Getting Back Into It: New Era In new York

Hi people who read my blog! Long time, no see.

I thought that because  left LA, it was the end of en era. I said in one of my last posts that there was nothing new and interesting for me to write about when I returned to Manhattan for university, and I was entirely wrong.

So far, this fall I’ve done some pretty out-there things. I joined the Quidditch team. Yes, Quidditch, and I’ve taken on new projects that are keeping me busy.

Additionally, i’d like to say that even though I thought my friends at school and in the city were secure, I’ve felt somewhat of a draught in the social department. So, I’ve decided to extend my blog. No longer in LA, but still trying weird things to do in Manhattan.

So, if any of you readers have a weird thing, event, activity that you want me to try, just tell me. Even as a New Yorker to some degree, I can always be tourist in my free time.

Additionally, I’d like to say that

Lost Angeles

 
As my summer nears a close in LA, I’ve become more aware of what that means in the next week. It’s Thursday. I leave on Tuesday to go home to Virginia. From Virginia, I’ll drive to New York City to move into my dorm. So, I’m trying to plan my last few days here. I’ve been so excited to get out of LA that I haven’t put much thought into what I’ll miss.

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Façades

I first learned the word facade/façade in middle school. We were learning about French art and architecture. The teacher put a slide of a church on the overhead projector, one of those crude, cumbersome machines with sheer printouts. She explained that the church had a false front or a façade. I remember thnking to myself (I wasn’t vocal in my younger and more vulnerable years) “why not make something through and through? Why put up a facade?”

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5 Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself as a Freshman in College

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1. You’re free! Do whatever you want.

I’m not saying you should go crazy, drink, and party. But I wish I had realized sooner into my freshman year that everything that confined me in high school like curfews, cars, rules, no longer existed. My freshman year I remember calling my mom and saying that I was bored. She responded, “Bored? You live in New York City. You have no reason to be bored.” You don’t have an 8 to 2:30 schedule anymore. Make your own routine. Make your own life.

2. Go Join Clubs!

As a freshman, everyone is open to making friends. Don’t be shy, just say hello. If you don’t like them you don’t have to continue the conversation but the friends you make as a freshman can help you later on. That being said, you aren’t going to retain the same group of freshman friends. You’ll all find your own path and make new friends in the subsequent years. It might seem melancholy, but you won’t lose them. You should join clubs though, because it’s a good way to branch out and get free food.

3. Don’t try to date the first guy (or girl)  that you meet.

You’re just finding your footing in college, so is everyone else. Give yourself some time to take in your new collegiate world. Sure, that guy you met at orientation is cute, but he’ll probably be in one of your classes. Then, you’ll probably cut things off two weeks into the class and have to suffer through the rest of the course with him. Or not. Laugh it off.

4. Everyone thinks that their roommate is the devil.

Here’s a secret no one tells you; everyone is hard to live with. Why do you think there are so many roommate horror stories? Believe me, someone will even try to demonize you, you little angel of a roommate. The fact is that, up to this point, you’ve only lived with people that have to love you. You don’t have to love, like, or even socialize with your roommate. Seriously!

5. Getting A’s in college is doable.

A lot off people slack off when they get to college. A lot of people told me that B’s were normal. I didn’t get a B until my second year of college. Think about it like this. You worked so hard to get into that university, why not keep up the fine work? And if you budget your time well, you never have to pull an all-nighter.

What do you wish you could tell your college freshman self?

Interpretation of Dreams

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During my freshman year of college, I took a class called “Art and the Dream Life,” and one of the many pieces we read was Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. In the book, Freud says that a dream is a wish fulfillment. This was probably Freud’s biggest mistake. He pushed this idea until he just could not prove it, and it seemed absurd.

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