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Strengthening My Voice Amid Stress As A Rising Senior

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

This semester, without doubt, has been another busy yet fulfilling one. Next week, for instance, will consist of an average of one public speaking engagement (e.g. admissions panel, hosting a federal judge)/final presentation each day for me. Amid all the stress and excitement, it is not too self-indulgent for me to reflect on some of the positive experience that I have had.

An Argument For 'Studio Time'

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Inserting "studio time" for ourselves will be beneficial for us to reflect about the larger picture, and to allow our creative side to preside over our more rule-dictated, schedule-obsessed selves. So, if you are a control-freak about planning, I invite you to join me in exploring this daring new item and the brave new world it may well open up to us. Bon voyage, and good luck.

Building Edible Sandcastles And Resonances From The Seashells

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Along this stroll along seashores, I have learnt. I have explored. And I have dreamt. Sometimes, as I sat on the sandy beaches, ruminating and piecin...

Of Needs And Pursuits

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Let us return to Spain's 2010 tourism promo-video again, since it reveals much about the ways in which Spain wishes to present its rebranded image as well as ways in which the world would perceive itself. While previously, Spain's branding efforts highlight how "Spain is different", the new marketing endeavours strive to underscore needs and desires of individuals who are attracted to the Spanish way of life.

Strolling Along Seashores: A 'Taste' of Spain

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Take one step forward with your left foot -- a small step suffices. Oh, no flip flops from this point on, please. Feel that delicate texture embracing your foot with such warmth and subtle sounds of acceptance. Another step forward with your right foot, and you experience a marvelous balance. Savour that sensation.

Three Places, Three Projects: A Research-Filled Summer

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 02.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

I have always loved researching: the sight of books piled up high on my desk or scattered all over is a pleasurable one in itself. Summer 2016 officially started for me as I handed in the final papers for my courses -- halfway through college! Almost immediately as I returned all the library books, I started the desktop research phase for the projects before proceeding to my sites.

A Homecoming Through Time and Space

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Forget the stereotype that Asian kids as shy and reserved. I was surprised myself at the level of enthusiastic participation from across the classroom: whilst I was expecting a few outgoing students to speak up for their friends, the majority of the cohort had raised a question, and even two or three at times.

A Wild Professor's Chase: On Office Hours

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

If you were to dive into my iCal or folders, you would be sure to find tons of documents labeled "OH". It's not an exclamation, as much as I am always...

Exploring Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: An Education

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

The Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is an eccentric museum that houses objects from various geographical regions across different time periods - including human horns, a scaled model of Noah's Ark, and mice on toast.

April, or Xiaoyi? --A Discussion on Names and Culture

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

s someone who loves exploring foreign languages, I like having a name that could be directly translated in any language. It's my way of accepting different cultures, embracing them, and attempting to blend in.

Finding 'Brains' In Your KFC Is A Lot More Common Than You Think

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK

A US teen has finally received a refund from fried chicken giant KFC after finding what he thought was a brain in his lunch. Manuel Cobarubies, a S...

Exploring Local Communities through Contradance

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Having lived in Claremont, California for four months now, I find it easy to be "stuck" in our comfortable "Claremont bubble", whose tranquil cafés, ...

From Secondary School to University: Story of a Transition

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Before we explore what transitioning from secondary school to university is like, let me briefly present myself to you through this virtual platform. Some interesting (okay, perhaps weird too) facades of my personality:

The Perks of Living in a Co-Ed Dorm

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

During the hectic college application process last fall, I forgot to research whether my dream school would use a co-ed housing system. Right before starting school at Pomona College in Claremont, California, I discovered that that boys and girls in my university would be housed in great proximity.

Americanizing My British Accent: An Identity Crisis

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

"You actually say 'maths' instead of 'math'?" Colour. *Color. "So... I hope you don't mind if I ask you a personal question. Did you live in the U.K...

The Power of Languages: Reconstructing the Tower of Babel and Beyond

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

We can hardly deny the omnipresence of English in every continent of our globalized world. Although I would not argue that English is colonizing other languages, I do feel that the diversity, cultural expressivity, and magical power of languages should be celebrated across the world.

IB: A Festive Feast?!

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

'Hi! I'm also in the acronym festival known as the IB, haha.' A new Facebook message popped up. 'So, what is the IB like?' So did another. A wa...

How A Party Lead To These Two Building A Seriously Fast Growing Firm

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

University friends Tom Brooks and Peter Dowds decided last year to pack in their high-flying City careers to go into business together after throwing ...

Asa Bennett

After Taming The Dragons, What Now For These Young Tea Entrepreneurs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

After having to decide between three Dragons fighting to invest in their luxury tea blend line "PHOM", things have taken off for 23-year old entrepren...

Yellowstone National Park: Erupting Epiphany!

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

A wolf was right in front of our car... We now expected to be its dinner, served in a forest and teared to pieces, raw. I kept my eyes shut, not wanting to see its claws scratching our windows and waving 'hello' and 'adieu' to us, all in a flash.

But What If Español Didn't Like Me At First?

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

When first presented the options of continuing to study Chinese at the native speaker's level or starting to speak a completely new language at the start of one of the most rigorous secondary school education curriculums, I adamantly chose the latter option... I wished to challenge myself and build a stronger character.

Why Does Harvey Nichols Want A Piece Of This Young Entrepreneur?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

26-year old Darryl Adie is helping top retailers improve their online stores through his ecommerce agency, Ampersand Commerce, which he set up in 2009...

Schoolboy Mauled To Death By Polar Bear Made Frightening Discovery Days Before Attack

Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

WARNING: Some readers may find an image in this article distressing A 17-year-old schoolboy mauled to death by a polar bear during an adventure hol...

Big Banks Are Threatening People With Dodgy 'Wonga-Style' Lawyers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK

Britain's biggest banks are hitting customers with legal threats from what appear to be independent lawyers, but are actually names used by the bank's...

Meet The 16-Year-Old With Three Businesses And Two Fancy Cars

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Ollie Forsyth has been through a lot, after being bullied at school for his dyslexia and told by his peers that he would amount to little later in lif...