One of my New Year’s resolutions was to live a life consisting of less phone time, including checking it less often throughout the day. Current status: little to no progress. At this point, all I have done is forgotten to bring my phone a few times when I go to leave for class. When I do have it, I still check it directly before and after my classes, during meals and any other spare moment in between.
With Valentine’s Day less than a month away and the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate appearing on the shelves of Walgreens, I find myself reminded of the time when I would spend countless hours perusing aisle upon aisle for the perfect box for my then-girlfriend. As a bachelor who experiences the common fear of finding himself dateless for Feb. 14, I take solace in the fact that I no longer bear the weight of my previous relationship upon my shoulders.
Do you remember how, for many Americans, Nov. 9 (the day following the election of Donald Trump), was marked by feelings of extreme bewilderment, disbelief, fear, sadness and resolve to do more — to not be complacent in a regime of racism, to work doubly hard for civil rights for all, to protect and empower one another, and to get involved in civic life and civil disobedience and volunteering? These resolutions were so prevalent, among both liberals and moderates, as well as even a few Trump voters who realized the pain of their marginalized friends.
I am pretty good at keeping my personal information private, so I tend not to think of my banking app as part of my online presence. Still, it somehow found a way to fit into how I present myself online. Namely, when I log in to my banking app, it prompts me with a phrase and image that I can confirm are indeed associated with my account — an account I made at age 16 and have not altered since.
A half-century ago, James Watson and Francis Crick became renowned for revealing the double helix structure of DNA, the molecule in each cell that provides the “blueprint” for human beings. This breakthrough laid the foundation for our understanding of how information is transferred in biology.
Arguably one of the most profound scientific discoveries of the 20th century — solving the DNA structure — required the collaboration of scientists from the physical and biological sciences.
Earlier this year, my little sister approached me while I was enjoying a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with a particular announcement: “I want to major in art when I go to college.” Ever since she started middle school, art became her creative outlet. She would ask for distinct markers for Christmas, and the money she would save up from miscellaneous chores went into savings for a Wacom drawing tablet. So, this would have seemed like a reasonable declaration for someone who expresses so much passion for drawing, right? My immediate response: “Don’t.”