What learning Mandarin taught me about not giving up

What learning Mandarin taught me about not giving up

Learning Mandarin is difficult. After 90 hours worth of classes and nearly 2000 flashcards, I’m still struggling to even understand everyday real-life conversations. According to the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Mandarin ranks as a Level 4 foreign language, which...
On the Human Aspiration to be Beautiful

On the Human Aspiration to be Beautiful

Before looking at the mirror every morning, I‘d steel myself: how many zits would I have this time, and — the ultimate horror — would there be nasty, pus-filled bumps that would catch people’s attention before the rest of my face? This went on for the entirety of my...
When Was the Last Time Writing Was Enjoyable?

When Was the Last Time Writing Was Enjoyable?

Relearning how to write and create by embracing chaos I call myself a writer (it’s the unimaginatively consistent refrain to all of my personal profiles), and I do write for a living. But sometimes I feel like a total fake. The ultimate proof for this is an...

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