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Sara Brenes-Akerman

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Sara Brenes-Akerman | Four good years

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.

May 11, 2012

Sara Brenes-Akerman | It's difficult to stay and difficult to leave

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.

March 28, 2012

Sara Brenes-Akerman | I want you to want me

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.

March 15, 2012

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Confessions of a cheater

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.

February 8, 2012

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Reconciling a tale of two cities

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.

January 11, 2012

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Rediscovering your lost mojo

Mojo is a hard thing to define but easy to recognize. You either have it or you don’t. And I did not.

December 8, 2011

Sara Brenes Akerman | Love stories — surreal and satisfying

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.

November 16, 2011

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Untie self-worth from performance

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.

November 3, 2011

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Humanizing cape-less heroes

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.

October 20, 2011

Sara Brenes-Akerman | Confronting cancer conversations

Talking about cancer in the context of science is easy. Talking about cancer in the context of life is something different altogether.

October 6, 2011

Sara Brenes-Akerman | A place called Malpaís

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.

September 22, 2011

Sara Brenes-Akerman | ‘I plus my cirumstances’

Can we always be ourselves, or is our environment a part of us?

August 4, 2011

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.

May 26, 2011

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.

April 20, 2011

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.

April 13, 2011

A Likely Story | Choosing my religion

Whether you embrace or dismiss religion, be aware of why you are doing so.

April 6, 2011

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.

March 23, 2011

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.

March 16, 2011

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

March 2, 2011

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.

February 23, 2011

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September 22, 2011