Friday, March 27, 2015

Transience: NYC Day 3

colorful outfit
Dress, Forever 21 | Sweater, thrifted J.Crew | Necklace, LucyMint | Bag, Rosegal | Hat, Amazon | Shoes, XOXO
Outfit shots by Alura Chung-Mehdi

It's absolutely unreal that it's been almost two weeks since we were last in New York. I felt the same on our final day there--where had the first two days gone?

My favorite moments from our last day actually went intentionally undocumented. The 19th century European art in the Met museum was impressive and moving, but I knew any photos couldn't do the pieces justice--they couldn't capture the intricacy, the vibrance, what the paintings evoked. These were the kind of moments you just let happen. If you're curious, however, and ever stop by the Met, my favorites were Pierre-Auguste Cot's Springtime and Paul Signac's Notre Dame de la Garde--I highly recommend taking a gander.

So, I present to you final set of photos from our spring break trip. In the meantime, I'll be hacking away at the keyboard, burying myself in books, furiously scribbling notes, and dreaming of the next break. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Impromptu: NYC Day 2

floral blazer
Blazer, LC Lauren Conrad | Dress, Kohl's | Scarf, grocery store | Shoes, Keds | Bag, Rosegal
Outfit shots by Alura Chung-Mehdi

Day 2 was definitely my favorite--not only because our group stumbled upon a Belgian waffle food cart on our spontaneous trek to Brooklyn Bridge, but also because we tackled the 36 questions that went viral with Mandy Catron's essay "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This."

For us, the point wasn't to fall in love, but to simply get to know one another better--our small group was composed of friends and friends of friends, so it was an effective way to connect. 

While I'd love to wrestle with vulnerability and love and friendship in this post, I'll have to save my thoughts for another day. The next few updates will be shorter and more focused on photos because my challenge for the next week and a half is to maneuveur through this pileup of essay deadlines and midterm dates. I venture that it'll be even trickier, more frustrating, and more overwhelming than driving in Manhattan, but I'll keep pushing till I can cruise on clear roads.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Anticipation: NYC Day 1

Jacket, Sears | Sweatshirt, Love Nail Tree | Skirt, Target | Boots, XOXO | Bag, Rosegal
Outfit shots by Sarah Ditton

Fittingly enough, I forgot to mention many life updates in my recent life updates post--namely, I've been feeling a bit better since the weather has been brighter (now if only I could get over this nasty cold), and that I spent the beginning of spring break in NYC. 

Since I'd never been before, my expectations rested on internet photos, catchy pop tunes, the movie Enchanted, and vague recollections from books I had read in elementary school (Baby-Sitters Club, anyone?). I envisioned expansive boulevards, impressive department stores, a perfectly picturesque Central Park, heavenly food. I anticipated awe and enlightenment. I really should've known better--a city's a city, after all. NYC was just larger, a little more crowded, a little more eclectic.

We spent most of the first day settling in (aka struggling to make sense of directions and figure the subway system out from Grand Central) and the rest of it walking, window shopping, and eating. And of course, in honor of Pi Day on 3/14/15, we scoured Times Square for an open pie shop before finally settling on a French café and each downing a slice of a tart at 9:26 pm and 53 seconds. I'm not ashamed to admit that that was one of the more satisfying moments of the day haha.

Happy first day of spring! Hoping to be back soon with more travel photos.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Artsy Endeavors + Life Updates

good morning
ohio heart necklacehome is where the heart is
typical
ice breakers
silhouettes
spontaneity
doughnut-shaped chocolates
doughnut-shaped chocolates = double win
vibrance
pep talk

All (well, almost all) photos from my instagram

Before I came to college, I thought I was a humanities person.

I emphatically rejected all possibilities of studying anything other than English, Philosophy, History, or Amherst's special major Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I reveled in the nuances of writing, the mind-boggling questions, the countless intriguing stories. I vowed to break the Asian stereotype by shunning quantitative fields. I wanted to search for what I truly wanted to study--not what society, my parents, or friends told me I should study.

Earlier last week, I declared a double major. Ironically enough, one of them was math.

After a tumultuous fall semester of a humanities-heavy schedule, I came to appreciate the concrete. When my papers frustrated me, I retreated to my problem sets. It was comforting to know that there was an answer, one that was absolutely right and couldn't be interpreted otherwise. It was satisfying to wrestle with a mystifying, complex problem and emerge triumphant.

As the semester progessed, I realized that in my fervent efforts to reject any external influences, I had also renounced part of myself. While I love expressiveness, I am also undeniably left-brained; I obsessively analyze all possible outcomes before making decisions, I analogize the abstract to the concrete, I prefer routines or predetermined methods.

So, in an attempt to unite both sides of me, my simultaneous predilection for the humanities and quantitative reasoning, I declared math and French.

I'm nervous about whether the formality of declaring will make me feel more pressured to perform well, but I'm really grateful to have a direction for my undergraduate years, advisors I know well, and majors in fields I'm enthusiastic about.

I can't lie and say I know exactly where I'm going with these majors, but I would still like to go to law school. Given my current understanding of the field, I think law will suit me well, since it's a fusion of logic and rhetoric. We'll see where life leads me--after all, for me, the purpose of college is not to become marketable. I believe that I'm at college to learn and grow as a person, and the rest will follow.


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