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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 […]

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 […]