I tested negative for coronavirus

What’s going on fellow bus enthusiasts and dǰ pišpiš fans? I still haven’t fully transitioned out of the academic realm. I wanted to share some news that I think is important for folks and communities around me to know. I tested negative for coronavirus. Now that I told you, let’s talk about what it wasContinue reading “I tested negative for coronavirus”

Advice for First Year Students at UW – Pandemic Edition

I’m no expert on surviving online classes let alone the coronavirus. By the time that pandemic hit, I barely started writing my Honours thesis, and I knew I needed more structure to fill my free time and maintain motivation. It worked out well. I was able to co-create a wonderful (virtual) community with Indigenous graduateContinue reading “Advice for First Year Students at UW – Pandemic Edition”

Bus Fanning During Wave II of Pandemic (Spoiler Alert – Don’t Do It)

I’m a fan of public transport far more than I am fan of fraternity parties. I think we can all agree that in this time of pandemic, riding buses is far safer than attending the fraternity parties that could balloon to at least 70 people at one time. But with the news of Washington State’sContinue reading “Bus Fanning During Wave II of Pandemic (Spoiler Alert – Don’t Do It)”

The Last Stand II: A Shameless Plug for Research Family

Earlier this week, I dropped some fire at API Cares about their tokenization and marginalization of Pacific Islander students. Let’s stop for a minute and pose a serious question: If API Cares (perhaps under a new identity) moves to focus on the Asian American student community, what spaces are available for Pacific Islander students toContinue reading “The Last Stand II: A Shameless Plug for Research Family”

I went from “half-***” to “legendary” in a matter of years.

These past few days have been very big days for me. Gillian and I commenced a very complex photo operation that involved rescuing ti leaves from Seattle’s industrial district, and keeping 2 meters away from each other at all times as we scaled campus the next day. This is just one of the examples ofContinue reading “I went from “half-***” to “legendary” in a matter of years.”

A question on the UW President’s Medal Candidate application

Let’s ponder this for a minute. “Did you participate in professional or service organizations?” Doesn’t that question remind you of something? To me, that question reminds me of Robert Putnam’s (2010) seminal article, “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital.” That article is a reflection of elitist fears that America’s social capital is declining. I’m goingContinue reading “A question on the UW President’s Medal Candidate application”

Commencement 2020 and that lingering public announcement

This post was originally published in The Daily UW on 17 April 2020. It’s come to this time. While COVID-19 has shown some of the ugliest things that can happen during a global emergency, many people rose up to the challenge of beating down the pandemic. From the advocates in White Center who spoke outContinue reading “Commencement 2020 and that lingering public announcement”