to the next time with so much anticipation that when we finally are able to experience it again, it doesn’t quite meet the high expectations we imagined in our minds.

A similar thing happens for our goals. When we put our goals on a pedestal, reaching them can be disappointing. The truth is, most of the happenings in our lives are not life-changing.

Overhyping Our Goals

In…


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Every year, I come into the new year with a list of resolutions for the new year. I’ve always noticed a major flaw with using January 1st as an excuse to finally do something I’ve been meaning to do; it delays action and encourages laziness for months, weeks, or days leading up to this grand day of January 1st when it’s just a normal day. Yet, I’ve always succumbed to declaring my resolution at every new years eve dinner party.

I have always been adamant that any goal I set must be quantifiable or where the results are clearly defined…


It’s not just a dating app.

Photo from BMBL IPO via Whitney Wolfe Herd’s LinkedIn

We live in a male-dominated corporate society, and the technology sector is no exception. In tech, women face biases, discrimination, and prejudices that make it difficult for us to feel heard, respected, or even acknowledged at all.

Last week, tech enthusiasts all over the world watched as Bumble (BMBL) went public. The IPO made history and Whitney Wolfe Herd became the youngest female self-made billionaire.

Background

Bumble Inc is a dating platform turned general social media application. It was released in 2014 and has grown to over 100 million users. Their bright yellow interface and welcoming user platform have changed the…


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I only switched to the computer science major last year. When I made the switch, I had no idea what was in store for me in terms of potential paths for me with this major. I had always thought that a computer science degree meant working as a software engineer in a big tech company. As I got more and more involved, I realized that there is so much more out there than what I previously anticipated. …


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Today I came across an article published on Her Campus titled “Why Winter Break is High-Key the Best Time to Get Ahead on All Your Goals”. This title caught my eye because I have been struggling with this exact idea. I’ve waited my entire semester for winter break, so I could finally stop hustling and actually take a breath (and not just a shallow one).

This message — the idea that we should all be using the winter break to get ahead — is attractive. In fact, one of the first things I did this break was to write out…


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I’m a college student studying computer science and economics. In my classes, I practice logical problem solving and numerical analysis. In my work, I’m expected to reflect and optimize. Why am I so bad at applying analysis to my personal life then?

Two of the hardest classes for me so far were not data structures nor computer architecture, but rather a pedagogy class and a class titled “honors management skills”. I would struggle to comprehend the material thoroughly and think through them in the way intended, always quick to blame the material or the course rather than myself. I would…

Ashley Chang

iced coffee all year round kinda gal. workout challenge enthusiast. vscode girl who writes sometimes.

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