Grad School Advice: How to do Background Research

Grad School Advice: How to do Background Research

Reviewing the literature so you can 1) write the literature review and 2) understand what research still needs to be done can be the most tedious part of the research process. So I’ll break it down for you. Part of the research process is seeing 

Donate to a Social Justice Organization

Donate to a Social Justice Organization

I had three pairs of shoes sitting in my DSW cart. I’ve been trying to decide if I “need” more sandals that are on such a good sale. I don’t—not when we are mourning, shocked, and disgusted that George Floyd couldn’t breathe, and a cop 

How to Not Be a Jerk on Facebook (and Real Life)

How to Not Be a Jerk on Facebook (and Real Life)

Incivility is everywhere online. Even just now as I was doing some research on the conversation about coronavirus on Twitter I read a number of posts that I wouldn’t have written because they’re rude. But what I deem uncivil may not be the same as 

My First VR Experience

My First VR Experience

Today I didn’t have to pay for a broken HTC Vive VR headset, and for that I am grateful. Even though I knew I was playing a game in a small area surrounded on three sides by walls, I thought running from the virtual knight 

Street Food, Jay Fai, and the Power of Documentary

Street Food, Jay Fai, and the Power of Documentary

“I know my strength. I have faith in charcoal fires and iron woks. They taught me to be clever. They taught me to be brave. So, if I still have the strength, I will continue cooking.” —Jay Fai When I was a teenager, somehow I 

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Recently I’ve heard a lot of the “Why do bad things happen to good people?” talk, but in different terms. We all like to think of ourselves as the good people, so when things don’t go according to how we think they should, our first 

The Tri-fold: The Tedious But Effective Way to Learn Vocab

The Tri-fold: The Tedious But Effective Way to Learn Vocab

When it comes to learning a new language, first you get set up with the basics. “Hola! Cómo estás?” And then that’s basically all you remember ten years later. Oh, and maybe “baño” because that’s going to be important for when you go and vacation 

Happy Pride Month: Fighting For Your LGBTQA+ Neighbors

Happy Pride Month: Fighting For Your LGBTQA+ Neighbors

It’s interesting to me that I can so clearly remember some of the homophobia I heard growing up. And I think it’s because it was in such stark contrast to the beautiful, kind, hilarious LGBTQA+ people I had in my life.   I have this 

Making Other Religions Part of Your Faith

Making Other Religions Part of Your Faith

The best, most memorable sermon I ever heard in a church was at a Baptist church in Provo, Utah. The pastor said he’d been praying about what to teach his congregation that Sunday, and he kept coming back to the Book of Judges. He half-yelled, 

Student Protests and Free Speech

Student Protests and Free Speech

SALT LAKE CITY — University campuses have long held themselves up bastions protecting a debate of conflicting ideas and opinions in a constant quest for truth. But recent events and surveys today show administrators and many students believe there are limits to that free-flow of