Author Archives: Austin Shiner

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Steve Jobs on Technology and the Liberal Arts

My colleagues and I in admissions spend a lot of time at college fairs and school visits all over the world elaborating on the value of a liberal arts education for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. Students wonder,

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Steve Jobs on Technology and the Liberal Arts

My colleagues and I in admissions spend a lot of time at college fairs and school visits all over the world elaborating on the value of a liberal arts education for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. Students wonder,

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Photoblog: A Year in the Life of Dinnertime with Filipinos

I’ve spent a year of my life living and eating with Filipinos. Joy, Denisse, and Jenny came to Singapore for work, the same as I did. The four of us work a great deal. But when we’re together, nine times

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Photoblog: A Year in the Life of Dinnertime with Filipinos

I’ve spent a year of my life living and eating with Filipinos. Joy, Denisse, and Jenny came to Singapore for work, the same as I did. The four of us work a great deal. But when we’re together, nine times

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The Two Hungry Friends

Attention: this post uses the “hawker centre”, one of the most distinctive elements of Singaporean urbanism and without question the single greatest contributor to my quality of life on the island, as a metaphor. If you do not know what

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The Two Hungry Friends

Attention: this post uses the “hawker centre”, one of the most distinctive elements of Singaporean urbanism and without question the single greatest contributor to my quality of life on the island, as a metaphor. If you do not know what

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AKB48 and Japanese fantasy

AKB48 (read “A.K.B. forty-eight”), the Japanese girl pop phenomenon named for Akihabara, the Tokyo district famous for electronics and pop culture, performs daily for a lottery-selected gaggle of fans. AKB consists of four subgroups, each of 16 members. Only one

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AKB48 and Japanese fantasy

AKB48 (read “A.K.B. forty-eight”), the Japanese girl pop phenomenon named for Akihabara, the Tokyo district famous for electronics and pop culture, performs daily for a lottery-selected gaggle of fans. AKB consists of four subgroups, each of 16 members. Only one

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An Indian Summer and Jawaharlal Nehru

I have in the past few days been swept away by Scottish journalist James Cameron’s autobiographical masterwork “An Indian Summer”. His sweltering prose is sufficiently insightful, and my whistle-stop tour of India sufficiently hectic and exhausting, that I am content

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An Indian Summer and Jawaharlal Nehru

I have in the past few days been swept away by Scottish journalist James Cameron’s autobiographical masterwork “An Indian Summer”. His sweltering prose is sufficiently insightful, and my whistle-stop tour of India sufficiently hectic and exhausting, that I am content

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Dhaka from the Road

I fear that most admissions officers experience Dhaka from the backseat of a taxi, as I did. I spent my 16 hours in the city giving presentations to students at three high schools. No time for sightseeing. My object was

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Dhaka from the Road

I fear that most admissions officers experience Dhaka from the backseat of a taxi, as I did. I spent my 16 hours in the city giving presentations to students at three high schools. No time for sightseeing. My object was

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Density and Bangladesh

Wide-open spaces frightened me when I was little. Wyoming didn’t suit me when my parents and I drove there from Boulder, Colorado to go camping with my uncle. Miles of slowly rolling hills and dusty nothingness punctuated every half-hour by

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Density and Bangladesh

Wide-open spaces frightened me when I was little. Wyoming didn’t suit me when my parents and I drove there from Boulder, Colorado to go camping with my uncle. Miles of slowly rolling hills and dusty nothingness punctuated every half-hour by

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Business in Yangon and Kobe

There’s a large rectangular table in the back of the Starbucks near Tor Road in Kobe, Japan. I’m at one of the small round tables up front, the same ones that you’d find in Starbucks from Seattle to Jakarta. Six

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Business in Yangon and Kobe

There’s a large rectangular table in the back of the Starbucks near Tor Road in Kobe, Japan. I’m at one of the small round tables up front, the same ones that you’d find in Starbucks from Seattle to Jakarta. Six

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Korean Home Prices and Selective Admissions

“My friends and I are so happy David got into Yale.” A short pause… “You know, now our home will sell for more!” My travel partner and I, admissions officers from Yale and Yale-NUS, respectively, were at dinner in a

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Korean Home Prices and Selective Admissions

“My friends and I are so happy David got into Yale.” A short pause… “You know, now our home will sell for more!” My travel partner and I, admissions officers from Yale and Yale-NUS, respectively, were at dinner in a

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Gay Night in Singapore

“You know that Sunday night is gay night, right?” My friend wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into. I didn’t, but no matter. Three Sundays ago, a group of Yalies and I proceeded to Clarke Quay,

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Gay Night in Singapore

“You know that Sunday night is gay night, right?” My friend wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into. I didn’t, but no matter. Three Sundays ago, a group of Yalies and I proceeded to Clarke Quay,

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Singapore the College Town

The liberal arts experience at Yale-NUS College will not be one of ivory tower seclusion. Singapore is a hot, dense city. The farm towns, frontier outposts, and decaying midsize cities that support many of America’s best liberal arts colleges can

I heart Yale-NUS

Singapore the College Town

The liberal arts experience at Yale-NUS College will not be one of ivory tower seclusion. Singapore is a hot, dense city. The farm towns, frontier outposts, and decaying midsize cities that support many of America’s best liberal arts colleges can