The best thinkpiece about fun written by a millennial ever

About halfway through my time in college, I learned a lesson about fun that changed my life. Fun, it turned out, has three distinct classifications. These classifications are (very scientifically) named Type I, Type II, and Type III fun. For a quick summary of how they lie in relation to each other on a spectrum,…

The effort it deserves

A TV show about three “middle–aged men doing what they’ve always done” sounds like the last thing anyone in the world would want to watch. It sounds even less like a TV show that would find global success the world over. And yet: Richard Hammond, James May, and Jeremy Clarkson have defined their careers by…

An open letter to those who are about to graduate and are freaking out

For years, May and June were months that marked the end of a school year and the start of a summer that promised temporary respite from the harsh, fluorescent lighting and uncomfortable seats of classrooms. In college, summer offered a break from term papers and academic pressures and replaced them with an ever-increasing amount of existential…

Always a different perspective

People tend to judge me for the places I’ve chosen to go to. When faced with a choice between a city in Southern France–with all of the sun, sea, and beautiful climate that goes with it–and a city in Northern France–known for being cold, rainy, and backwards–I opted for a city in the north: Lille….

Green means go

One of my many life motto is that green means go. Not release your foot off the breaks. Not look both ways; all of that should already be done. Green means go. There are so many adventures to be had and accomplishments to achieve that sitting idly by letting them pass is a waste of…

Great again

I’m not going to comment on 45’s actions or comments. I’m also not going to comment on the quality of Corona. But when the two come together, the create a poignant message that deserves to be carried. English translation below. America, the land of opportunity. America is the land of opportunity: a land of more than…

Eight little letters

There is one phrase separates us from the beasts: two words that make an enormous difference in the way that we’re perceived and in the way that others perceive us. But there’s one problem with these eight letters; we’ve become so accustomed to just letting them spew out of our mouths that at times it…

Always keep climbing

Ever since I saw his ad for the Mercedes-Benz CLA about three years ago, I was hooked on filmmaker Casey Neistat. His film-making style was dynamic, snappy, and clever. And better yet, fewer things are cooler than riding behind a late-model Merc on a skateboard while holding a giant American flag in New York City without city…

The only way to lead

My first year of college, I was walking down my school’s main plaza during the student involvement fair looking for clubs that interested me. As booth after booth of complete strangers flew by, I noticed a group that stood out from the sea of red and white. These were people wearing canary-yellow shirts and bright…

The French Invasion of Russia in my car

When I was younger, my mom would play classical music from a CD as I drifted off to sleep. Since the prevailing social theory was that classical music made children smarter, she found a CD with the best cover ever: and would have the dulcet tones of Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky lull me to sleep….

The reality of control

Before moving to Raleigh for college, I had never driven on a traffic circle. Then, shortly after I started, traffic circles became all the rage for US civil engineers. Circles appeared everywhere. At my school At home And generally all over the US. Now, I can go off on all of the benefits and drawbacks…

Sadly, violence does work

I moved to Charlotte at the age of 11. With the passing of time, I saw the city reach for the skies as it built new skyscrapers and developed entertainment districts. I saw the city push its way into the major leagues by hosting the Democratic National Convention  in 2010 and the NRA convention in…