Articles by Sara Brenes-Akerman

05/11/12 4:05am
I am four years older than the kid that cried at the airport, four years more certain of who I am and four years more confident. But I’m not quite sure of all that much, except that the past four years have been good.
03/28/12 10:42pm
Home is comfortable and secure — the easy option.But choosing what’s easy can be scary in its own right. If New York is too foreign, San Jose almost feels too familiar.
03/15/12 12:00am
I don’t feel like being compressed to quick sound bites anymore. It’s time to bounce back and say the things that don’t fit in a tweet.
02/08/12 10:32pm
I’ve been immensely happy during our time together. This American Life is always there for me, offering reliably stunning narratives as a symbol of its love.
01/11/12 11:42pm
Costa Rica’s status as a tourist’s paradise has made it a divided country — one that leads a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of existence.
12/08/11 12:53am
Mojo is a hard thing to define but easy to recognize. You either have it or you don’t. And I did not.
11/16/11 11:34pm
I fell in love with romantic comedies. And my love has proven to be as enduring as the brand of romance that they so relentlessly attempt to portray.
11/03/11 12:24am
Not getting a perfect job or flunking an assignment can very well make us feel worthless. But it’s time to start untying our self-worth from our performance.
10/20/11 12:46am
I expect my personal heroes to be perfect — to be the people whom I have meticulously imagined them to be. But remembering David Sedaris’ humanity made meeting him more rewarding.
10/06/11 12:47am
Talking about cancer in the context of science is easy. Talking about cancer in the context of life is something different altogether.
09/22/11 12:34am
Fidel Gamboa died on August 28th. It is hard for me to explain what this means to anyone who doesn’t find the sentence striking at first glance.
08/04/11 2:52am

Sara Brenes-Akerman | ‘I plus my cirumstances’

Can we always be ourselves, or is our environment a part of us?
05/26/11 2:47am

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Interning is an alternative

I thought that getting my dream internship was all-important, but now I realize an internship is an alternative summer plan, rather than the summer plan.
04/20/11 5:11am

A Likely Story | Value the learning process

All classes should be about something more than just doing well on the exam. Sure, it sounds simplistic put on paper, but it is a fact frequently overlooked.
04/13/11 4:48am

A Likely Story | ‘Good vibes. Great sandwiches’

My love for Potbelly comes from something bigger than food. Potbelly allows me to leave behind my overstated troubles and gain some perspective.
04/06/11 5:11am

A Likely Story | Choosing my religion

Whether you embrace or dismiss religion, be aware of why you are doing so.
03/23/11 5:26am

A Likely Story | Don’t skip out on speakers

Students are too often unable to trade the hustle and bustle of their hectic routines for the chance to sit down and listen to acclaimed individuals.
03/16/11 3:37am

A Likely Story | The trouble with tutoring

Tutoring is not something that you can clearly fail or succeed at. It’s a constant struggle between accepting frustration and deciding to continue in spite of it.
03/02/11 5:52am

A Likely Story | Post your secrets

Contrary to popular belief, secrets need to get told. After all, a secret is a mighty difficult thing to carry around. Welcome
02/23/11 7:00am

A Likely Story | ‘Quiero ser artista’

This inclination to go against the grain is not foreign to some Penn students who would prefer to work in a studio rather than an office.
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