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Saturday, January 25, 2014


The snow this evening. Absolutely gorgeous and sparkly. I was mesmerized. 

Currently I'm...

Smiling at the fact that I'm not beating myself up about silly things or feeling guilty that I'm not prioritizing work all the time. 

Thinking about finances. I'm in serious saving mode.

Worried about summer internship applications and these next few weeks of figuring that out. 

Excited for sorority recruitment to be over. As a recruitment counselor, I am technically disaffiliated right now and have to stay neutral. I don't get to meet many potential new members and I don't get to wear anything relating to my sorority (let's be honest, sorority tees and sweatshirts are half my wardrobe). This year we expect to welcome our biggest pledge class yet! 

Frustrated that self-motivation does not get me out of bed early in the morning. Only 9 a.m. classes and breakfast appointments can really do that. 

Wearing actual outfits, now that sorority apparel is off limits. Dresses, skirts, shorts with tights. It's all very exciting. Also wearing lots of red lipstick--love it. 

Reading Politico Morning Education. Their daily emails are great, and it's been helping me keep up with my resolution to stay current on important events in the education sector. 

Watching How I Met Your Mother. I'm not hooked and not too sure if I want to continue...

Wishing I could see the puppies anytime I wanted. Doc and Mack are getting so big I'm afraid I won't be able to pick them up when I see them next. 

Inspired by the people I work with. 

Feeling overwhelmed by all the different things going on, but also feeling like superwoman at the thought of diving into it all. 

Happy Saturday night. :)

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Embrace, my word for 2014

I've been thinking about the year ahead, and I've only just realized that this is the last calendar year of that regular routine I've been living my whole life. The routine in which I finish the school year, have summer vacation and start another academic term in the fall. A year from now I will be in my last semester of college, graduating, and entering a world in which summer vacation and academic schedules aren't necessarily the norm.

As I mentioned in my resolutions post, I've been taking time to assess where I am these first few days of the new year. Everything seems to keep going--at a pace I can only sometimes keep up with--and everything keeps getting better and better. As I was thinking about my bucket list and prepping for our sorority recruitment meet-and-greet, I asked myself what piece of advice would I tell freshmen. It's a weird question and I feel a little sappy for even going there but honestly, what would I tell my younger freshman self?

I think I would say something along the lines of not worrying about what you aren't doing. Sometimes we get so caught up in the Yale experience, the college experience. We get anxious over the things we're missing out on and not enjoying what we actually are doing.

What we don't realize is that there is inherent value in everything we do, even the things that we regret doing. We learn from our actions and their consequences. Our most mundane activities are all part of the journey. And I want to stop thinking about what I could be doing and focusing more on what I am doing. These are the moments that I will look back on in the years to come. Let me take ownership of that.

I think that is the major thing I want to work on this year. This idea of no regrets, appreciating what has been and what will be. Embrace--that's the word I'm looking for.

I like the word embrace because it is a little bit more active than "accept." I will not just accept the things that have happened and will happen to me. I will embrace them, take advantage of them and actively appreciate them. I will clutch, grasp at and take hold of those moments of craziness, calmness, anxiety and pure happiness. I will learn from these events, smile at their memory and tell their story.

I will embrace the past and all the wonderful, mysterious, unfortunate things to come. I will embrace movie nights with the suite, that bloated feeling we all get after Sunday bagel brunch, staring up at the bright ceiling on the gym floor and 2 a.m. walks in search of food. I will embrace higher expectations, new family circumstances and opportunities to speak up for myself.

I'm happy to settle on this word, embrace. This is what will guide me through the rest of the year, with all its amazing things to come. This is what will help me fulfill my new year's resolutions of owning my accomplishments and becoming more fearless in the ways I want to improve myself. It will help me find peace with myself and what I'm doing in the moment.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yale Bucket List

My first post of the new year and it is a little later than I expected. I ended up spending that last few days of winter vacation at home with family just taking a break from school things and the computer. It was nice to be away from the screen a bit.

And now we are a couple days into the semester. As of right now, I've only really shopped one class, because the first class I went to on Monday...well, the professor didn't show up. This semester is already bringing lots of new things--my schedule will be mostly seminars (if not all), I just started an online internship of a sort and I'm already jumping into my new sorority duties (recruitment counseling included!).

With only three semesters left, it is crazy that I'm already more than half-way done with college. I started a Yale bucket list back in August/September--knowing me, these are things that I just won't get around to all in one semester, so I better start now.

1. Try out three different food trucks in New Haven

2. Attend a religious ceremony in New Haven. Maybe at Battell Chapel? It's beautiful in there. 

3. Submit something for Yale student publication.

4. Help organize a Master's Tea.

5. Order a Boola Boola Blue, a special Yale custard creation from the New Haven Shake Shack.

6. Study in the stacks.

7. Buy a flower from the flower lady.

8. Drink from a Mory's cup.

9. Study at the Divinity School Library.

10. Ice skate at the Yale Whale. 

11. Take a pilates or yoga class.

12. Study at The Study.

13. Eat at Union League.

14. Visit the Yale Observatory.

15. Host a sleepover in my suite. Like the good old days.

16. Pull an all-nighter at the Sillibrary watching Netflix.

17. Bake a cake in the Sillikitchen.

18. Go to East Rock.

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