Excuse this disorganized post I’m about to write out for you, but this one has to be quick. I realized this blog has unfortunately slipped out from my list of priorities, and though that may appear as lack of dedication, it also hints at the busy schedule I’ve been tending to. I’m a high school student balancing a social life with academics while being HOSA club Vice President, an active member of a handful of clubs, part time party hostess at my local bowling alley, and now I’m a tutor! I’ve recently started helping out a 7th grader with different topics twice a week after school, namely math and science. While she is already an exceptionally bright student, I’m interested in finding out whether or not I can successfully translate and teach my odd learning methods to my new prodigy. 🙂

Although I’ve made grand progress towards a more mature self, I do anticipate some unfortunate news in the next few days. Earlier this school year, I had applied for a full scholarship to study abroad in Morocco or Jordan and learn Arabic through the NSLI-Y program. This week, I did not get an acceptance email, so I can only assume I will receive a rejection on April 1st.

Of course I am bummed that I’m missing out on an amazing opportunity to experience the world for free through government funded language and cultural study, but I’m surprisingly okay. Despite the negative news, I’m elated to say that I have achieved my goal of a 95+ on a processed AP English paper. Thoroughly inspired by my fascination and appreciation of Hamlet and tragedies in general, my essay had a killer title: Prince Hamlet: Shakespeare’s Cathartic Vessel for the Universally Repressed Afflictions. You can read it here.

Speaking of tragedies, my lack of plans for this summer seem to be a tragedy indeed… But alas, I know everything will work itself out… hopefully? My back up plan failed before I got rejected from NSLI-Y; I was going to try to earn college credit for multivariable calculus or linear algebra through a community college, but my counselor warned against it, in case it may affect my eligibility for freshmen status scholarships when actually enrolling into a 4-year university. Then I attempted to find options to audit a course… same deal… So now I’m left with the option of self-studying, which I will probably end up doing.

I am immensely intimidated by the amount of motivation required to self-study, since there is no credit/reward, but I look to my initial reason for endeavoring this far into math: to learn. That’s all I really want to do. Learn it. It is with this reasoning that I hope to make significant progress in teaching myself multivariable calculus this summer. (and maybe another language?)

Well that concludes our short catch up session! I really haven’t got much else to say now, so bYe !


ode to music

Exam season is dragging by, and there are only so many remedies to the stress it brings. Recently, my taste in music has been revitalized and revamped, thanks to a few good friends of mine.

It still amazes me how drastically my tastes have evolved throughout my life; from Hannah Montana to One Direction to my emo middle school @$$ and now this electronic/indie/pop/R&B/Jazz conglomeration, I’ve always felt so connected to what I’ve listened to.

Music can help put you into a mood or help pull you out of one. Whether it be an upbeat song to get you ready for the day or a sad song to make the atmosphere sympathize with your emotions, music has the power to play on our heart strings in a way that speaking cannot. Language in itself holds amazing power; as Mark Pagel once said in a Ted Talk on language, it miraculously “allows you to implant a thought from your mind directly into someone else’s mind… without having to perform surgery.” Music takes that one, grand, leaping step forward by adding even more emotion and tone to the message. Continue reading “ode to music”