“You Decide”: Commencement Address (Video)

I applied to speak at commencement in my final semester of undergraduate at Ohio University. And although I did not get selected to speak at graduation, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on ‘the end,’ as my peers and I prepare to leave on our next journey. (Just imagine me speaking this at…

Breaking apart, falling together

Before we understood ecology, we thought species were just disparate sets of experiments, evolving in isolation of one another. Now that we as ever-learning humans know better — now that we know the whole world has a whole list of reasons for the way ‘things work’ — we can see the chain of events, the…

Keep Swimming: Lessons on leading through life

I splashed some water on my forearms, prolonging the inevitable plunge into coolness for a few more seconds. Tightening my swimmer’s cap and strapping on my goggles, I couldn’t stall any long; some other swimmer would want my lap here pretty soon if I didn’t push off from the sidelines and just start swimming.

On the evolution of thought

Coming back to school for my final semester of undergrad, I chewed through yet *another* career-life crisis. I claimed I was at a crossroads — that my decisions to be decided over the next 15 weeks would define the trajectory of my immediate post-grad plans. Talk about a lot of pressure on these barely-stable shins!

Seeds of Patience

Impatiently waiting for my body to heal, I don’t think I’ve learned this lesson quite yet.  I wrote that sentiment two injuries ago, last February in another case of misdiagnosed stress-fractures.