“We have an opportunity to rebuild the financial system,” Galia Benartzi, technology entrepreneur at cryptocurrency protocol Bancor, said to Fortune in December. “Are we going to do it with all guys again?”
When I arrived at the University of Michigan this past fall, the decision to rush felt preconceived.
I am a student surrounded by those of similar backgrounds; a Jewish boy from the suburbs of a big city, anxious to make friends with similarly identified people. Everyone I knew was doing it. It would make sense for me to rush, right?
2017 was an exasperating year for many of us. Challenges in our personal lives, coupled with the anxiety induced by our world’s headlines, made for a uniquely intense feeling of exhaustion by the semester’s end. When I finally landed in Los Angeles, my smog-blanketed home, I couldn’t tell whether I was happy to be home and at rest, or out of breath now that I could finally be still.
I want to set aside for a moment the question of race-based affirmative action. There are legitimate arguments for both sides of that debate, and though I do have my own opinion, it need not enter this discussion of a second, more pernicious form of affirmative action: legacy preference.
What does it mean to be a good person? In a world full of difficult choices, I find myself grappling with this question daily. Are only those people who are truly good, whose bravery and strict moral codes have changed the world, allowed to be called good people? And is there a difference between small acts of kindness and big ones? The people who donate to charity, who are polite to strangers, who are aware of how bad the world is but aren’t able to or inclined to make any drastic changes, can they still be considered good people?
I started listening to Kanye West in middle school. Hip-hop didn’t mean nearly as much to me then as it does now, but his sound still resonated with me.
I didn’t understand most of the references in the songs and my overcautious parents monitored my playlists for explicit content, but I was still captivated by West’s innovative sampling, live instrumentation and willingness to push the boundaries of traditional hip-hop.
Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. I am not one of those people. When I started my first semester of college, the only thing I knew was I wanted to study a subject that would allow me to help and support people.