Summer Plans

Hey!  Some exciting announcements.

After my last final exam of freshman year (!!!), I’m flying straight to Amsterdam to visit my sister, who works there.  Then I think we’re visiting Budapest and a few other places before meeting my parents in Spain.  We’re seeing Madrid, Seville, Granada and Barcelona.   Continue reading

Monthly Me (Jan ’17)

Safe to say I’ve had an emotionally distraught start to the semester, for a variety of reasons.  But I healed myself, surrounded myself with the right people, and at the end of this dark January, I feel more like the bouyant, happy girl I was last semester — just a little more grown up now.

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Monthly Me (Oct ’16)

Happy Halloween, and here’s my monthly round-up!

October was mostly positive.  After a mind-blowingly amazing Fall Break, I had the shittiest week of academics ever, but the storm has since blown over.  I often don’t do as well as I should, but I’m still being kind to myself.  I treat myself to tasty drinks.  I sleep and shower even if I “don’t have time.”  I once spent a few hours just making apple cider donuts.  It felt so therapeutic.

The biggest distinction from last month is that I’m forming routines and close groups.  Though I still don’t have enough friends from outside my dorm, I’ve gotten really tight with certain groups, like my Bio Buddies and B99 Watching Party (both Facebook groupchat names), thanks to weekly rituals.

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Made in America ’16 (Day 2)

Day 2 of the Made in America music festival.  More independent and slightly juicier than the first day.

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I started with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the main stage.  I never heard of Edward Sharpe until this event, but I loved how he interacted with the crowd.  He let one fan freestyle rap to one of his songs and asked audience members for stories.  Good vibes all around.

I visited Travis Scott next.  Now, I haven’t listened to a minute of Travis Scott, but I heard someone claim that he’d rather see Travis than Kanye, which I considered a serious claim.  So I stuck around near the back of the crowd, even when Travis insisted that “anyone who’s not here to crowd-surf or rave: get out.”

His fans heeded the encouragement.  People started tossing water (?) bottles, flinging themselves on top of the audience, and climbing a scrawny tree awkwardly standing in the middle of the crowd.  I thought people were going batshit crazy.  Not yet.   Continue reading

Made in America ’16

Last weekend I went to Made in America in Philly!  Yes, it was my first music festival ever, and yes, I saw Coldplay for a second time.  And it was awesome.

The lead-up to the festival was actually so stressful.  I barely knew any artists besides the headliners, and the lineup times weren’t announced until mere days before.  Who was I going with?  How was I supposed to navigate the city?  I interrogated a friend, who simply said, “I’m gonna get there and then have fun.”

College kids, man.

But in a beautiful way, it did kind of all work out.   Continue reading