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Changemakers: Little Cricket League bowls it out of the park organizing cricket tournaments for underprivileged kids

5 Apr

By Rayaan Taneja I first began volunteering at Manzil, an NGO for low-income students in Central Delhi, in 2017. There, I occasionally organized cricket matches as a fun way of engaging my students after classes, and was struck by how joyful these children were while playing these games. After all, who doesn’t like sports? They’re […]

Changemakers: How a novice educator is taking The Lede in inspiring low income students to learn again

29 Mar

By Rayana Kalra Dedicated and supportive teachers have shaped my life. Now its my turn to spark that creativity in others. From my 4th grade English teacher, Mr. Ahuja who converted an apathetic pre-teen into a budding writer, to my 11th grade IB HL Drama teacher who has taught me to use my emotions to […]

Summer at Wharton: My ‘dream come true’

27 Mar

Every student who aspires to study in the US probably has Ivy league dreams—an opportunity to be taught by uniquely talented professors and experience life in one of the US’s most prestigious institutes. My dream came true when I got selected for the summer program hosted by Wharton and BrainGain Global called Global Young Leader’s […]

Changemakers: Rethinking Sex Education in India with Reproductown

22 Mar

Tired of our teachers’ embarrassment, fed up of the birds and bees narrative, we decided to take matters in our own hands. Sex education is India’s Achilles heel.   In an education system that has always prioritized numerical investigation and engineering studies, public health has often been overlooked. Despite the importance of sex education, people […]

Word Nerd: 5 English words that owe their cool factor to hip-hop

16 Mar

By Anandamayee Singh In 2018, rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. At 31, Lamar became the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer in a category normally overrun by classical composers. His win came fifty years after the explosion of hip-hop in the streets of Bronx, making it, more than […]

Word Nerd: 10 German loanwords that English is never giving back

11 Mar

When stepping out of your comfort zone to study abroad, learning a new language is often one of the major reasons. At least it was for me when I traveled westward from Germany as a foreign exchange student to spend a year at an American high-school. For me, learning a language in a classroom, online, […]

Word Nerd: 5 quick and easy tips for writing great emails

15 Oct

There are no rules to winning at life, but here are 5 rules to winning at emails. Do you groan at the thought of reading a long, boring email? If your answer is yes, you’re just like us. No one likes to go through a sloppy email without a beginning, a middle, or an end. […]

Here’s a story about how the internet proved to be a fantastic opportunity for an international student

10 Oct

Internet

I am actually very pleased to have had an opportunity to study in the Oregon State University. It wasn’t something planned. I wanted to do something in the space I was interested in, and [the] opportunity to go to graduate school at Oregon State [came up]. So, I went there. This was mid-1980s. The internet […]

7 posh French phrases that are now popular in English

8 Oct

Author: Pratibha Alagh What if we told you English belongs to same language family as Dutch – Germanic, but that it has more features in common with French, an offspring of the Romance languages? Strange, right? But, when it comes to languages, it’s not all about the roots. What is at play is another very […]

Changemakers: I am scared of cervical cancer & this is what I am doing about it

28 Sep

As a young woman, I am scared of cervical cancer. But as an Indian woman, I am furious. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer among women worldwide. With around 25% of the world’s cervical cancer-related deaths being reported in India, the disease annually affects more than 1.2 lakh women in India […]