Euphrates: Prepare for Peace

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them.” This Albert Einstein quote served as the platform for the Euphrates Summit, a gathering of American and Middle Eastern change-makers who shared their wisdom with students and other future leaders during a two-day conference at Principia College in St. Louis. Among these

Reverse Culture Shock

By Madeline Christensen When students go to a different country to study abroad, they anticipate some life adjustments. Students are generally prepared for different food, different weather, and different customs. When it comes time to return home, many students look forward to getting back to life as usual. Some students effortlessly transition back to life

A live review of Portugal. The Man

Enter the Paradise Rock Club in the Boston University neighborhood of Commonwealth Avenue. It’s Saturday night in Boston, and the low-lit, intimate venue is packed with concertgoers pushing towards the low stage. Most of the audience members are well over the 21-plus status their neon wristbands give them, and a palpable buzz of anticipation circulates

No Voices, No Votes: America’s youth have lost their political activism

Just two years after a surge in youth voting helped Barack Obama clinch his presidency, a new poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics reports that young people find the president’s performance underwhelming and are also unlikely to vote in upcoming midterm elections. Although the youth vote has become especially important for Democrats, specifically Obama, the

Jamaica Plain: Boston’s Patchwork Neighborhood

By Nicola Pardy   Jamaica Plain is a hodgepodge of a neighborhood. No single economic or social background pervades this area, and the people who walk along the streets here seem to bask in its diversity. Young couples ride their bikes to the nearby Jamaica Pond while bohemian down-and-outs read outside coffee shops, and immigrant

Climbing the Hill: A New Look at Tufts’ Old Reputation

I can’t speak for other people, but the reason I applied to Tufts wasn’t because I didn’t consider myself “Ivy-leave” caliber.  First of all, I didn’t want to deal with the boiling levels of competition that tend to characterize student life at Harvard or Yale. Not to mention the high rate of suicide at Cornell with its notorious “death bridge.” The academic atmosphere at Tufts is stimulating and challenging, but it isn’t absurdly competitive or backstabbing. I have never felt like I’ve had to fight tooth and nail to get a leg up on my classmates; instead, I just learn.

Calculated Risk: Tufts Students Talk Finance

Throughout our young adult lives, financial markets have been in a tumultuous state. As high school students in 2008, we saw the collapse of our overextended, highly-leveraged financial system, an event that had irreparable damages for our country as well as the global economy. The financial crisis of 2008 has brought about a host of increasingly more precarious and intricate problems for our global financial system. This summer, a highly partisan U.S. Congress irresponsibly engineered one of the most precipitous point drops in the history of our stock market, essentially evaporating the modest gains investors have made since 2008. In addition to these partisan debates and the downgrading of our country’s debt, the global financial system has been further pummeled by its exposure to the sovereign debt crises of Europe, which have caused foreign investors to seek safer markets, further contributing to the continent’s crisis of confidence.

Tweet Like It’s Your Job

This past summer, I was introducing myself to someone at a networking event, and after saying my name she asked “Will Vaughan as in @willvaughan on Twitter”? I stood there, mouth slightly agape and eyes wide before mumbling some sort of affirmative reply. For the first time that I can remember (outside of family friends who squeeze my cheek and reminisce over how tiny I was the last time they saw me), someone knew who I was before I met her in person. While it’s always been a conceited fantasy of mine for this to happen when meeting someone new, I had never really expected someone to know me from Twitter. Who knew people were actually reading the beautiful bits of prose I’ve scattered across the web?