Beyond Rationality

We often idolize rationality as the solution to all of the world’s problems. Awareness. Education. These are always touted as the foundations of success for any plan that hopes to create real change. Especially in our current era of Enlightenment, we have come to view rationality as our savior. We believe that if the whole world was…

Empathy and Community Service

It was the first time in my life that I had found myself on crutches. My left ankle had been sprained but with a lot of airline assistance and hopping from wheelchair to wheelchair, I had managed to travel from the United States to India. There was a lot that I learned while I was…

Three Future Technologies to Revolutionize Digital Publishing

10 years ago if someone would have said that over half of all adults in the United States would be using Facebook in order to learn about the news, no one would have believed them. As technologies change, so does the world of digital publishing.

The Universality of Music: Exploring Indian Classical Tradition

Guest Post written by: Saurabh Kumar The Concert A couple of weeks ago, I was given the incredible opportunity by the Georgia Tech Stamps President’s Scholarship to witness Indian classical musicians present the Masters of Percussion concert at the Rialto Center for the Arts. I attended the event along with Georgia Tech students Suraj Sehgal,…

Unpacking “Me” – A Dive into Identity

Originally posted on 100 Ways to Write:
I recently had the opportunity to perform a spoken word poem that I had written a while ago. And on the day of the performance, I remember staring at the words on the pages that I was holding and realizing that these phrases that once held so much emotion and meaning to me…

Changing the World: A Youth Perspective

This was a post I wrote – and it was originally published on Huffington Post! ——————————————————- The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a commitment made by over 190 leaders around the world to change this planet as we know it. With 17 bold goals to tackle massive problems by 2030, including eradicate extreme poverty, fixing…

Lessons Learned from Human Trafficking Activism

Ever since I was a junior in high school, I have been passionate about fighting against human trafficking. It all started with a Community Ambassador Training held by youthSpark, a nonprofit that works to end child sex trafficking in Georgia (not the country, but the state, inside the US). After learning about such a heinous issue and becoming…

The Paradox of Renewable Energy

Two weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore Iceland and learn about its unique energy policy through an 8-day Adventure Program on Renewable Energy and Sustainability offered through the GREEN Program. Although it was only eight days long, we were able to attend lectures from professors at the Iceland School of Energy in Reykjavik University, tour geothermal and…

The Luxury of Studying

At Georgia Tech, I am surrounded by students (myself included), who are consistently complaining about the amount of work they have to do or how much they are dreading the amount of studying that awaits them. It has become so commonplace to accept studying as an inevitable evil that dooms us all that many of us don’t…

10 Valuable Lessons I Learned from Studying Abroad

This past summer, I had an amazing opportunity to go on a 10-week study abroad program in Europe, learning about the European Union, US-EU relations, European security, and human rights. I spent 6 weeks in Brussels with a host family, and about a week each in Ireland, France, Germany, and Poland. Needless to say, it was an…

Insights into Ireland

After staying for almost a month in Brussels, Belgium, spending a week in Dublin, Ireland was quite the change. All the chocolate shops and Belgian waffle stands were replaced with barber shops and Irish pubs. Suddenly my ears had to adjust from hearing French to English, a language that I was more familiar with, but being spoken in an…

Reflection on Human Rights from Brussels and The Hague

After seven weeks of discussing security issues and matters of US-EU relations, it was a pleasant change of pace to begin learning about human rights. There were several topics that we discussed in the first two days of comprehensive lectures that were very interesting to see play out in our site visits, including the tension…

Culture and Policy

One of the most fascinating things that I have been able to see on this study abroad trip across Europe learning about the European Union and various policy areas has been the intricate intersections between culture and policy. Culture. Culture is absolutely fascinating and so incredibly influential. If there is one thing that I have learned…

NATO in the Age of Asymmetry

Yesterday, after we all took a challenging exam testing our extensive knowledge over the different institutions and important actors of the European Union, their functions, and their influence (or lack thereof) in Europe, we had the pleasure of hearing from a Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General. With over 20 years of experience, he had…

Living in the Present and Learning from History

I’ve always been told that it’s important not to live in the past. But I’ve also been told that it’s important to learn and remember history in order to make sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes. This apparent contradiction between having to live in the present and yet immerse yourself in the past creates an interesting tension….

The Power of Language

One important thing that I noticed almost immediately from when I arrived in Brussels, was the power of language. I suppose it was something that I never quite thought about and took for granted because I am often able to get by with my little knowledge of Hindi when I travel to India, and other than that, I…

Let the Studying (Abroad) Commence!

For those of you who do not know, I am currently on a study abroad trip in Europe! I was given this wonderful opportunity in part by the President’s Scholarship Program and the Stamps Leadership Scholarship at Georgia Tech, and of course, my parents. The program is called the EU-Brussels study abroad program, which is a 10-week…