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Part 1: Blog 

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Part 2: Meg's Declassified Kenya Survival Guide 

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My ethos behind writing a blog: 

I created this for a lot of reasons, but my main overarching theme is the aggregation of information, given in a pleasing way. Whether it be through me interviewing people, or through going down rabbit holes to find some of the coolest companies in the world, I wanted to deliver a wide-set array of knowledge from my perspective.

ADVICE from below.  That’s the angle I took. Advice from when u are fired up on life and exploring the vast scope of things you can do as a freshman at a great university. 

Article 1: Snuff out the Flame

Life is pretty freaking complicated.

One way that I have come to explain / make sense of my busy life is by visualizing these little fires within the world of my life. These so called fires keep me warm, they give me light, and they each play an integral role to keeping areas of my life “alive”.

The problem about the fires is that they need to be kindled in order for the flames to not snuff. Sometimes you can leave for a long while and the embers will form and the fire will almost go out, but then you sweep back in and save it at the last second. It is all about maintaining the fires in your life, giving them equal attention so that nothing goes dark.

My problem is that I have too many fires and recently I got a little tired of running to tend the flames. I got what we call “busy” and I lost someone in my life that was an incredibly important fire because I didn’t get to those sizzling embers in time- I couldn’t save it.

Now, that warmth is out and you just sit there in the dark of that part of your life, glaring down at the fire that once was.

Outside of this analogy, I have learned that maybe its time to stop running around trying to save all the fires and to start sitting down enjoying the places of my life that really matter. At the end of the day, if the fire of starting my own company goes out but I am rich in family and friends then I will be successful. Truly extraordinary people take time at things that matter to them, rather than wasting time and energy trying to keep things that don’t matter alive.

I guess I’m not truly extraordinary yet.

Article 2: Precious Real Estate 

Learning: The importance of surrounding your brain with the right thoughts

Training you how to think 

In college, I have been bombarded with the most overwhelming amount of information. I have been in classes in english, engineering, business, and now german fairytales. Then, outside of classes you are surrounded with even more stimuli. There will never again be a time in your life where you are surrounded with so many intelligent people your age, all who are acting like degenerates with you. From (some) classes to bars, you are learning foundations for the rest of your life.

If you know me, you know that I am all about learning. Whether that be from books about string theory and quantum mechanics or from people in villages in Kenya, I am all ears. I have gotten exceptionally good at obtaining as much information as possible with my day. In the morning I listen to a podcast on my run (sometimes a haphazard walk), then I read newsletters with my coffee if I am feeling like an adult. I normally rush late to my business class where I sometimes learn about business (normally just end up reading some more newsletters), then I head up to engineering campus where I do applied physics and mathematics for too long. At the end and in between all of this, I am constantly talking to people, learning from them and them learning from me.

My brain is on stimulation overload if you can't tell from the jittered up way I write this as tap my foot frantically and chug my coffee.

Through my constant learning process, I have realized that learning as much as possible is important and incredibly useful, but it must be done so so carefully. Your brain is arguably your most precious asset, and it is very easily influenced by what you are learning from. Just like your values and actions are heavily influenced by who you surround yourself with, your thoughts and perspectives are heavily influenced by what you are learning from. There is a big difference in having a wide breadth of knowledge and having a random breadth of knowledge. You want to be intentional with learning a lot, otherwise you will probably just end up overwhelmed and confused.

Now after talking about loving to learn, we will settle my qualms with (some) learning in school, or the lack thereof.

I heard this podcast from a dean of students at a Business School in Toronto, and he talked a lot about how pointless and sometimes even detrimental business school can be. What he said stuck with me for a couple of weeks, and I ended up talking to a large amount of frustrated business students to get a little more context.

I have come to the conclusion that college around the world have taught students to be tool users. You have problem X and we learn that in order to solve this problem you implement this solution. If operations in a company are experiencing inventory buildups, you just increase your capacities of the resources and boom problem solved. Life is not that simple, and college should not just consists of dumping information on your brain. College needs to start teaching people how to think, and develop the tools they can use to solve those problems. After college, I don't want to be at a detriment because I am so close-minded with my X+Y=Z equations.

Onto my own life, I actually do believe this to be true and have put it into practice in my academics. My major is in Mechanical Engineering, but I'm not in a Mechanical Engineering degree because I want to be able to apply solid Mechanics and Thermodynamics to my everyday lifestyle. In fact, I am going to run far far away from those topics. But I am in my degree because it is teaching me how to think everyday, and at the end I want a degree in problem-solving. A lot of days, I hate my major, but I know that at the end of the day I know what I want to walk out of college with and might as well get my moneys worth.

Moral of the story, start learning the right things because it is important what you chose to impact your perspective and thoughts. You can only learn so much, and your head is precious real estate.

Article 3: Snuff out the Flame

Life is pretty freaking complicated.

One way that I have come to explain / make sense of my busy life is by visualizing these little fires within the world of my life. These so called fires keep me warm, they give me light, and they each play an integral role to keeping areas of my life “alive”.

The problem about the fires is that they need to be kindled in order for the flames to not snuff. Sometimes you can leave for a long while and the embers will form and the fire will almost go out, but then you sweep back in and save it at the last second. It is all about maintaining the fires in your life, giving them equal attention so that nothing goes dark.

My problem is that I have too many fires and recently I got a little tired of running to tend the flames. I got what we call “busy” and I lost someone in my life that was an incredibly important fire because I didn’t get to those sizzling embers in time- I couldn’t save it.

Now, that warmth is out and you just sit there in the dark of that part of your life, glaring down at the fire that once was.

Outside of this analogy, I have learned that maybe its time to stop running around trying to save all the fires and to start sitting down enjoying the places of my life that really matter. At the end of the day, if the fire of starting my own company goes out but I am rich in family and friends then I will be successful. Truly extraordinary people take time at things that matter to them, rather than wasting time and energy trying to keep things that don’t matter alive.

I guess I’m not truly extraordinary yet.

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