Random Annoucement

So this is totally random but I made a second Tumblr on the 4th of last month, and if you’d like, you can follow it here. I’ll tell you right now, it’s a blog devoted entirely to fangirling over my musical crushes and inspirations at the moment. So far it includes Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots, who I still can’t believe I’ll be seeing in concert in July, and Lu Han (aka “Luhan”), former member of the K-pop group EXO, who started his solo career in late 2015, and I am so glad my friend Janifer introduced me to his music because it’s great and so is he. I’d even go so far as to say his songs are better than the majority of trash that’s been passed along as “music” in the U.S.

Anyway, since my blog is relatively new, the number of posts I currently have is somewhat scarce but hey, it’s a work in progress! Feel free to let me know what your thoughts on it are.

 

Troye Sivan at the Revention Center: 10/24/16

Wow, so I was going  through my recent posts earlier and realized that I never wrote about this event or even mentioned it anywhere on my blog, which is surprising considering how much this day meant to me, so even though it’s a month overdue, here are some pics from my time at Troye Sivan’s concert during his Suburbia Tour.

This smol bean’s music is so meaningful to me, and I’m so proud of how far Troye has come as both an artist and an individual. Getting the chance to see him that Monday night was definitely the highlight of my week. I was at the barricade (something that’s never happened to me before) and I’ll never forget when he smiled at me and touched my hand during his performance of the song “Suburbia.” Even though this day marked the two year anniversary of my hospitalization, it ended up being amazing in every way, and this show is certainly an experience I’ll keep close to my heart forever ❤

Tales of a Freshman

Okay, so I totally didn’t plan this, but apparently it’s a day away from being exactly 2 months since I last updated my blog. I’ll admit, there were many times I found myself laying on my bed in my dorm room, contemplating pulling out my laptop, opening this site and simply word vomiting onto the page, but I could never seem to convince myself to do it. No matter how much I really needed to.

Because (to be totally honest), college has been anything but easy. Even now, several months in, I’m still trying to adjust to the pace and the workload, balance my time, and figure out who I am and why I’m here.

It was definitely a culture shock, one that I scarcely felt prepared for, but know I needed to experience at the end of the day…

Today marks the last day of Midterm Recess for Rice students, and I’m still amazed at the fact I’ve somehow managed to stay alive or not call it quits yet (because trust me, there have been many days I’ve wanted to).

And even though coming back home for the first time wasn’t the most glamorous thing in the world, it’s still something I’m glad I did.

Here are some pics I’ve strung together in a lame attempt to chronicle the past few weeks:

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Some sights from this cool graffiti park in Austin I went to with some friends.

10/9/16

Houston Zoo with my main 💕

9/18/16

 

First live concert in Houston. Went to see Marian Hill with opening acts SHAED and Vérité.

9/16/16

Church flow ft. The Roomie

9/11/16

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Self-explanatory I hope

8/29/16

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Views from the bed

8/18/16

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2 More Days Before Move-In

Yesterday afternoon, after weeks of careful planning and deliberation, I went to the domain and a Korean barbeque place with a select group of my friends as a final “send off” hangout before we all go off to our respective colleges.

To say I had fun with them would be an understatement. The hangout exceeded my expectations and really made me realize how much I’m going to miss the people I’ve had the pleasure of calling my friends in high school.

Although several good friends of mine were notably absent, the hangout still went really well, and everyone was able to enjoy themselves in one way or another. (I even discovered my new favorite frozen yogurt place and got to try moshi and sushi for the first time!)

All in all, as the date I leave for college quickly approaches, I’m so very blessed to have days like yesterday that are devoted to spending time with people who make me feel good and accept me for who I am.

I wish nothing but the best of luck to my friends who attended the hangout as well as the few who couldn’t make it. I love you guys so much and can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for us!

Love,

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Rest in Peace Christina Grimmie

Another event that has taken place within the past two months that, despite not affecting me directly, I felt was too significant for me not to address, is the death of one of my biggest musical role models Christina Grimmie.

On the morning of Saturday, June 11th I woke up to a Snapchat from one of my best friends telling me to check my twitter, where I learned that #RIPChristina was trending because she had been shot to death the night before in Orlando during a meet and greet following her own concert.

Naturally, I was in shock. Christina was so young and vibrant and talented. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt her or steal her joy away. In fact, I was so distressed over the news that I almost called off work that morning, and when I got back home, I found myself in this seemingly unbreakable state of melancholy.

That evening I went on to create a Flipagram video featuring pictures of Christina with one of her most recent songs called “Stay with Me” playing in the background. I made both a Facebook and Tumblr post talking about the impact she had on me and how much I would miss her. I listened to her song “I Bet You Don’t Curse God” that features a very powerful verse I included in a brief Snapchat video I made as a tribute to her on my story.

And when night time came I listened to a cover of “Just a Dream” performed by one of Christina’s friends who uploaded it onto Youtube that night as a tribute to her. And as I listened to him sing, and listened to the lyrics, I started to cry; before I knew it, it was 1 a.m. and I was still lying in bed, shaking and sobbing.

It took me a really long time to accept the fact that she was gone, but I had to realize that God allows things to happen for a reason, and as Christina said herself in a tweet on Feb 21, 2013, “that doesn’t mean you should stop trusting Him.”

Now I’m not going to pretend I knew everything there was to know about Christina, but as someone who has been following her and her journey since she first emerged on Youtube six years ago, I can honestly say that even though I never met her, I know she was a genuinely good person.

She had a good heart and strong faith in the Lord and even included on her Youtube channel’s About page that she was a full on Christian who loves our Savior Jesus Christ and sings for Him.

All in all, while her life may have been cut short, I can at least rest well knowing Christina will spend eternity in Paradise.

XOXO Christina #TeamGrimmieForever

My First Concert

So, believe it or not but a few weeks before June 4th I was actually looking more forward to attending the concert of one of my favorite Indie artists than I was graduation. The minute I found out that The Ready Set was going to be in Austin I started freaking out and immediately wanted to find tickets to go see him. Even better, the tickets ended up being insanely cheap, which only made me more psyched, but here’s the catch….

I didn’t have a ride, and in my 17 years of life my parents had never allowed me to go to a concert let alone one by myself at night, and so, accepting the inevitable, I gave up on my dream of seeing The Ready Set until the day before the concert when the topic of plans had come up between a friend and I, and I brought it up.

Surprisingly, she said she wasn’t doing anything Monday night and didn’t think her parents would mind taking us. Instantly, I was filled with a sense of pleasant disbelief, but I refused to get any more excited until my friend had confirmed that it was alright with her parents and the two of us had secured our tickets. To say that I was anticipating the following day would have been an understatement.

While it did suck that I had to lie to my parents about my whereabouts in order to go to the concert to begin with, the experience was definitely one I won’t forget about anytime soon.

The venue was…unique to say the least, and no one had mentioned that The Ready Set would actually be performing last (at around 9pm) which was 3 hours after the time stated on his tickets….

Regardless, it was well worth the wait and I even got to discover a really cool band in the process known as Shadow of Whales. They were one of the opening acts for the Ready Set and I even got to talk to the band’s lead singer after their performance, nbd.

Finally, it may have taken me all night to finish (and no, I’m not kidding; I’ve been awake working on this video since 1 a.m.) but I’ve really been meaning to post some footage from the concert to look back on in the future. 🙂

UPDATE: Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until after I wrote this that because my WordPress isn’t operated under a paid subscription, I’m not permitted to upload audio or video files to my blog, but I’ll find a way to upload my footage somewhere and hopefully sometime in the near future.

UPDATE 2: Well, it may have taken me 6 months after the concert to figure it out, but here’s the video! Sorry for the bad sound quality; watching it again for the first time in months made me realize just how cringe-worthy the video is (despite my editing attempts).

 

So…I Graduated 2 Weeks Ago

Wow. The fact that it’s almost been two months since I last posted on my blog is crazy to say the least and really shows just how easy it is to lose track of time when there are seemingly hundreds of things demanding your attention at any given moment.

Attempting to play catch up would be somewhat futile to me, but I will touch on a few things that I’ll be writing about in a series of consecutive posts.

First and foremost, I graduated high school two weeks ago (June 4th to be exact), and while the actual commencement ceremony and day itself were pretty forgettable in my eyes, just the feeling of having graduated was (and still is) so surreal to me. Knowing that I’ll no longer have the familiarity of my peers and surroundings any more is both weird and somewhat scary. I am truly blessed to have made it this far especially given that those who know me best know that a few years ago I didn’t think I would even be alive to experience my high school graduation. I’m glad I stuck around for as long as I did, and hopefully college will be a time of new beginnings.

Here are just a few of the many people I will miss from my graduating class. (P.S. please ignore the fact that I don’t know how to properly smile in pictures and so my eyes are barely visible in all of the shots.)

 

Seven Things to Do Before Starting College in the Fall

For the next few days or so I’m going to be posting a mini series of my favorite articles related to preparing for college, and this article on the Seven Things to Do Before Starting College in the Fall will be my first installment. I think this will end up being an effective way of obtaining easy access to this information in upcoming months and figured it would also be helpful to others who will be attending college some time in the near future if they happen to stumble upon it  🙂

Dead Poets Society

Yesterday in my AVID class, we finished watching a movie we had started the class before that honestly left an impression on me that very few movies have been able to do, and the name of that movie is Dead Poets Society. A movie that deserves to win every award it was ever nominated for and should be shown in every high school English class at least once a year.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The movie wasn’t without its flaws. There were some cringe-worthy scenes and others that I found downright confusing, but there were also scenes that made laugh, made me cry (harder than I think I ever have in response to a movie), but most importantly, scenes that were so memorable, they made me think about life, and how some themes can be so universal and so timeless that they still ring true after the nearly 27 years that have passed since the movie came out.

Before I had watched Dead Poets Society, I’d only ever heard of it, but didn’t know or care to find out what it was. In fact, I think at one point I thought it was a classic novel or an actual organization of poets, not an 80’s movie starring Robin Williams (God bless his soul) that would come to change my view and perspective on life (not to mention leave me bawling for hours after the movie’s end).

While watching the first half of the movie on Tuesday, I immediately recognized a specific scene that took place in the classroom of Mr. Keating (Robin Williams’ character) because  I had seen a photo-set on tumblr several months ago that was apparently from the same movie. In fact, as I write this, I’m actually searching through my main blog’s archive, trying to pinpoint the specific post, which I recall was about an important message Keating was sharing with the boys in his class about poetry. (Update: I searched through my entire archive and apparently I didn’t reblog it. -_- I must have only liked it.)

Point being, there was so much to take away from the movie that I’m probably going to look up the dead poets society tag on tumblr after I’m done posting this and go on a reblog frenzy of all my favorite scenes.

And since I’m such a sucker for memorable movie quotes (or just quotes I think are nice in general), I thought I’d share my favorite ones from the movie here:

First, the quote that started it all for me. The one that was included in the photo-set I saw on tumblr that I am now kicking myself for not reblogging the first time I saw it.

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that.”

“Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular. Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

~ Mr. Keating

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“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”

~ Neil (quoting Henry David Thoreau)

Will probably seem very out of place in comparison to the other quotes here, but still one of my favorites because of the context of the scene in which the quote was made:

“Damn it, Neil. The name is Nuwanda.”

~ Charlie

And finally, who could forget the two quotes that made the movie what it was and to me had the potential to inspire a generation:

“O Captain! My Captain!”

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“Carpe diem—seize the day boys! Make your lives extraordinary.”

I don’t think I’ll ever forget this movie. It’s one that, although I can’t say changed my life, definitely inspired me to change it for myself, and as a senior in high school who is soon to embark on a new journey in her own life, I couldn’t have asked for a better movie to give me that motivation.