Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sayonara Summer

It's strange to think that 1 year ago, I was beginning my college career. I can remember almost every detail of move-in, hugging my mother as she leaked a few tears, reassuring my sister that I was only a phone call or FaceTime away. It's strange to think that was 1 whole year ago.

It's Saturday today. I'm done with my first week of classes, and I have been living in Cleveland for 2 weeks now. I'm living in a house this year, with 23 other girls. It's an experience that's turning out to be a pleasant change from dorm living. I enjoy having a full kitchen at my disposal and the cozy feel that this house has. I'm also looking forward to bonding with the girls, which is already taking place!

But as excited and optimistic as I am, it's time for me to say goodbye to summer. Of course, the weather we love is still here, but it's time to exchange my summer mindset for a different one. I had a wonderful time this summer. I had fun reconnecting with friends in my favorite city (I <3 you Minneapolis), eating foods that I missed while I was chained to my meal plan. I spent, collectively, a week in Chicago where I reunited with family, attended an inspiring conference on spirituality for the young adult, and pigged out at Veggie Fest. And to top it all off, I also went Kayaking for the first time.

Sayonara summer, until next year.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Long-Term, On-Again-Off-Again Boyfriend

"Pizza: The long-term, on-again-off-again boyfriend who is objectively bad for you but with whom you have face-melting sex. Even though you almost always regret it right after, something about him tells you that you're going to end up together, if only because, when you want him, nothing else will do."

I found this gem about pizza on Thought Catalog and it couldn't be more true. Even BuzzFeed agreed and told me that my soul mate was pizza.

For me, late nights at college equal two things: pizza and coffee. While I've been home, my mom's extra-organic-no-junk kitchen has had me craving. So last weekend, my family and I made homemade pizza! And the bonus? It was healthier than my late night lover.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It's officially summer break for me!! I realize that I haven't posted in quite a while. Since last spring? I think so. But I've had a lot to keep me busy, namely this thing called college. I can't believe how fast freshman year flew by. From an exhuasting, but fun-filled orientation week to the extra biology class I took in May Term, my first year was an adventure. It was the first time I'd been far away from home for such a long period of time with nobody that I knew from before. But I survived!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

It's that time of year. College decisions are being released, and I don't know about most of you, but I can't help but feel discouraged sometimes. I remember when I was a plucky freshman, motivated and fearless. Where did that Aditi go? I don't know. Part of me feels that she slowly disintegrated as high school got harder and harder. Some of these college decisions seem to squash that Aditi completely out of existence.

I'm one of those people that gets sick easily when I'm feeling especially blue. It's a terrible combination. On Thursday night, after getting another rejection, I came down with a fever. I spent my Friday eating Cream of Mushroom soup and watching Finding Nemo. It was definitely well-timed, because it reminded me: 

Maybe it's childish, but remembering this made me feel slightly better.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Literally The Best Thing Ever: The Biological Clock

Scientists may have discovered the "grandfather biological clock", an enzyme present in most of earth's life-forms that appears to keep us running on an internal 24-hour metabolic cycle, regardless of whether we ever see the sun.

How ridiculously mind blowing is that?

Monday, December 31, 2012

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

College Apps? Check.

I finished my college apps. I FINISHED MY COLLEGE APPS.

Sorry, it just feels amazing to say that. Now that I'm done, I realize that they aren't even that bad. It's just that they push you to get your shit together. And your future depends on them. But remember this, the college that you go to doesn't determine your success; you do. (I hope I remember this when I'm getting my rejection letters in April).

Here are some things I learned along the way:

1. Be organized. Seriously. I quickly learned that in order to be successful, I had to keep a list of all my colleges and their requirements and deadlines. Trust me, it helped a lot.

2. Be Prepared. Do yourself a HUGE favor and finalize your list of colleges and research their requirements/deadlines before you start senior year. The summer is perfect for casual work, because let's be honest: there will be moments over the summer you're bored out of your mind and need something to do. Make use of that!

3. Don't Stress Out. Easier said than done, I know. But I also know that when I'm stressing out, I can't think clearly. Thinking clearly is vital to doing a good job. Something to help with this: SUBMIT APPS BEFORE THEIR DEADLINES. In case something goes wrong, you won't be reduced to a pile of stress and tears because there's time to hopefully get it fixed.

4. Ask for help! Don't be afraid to approach friends, teachers, counselors! They love helping you and want you to succeed in life. Also, don't put off asking for help until it's too late. If that does happen, better late than never!

5. Celebrate. Every time I finished an app, I found that it was really helpful to reward myself and relax. It kept my motivation going. Just don't go overboard.

Now that I'm done with apps, I have 2 days left to my winter break. I think I might marathon Parks and Recreation...

or do my homework.