All of my friends are in different countries. At least, that’s how it feels.
I recently switched my major from Sociology/Pre-Med to Chemical Engineering/Pre-Med with a biomedical emphasis. That being said, I’m catching up with summer classes. Switching to an even harder major two years into college isn’t exactly the most ideal thing to do, but I decided that it’s for the best. It also isn’t very exciting when I had been aching to study abroad this summer.
I wish I were in Italy or Brazil or China, but I’ve kept myself immersed in other adventures right here from campus!
I’ve always considered myself an avid reader. Recently, I’ve came across a few lists of classic novels and I’ve been realizing there are far too many that I should have read by now! I’ve always been an avid reader, yes, but before college I was not very interested in classic books. I read books like The Great Gatsby that appealed to me in my mid-teens, but not books like Moby Dick or Jane Eyre or Heart of Darkness.
I made a list of all the classics that I want to read of Goodreads and I’m going to be working on them over the summer, so stay tuned! I’m currently in the middle of Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, a French writer from the mid-to-late 1800s who also wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.
I’ve also been doing some exploring in the realms of poetry and music.
This is my first time looking into poetry on my own. What I’ve read has been mostly from school. I still have Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost memorized from 6th grade, and also O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman memorized from the 7th grade (I think my middle school English teacher will be happy to hear this)! We studied If- by Rudyard Kipling (who also wrote The Jungle Book) in my senior year Leadership class, and I really took that one to heart. In fact, I read it so many times that I ended up memorizing it on accident. My big in my sorority recently introduced me to Invictus by William Earnest Henley and Hope by Emily Dickinson and I really enjoy both of those. In fact, for big/little reveal my freshman year, she gave me a canvas that quoted Hope, and I didn’t realize that it was a poem until she told me that was the poem she was telling me about.
I’ve always had a curious taste in music. I watched 500 Days of Summer in April and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, as well as other songs by the same types of artists nonstop. A few recent favorites are Mushaboom and 1234 by Feist, Hero and Us by Regina Spektor, and She’s Got You High by Mumm-Ra.
I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress and thoughts as I go through this booklist! Meanwhile, you can check out the booklist yourself:
Also, feel free to suggest books or poems or music!