A Homeschooler in the Harbor

Little unknown or unmentioned fact about me: I used to be homeschooled.

From 3rd through 8th grade I learned from my parents via the Calvert curriculum, took classes with other homechoolers in a co-op, joined homeschool groups for knitting, choir, and even went to museum events specifically for homeschoolers. Oh yeah, and there was even a homeschool prom.

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Hidden Emotion

The friends that I have met at Loyola University Maryland are the most respectable, wholesome, caring individuals that have come into my life. Each of them is exceptional in their own way. Their morals and religious beliefs make me a stronger human being. Their experiences, humor, and friendship motivate me to accomplish all that I can in my lifetime. They are absolutely exquisite human beings that deserve everything they aspire to be.

However, every single one of them carries certain burdens that are not revealed to the world on a daily basis. They constantly disguise their emotions because of the fear of being judged. There is tremendous struggle within.

I decided to create a video that allowed for a safe sanctuary for them to express their deepest personal struggles. Continue reading

Reminiscing and Winding Down

Hey guys! I’m back with an update on what happened after both fashion shows. In the last post I talked about how excited I was for the fashion shows but now I’m feeling underwhelmed. It’s been so exhilarating and so fun to be able to have the opportunity to participate in both of these fashion shows. Now, it’s like my schedule has cleared and I would like to be busy again. Continue reading

Contemplating Romantic Freedom

I always love those questions on surveys and “about me” sections in spring magazines. Yes, spring is here and love is in the air. Couples sashay across campus, holding hands and looking adorable, at least to the eyes of singles. It is those singles who read said magazines and laugh at the ridiculous questionnaires and advice columns on every other page. Because *dramatic eye roll* obviously it’s so revealing how I want to spend my time getting to know someone. Oh No! Spoilers!

Right.

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Blue

Look for the beauty in ordinary things. College students are constantly in a hurry. Rushing from class, sports practice, studying, eating, etc. We are constantly worrying about what we should be doing next. As young adults we should attempt to take in every moment. In my everyday life, I try to treasure every moment. There is countless beauty that is hidden in our universe. Every time a notice something beautiful and intrinsic I snap a photo of it. Below is a collection of my photographs that I have taken with just my iPhone over the past week.

Cape Cod

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Measurement of Success

As individual human beings, we each have our own unique, evolving perceptions of success; therefore, the definition of infinite success is personal and relies heavily upon an individual’s culture, experiences, and environment. In a world comprised of approximately seven billion people, finding a universal definition or measurement for success it difficult to achieve.

There are three key actions that we must continually pursue during our quest towards our personal success: finding one’s passions, welcoming new experiences, and accepting failure. Continue reading

Transitions

As I sit here eating my Lucky Charms and sipping very strong coffee on a Sunday afternoon, I can’t help but feel that the adult world I’m stepping into and the adolescent world I’m leaving behind sometimes come together in beautiful ways. You’d really expect them to clash which, believe me, they do, but this weekend my life seemed to be a bit more harmonious than usual. Continue reading

Updates and Countdown to the BSA Fashion show

We have just returned from spring break and now it is full speed ahead. You would think that after a break I would take it easy but in fact it is the complete opposite. March 2014 is going to be the busiest month of my life. The one thing that keeps me sane is my planner and I’m literally hanging on to it for dear life in order to keep up with everything in my schedule. However, it is exciting and fun to see that eventually all my hard work will pay off in the end. Continue reading

Going home is just as good

As spring break winds down and I begin my frantic day-before-the-flight packing, I look at my phone and see the annual overdose of spring break pictures from every tropical place you can imagine. Spring Break is all part of the college experience, a time when college students become enamored with the idea of sunshine, parties, and large amounts of distance from their families. This week students took off to relax on beaches along Florida, Mexico, and various other islands. According to DoSomething.com, more than 1.5 million college students will jet off to these locations and will spend a total of over 1 BILLION dollars in the process. Continue reading