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April Xiaoyi Xu

Freelance Writer

April graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College, earning the Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship Award, John A. Vieg Prize in Politics, Dole-Kinney Award in Creative Writing, and Bernard Chan Service Award. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (initiated junior year) and Sigma Delta Pi. In Claremont, CA, she has served as Editor-in-Chief and COO for the undergraduate law journal, hosted TV and radio shows, chaired a speaker series, and conducted academic research projects. April graduated from an international IB school in China as Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient and Founding President of the conservation club Roots & Shoots. Having been to 28 countries around the world, she is curious about international affairs. In her spare time, April loves creative writing, reading, strolling under the sun, public speaking, learning foreign languages, experimenting with international cuisine, and karaokeing. April is an incoming Downing Scholar at the University of Cambridge and a Rhodes scholarship finalist.

Observe, Write, Share

Observe. Write. Share. These three verbs, which together form a simplified model, capture the essence of my personal and
01/12/2017 11:29 GMT

Strengthening My Voice Amid Stress As A Rising Senior

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.
26/04/2017 13:28 BST

An Argument For 'Studio Time'

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.
31/03/2017 11:18 BST

Of Needs And Pursuits

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.
20/01/2017 12:53 GMT

Strolling Along Seashores: A 'Taste' of Spain

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.
17/01/2017 11:25 GMT

Three Places, Three Projects: A Research-Filled Summer

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.
02/09/2016 15:51 BST

A Homecoming Through Time and Space

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.
17/06/2016 15:27 BST

Exploring Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: An Education

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.
15/02/2016 10:44 GMT

The TTIP: A Challenge to China's Hegemony Dream on the Global Stage?

Who will make the rules on the global stage, and what rules will be there? It may take years to see whether the TTIP and TPP mean less power and future influence for China on the global stage, especially in relation to the United States. Perhaps, only time will tell.
11/11/2015 12:53 GMT

Europe's Migrant Crisis: The Region's Past, Present, and Future

Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by our Greek friends, and the currently trending news item, the migrant crisis.
23/09/2015 11:43 BST

"And I Ran for Senate"

When the sky is rinsed in that cathartic, faint blue hue; when the soothing pools of raindrops cleanse the dryness of this land; when the only sounds that echo around our ears are the gentle "drips drops" that flow and grow over time...
21/04/2015 09:42 BST