• Truth

    Here at the Brink

    As I sat down to write this post, I thought back to about a year ago when I was beginning this venture of blogging. Growing up watching my dad blog had always made me want to follow in his footsteps. Despite all my ambition to do so, fear of imperfection and of not having wise thoughts or grand ideas stopped my pursuit of such a thing. It was the end of 2018 and the start of the new year that reignited my desires to start a blog. What you should know (if you haven’t put it together already) is that I am very introspective. I think deeply and am always…

  • Truth

    Gifts Are My Love Language

    I get a lot of raised eyebrows when people find this out about me. No, this does not mean that I only feel loved when I’m being showered with material possessions; however, I won’t stop you from doing just that (haha KIDDING). What it really boils down to for me is the intentionality behind gifts. You really have to know someone to know what to get them for a gift: their passions, their hobbies, their quirks, the things they love, etc. So the truth is, the gift doesn’t matter as much for me – it’s the heart that is behind it. The fact that someone went out of their way,…

  • Uncategorized

    To My Sophomore Self

    I wrote an Instagram post a year ago today. I wrote a long Instagram post (before I even had this blog) as if I was writing to my freshman self. The beginning of August means that the countdown begins and college starts in less than a month. Last year in August, I was flooded with memories of what I experienced before starting my freshman year, and I wrote to her. I wrote her ten points of advice; ten things I wished I would have known going into my freshman year; ten things that I realized only by surviving it. So here I am on August 1, reflecting back to a…

  • Life

    Study Abroad… aka the time of my life

    How does one encapsulate or begin to describe the beauty of places, people, food and culture? I am intimidated by this post, realizing that I may not be able to accurately depict my experience in a manner that does it justice. It was the experience of a lifetime really. 20 days 7 countries 5 flights 5 train rides 2 taxi rides 984393885 bus rides 6 waterbus rides Logistics We flew into Schiphol Amsterdam airport from Dulles in D.C on Thursday, June 6th. I attempted to sleep during our eight hour flight but I can’t seem to fall asleep in public places (probably because I sleep with my mouth wide open…

  • Life

    “What are you doing this summer?”

    This summer will look very different from those preceding it. For starters, I am not home this summer. I will be living on campus this summer participating in a program called Summer Scholars. This is a selective program where, once accepted, you are paid to do research alongside a professor during the summer. I was asked by my favorite professor and even though mathematical research is scary, I would do anything to have the chance to work under this woman (she’s awesome). I thought about writing out what I will be researching but normally when I explain it to people they zone out and say I lost them after “so…

  • Lessons

    trustworthy

    It was August 25, 2018 and I was relieved to be moving into CNU with some experience under my belt. I felt at home as I stepped back onto campus, and rather than nervousness for the year that was to come (that I experienced as a freshman) it was actually confidence. I knew this was my place. My grandma and mom helped me move into my sophomore year dorm in Warwick and let me clarify by adding that these women are the “get-er-done” type. My grandma and mom could probably run laps around me when it comes to making things “cute” and achieving big tasks like moving into a bland…