A Blog by Leo Ji Thoughts and scribblings

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What is love?

<em>“What is love?” I whispered, my question barely rising above the dull hum of the heater. I could feel the chilly air nipping at my exposed toes. He'd turned on the heating but didn't close the window. </em> He sighed. “That’s a short question with a long answer.” Our society has loaded the concept of ‘love’ with far more than any individual could ever hope to unpack within a...

Happiness is…

<em>"What is happiness?" he asks. "What does happiness mean to you?"</em>

Happiness is ice cream on a hot, dry day.
Happiness is time at the beach, feeling the same between my toes, laughing and not caring that it’ll take days to get it out from our socks and shoes.…

When making friends means being exploited

I remember one scene particularly well: It was in Ms. Brown’s biology class, and it must have been Year 9, because I didn’t have a class with her before then, but Simon wasn’t in my class afterwards.

This is part three of my ongoing project to write out my personal history in an effort to untangle the emotional history and stressors of my life.…

My first trip to CAPS, then the ER

“Hi, my name is Leo. I’m a student at Northwestern University. And I suffer from serious depression-like symptoms.”

This is part two of my ongoing project to write out my personal history in an effort to untangle the emotional history and stressors of my life.…

Three, two, one: What do I do when I fall in love with another boy?

I was 13 when I first thought about killing myself.

I know it was that age only because I remember a specific detail that couldn’t have occurred when I got any older. After my sister, Lisa, moved to college when I was 14, I left the bedroom at the back of our third-floor 3-bedroom apartment, overlooking the fence, and into the larger bedroom that used to be hers.…

Multiplicity

“I don’t feel like anyone could understand me without knowing more about me than most people do,” I texted. “I usually do not have the time to explain the about-150 years of geopolitical and sociocultural history of the U.S., Europe and Asia and how that impacts me.”

He didn’t quite understand that at first.…

Accessibility matters

“Woman sitting in car in the sunlight with a smartphone in her hands” by rawpixel on Unsplash
Accessibility is important. But we seem to keep forgetting about it.
I am part of the world’s first generation of Internet-first adults. My generation grew up as the Internet developed, and we’ve never known a world without access to so much information.…

The origin story

“Red roses near a green hedge surrounding a house” by Caroline Sleeper on Unsplash
They keep asking me for an origin story.
Where are you from? What did you do? How did you get here? What do you want from your life?…

how many

how many more kids have to die before we begin to say that taking away guns might mean we kill fewer children how many more schools need to have bullet holes before we decide we don’t want another shooting at a school ever again how many of our children have to watch their friends and siblings be killed at the place they learn to grow up before we look at other countries and realise their dying...

Race matters

Photo by tom coe on Unsplash
Arrested for sitting down at a Starbucks in Philadephia. Detained for attending a campus tour in Colorado. Gun pointed after he took the Mentos he bought in Southern California. Kicked out of a shopping mall in Chicago.…

Student journalists: do better.

Looking up at the Weber Arch at Northwestern University in Sep. 2015. Photo by Leo Ji.
If we want our readers to trust us, we need to listen to their criticisms — and not disparage them, as The Daily Northwestern’s opinion editor has done
Before I applied to the Medill, I was studying physics and computer science.…

other.

Photo by Evandro Saroka on Unsplash
I am a pilot — trapped within the prison of my own body;Never to leave;And as I am the only voice in my head, I find myselfoften feeling or thinking as if I am the only one in the world
a weird, wonderful, dangerous place.…

Untitled.pages

“Wide angle shot of an elevated train speeding through the Chicago skyline.” by Sawyer Bengtson on Unsplash when i first walkedinto that room, wondering whetheri would be acceptedseennoticedreported we speak the same words yet they mean so differentwe think the same ideas yetand yeteither the world was not ready for these ideas or i was not ready for thearch we walked underspace jam i don’t...

I have an offer for you.

Hear me out. I’m putting together a project and I’ve got a deal for you.
OK, here goes: We all get sick, right? Or maybe we aren’t looking, or a driver isn’t looking, and we step out onto the road and get hit by a car.…

Who will pay for journalism?

Photo by Thomas Charters on Unsplash
Answer: you, dear reader. And everybody else.
The root of this post lies within the saga currently playing out at The Los Angeles Times, which is expected to be sold to one of the shareholders of its Chicago-based parent company, Tronc.…

Technology + Journalism = ?

Photo by Farzad Nazifi on Unsplash Three definitions of the meaning of technology + journalism I came to journalism from the exciting realm of computer science. And so, quite understandably, many people around me have excitedly discussed the potentials of “the intersection between technology and journalism.” Or “technology meets journalism.” Or “CS+J.” But I’ve found myself either feeling...

A Blog by Leo Ji Thoughts and scribblings