Before this semester, I wouldn’t have dreamed of writing about my to-do list.

Campus of cards

The past week froze a number of things: sidewalks, streets and student productivity among them.

On the Chapel steps

I’d been having one of those days, one of those weeks and one of those semesters.


Today was such a marvelous week, ladies and gentlemen!

If only I were gay or Pacific Islander

This past Saturday I was at the Edge discussing my summer plans with one of my international friends.

The power of action

Body image and women: expanding the conversation

Lessons from childhood


People look so good in suits.

Action potential

I’ll let you in on a little secret about me: I was waitlisted at Duke.

House of Duke cards

I first met Duke Student Government President Magma Solder outside the UCAE, just before another meeting she had scheduled.

Preparing for success

When it comes to the Middle East, sometimes the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.

Support socioeconomic diversity

Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy recently released a study finding that low-income teenage boys engaged in more anti-social and aggressive behaviors when coming from economically mixed...

This is a manifesto

I'm the type of guy who always has something to say.

Wanderlust: Duke edition

I remember the day I realized I wanted to be an engineer.

Dialing Duke forward

Ishmael here! Due to our Blue Devils’ last minute public lashing of Chapel Hill’s Basketball Demimonde, I am currently suffering from hangover as treacherous as the Ten-Day War.

Housekeepers and Cutcliffe

“Duke is a progressive, equality-driven institution.”

Upside down

These words are therapeutic though I am not as strong as they pretend to be.

Musings on shared housework

Quality (of life) over quantity (of time)

Back in Sept. of 2014 I wrote a column about end-of-life care.

"White Teeth" snow and the relationship between past and future

Snow is a beautiful thing, but it too quickly becomes a history book–a journal of the past.

Life after tragedy

Deah had a beautiful smile.


Three years ago I was fifteen pounds lighter then I am now. I was also considerably fatter back then.

Asking for help

I’ve never been good at asking for help. Some might call it independence or self-reliance, but mostly I think I’m just too stubborn to let anyone know I can’t handle everything on my own.

Why Duke? Essay

I applied under Duke’s Early Decision program like 38% of my class.