past time

what you do with your past time will determine your lifestyle.

I like to watch Netflix.

But I also try to do things that I enjoy and also will help me grow as a person.

I write. I read. I exercise. I meditate

If you can add productive habits to your life and slot them into your past time and free time slots, you’ll realize that all that time spent on TV could actually translate into a healthier body, healthier mind, developing a new skill, or more time reading a book you like.

Good Luck

 

why your college doesn’t matter. AT ALL

What college you attend is almost Not important at all.

Instead, you should be the type of person who could attend a prestigious college.

In fact, it was two professors, one from Princeton, who actually released a paper in 2002 that detailed why attending super-selective colleges had no impact on future career salaries (economic benefits)

How did the study work?

Well, it tracked students who 1) went to prestigious colleges

And then for the control group, 2) students who were admitted but did not attend top prestigious colleges (either due to $$$ or personal reasons, which is not apparently important in this study).

After extensive research, there showed absolutely no difference in the economic long-term benefits of attending a top college.

The salary boost was “generally indistinguishable from zero”

Top universities are not so good at developing students’ potential as they are at spotting future potential and offering spots to these bright students.

That’s not to say that prestigious colleges don’t offer much better resources and networking. They do and will surely add a kickstart to your career. But in the long-run, it doesn’t matter so much as where you went as a student as much as what type of hard-working student you are.

Also, I need to note that salary is definitively not the best measure of future success; however, when you ask most college students these days why they are attending college, the most common response you’ll receive is “for a job/money.” So, I am sure this answer should offer a lot of solace to students who are still worried about not attending Harvard.

Good Luck.


Source: Estimating the Payoff to Attending a More Selective College: An Application of Selection on Observables and Unobservables

Different circumstances

Today I went to Milton Herschel School and man this school is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen

It must be over 4 times as big as Vilanova’s 250 acre campus

Children lived in mansions which houses up to 14 kids

The school where they took classes looked more like a tiny college

And there was just so much free land and greenery

But the students at MHS all come from underprivileged communities

Which is good and bad

Good because it allows kids without the right circumstances to flourish through support and education

Bad because some times the circumstances of a child isn’t where they go to school or how much money you throw at them

The graduating classes of MHS often have huge disparity in terms of where the children end up

My friend who goes to Villanova has friends at Princeton, UPenn, Georgetown and other esteemed universities

But out of his 200 graduating class, he notes several who have dropped out of college after one or few semesters and maybe 15 have ended up starting families already before they’ve turned 20, which also forces them to leave school

It’s an interesting case study of whether or not it’s possible to “help” people through institutions like MHS

How can we truly help people besides simply financially and educationally? I think personal life and EQ skills are just as important to teach besides a good education and scholarships for school

Not everyone is fit for school

But everyone is fit for life. And I think life skills is something we need to better teach future generations

Here we go again

I always thought it funny that in college, all the final exams come at the same time.

I really hope life isn’t like that. I hope that your ability to complete tasks and your knowledge on certain subjects isn’t focused on a concentrated exam.

It doesn’t do anyone justice.

Because, as most people know, habits build success, not one instance.

Power of introversion

Modern society has deemed “outgoing” to be a positive trait, while “quiet” seems to be looked down upon.

But in a world where everyone has something to say, a world where everyone just wants to talk, there is an unbounded potential in those who know how to be quiet and listen.

The power of introversion lies in the ability to step back and scan the battleground.

There is power in action; there is equally a power in thought.

So before you start being loud, maybe try being quiet for once, and use the power of thought

 

independent study

I believe that to be a true academic, you have to have some background in “independent study” while pursuing your education.

Independent study on an area that you are passionate about.

I always felt like I was being spoon-fed knowledge while in high school

I was right, because now with the advanced freedom at Villanova, I have the flexibility to study so much more–and a lot of it is independently driven.

I can select interesting classes.

And I even have signed up for an “independent study” where I literally have a self-designed course with a professor on a philosophy topic we both share an interest in.

If anything, I think college is a time to build a strong work ethic. The knowledge that comes with the diploma is nice; but not mandatory for future success. Life is full of learning opportunities. What you need to do is learn how to learn.

 

 

future love

I love my wife

I love my future child

Yes it’s a bit weird to say I love people that don’t yet exist

But I still feel it. I feel the potential that is there.

Just like the same potential people have for their careers, or education, or passions.

It’s the same type of love.

And I think this potential is so powerful. This love.

That’s why we need to cherish it more when we realize it.

It’s our potential that scares us, not our inability.

outliers

Be afraid of outliers

Results that are extremely good (or bad)

They deviate from the mean and will give you either overconfidence or unwarranted grief.

Instead, focus on making your mean result more centered, more focused, and make that better.

The outliers are just distractions.

Accepted to Cambridge

I am so happy to announce that today I was accepted to Cambridge Pembroke College to study Economics and Philosophy for the Spring 2020 Semester.

I am immensely excited to work with professionals in their fields in a tutoring system where I will get to be intellectually and academically challenged in a unique system that only Oxbridge offers in the world.

And the reason I am writing this on my blog is that I feel like I want to share this happiness with my readers, my family, my friends.

Thank you for anyone who has stayed with me on this journey, either actively or passively.

I appreciate every one of you.

problems

Don’t bring up problems unless you intend to provide potential solutions, or at least put in the effort to help work towards solutions

we know there are many problems in this world

we see them

we hear it

the media is great at telling us what’s wrong with society

let’s instead be better at saying what is good with it

for one: tater tots are the greatest breakfast dish.