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Vahagn Karapetyan
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Attended University of California, Los Angeles
Lives in Burbank
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What do we learn at the bottom of the pit?
I descended into dark places recently and it has been one of the scariest experiences in my life thus far. As difficult as it is to write some of this, I would like to share it because I might possibly help someone else who is going through something painfu...
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"Bacteria used to be the thing we had to eradicate," Reid says. But people are now realizing that many kinds of bacteria provide a benefit. "So it's a paradigm shift, a massive shift in our thinking," 
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In recent years, a body of research has shown that beneficial microbes play a critical role in how our bodies work. And it turns out there's a lot of communication between our gut and our brain.
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"Experiments going back to the 1980s have shown that "therapeutic" or "expressive" writing can reduce depression, increase productivity and even cut down on visits to the doctor.

"The act of writing is more powerful than people think," Peterson says."
Goal-setting closed achievement gaps in a recent experiment. The key element? Students put their thoughts in writing.
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What an amazing interpretation.
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"Men, too, face hurdles for speaking up and for challenging norms," she says. "Standing up in the face of society and country expectations, that takes a lot of courage."
Samar Minallah Khan makes documentaries about the Pakistani custom of handing over a daughter to settle a score. Her films have persuaded the government to ban the practice.
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Road-Trip through the West
I recently took a road-trip through several western States such as California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. I traveled through diverse environments that provided beautiful and interesting scenery. I took many pictures along th...
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A recent portrait using a marker pen.
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What the hell was THAT?
I am recounting my experience of something that happened very recently as a way of trying to make at least some sense of it. I was taken to the ER for having my first ever genuine and prolonged panic attack. I figure that the best way to tackle an issue is ...
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"People I explain asexuality to often struggle to think of sexual attraction and romantic attraction as wholly separate feelings. For many who experience both kinds of attraction — and certainly for much of the media — sex and romance are indissoluble, like two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.

But for anyone who identifies as either asexual or aromantic, they’re more like separate bottles of shampoo and conditioner. They may work well together, and sometimes do, but having one doesn’t necessarily mean you have the other."
When wanting to be with someone romantically has nothing to do with sex.
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Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Public Policy, 2009 - 2011
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    History, Public Affairs, 2007 - 2009
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Relentless optimism.
Introduction
Be curious. Never stop learning.
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http://vahagn-karapetyan.blogspot.com/
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Occupation
Austin Beutner Mayoral Campaign Policy Team
Skills
Specialties Analysis: Familiar with research and evaluation methodologies such as economic analysis, survey design and data analysis, regression analysis, transportation databases such as CTPP, and mean and proportion comparisons. Technology: Proficient at Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, STATA, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, basic web design (CSS and HTML), and Adobe Acrobat.
Employment
  • TreePeople
    Volunteer Supervisor, 2011 - present
    Help manage volunteers during TreePeople events that involve creating rain gardens, planting native vegetation and trees, restoring the Angeles Forest, maintaining bioswales, and taking care of trees Act as the official photographer for events organized and hosted by TreePeople.
  • Los Angeles County Department of Social Services
    Customer Service Center Eligibility Worker II, 2012 - 2014
    Help public assistance recipients by answering questions they have about their cases and by working together with case workers in DPSS district offices. Accurately apply DPSS policies to each individual case under review. Explain to program participants the provisions of the various public assistance programs, applicable federal and state regulations, county policies, and legal rights and responsibilities. Document changes made to cases through clear, detailed, and easily-understandable case comments that provide context and guidance for other case workers accessing the same case.
  • ProCon.org
    Research Intern, 2012 - 2012
    Researched and found numerous PRO and CON quotes for a variety of issues that were relevant, current, on point, and authored by experts and influential individuals. The best research quotes were uploaded to the ProCon.org website where they could be accessed by anyone doing research and in need of high-quality sources and commentary. Also compiled high-quality research in a non pro-con format by referencing peer-reviewed academic studies. Updated the ProCon.org website and created new content that was engaging, presented clearly, easily understood, and thoroughly researched. Lead member of a research project about Conservative and Liberal thinking patterns that received over 30,000 views and was referenced by over 500 media organizations, including ABC News and the Reader's Digest. Co-authored a 128 page nonpartisan review that compiled responses from legislators and health care experts to 62 frequently asked questions about Obamacare.
  • LA City Mayoral Campaign
    Policy and Opposition Researcher Volunteer, 2011 - 2012
    Conducted research for information on the opposing candidates and provided essential facts and citations for speeches, op-ed pieces, and policy memos. Authored policy briefs on a variety of topics important for the campaign and the candidate's policy platform. Worked remotely and with minimal supervision.
  • Los Angeles City Council
    Office of Public Accountability (OPA) Implementation Intern, 2011 - 2011
    Researched and made recommendations on the structure of a newly created agency, the OPA. Conducted interviews with LA City Council members, UCLA policy professors, and key individuals such as the Deputy Mayor and officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Created a report that was endorsed by Council President Eric Garcetti, referenced in the LA Times, presented to the LA City Council, and used by other interested parties.
  • Los Angeles City Council
    Economic Development and Budgeting Intern, 2010 - 2010
  • Sustainable Works
    Field Representative and Survey Data Analysis Intern, 2010 - 2010
    Represented Sustainable Works at various Green and Sustainability events in Los Angeles and through social media. Prepared presentation materials for the Green Living Workshop (a 6-week environmental education course). Analyzed survey data and authored a survey analysis guide to be used by future employees. Facilitated the expansion of the Green Living Workshop into cities outside of Santa Monica through research and outreach efforts.
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Armenia
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