Mediocre reasons to delete a mediocre app.

I’ll be direct here: this is not an article about how you should delete your Instagram because you’ll gain back 25 hours in a day and your productivity will skyrocket and your ex will love you again and you won’t be so lonely anymore. Unfortunately, those problems require more than…


It doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

I was initially going to title this article “The Benefits of Solitude,” but I decided against unnecessary sugarcoating. There are a plethora of pieces out there which discuss the benefits of spending time with yourself, of mindfulness and meditation, of being alone for a period of time.

But today I…


It isn’t what you think.

“There’s just something about him. He’s so charismatic; I can’t help but listen when he talks.”

As we walked out of our second-semester data structures class, my good friend turned to me and said the above. It was the first lecture of the semester in the largest hall on campus…


If the title doesn’t make any sense — just hear me out.

In recent years, I’ve been really happy to see the positive, accommodating attitude toward Muslims observing Ramadan from their non-Muslim counterparts. If you’re Muslim, hopefully you have experienced what I am talking about. …


But here’s to trying to find a silver lining in all the anger and bitterness.

Recently, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the last time I was out with a group of my friends in a setting that could be considered “normal” (no masks, no social distancing, no global pandemic hanging over our heads). It was just over one year ago, when news of…


“Don’t apply to PhD programs in ML. It’s just too competitive.”

As far as Silicon Valley goes, “machine learning” has become the buzzword of the day. From first-year computer science students to industry professionals, people across tech are fascinated by its possibilities.

I’ve seen this obsession firsthand at UC Berkeley, where I’m finishing my Bachelor’s in Applied Math. Students who have…


What we can learn from an unprecedented four months of teaching.

At the start of this semester, I wrote an article describing four essential tips to know if you were teaching a course in the fall. For context, it may help to read that article first, as I will continually refer to it. With the semester now coming to a close…


Because sometimes it seems that way.

One of my favorite quotes is a simple saying:

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

Some attribute the saying to the Buddha, although the exact origins are unclear. …


An unedited conversation with myself at the peak of quarantine-inspired introspection.

Why do we hate and love in but a single moment? What is a feeling? A fleeting, ephemeral burst of dopamine, followed by a fall from a great height.

Eternal falling, it often feels like. Never to come to an end. A body full of emotions it is not equipped…


And why it shouldn’t be taught in introductory programming classes.

“Welcome students, to your first ever day of computer science! This is going to be a fascinating year, and I cannot wait to teach you all about one of the most relevant topics in the world today. Teaching computer science is my passion, and although all of you may not…

Murtaza Ali

Call me Murtz — an optimistic student with a predilection toward academia and making people smile.

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