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Writing

A selection of clips from my writing portfolio.

—  Creative Writing  —

 

A Rose by any other name

A story about pole dancing.

Rose blew a waft of smoke into the crisp November air, watching it curl and twist into itself before dissipating into the stratosphere. The alleyway she was smoking in was thankfully deserted, allowing her to take another drag in silence.

 
 

Azalea

A story about love and resurrection.

Christopher Rene felt his eyelids growing heavy as he wiped invisible dust from tiny vials of English rose oil. It was ten minutes to closing time, but the world outside seemed to be moving in slow motion.


 

—  Personal Writing  —

 

How to write like your life depends on it

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” So said Ernest Hemingway, who knew a thing or two about pouring one’s élément vital onto a blank page.


Five Reflections of a Harvard Junior

On anarchy, nirvana, truffle fries, wanderlust, & unicorns.

Junior fall has allowed me to dream again, perhaps at the expense of more concrete accomplishments. I’ve come to realize that you can either transmit or you can receive, but you can’t do both at the same time.


 
 

A Tiny Anthology of Five Acts of Kindness

By people I’ve known for 10 minutes or less.

It astonishes me sometimes, that strangers can be so sweet.

 
 

 
 

This Is What It’s Like Working At A Fast Food Joint And Going To An Ivy League University

Published on Thought Catalog.

I worked as a server at Waffle House the summer after high school graduation, about six months after I had gotten accepted early action to Harvard.


 
 

The Dream School

You used to dream vividly. Now you never sleep.

Every morning your waking begins in stages. Your iPhone alarm clock is set to ring every 10 minutes, starting at 7:50 AM and chirping incessantly until you finally wake up.


 

—  campus journalism  —

 

From Zero to Zuckerberg: An Insider’s Guide to Harvard Startups

Published in the Harvard Political Review.

Upon hearing the word “startup,” you might imagine a cluster of Zuckerbergs donned in hoodies and ratty jeans, wired on enough coffee and adrenaline to code for days in front of a lighted screen, and cooped up in a dark basement working on the next Facebook, confident about one day changing the world.

 
 
 
 

 
 

From Silicon to Gold: Venture Capital at Harvard

Published in the Harvard Political Review.

I walk into the Cambridge office of General Catalyst, located in a 4th floor office building adjacent to the Charles hotel. The space is warm and well-lit, with modern furnishings and polished hardwood floors.

 
 

 
 

Hackers at Harvard

Published in the Harvard Political Review.

It’s Saturday evening. The science center is lit with fluorescent lights and humming with quiet energy. To my left stands table after table of tech booths, manned by caffeinated recruiters and filled to the brim with branded memorabilia.

 
 

 
 

What’s the Dating Culture Like at Harvard?

Published in Slate Magazine.

There's a stereotype that people here are either single or married (i.e., in very serious long-term relationships), but nobody really dates. One-fifth of graduating Harvard seniors have never been in a relationship during college.

 
 

Making the Brand

Published in The Harvard Crimson.

Call them tastemakers or trendsetters, fashion arbiters or brand evangelists. As more and more companies look to break into the coveted market of 18-to-22-year-olds, businesses are using college sudents to directly preach their gospels.

 
 

Time to dance

Published in The Harvard Crimson.

Students take time off of Harvard for any number of reasons. They volunteer at non-profits, study abroad in the Middle East, find high-power internships, or work on political campaigns. Others want to dance.


 

—  national journalism  —

 

5 Brilliant Ways Restaurants Are Using Pokémon Go To Level Up Sales

Published on Forbes.

Pokémon Go has already reached 21 million daily active users, clinching a spot as the most popular game in history. The upside for restaurants? It’s a major driver of business. Here are five brilliant ways restaurants can use Pokémon to level up their sales.

 
 

How Niantic Is Profiting Off Tracking Where You Go While Playing 'Pokémon GO'

Published on Forbes.

Since its release three weeks ago, Pokémon GO has become the most popular mobile game of all time, with one in 10 Americans playing the app daily. In the process, Pokémania is building up a treasure trove for marketers as enticing as an 825 CP Dratini: geolocation data on what we’re buying, where we’re going, and how we’re getting there.


The World's Top-Selling Ice Cream Brands

Published on Forbes.

When you reach into the freezer case for ice cream this summer, there’s a good chance that you’ll be handing your money over to Unilever. From the velvety luxury of Magnum to the chocolatey crunch of Cornetto to the fun-filled decadence of Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever dominates our list, with eight of the 15 top-selling ice cream brands in the world and a 22% share of the global market.


 
 

Amid Gelato Boom, The Hottest Thing In Ice Cream Is Talenti

Published on Forbes.

When it comes to ice cream, gelato is red hot in the United States. A curiosity just a decade ago, it currently accounts for about 5% of the $14.3 billion U.S. ice cream market, with sales growth projected to hit 32.3% this year, based on data from industry sources, Euromonitor and Mintel.


IKEA Recalls 29 Million Dressers And Chests After 6 Toddler Deaths

Published on Forbes.

Bowing to pressure from safety advocates and Washington, the Swedish furniture powerhouse IKEA issued a recall Tuesday of 29 million dressers and chests following the deaths of at least six children who were crushed by the furniture when it tipped over.
 


Here's Why You Shouldn't Freak Out Over H&M's Sales Growth Slowdown

Published on Forbes.

On Wednesday the Swedish fast-fashion conglomerate Hennes & Mauritz posted lower than expected second-quarter sales in the midst of an aggressive expansion in its store count. Sales rose 2% to 54.34 billion kronor ($6.65 billion) in the three months through April, its slowest growth in three years, while profit fell 17% to 5.3 billion kronor ($0.65 billion).


Weaker Pound Makes U.K. Yachts, Luxury Goods A Better Buy On Online Resale Marketplaces

Published on Forbes.

While the United Kingdom and European Union grapple with the head-spinning uncertainties of Brexit, there may be a simple takeaway for people with means worldwide: It’s time to go shopping.


General Mills Beats Earnings Expectations in the Fourth Quarter Amid Sluggish US Sales

Published on Forbes.

General Mills beat earnings expectations in the fourth quarter as it continues to pivot its product lineup to remain relevant, with its increased focus on organic food and its all-natural changes to its cereals.


—  Profiles  —


The Beautiful and Damned: G-Eazy and the Dark Underside of the American Dream

Published in the Harvard Political Review.

G-Eazy’s meteoric rise to fame has taken the hip-hop world by storm. His song “Me, Myself & I” recently topped the Billboard Top 100 in Pop at #1, while his newest album, When It’s Dark Out, debuted at #3. 


Hendrik Hertzberg '65: From Crimson Managing Editor to New Yorker Journalist

Published in The Harvard Crimson.

Hendrik Hertzberg ’65 has always been known for writing with style. “He always had very beautiful handwriting, like calligraphy,” said friend Donald E. Graham ’66, former Crimson president, as he described Hertzberg’s distinctive copperplate script.


Fifteen Professors to Meet: Joshua Greene

Published in The Harvard Crimson.

Joshua Greene ’97 greets me in his office on the 14th floor of William James Hall, home to a standing desk, a stack of books, and a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Cambridge. He is warm and inviting, with sharp bluish-green eyes, a calico beard, a mop of curly brown hair, and a penchant for good conversation.


Evan O'Dorney '15

Published in Her Campus.

Evan M. O’Dorney ‘15 won first place in the National Spelling Bee and the Intel Science Talent Search, placed four times at the International Math Olympiad, and has been one of the top five scorers in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition for the past three years. But O’Dorney is much more than his rave-worthy accomplishments.


Erik Schluntz '15-'16

Published in Her Campus.

Combining technical skill with business savvy comes naturally to Schluntz, a born innovator who has already made a name for himself in the world of startups.


Rosalie Nathans '16

Published in Her Campus.

As the former co-president of Women in Business, the largest undergraduate collegiate business club on campus, Nathans had an almost prescient vision of her goals as a freshman. “I actually knew I was going to join WIB at Visitas, because the girls I met were just so put together and professional and mature,” she explains.


Taylor Carol '17

Published in Her Campus.

In Taylor Carol’s hometown of Dana Point, California, the waves break leisurely along a buff marking the spot where his father proposed to his mother, 90-foot-long blue whales can be seen migrating every summer, and surfers emerge on beaches dripping and sun-tanned after bodysurfing on the waves.


Gregory Foster '17

Published in Her Campus.

At 6’4” with a sculpted physique, boyish smile, and refreshing lack of pretense, Gregory Foster is bucking the stereotypes associated with CS. A stylish guy, he wears his amber locks perfectly coiffed, his clothes color-coordinated, and his confidence with a touch of self-awareness.


Stephen Turban '17

Published in Her Campus.

Stephen Turban sweeps into Quincy dining hall, a bundle of quirky energy raring to out-dazzle the sun. Sharply dressed in a skinny black tie and starched white button-up, he sports a lucid twinkle in his electric blue eyes, a rainbow of rope bracelets around his left wrist, and a charming Duchenne smile that extends easily into laughter.


—  Travel Writing  —


When in Beijing

Published in the Harvard Crimson.

You never forget your first love, and Beijing is no different. Although it’s been over a decade since I last visited the city, its charms were recently renewed for me when I met up with a few friends to go sight-seeing in the capital of China.


A Taste of Italy: On Milan, Siena, and Studying Abroad

Published in The Harvard Crimson.

There’s this sentimental idea of traveling during your youth, when you’re still young enough for the world to make a lasting impression on you. As a result, a sense of collective wanderlust often descends upon college students.


Sketches of a City

Published in Her Campus.

While I was interning in Beijing this past January, I loved the all little experiences that made the city come to life. Traveling always makes me appreciate the nuances of the world, and every time I’m delighted to discover something new.