Emma Rao is a first-year who has yet to declare a major. Emma can be reached at [email protected]


Marsha Pinto: The softest voices deserve to be heard too

Marsha Pinto, a recent graduate and speech therapist in the San Francisco Bay area, has written articles for publications including the Huffington Post, has been interviewed by a producer from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is the founder of her own online awareness campaign, Softest Voices. All of these have centered around the topic of introversion.  […]


Revisiting introversion and extroversion: Learning from each other, part 2

Alright, back to my introverted brother. Last time I left off by stating that the less-than-ideal condition of our sibling relationship wasn’t just because of my brother, but also because of me. Here’s what I realized: I was trying to impose my own idea of an ideal sibling relationship on my brother, without thinking about […]


Revisiting introversion and extroversion: Learning from each other, part 1

Introverts can learn from each other just as much as they can learn from extroverts and vice versa. As I’ve mentioned before, introversion and extroversion are on a spectrum, meaning that every introvert has a different threshold for stimulation. Understanding and respecting people’s differing capacities for stimulation and the way that this might impact their […]


Revisiting introversion and extroversion: Finding ‘you’ time

As I’ve alluded to many times in the past few weeks, as an introvert I need solitude and “me” time to recharge and really feel like myself. And as I’ve mentioned again and again, finding and making time for yourself in college — a bustling place where it’s sort of impossible to ever be truly […]


Revisiting introversion and extroversion: A reflection on starting college, making friends

Orientation week might have been one of the most stressful and draining weeks of my first semester. Not only was I adjusting to a new place and gearing up to start college, but I was meeting new people all the time. It felt like I always had to be “on,” ready with a “My name […]


Revisiting introversion and extroversion: Being an introvert in an extroverted world

What would you think if I told you that Western societies, including American society, are unwittingly geared toward extroverts? As a reflective introvert myself, the thought hadn’t occurred to me until I read “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. In her TED Talk, she explains that […]


Revisiting introversion and extroversion: What do they actually mean?

Did you know that Barack Obama is an introvert? Surprised? Wondering what it means to be an introvert or an extrovert? For a while, I didn’t understand the nuances of introversion and extroversion. Hopefully, through this column, I’ll be able to shed some light on this aspect of personality. Though the terms introvert and extrovert […]


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