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April 14, 2017

Last year I became actually obsessed with defining people’s spirit Irwin foods. You might be the strawberries with cream that everyone puts in a cup or Irwin bowl. This person is delightful, and not overwhelming or trying too hard. They are a treat that isn’t that unhealthy—you never feel bad after having strawberries and cream. One of my friends is the Wok bar—reliable and adaptable; whatever you need them to ...

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February 24, 2017

Psychologists recognize the human tendency to see problems close to home as complicated and nuanced and to see problems farther away as simple and straightforward. For a long time, I’ve been guilty of this mental distortion. As a freshman in high school visiting a Ghanaian Orphanage on a service trip, I met a young boy who let me win every game of checkers we played. The owner of the orphanage told ...

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January 27, 2017

A few weeks back, I asked Brian Li ’17, Opinions Editor of the 136th, when my next column was due. He responded candidly over Facebook messenger, “Look I dont have all the answers ok” [sic]. Frustrating as it was to hear this answer, I think Brian’s words acknowledge a truth we ought to sit with more: We don’t have all the answers, not even close. Whether writing a paper or chiming ...

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December 09, 2016

When I was in second grade, I carved my brother’s name into the wood of a wall on my house. He got in trouble for it, naturally. I was not one to vandalize, or really to do anything I wasn’t told to do. This certainly came in handy, as I was able to pin the crime on my brother to get back at him for hitting me with his lacrosse ...

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October 14, 2016

What do I love about Lawrenceville? What do I crave when I’m away and relish when I’m here? Doing the same thing over and over again every day. Yes, Lawrenceville life can often feel like it’s devolving to drudgery, but I think that for the most part, routine frees us more than it confines us. Routine, by definition, involves one of my favorite, underrated qualities: reliability. When something in our ...

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September 09, 2016

Last year, as many who graced the Stephens common room knew, I identified myself as a chronic sufferer of infatuation. I endorsed infatuation. I thought, well, we look down on people enough, why not put a few on a pedestal to balance it out? It’s fun to be obsessed, to be excited about someone: the way they live their life or write their senior columnist articles or even make the ...

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April 01, 2016

Simone Weil, a French philosopher and teacher, said that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” People not only enjoy this rare and pure form of generosity; they need it. Attention helps us feel supported and confident enough to develop our ideas and passions, to take risks knowing that someone thinks our pursuits are worthy. But at Lawrenceville, not all passions, ideas, and experiences seem to merit attention. ...

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April 03, 2015

This past Thursday, 16 Lawrentians competed in the semifinal round of the School’s Woodrow Wilson Public Speaking Competition. Akash Bagaria ’16, Amulya Tadimety ’17, Anna Vinitsky ’17, Anuj Krishnamurthy ’15, David Xin ’15, Emily Galvin ’17, Haruka Noishiki ’17, Hiroki Nagao ’18, Jay Lee ’15, Ken Fung ’15, Lewis Chapman ’15, Madeleine Vore ’18, Nicolas Mendoza ’16, Jack Kraus ’16, Shahin Damji ’17, and Sophie Garrett ’16 delivered speeches ...