Times are Changing

Originally posted on Matsui Center News:
Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Mia Shaw. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since coming to Sacramento nearly two months ago for my first day of work at Capitol Weekly and the CA Department of Justice, it’s that times are changing. Indeed, times have already changed, and rapidly;…

The Flaw

6-4-2013 I assumed that, because I had someone who supported me, someone who cared about me, someone who loved me, I could no longer have the same ambitions I once had. I no longer had the fears of worthlessness trailing around in my mind. I was free, but it felt like another trap. 
 So … Continue reading

Not the meaning of life

Not the meaning of life

“What do you want to be in life?” Long, dramatic pause. “Happy.” If I had a nickel for every time somebody told me that his or her overarching life goal entailed “happiness,” I’d have enough to confuse and infuriate every cashier whose store I tried to buy anything from. Age-old question: What’s the meaning of … Continue reading

Moving beyond the template

Moving beyond the template

My name is Mia Nicole Shaw, and I was born and raised in San Francisco, Calif. I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be coming across the bridge to Berkeley in the fall as part of the class of 2016! I plan to major in economics and minor in human rights. A vegetarian of seven years, … Continue reading

Escaping from yourself

Escaping from yourself

Lots of people like who they are and are proud of the qualities that make them unique. But what about those of us who were born with some less-than-desirable traits? What about those of us who don’t always like being who we are? There’s a common saying that people never change. Last year, I was … Continue reading

Same as it never was

Same as it never was

Although all the other parts of our lives are perpetually changing, at least one thing is truly stable: the past. Even if we have no idea who we are or who we want to be, we can always remember who we’ve been. Despite having been overwhelmed about starting UC Berkeley, I’ve still found time to … Continue reading

Why good girls like bad boys

Why good girls like bad boys

Daily Californian’s Most Popular Column of seven months. I distinctly remember having a conversation a few weeks ago with this smart, pretty girl whose boyfriend of two weeks was tall, muscular and had a notorious reputation as a player. I asked her how she could be so interested in him in light of his dating … Continue reading

The end of the world

The end of the world

Well, here we are, finally: 2012, the year that supposedly ends in apocalypse. It’s the end of the world. Although the Mayans may have started it, the environmentalists are certainly keeping the hype alive. Well, at least they were, for a while. Nowadays, worrying about global warming just doesn’t seem to be cool anymore. Climate … Continue reading

The Nihilist

The Nihilist

2012:   It is we who sit quietly, unaffected, unassuming, unafraid, the silent masters of our universe, the observers of a reality that no one else noticed was variable. It is we who wait patiently — but without hopefulness — for a world that does not change, that prides itself on rediscoveries of old time … Continue reading