Michael He

September 19, 2021

Proactive Serendipity

When someone asks me "how do you approach life?" and I want to sound like a fake guru, I would say "proactive serendipity". To be honest, I chose the phrase because it sounds cute. My thanks to friend Sabrina for mentioning "proactive" one day and Jimin for the song "serendipity". But in reality the two words carry multiple layers. It ...
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September 14, 2021

Things I Wish I'd Know Volume 3

This is the last installment of this mini-series. You can find my initial piece, volume one and volume two here. My dear friend Samuel has been helping me for a long time and this college "guide" is no exception. My sincere thanks to him. Here are his and my favorite pointers from the long document we both have to read over and over. N...
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September 14, 2021

Things I Wish I'd Known Volume 2

In the spirit of continuing Things I Wish I'd Known Volume 1, here is volume 2 featuring my friends Alex and Andrew. Thank you for your support and feedback. Note: there will be a volume 3. Alex's Picks Embrace spontaneity. No room for spontaneity equals a boring life and 100% chance of emotional burnout. Not if, but when. Note: JJ (fr...
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September 11, 2021

Things I Wish I'd Known Volume 1

I wrote a list of advice for my eighteen years old self before finishing the last year of college. It's similar to this guide but longer and more opinionated. To make it not too overwhelming, I asked some friends about their favorite pointers. Here are Theo and J.J's. My dear friend Samuel contributed significantly to my initial draft,...
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September 1, 2021

Basic College First Year Lessons

Many students are starting school this week. Here are some reminders for this exciting yet uncertain time: Wear masks, wash hands, get tested, and get vaccinated. Let's do this much to keep the colleges open and not on Zoom. Don't forget to lock your door at all times. I know people who lost laptops, driver's licenses, and wallets from...
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August 25, 2021

I'm Actually Not Done With Fashion

A few months ago I wrote I'm Done with Fashion. It was indicative of my determination to separate my current way of thinking about fashion from my past. But like a wise person will say, there is always a chance that things will sway. This time is no different. I'm actually not done with fashion! There are important contexts behind why ...
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August 19, 2021

Out Of This World - Translation

Below is a letter a 14 year-old girl in China left for her parents, before jumping off a building. Italics are my own edits. May she Rest In Peace. This is not the first tragedy nor the last tragedy parents and society commit against the youth. Hi, It's my pleasure to know you during this journey of life. If there is another life, it'd...
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August 5, 2021

Some August Musings

Here are some musings from my long conversation with my good friend Jose. We recently spent an afternoon going around the peripheral 626 area (Azusa, Duarte, Irwindale) and drinking boba. College And Competition The most important thing to do in college is to think for yourself. If you don't do it now, you would have to pay ever-increa...
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July 28, 2021

The Never-Ending Writing Quest

Writing is a way to channel the creative energy but improving one's style and taste is a Sisyphean process. You will constantly be aware of the gap between what you know is good and your actual output. It is a lifelong uphill battle. As Steven Pressfield notes in The War of Art, "Resistance arises from within. It is self-generated and ...
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July 27, 2021

Michael's Guide To Eat In The SGV

The San Gabriel Valley (or 626 area) in Los Angeles suburbs is one hodgepodge of great restaurants and diverse cuisines. It is one of the best places in North America to enjoy all types of Asian food. Below are some of my recommendations. Many thanks to the late Jonathan Gold, whose articles introduced me to plenty of good eats in the ...
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