back in the swing of things: returning to an academic mindset

...And just like that, summer is over - for me, along with millions of other students. Yesterday was the first day of the fall semester - the first day of my second half of college. Oddly enough, it still hasn't sunk in that I'm an upperclassman, considering how much change I've been through since I…

Post-diploma life: where I’ve been & what I’ve learned

Last Sunday I woke up and realized that two years had passed since my last day of high school. And since I'm a nostalgic person and a chronic overthinker, I couldn't help but feel so strange. It was a kind of feeling that wasn't quite melancholic but still gutted me. There's so much pressure to…

wilting or growing? identifying toxic relationships

  When the word toxic comes to mind, we think of poison, or something that’s bad for us. But more often than not, that something can turn out to be a someone. Or in worst cases, more than one someone. The people in your life are supposed to make you grow, and bring out the…

practicing & mastering the art of self-love

"Loving you was like going to war. I never came back the same." - Warsan Shire When you start to  love someone more than you love yourself, you don't realize it until it's too late, and if you don't love yourself first, you become a hard person to love, and gradually stop being the person…