Monthly Archives: February 2016

The New vs. Old SAT (and Why Change Matters)

The New vs. Old SAT (and Why Change Matters):   The New SAT Basics: Scoring is Between 400-1600 3 hours + 50 minute Optional Essay First Test Date: March 5 (But you won’t get scores until May)   A Few Differences Between the Old and New SAT: Only Two Sections—Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing…
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From Taco Bell to Triathlon

Hooray! It's Get Physical Friday! I guess it makes sense to write your first bog post as an introduction of sorts. Aside from the super cool, book-loving, grammar-correcting, and Jeopardy!-watching me, I am also (dare I say it?) -- an athlete. For me, this is a fairly new classification. I'll give you a brief history.…
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Get Involved in the Houston Community

Hello enrichment-seekers! Let's Get Involved! Join me as I blog about the best ways to get involved in Houston, whether it is through volunteer work, community events, or other academic opportunities. COMMUNITY SERVICE SPOTLIGHT ON:       What is the Houston Food Bank? Houston Food Bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food…
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Galentine’s Day: Why Our Friendships Make Us Smarter

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Get Smart portion of The Enrichery blog!

As my blog posts are supposed to be educational, I’ve decided to start the first one off with a quote from Bill Nye (yes, as in Bill Nye the Science Guy).

Bill Nye the Science Guy










Today’s Get Smart advice: make friends. Learn from those around you. Decide to be excited, not threatened, by the fact that your neighbor knows something you don’t.

Why do we need friends? Why do they make us smarter? According to Matt Ridley’s world famous TED Talk, no one knows how to make a computer mouse.

That’s why we need friends. Because alone, we can maybe sharpen a rock against another rock to make a disturbingly prison-like shank. Thanks, but no thanks.







Together, we can work with plastics factories, silicon and metal harvesters, manufacturers, shipping companies, salesmen, customers. Together, we can make a computer mouse. Alone, we’ve got a rock.

A lot of research suggests humans make friends because there is survival value in friendship, as we see with the rock vs. computer mouse example (the only way I could survive without a mouse is if I had a track pad as a backup…). Friendship is humanity’s solution to The Banker’s Paradox (it’s too risky for a bank to loan money to someone in need, while someone who already has a lot of money doesn’t need a bank loan). This video explains it pretty well:

According to this logic, we don’t make friends because we need something right now. We make friends because we will need something from someone in the future. We make friends because there is survival value in friendship, and also because (according to C.S. Lewis) friendship gives value to survival.

I would be remiss if I wrote a post about friendship without sharing this gem:

According to The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, everybody likes monkeys. I concur.