Stop Complaining & Hustle

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It really irks me when people complain about things but do nothing about it. Sure every human complains, but I think we should all put up filters at some point. It’s like the good ol’ saying, “Face your problems. Don’t FaceBook them.”

In my last blog post, I talked about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge controversy. Since then, I’ve seen even more people make remarks on how the challenge is simply promoting slacktivism. In case you don’t know what “slacktivism” means, it’s pretty much when you are doing something to promote a good cause, but only because you are gaining attention or because it’s a trend–not because you actually care. And yes, unfortunately there are a ton of people who are performing the ice bucket challenge without giving two hoots about the ALSA. However, there are people like that for everything. I don’t those who think the ice bucket challenge is slacktivism; I do too to a certain extent. However, I do get irritated when people start full-blown arguments on why others should not participate.

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Controversy+ TLD Domain Giveaway!

As I’m sure many you may have seen through social media nowadays, there has been a surge of #icebucketchallenges across Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. In case you don’t happen to know what this is all about, it’s a campaign hosted by the ALS Association to help raise awareness about their charity and hopefully increase donations. ALS aims to to diagnose amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which according to ALS is:

a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

 

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The Golden Rule

Growing up, I have been taught in school to obey the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. While I understand why I have been raised to believe in this saying, I stumbled across a friend the other day who actually detests this seemingly-ideal rule.

My friend, Alan, is a Computer Science major at UC Berkeley. When we caught up for lunch just a few days ago, he asked me how my college application process went. He’s one year older than me, so he thought it was interesting to hear my side of the story. I told him about the multiple college essays I had to write, my favorite coming from Tufts University. He asked what the prompts were, and I named a few off the top of my head. He found one of the prompts rather intriguing and gave me his answer. The prompt is as follows:

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