Time and Commitment

photoTwo important factors both separate and apart. In this post, I’ll discuss the expectations I had coming into college about free time, commitment, and various activities’ time commitment. In the process, I’ll also clear up some misconceptions about life in college.  Continue reading


Day 1-2

Clock towerToday marks the end of the first official day of “college,” however, since I moved into my dorm at 8:00 AM on Friday, it already feels like two whole days have passed. Like most major transitions, moving to college is an assortment of emotions, but I think that the full range has yet to impact me. Here’s an update on what the past two days have been like. Continue reading

The Men of Gilmore Girls

Source: fanpop.com
Source: fanpop.com

Sometime last May, I decided to start and finish watching all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls by the end of the summer and I have achieved that goal as of today! During my journey, I slowly encountered spoilers (after all, it’s been seven years since the last episode) and learned that most fans have very strong takes on the multiple men of Lorelai and Rory’s lives and whether they got what they deserved or not. There are many things I love about Gilmore Girls, but since everybody seems to take sides when it comes to the men, I want to put in my two-cents. Officially having seen every episode, I’ve found that I don’t conform to any of the popular opinions. (Except for maybe one…) Continue reading

This Time Last Year

This time last year, I had months of stress awaiting me. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, though. While I did spend many months anxious about applying to college, I had a lot of other things on my mind. In fact, the summer of 2013 was more exciting for me than anything. Here are a few words on how things have changed for me in the past year. Continue reading

Dorm Decor

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Because I have to fly upwards of 1,000 miles to get to college, I didn’t intend on buying a surplus of decor here at home. While everybody else is spending their summer shopping, I’m browsing online for stuff I can pick up in Ithaca rather than pack it all in suitcase and run the risk of overweight luggage, crushed items, etc. However, my friend suggested we do dorm crafts, and I thought I might as well make a canvas so I have something to hang on my walls. Instead, I left inspired to make a whole set, and voila! Here is the collection that resulted and how I did it. Continue reading

Lessons Learned Overseas


On the (fragment of) Hogwarts Bridge set-piece used in the movies!
On the (fragment of) Hogwarts Bridge set-piece used in the movies!

Yesterday, I returned from a 10-day family vacation to London and Paris and have finally came back with a keener understanding of what constitutes a good vacation for me. I surprisingly returned without major jet-lag and am enjoying some down time. Though the trip had ups and downs, I learned so much about traveling and even about what I want my life to be like for the next few years. WARNING: a rather lengthy, rambling, personal disclosure follows. Continue reading

Schedule Anxiety

In just a few days, it’ll be time to sign up for classes. Right now, I’m feeling equal parts exhilaration, confusion, apprehension, and anxiety. As an English major, I have much more flexibility than, say, Engineering majors. I have a pretty foggy idea of what I’m supposed to be doing since there’s essentially no structure to follow, but here’s my reasoning behind the tentative schedule that I’ve laid out. Continue reading

Flappers and Philosophers

Flappers and PhilosophersI was not the biggest fan of Gatsby and, consequently, Fitzgerald. I read Gatsby in 9th grade and was underwhelmed–read it again in 11th and didn’t think much more of it. While everybody gushed about how incredible the book was and how they couldn’t wait for the movie, I thought to myself, Am I missing something? Though I felt guilty about it, Gatsby didn’t impress me the way I thought it should. Honestly, I really couldn’t figure out what the big fuss was about. This collection of short stories completely changed my mind. Continue reading