ANNA PENG

At What Cost?

What would it cost to be more patient with others?

What’s the cost of making someone else feel like they’re not being heard?

It’s less expensive in the long term to eat healthy and exercise regularly than to live on processed, calorie-dense foods and a sedentary routine.

At what cost are we willing to ignore our problems so that we can stick with how things are in the short term?

There are lots of things that don’t require large amounts of time or money to solve (at least when they’re still small).


Is It Human?

When we’re overseeing a space with people in it, being attentive to human needs might be a good way to keep people together for the long run.

Are we seeing the room as people with human tendencies, or non-stop labour machines with human characteristics?

Deciding on which one we believe can determine the kind of environment we’ll surround ourselves in.



Post-Education

I found my degree in the mail yesterday.

It came in a black folder and was bent down the middle as it was forcefully stuffed into our tiny community mailbox.

Five years of school, and an unexpected final semester later, I get the chance to consider the weight a degree holds in our current world.

A couple of decades ago, a post-secondary degree would have carried a lot more value to families, society, and most importantly the students themselves. Now it’s part of our checklist of growing up.

And now we’re going through another shift in the culture of education.

Knowing what I know now, I would encourage a younger Anna to take this very moment to rethink schooling, because it turns out that education and learning are two different things.

It’s nice to have a good education, but it’s a lot more interesting to discover how you learn best and gravitate towards what you genuinely hold interest in.

It seems like now would be a really good time to do the second option.

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