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Robert Hsu

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Robert Hsu | Excuses no more

As we go through college, we seem to lose these moments of intense learning fueled by our curiosity, with no career strings attached.

December 5, 2013

Robert Hsu | Regrading ourselves

Allowing exam regrades is an important part of a fair grading system, but we as students must reevaluate our attitude towards them and be more selective when requesting them.

November 21, 2013

Robert Hsu | E-Cigarettes: The evil new kid?

To declare e-cigarettes a silver bullet to smoking simply because it is the lesser of two evils is to blatantly ignore the lessons we have learned from tobacco control.

November 6, 2013

Robert Hsu | How not to choose classes

Penn Course Review is an ingenious idea with value, but we should still be wary of using it as our primary decision-making tool.

October 23, 2013

Robert Hsu | Academic masochism

Should we really be proud when we sleep less, or take pride in taking six classes just because it sounds like a lot?

September 25, 2013

Robert Hsu | That’s so Asian

If other minorities can have developed characters — think Kurt from “Glee” or Sophia from “Orange is the New Black” — why can’t Asian-Americans?

August 28, 2013

Robert Hsu | Taking the ‘sin’ out of business

I wondered if food trucks were missing out on the large customer segment that wanted healthy meals. My survey data suggested that healthy food trucks weren’t doing enough to reach these people and fight the stereotype surrounding food trucks in general. However, if they could solve this disconnect, a mutually beneficial outcome could be achieved.

April 11, 2013

Robert Hsu | Give me your best shot

There will always be people who don’t like you, who want to be mean to you and who will put you down. It is impossible to control others, but we do have control over ourselves. When it comes to bullying, we have to worry less about the bullies and more about the victims.

March 29, 2013

Robert Hsu | Adding fuel to the fire

Our constant consumption on and multitasking across various technologies may actually be training our brains to focus for smaller increments of time, which further decreases our ability to efficiently complete our work.

March 14, 2013

Robert Hsu | Whose fault is it anyway?

Even in the midst of all the demand for compromise in recent years, rarely do we hear a call for voters to compromise their own political beliefs and expectations of the political system and politicians.

February 1, 2013

Robert Hsu | In defense of Amy

Although Gutmann is comfortably in the one percent, she deserves a break.

January 18, 2013

Robert Hsu | Stop lying to yourself

Here’s what I have to say to the 18-year-old future Dr. Robert Hsu.

November 30, 2012

Robert Hsu | Surviving the sophomore slump

It can be difficult to come down from the “high” of freshman year into the reality of sophomore year.

November 16, 2012

Robert Hsu | Daring to take a taste

Many students are reluctant to give research a go because they view it as a boring or isolating activity. But, in reality, research is an extremely collaborative process, one that epitomizes creativity in an academic field.

November 2, 2012

Robert Hsu | Working as a double agent

I’ve blown my cover too many times to be considered a real American agent.

September 20, 2012

Robert Hsu | Here to burst your bubble

Living in Philadelphia has pushed me further outside of my comfort zone than most of my classes at Penn have.

September 6, 2012

Robert Hsu | Mice, pipettes and the unknown

I’ve realized so much of life is plain trial and error. As all of our moms used to tell us when we refused to try new food: if you never try it, how will you know that you don’t like it? The same applies to life.

June 6, 2012

Robert Hsu | Take care of yourself

In hindsight, I did have time. But I didn’t think it was important to make time to relax, catch up with friends, exercise and sleep.

April 11, 2012

Joke Issue: Robert Hsu | Am I really an A- person?

I used to think hard work was like working at a restaurant: if I put in enough hours, I would receive what I want. High school was pretty much the same story. I would work hard and cash my efforts in for a handful of As at the end of every semester. But college is different.

April 4, 2012

Robert Hsu | Returning the favor

It’s been almost a year since I, along with other regular decision applicants, got into Penn. Even though March 30, 2011 seems like a while ago, I try to remind myself how fortunate I am to be at Penn.

March 27, 2012

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