Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

My Footprint on the World

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

We all leave a footprint on this earth, far and wide. What does yours look like? I know mine is an ever developing, intricate design of passion, love, and life. I hope to leave behind a mark of kindness, a mark of care, and a mark of effort. I have learned a lot of great lessons in my time at The College of St. Scholastica and in my study abroad program. I have learned to love the Earth more deeply through my involvement in Outdoor Pursuit and becoming a kayaking guide. I have learned to love the art of education thanks to my brilliant professors who have brought such passion, trust, and guidance into the classroom, sharing their wealth of knowledge and perspectives. I have discovered the path meant for me, and I have left behind the one that I thought was the / right / way, through the liberal arts requirements, which allowed me to open my mind and heart to other areas of study. I have learned to love the individuality of humanity and the specific people who surround me through the friendships and experiences I have pursued, especially in England. I have learned to accept myself as a writer and photographer, through the building of my skills and confidence in coursework and beyond. I am so grateful to The College of St. Scholastica. I am heading out into the world with much more than a college degree. I am leaving with a new perspective on my life and the world.

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The Path Less Traveled

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

I am walking the path less traveled. It is my truth, and it is my plan. It is my future. Most college students will graduate with their Bachelors degree, apply for jobs, and begin their journey into what we all accept as reality. However, I have decided to craft my own version of the real world, and it looks considerably different from what is typical. I am graduating early, by one semester. I am done with finals, and I am in Europe. I have no job lined up, instead, I have three months of travel around Europe ahead of me. I have planned for life of world experience rather than immediate job security at this point in my life. I will not generate my living from one 9-5 career or corporate employer, instead, I choose to pursue all of my passions and generate my living through them all. I will be based in media, writing, publishing, or the music industry (I hope). In addition, I will teach yoga, I will manage my photography, and I will write all along. My college education from The College of St. Scholastica and Regent’s University London has prepared me to be successful in whatever path I choose to walk, but I am, oh, so confident that these two universities have given me something else unique and special, something that has prepared me to be successful in this, in my own way of life.

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The Birthplace of Harry Potter

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

This afternoon, I arrived in the birthplace of Harry Potter: Edinburgh, Scotland. I am even writing this blog post from the very place J.K. Rowling wrote her incredible string of novels, The Elephant House. This journey marks the beginning of a quarter year of travels around Europe by myself, and I am beginning it with great gusto and positivity. As a writer and student, I find it extraordinarily inspiring to be seated in the very space a great, such as Rowling herself, gave birth to the magical world of Harry Potter. She is human, like me. And, she was probably drinking her tea/coffee and working away, just as I am write now. This relation is one I failed to realize until recently. I had never been, until now, so close to the people who have created the imagery, media, and content I have drawn inspiration from throughout my entire life. I am in the space of Rowling in Edinburgh, I was on the red carpet with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in London, I stood above Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey, where he is buried, in London, and I have learned and worked beside friends who have already accomplished great things in the media industry and beyond. The world holds its doors open to me, and I believe, now more than ever, than anything is possible if I am willing to set my mind to the challenge.

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Hedda

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

It seems as though my heart has fallen even further into love with theatre once again. Tonight, I was lucky enough to obtain a complimentary ticket to a sold out show, not to mention the final showing, of Hedda at the Platform Theatre in the University of the Arts London. It felt meant to be, my being there. The performance was brilliant, and the reimagined version of the Henrik Ibsen classic Hedda Gabler was fascinating. I’ve not read the original, but I have worked with Ibsen text previously. I truly fancy his writing. It is human life, conversation, experience. It is real. And, the script performed at UAL, a 21-st century version, held true to the ever so known and historical realism of Ibsen’s time. Another point of my evening was to finally see UAL’s Central Saint Martin’s campus with my own eyes. I was worried this might happen, but I fell in love. I could picture myself studying, working, playing in the theatre, wandering the space there. Pursuing a MA in Acting is a dream I have, and the Drama Centre London at UAL has been on my radar since before I moved to London. After being there, tonight, seeing the show, walking on the campus, and experiencing the brilliant vibes, I felt at home. The future cannot be known to any, but I do know that I can choose to follow my dreams.

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First Snow of the Season!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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