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The Lockdown Diaries: Studying for an MBA in London from home

27 May

Arushi Gupta, a full-time MBA student at Imperial College Business School, writes about pursuing her MBA online whilst in lockdown in London due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arushi Gupta When I moved over to London from Delhi to study for my Full-time MBA at Imperial College, I certainly did not expect to finish this traditionally […]

Word Nerd: 4 words for mindfulness on International Earth Day 2020

22 Apr

It should not take a crisis to shock and center us, but if the mythic tradition is to be believed, that’s exactly what we need. We have all become familiar with the good news emerging from COVID19 – altruism in the times of disaster, signs of nature restoring itself, even as we cope with the […]

5 top things I did at Boston University (other than studying)

6 Dec

Boston University graduation

Of course, academics are a central feature of the college experience, but they are not, and should not, be limited by it. The whole college experience is a holistic one. It would be a waste of an opportunity if one focuses on studies alone and not the range of activities that college has to offer. […]

“Word Nerd: How to use these 4 basic words for effective communication”

25 Nov

We all communicate. But do we communicate effectively? Effective communication means sharing your perspective with another person in a clear and convincing style. If you aim at developing mutual understanding, winning people over to your way of thinking, and having quality conversations then you need to master effective communication. To that end, having a good […]

6 digital publications every young adult should check out

25 Jul

At BrainGain Magazine, we thoroughly appreciate well-written, interesting and funny articles. (Hopefully, we write some ourselves.)  Thanks to the internet, it is entirely possible to delve into history, the future and fiction all in the span of half an hour. But in the era of clickbait-y titles, half baked thought pieces and covert marketing, it […]

Word Nerd: Do you speak Latin? Yes, you do!

27 May

If I were to say to you, “She recruits students for the university on a pro bono basis,” would you realise that I’d spoken almost as much Latin as English? Although Latin’s use is itself limited, for instance to the Catholic Church, and certain military organisations, like the US Marine Corps, its influence on English […]

4 words from the incredible world of Game of Thrones

20 May

Words every Game of Thrones fan should know, now that our watch has ended. As a show, Game of Thrones garnered a mass following quite similar to that of Harry Potter or Avengers. While its last season has been uniquely disappointing thanks to its lackluster writing, we at BrainGain still believe that a show with […]

Are you a serious word nerd? Here are 7 signs that give it away

13 May

BrainGain Magazine started this Word Nerd series in March 2016. Since then we’ve written about Americanisms, the secrets to writing a good sentence, to best way to insult someone, accents, and other oddities of this common language we speak. For this edition, we thought about the series itself, and its name. We thought too about […]

“I wouldn’t change my study abroad experience for any other”: The story of a German student in France

1 May

Anke Wright at a tour organized by her company. Anke Wright is a German whose life has an interesting French twist. She chose to learn French, and later study in France, when most of her classmates were choosing to learn English and flocking to Anglophone countries. Anke went on to marry a Frenchman and start […]

Word Nerd: 4 words from fantasy fiction that are now part of our real lives

29 Apr

In 1989, ‘hobbit’, a creature from from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It comes as no surprise that Tolkien, who is considered the godfather of fantasy writing thanks to his genre defining Lord of the Rings, had a word from his fictional universe recorded in the […]