See Ya Real Soon

I’ve always wanted to leave Orlando. If you know me at all or have read the opening copy of this blog, that’ll come as no surprise to you. It’s not that there was anything I heavily despised about this city—though granted I do complain incessantly about how we have too many bugs and how I-4 sucks and how most of this urban sprawl feels more fake than real—I’ve … Continue reading See Ya Real Soon

Anything to Declare, Sir?

So I haven’t posted anything in over two months. Sorry about that—unfortunately the mountain of work that is senior year has yet to let up, and I’m forced to give you the same excuse I always give whenever I haven’t written anything in a while: I was busy doing other things. Yesterday my mom and I drove to the airport—but not to fly anywhere (that prospect was … Continue reading Anything to Declare, Sir?

It’s Great To Be a Medill Cherub

The Medill Northwestern Summer Journalism Institute, which started in 1934 as the National Institute for High School Journalists, is a five-week program at Northwestern University. Part journalism intensive, part cult (and I mean that in the best way), it’s truly unlike any other pre-college program. Every summer, a new group of students becomes part of a wide-reaching network of alumni, many of whom are successful leaders in the field. The program is an immersion in all things journalism, from print to multimedia, from reporting to editing. For an aspiring journalist like me, it was a summer well spent. In fact—it was a summer that couldn’t have been spent any better. Continue reading It’s Great To Be a Medill Cherub

One Year

Yes! I am alive…I think. As the end of my school year approaches, I have become entombed in homework, musical rehearsals, and standardized tests. So, in short, that’s why I haven’t posted in basically a month. That being said, I still can’t promise that I’ll return to my weekly posting schedule until the end of May. But for now, check this out: WordPress just notified … Continue reading One Year

Where I Went in 2014 (And Where I Want to Go in 2015)

This year, I traversed America and visited its greatest cities. It was exciting to see such a kaleidoscope of cultures, all in one country. Of course, the biggest thing this year was probably starting this blog: a tool that has only enhanced my travel experiences (and helped me create some new ones right at home). This post is just a look back at where I went this year, as well as a sneak peek at my plans for “As Far Away As Possible” next year.

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On Kwanzaa

(Image Credit: Rochester City Newspaper)

Now that I’ve finished my exams and my Winter Break has officially begun, I can begin to actually celebrate the holidays!

There’s one holiday in particular that I’ve heard mentioned countless times during this season but that I really have no knowledge about: Kwanzaa. And I’m genuinely interested in, well, what it is, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to educate both myself and you about this holiday.

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Per Ardua Ad Astra

This post’s title is the widely recognized motto of the Royal Air Force, and perhaps one of the most important phrases ever created.

Of course, I never miss a chance to identify modern uses of Latin- but I’ll tell you what “Per Ardua ad Astra” means later if you didn’t already know. Today, resulting from a deeply tragic accident 50,000 feet above the Mojave Desert, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo inner-orbital spacecraft, along with its two pilots, crashed during a test flight.

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Lone Stars and Kangaroos

Australia just got more awesome- which I didn’t think was possible. Today (or yesterday- who knows with these time differences) Qantas, Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, began service between Sydney and Dallas, Texas on its leviathan of a plane: the Airbus 380. Now it may just seem like I’m talking AV Geek jargon, but this is actually a big deal. Let me break it down … Continue reading Lone Stars and Kangaroos

The Battle for Legroom Continues

You might’ve heard about the United flight that had to make an emergency landing in Chicago earlier this week because of a heated argument between two passengers. What’s peculiar about the whole situation is that the conflict was over one passenger’s using ‘knee defenders’ to prevent the woman in front of him from reclining and restricting his legroom. The flight attendant onboard asked the man to … Continue reading The Battle for Legroom Continues