Letters of Recommendation: Recommend Me

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014 by Richard Hong

So, letters of recommendation…. you’ll need them for when you apply to colleges or even graduate schools later on. How do you know which people to ask for recommendations and what is the etiquette behind requesting for one? I’ll list out some advice below. Who to ask:   Teachers/Professors: Assuming that you are applying to an academic institution, you should have at least one letter from a teacher or professor that can attest that you will be able to handle the rigorous academic environment and culture. In particular, you want this teacher to show an… Continue Reading

Campus Safety: Be Alert, Be Aware

Published Monday, June 2, 2014 by Richard Hong

  Today will touch on a rather grim topic: The UCSB shooting incident and the consequent advice on Campus Safety. On May 23rd, there was a shooting incident near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The shooting seems to be premeditated in advance, with the shooter listing his grievances in advance about his frustrations of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires”. At least six were killed and one underwent surgery for life-threatening condition. The university has issued out emergency housing for those displaced by the incident. While the incident itself may seem… Continue Reading

Summer Internships for College Students: Wait, You Want me to Work?

Published Friday, May 30, 2014 by Richard Hong

That’s right: I’m saying you should consider more work, in the form of a summer internship. Summer internships give you the experience that you need to really know about your job market first hand before even entering, especially for you college students. With an internship, you’ll get an idea of what your future will entail with your current major and let you know if it’s a good fit. Beyond that, it’s good for making connections to know people that have the same interest as you. Here, you will meet fellow interns who are trying to… Continue Reading

Classes 101: Which ones should I pick?

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Richard Hong

Picking classes seems like a simple task: just choose what looks fun and find what your friends are joining, right? I admit I did the same but there are other factors to consider! Choosing the right professor: Research what other people have said about this professor in the past before. How is his/her teaching style? What scores did people consistently earn in his/her class? Find out what people specifically liked. Find a website in which statistics about the teacher are listed. While you might like to take a chance with a new professor, it’s always… Continue Reading

How Much Longer? Summer Vacation for Juniors and Seniors

Published Monday, May 19, 2014 by Richard Hong

This one is for the rising juniors and seniors. You’ve gone through your share of high school already and you just want to enjoy your summer break. I get it, and you’ve earned your slice of fun. However, this summer is an opportunity for you to get ready for applying to college later down the road or even upcoming semester.  Here I’ll list some suggestions: More Studying: Yeah yeah, this is not an ideal way to spend your carefree summer. But guess what, life doesn’t stop and neither should you in your pursuit of getting… Continue Reading


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