A Captive Audience of One

By Parth Raval I write. I think it’s important to stay busy and I have binders full of pages that have never seen a pair of eyes but mine. Not all of it usable–some of it is very, very bad–but the material is there if I want to go back and revise it, work it…

A Bucket List of Adventures While in College

By Danielle Huffman Danielle is a graduating senior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). This is her story of self-realization, that time and opportunities are passing each and every day and it’s up to her to make the most of her time. College is not just about obtaining a degree. It’s about the experiences…

How an Extrovert Learned to be Alone

By Michelle Vo I am an extrovert. And I believe that being one has limited me in the ability to be comfortable in certain environments. Namely, one with just me in it. I absolutely hate being alone. If I can avoid being alone in public, I will. I would rather be by myself in a…

Harnessing the Language of Love

By Andre Vidal We’re all familiar with the modern day Valentine’s trope that consists of chocolates, cards, couples being couple-y and singles being single-y. All to varying degrees of kawaii cuteness or nauseating repugnance depending on the extent of your cynicism. But whether you loathe Valentine’s Day with all of your being or you’re a…

The 6 ‘R’s to Breaking Bad Habits

By Justin Ho This article explains how habits are formed and gives 6 steps that you can follow to break old habits and also start new ones. “Stop biting your nails,” my mom would always say as I chewed away at the keratin structures growing at the tips of my fingers. If you’re like me,…

Bouncing Back After a Disappointing Year

By Justin Ho “This was a tough year for me,” my friend sighed as we drove home from a holiday party. He was reflecting on a pivotal year he had and explained how it didn’t live up to his expectations. “Good,” I said with a smile. We ended up having a long conversation about the…

10 Simple Study Tips to Survive Exams

A few months ago, we released an article providing ten study tips. David Conley, a supporter of The UP Lab, made that article into a handy infographic. Studying can get frustrating, and although these tips won’t be the be-all and end-all of your troubles, we hope they’ll help you get through your exams! [Click image to…