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the life of a college student portrayed through snippets of late night thoughts

Month: April, 2014

minimalism.

I expected about ten people to look at my blog the first week I started it, and maybe up to fifty a month into this adventure.

It’s been three days and I’m at over two hundred views. This is really eye-opening, honestly. It’s not a huge number, but larger number than I was expecting.

Starting a blog has made me start to wonder what exactly I’ll be writing about. There are truly so many possibilities. I mean, what do I really want to write about? Most blogs that I read seem to have a theme or a subject. After putting a lot of thought into this the past few days, I have chosen to write about anything and everything. I mean, if I’m not sure, why limit myself now?

Before I actually started this blog, I kept asking myself what I would even write about. Now, every corner I turn seems to give me a new idea for a post.

 

With that being said, I’m going to talk about a recent obsession of mine. Minimalism.

What started as a design preference has really started to change the way that I think. Minimalism (to me) is being, using, or having no more than what you need. Although I do not plan to go radically minimalist, I think it’s important to keep in mind what minimalism stands for. Take a step back and evaluate all the material objects in your life. How many of these things do you actually need? What can you let go of? I’m not saying get rid of everything except for two pairs of clothes. I’m talking about those old t-shirts from high school that you haven’t worn in years. Or those shoes that you just don’t wear. What could be of use to people who may not be as privileged as you? This can be expanded further than just clothes. In a world where having new technology and expensive clothing is the norm, take a step back and evaluate the importance you put on these material items. Even if you choose not to empty out half of your closet, think about where in your life you are placing the most value. This is definitely something I have been reevaluating in my own life. It’s just something to think about.

Now, I did say that these deep thoughts started with design. Here are some gorgeous minimalist things to look at, plus the links to where I found them.

cool-cable-city-shape-light

This is extremely cool minimalist art.    (http://themetapicture.com/who-says-you-have-to-hide-cables/)

 

www.pinterest.com

This is just really cozy. It has books and minimalism, both of which I love. (http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/0a/ed/39/0aed39b2d4ef6089482afac1465b655a.jpg (I found this on Pinterest and I couldn’t trace back where it came from originally.))

 

P.S. Check out this blog! It consists of cool/girly/colorful/minimalist/bohemian styled pictures and posts.  http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/

 

Happy minimalism.

 

 

bookworm.

Rain. Today it’s rainy. Rainy weather makes me want to curl up in a comfy chair and read a book. With that in mind, I decided to grab a book and head to the Honors College and sit in one of the plush, over-sized chairs and read all day long with a view of the grumpy grey spring sky and water droplets cannonball-ing onto fresh green grass on campus thanks to the huge glass wall in the library. All I needed was a book. So, I scoured my dorm room for a book. Any book, I didn’t care (as long as it wasn’t a textbook). Just a good book to read on a rainy April day. What did I find? I don’t have one book in my dorm. At least, not one that isn’t a textbook.

I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life.

As a kid, I would read almost any book that I could get my hands on, especially anything to do with mystery or fantasy. I was always the one who finished my assignment really fast in class so I could get back to my book and also the one who got in trouble for reading at the dinner table. Although you may not have been as obsessive as me, you may agree that reading for pleasures is great. Recently (or since college started), the only things I have read are my textbooks, blog posts, and news articles. Writing that is almost scary – I sound like a boring grown-up! It’s true. When life starts moving more quickly, we tend to forget the simple things in life such as reading just to read. While you may say that you could be doing more productive things than reading for fun, think of all the benefits that reading gives you. For starters, reading about different times and places expands your worldview. Being well-read can be useful in many situations from writing a paper to impressive small talk. Reading regularly can also have a positive impact on younger children around you. In the world of apps and iPhones, not many kids read for fun anymore. Be the person who makes reading cool for a kid. Reading also just makes you a more imaginative person. You really just think outside-the-box, you know?

So in summary, reading is good. Do it more often. Personally, I’m worried about the world turning into a dark place where children (and adults) no longer obsess over Harry Potter. 

Also, I’m making it a point to start and finish a book list this summer. So the question is: What are some books that you enjoy? Give me some good books to read! All suggestions welcome! (Click “Leave a comment”)

 

Happy readings.

 

A blog.

A blog.

One of those things where you write about your day. Your interests. Your friends. Your hobbies. Your hopes and dreams. Then you do something absolutely crazy. You post all of this on the internet. You post all of this where everybody in the world can see.
I’ve always thought of blogs as absolute invasions of privacy.

So why did I make one?

You see, college is a trying time in one’s life. It is also a time that I am currently facing in my own life. College is a time of studying. Studying like you never thought was possible. It’s almost a slap in the face when you’ve lived your entire pre-college life thinking that you’re intelligent, and then you come to a college to realize there are some 20,000 people equally gifted as you are within a five-mile radius. College is where you meet some of the most amazing friends in your life. College is a time of competition and trying to be the best. Trying to have the highest GPA, the most extracurriculars, the best leadership positions, and the highest connections. It’s pretty intense, and sometimes you just have to let it out, you know? And I don’t just mean the ranting. I mean those deep thoughts dancing through your mind as you lay in bed, trying to get a few measly hours of sleep. Those thoughts you didn’t even think you were capable of thinking. Those thoughts trying to stampede their way out of your head at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Those thoughts that you would let out, if only you knew who to share them with.
Well. Why not start with everybody?
Or at least, anybody who will listen.