Monthly Archives: April 2014

Khan Academy: A Free World Class Education – Salman Khan@Stanford

It was always a dream of mine to visit Stanford University and after visiting Stanford today, I now have much bigger dreams when it comes to education – Thanks to Mr. Salman Khan.

I could’ve visited Stanford University on another day but I decided to visit today because there was a speaker I didn’t want to miss. Through the Stanford events page, I found out that, you guessed it right, Mr. Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy would be speaking on campus for the Stanford’s DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series. I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity, and I’m glad I didn’t because his talk was worth every minute!

“For the next 10, 15 years, this thing called education, we can make it much more equal, we can make it more like water, a fundamental human right.”

Khan Academy has changed the lives of students from all over the world

Khan Academy has changed the lives of students from all over the world


Mr. Salman Khan didn’t only keep the talk entertaining by dropping jokes and puns here and there, but he also kept the audience on board by using powerful stories, anecdotes, lessons and real-life experiences that left us all inspired.

(The video will be soon uploaded at the Stanford website: http://events.stanford.edu/events/433/43305/ and http://etl.stanford.edu/)

How it started

Mr. Salman Khan started his speech by talking about the journey of Khan Academy and how it all started. He went way back to the moment where he encountered a simple problem that he wanted to solve. This problem was his cousin having a hard time in math. Continue reading

The Start Of A Whole New Chapter

The past week has been a week filled with adventures. Going to Batch Bora was the culmination of senior year; it was a celebration of the 4 years we spent in High School. But more than that, it also symbolized the start of a whole new chapter.

This new beginning was emphasized for me as I left Bora early to go to the Penn Admit Celebration Day. I already felt a different vibe as I stepped into the Teach For Philippines Office. The excitement peaked even further as I got to meet Mr. Eric Gotuaco the head of the Penn Alumni Association but more importantly a fellow Xaverian. Then, things continued to get even better as we heard Mr. Pikki Lopez talk about his Penn experiences and why we shouldn’t be afraid to take those obscure classes.

Picture with the Penn Alumni

Picture with the Penn Alumni

And as I got to talk to the different Penn Alumni, I couldn’t help but feel inspired to start my Penn journey. There seems to be so many things to do and so many places to explore. Hearing about their different experiences and the different classes they were able to take left me in awe.

Fast forward a few days later and here I am about to fly to the US and visit the city of dreams. I remember when I first read about Silicon Valley and how it was the birthplace of all the amazing ideas, products, businesses and services around the world.

Throughout the last two years, I’ve always wanted to see the magic for myself. I’d read countless of articles about the birth of the different startups in Silicon Valley. I’ve read about the stories of countless of entrepreneurs and their road to success.

It’s amazing how in a few hours, I’ll be able to visit the hub of entrepreneurship and the headquarters of some of the most revolutionary companies in the world. I can’t wait to meet even more people and learn from their stories. I’m going to take everything in like a sponge. This is the start of a whole new chapter and I’m going to make it count.

 

Why the “How I Met Your Mother” Finale Didn’t Have To Make Sense

But love doesn’t make sense. You can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it, or else we’re lost and love is dead and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do.”  —Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 22.


After 8 years, 9 seasons, more than 200 episodes, the journey of the 5 friends in How I Met Your Mother has finally ended.

We’ve all just taken part in the adventures of Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshall. In these past few years, they’ve become part of our lives as we’ve seen them laugh, cry, smile and even believe that love is the greatest thing in the world.

The 5 friends we've followed through 9 seasons

The 5 friends we’ve followed through 9 seasons

We’ve had slap-bets with our friends, legen-wait for it….dary moments, and we’ve even used that famous, “Have you met (insert name here)?” wingman line.  Continue reading