I’m sorry I’ve been MIA recently, but, to be fair, it’s been for a good cause. As you can tell by the title, I got accepted into graduate school and will be begin studying for my Master’s degree in English this January, as well as working as a part-time research assistant for the English department!
*cue internalized screaming*
I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and I realize I’m speaking from a place of privilege and luck to have the option to attend school. I wish more than anything in this world for education to be more accessible and affordable. To be honest, if it wasn’t for my research assistantship scholarship waiving my tuition, graduate school probably wouldn’t have been an option — my undergrad studies put me in enough debt as it is. It’s cruel, unjust, and simply absurd to force people to pay thousands of dollars for wanting to further their studies after high school, but hey, that’s American capitalism and oppression for ya!
Anyways, after multiple last-minute e-mails and weeks of anxious waiting, I finally received my acceptance letter. Honestly, I didn’t plan on going to graduate school after completing undergrad, mainly from burnout, but a very reflective and confusing gap year changed my mind.
In the last year, I realized I love literature, the power it has to transform and guide a reader’s life, and gushing to people about it! If it wasn’t for books, I don’t even know what type of person I would be now. Plus, I surprisingly miss school. So, with all of this in mind, I decided to pursue graduate school in hopes of becoming a professor one day.
I’ve had so many wonderful and wise teachers throughout my lifetime, as well as some god-awful ones. However, it’s both the awesome and terrible teachers that make me want to become a professor. Of course, I want to make my previous professors proud and provide for students the same way they did for me, but, more than anything, I want to do better justice to English literature than the awful “teachers” I once had.
I remember all of the literature survey studies I took throughout undergrad that inevitably started with something along the lines of “I know you all don’t want to be learning about stories and are only here for the credit and probably won’t show up…” Can you say heartbreaking? It would infuriate me because the entire purpose of a professor is to get students engaged in their topics and discussions; not admitting students annoyance and pre-failure. I kid you not, almost every literature survey I attended was like that, and I really want to defeat this odd taboo that reading is boring and meaningless. Literature opened me up to a world and mindset that I never thought was possible, and I hope to help someone along that same journey.
But yeah! I’m super stoked to get back into the academic world and feel at home again. I have a lot of blog post ideas planned, as well, so be on the lookout for those!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Stay safe, my love bugs!
Today, we’re killing two birds with one stone, and also freaking out because I got nominated for, not one, but TWO blogger awards!! Is this real life?
I wanted to thank both Cherry Blossom Books for the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination and Whispering Stories for the Liebster Award from the bottom of my heart! You all are such wonderful people with wonderful blogs!
To save myself (and my fingers) some time, I’ve decided to squash both awards’ rules together because they’re pretty much the exact same.
Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions given to you.
Nominate 11 other Bloggers.
Ask your nominee 11 questions.
The Sunshine Blogger Award
I, once again, want to thank Cherry Blossoms Books for taking the time to think of all of these questions and nominating me!
What is your favorite book?
Only one? This question is not meant for libras — we can’t make a decision to save our lives. See? I’m stalling myself!
Anyhow, I think my favorite book (at the moment, at least) is Dante’s Inferno. The Divine Comedy as a whole is incredible and transformative, but there’s something raw and emotional when Dante first finds himself in the dark forest, the straight way lost. It’s an experience, and I encourage everyone to pick it up!
What is your dream job?
You know, at 23, you would think I have an answer to this question, but I really have no earthly idea.
Being a professional blogger would be a dream, but I don’t want to limit myself to one thing. Some days I wake up wanting to be an author, and other days I’d like to try my hand at book editing or YouTube videos. Hell, I might wake up tomorrow and want to be a painter. The possibilities are truly endless.
What is your most anticipated release of 2021?
To be honest, I hardly ever look into new releases. I get so excited for the book anticipating for its release, but by the time I have it in my hands and ready to read, the sparkle sort of dies. Mood reading, amirite?
However, this question did make me curious, so I looked up some 2021 releases. Nick by Michael Farris Smith has definitely caught my eye. I’m a classics whore, to put it lightly, and a novel about Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby is music to my ears!
Morning or night?
There’s nothing better than a wake and bake with a hot cup o’ Joe.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Effy Stonem from Skins will forever be my ride or die character. Whoever wrote her storyline deserves an award. Effy’s character captures the complexity, and often unbearable, of what it feels to be an unhappy, outcast teen, and, much like Dante, has that raw element that connects so well with the audience. Her fashion and outfits are also iconic. Oh, to be a grunge teen in 2007.
Japanese steak hibachi with fried rice and vegetables will always hit the spot.
Where do you want to travel?
Where do I even begin? Mainly the Pacific US, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Greece. Basically everywhere.
City or country?
I love the serenity of the country, but after 23 years, the city is starting to call my name. The country gets SO. BORING.
What is your favorite object ever?
Probably my PS4 because video games are the only way I can cope with the stresses of reality lol.
Where do you want to live?
My boyfriend and I are hoping to move to Oregon in the near future!
What is your favorite aesthetic?
I’ve been a 90’s grunge baby my entire life, so all of the e-girl, punk rock aesthetics that have evolved over the years make my heart soar.
However, in the past 2 or 3 years, I’ve been loving the bright, soft girl, indie aesthetic, thanks to Clairo and Claire Rosinkranz. It’s just so cute and colorful!
As a lover of fashion and aesthetics, I could go on and on about different aesthetics. Maybe I’ll make a dedicated post discussing all of my favorite styles and looks.
Do you have any pets? If so, what are they, and what’s their name?
Who is you favorite author? Why?
What book do you always recommend to people?
What is your favorite part about writing/blogging?
Romance or Horror?
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? If so, which ones?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What’s your favorite song?
If you could only have bagels or croissants for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Do you have any tattoos?
The Liebster Award
Another HUGE thank you to Whispering Stories for nominating me and taking the time to think of these questions!
What is the one thing you cannot tolerate in a book?
Forced or unrealistic romances drive me crazy! I have a hard time finding good romances that capture even an ounce of the essence that comes with love. It’s not all giggles and rainbows, people.
What are your hobbies besides blogging?
Reading is probably a pretty obvious one, but I also love watching movies and TV shows, playing video games, painting, and listening to music! All while taking care of my two little puppers.
Some advice for your fellow bloggers?
Don’t try to imitate other bloggers; be authentic and unique!
Also, don’t think about it too much. Write what YOU would want to read rather than attempting to pander to an audience. I promise it’ll be 10 times as better, and you’ll probably have way more fun with it — which is the point of blogging. Don’t ever forget to have fun.
Dogs or cats? Why?
I love all animals so dearly, but I have to pick dogs on this one. Cats are sweet and beautiful, but they’re super independent. The excitement, love and cuddles that a dog provides is simply irreplaceable!
If you had to move to some other country for some reason, which country would it be?
France, baby! The architecture, the food, the scenery, the fashion, the culture. Need I say more?
Your Covid experience in 8 words?
What in the actual hell is going on?
Which language do you want to learn completely some day?
I’ve been studying French for about 3 years now, and I’m hoping I’ll be fluent in it one day! I definitely need to step up my game because I can barely speak it.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
As you could probably tell by my hobbies, I’m a mega-introvert. Don’t get me wrong, I love to hang out with my friends and family, but at the end of the day, I just want to be home alone with my dogs and partner.
When is your birthday?
October 6th! Where are all my libras at?
Have you ever read a play by Shakespeare? If yes, which one and did you enjoy reading it? If not, then do you aspire to read one someday?
I took an entire college course covering Shakespeare’s plays, and it was one of my all-time favorite classes. If I’m remembering correctly, I read Titus Andronicus, Richard III (my favorite), The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a few others. Richard III‘s character development, soliloquies, and obstruction blew me away — I’m a sucker for a Shakespearean tragedy.
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
You guys, this has to be the longest post I’ve made to date, and, even though my brain is fuzzy and my hands are cramped, I’m so honored to be able to create this post! Another huge shoutout and thank you to Cherry Blossom Books and Whispering Stories for nominating me for these awards! Go check out their blogs and shower them with love and support.