7 Tips to Finish the School Year Strong

May 13, 2018

1. Study outdoors.

Because it is now mid-may and the temperatures (at least where I live) are mostly in the eighties, the trees and flowers have all bloomed, the birds are constantly chirping, and overall the outdoors just feels more vibrant and full of life, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain motivation to study when it is so beautiful outside. I know that at least for me, when it is a nice day outside and I'm sitting inside studying, it's easy to feel kind of gross and dull, and as though the day is being wasted. To counter this feeling, I highly recommend studying outside! I've only recently started doing this and I can assure you that it has had such a positive influence on my ability to focus and my overall mood.

Books on My Reading List: Summer 2018

May 3, 2018

The Elizas, by Sara Shepard.

I recently was perusing through the New York Times when I came across an article introducing Sara Shepard's new book, The Eliza's. For those of you who do not know, Sara Shepard is the author of the Pretty Little Liars series. Though I never actually read the Pretty Little Liars books, I was absolutely obsessed with the TV show, so I decided to add this to my reading list.

We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I recently watched a Ted Talk for my storytelling class by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the power of the single story. She was a beautiful speaker and was so inspiring, and I can't wait to read her book.

The Final Stretch to June

It has been a little over a month since I have posted on my blog. If you read my post where I discussed my resolutions for 2018, you may recall that one of my goals was to publish six posts every month. Obviously, I was unable to meet that goal because I did not post at all in April. Rather than becoming upset because I did not meet this intention, though, I am going to accept it because I have had a crazy busy spring with regards to my school life. Since I am participating in lacrosse this season which has very late and long practice hours, am very involved in my academic work and have had a tough set of classes this past module (my school uses a modular system rather than using semesters or trimesters), and I commute forty-five minutes to an hour to school, I have had limited time for non-school related activities.