Appreciation Post for Fall

Why do I love fall?

 

I love fall because of the sound the leaves make as I walk down my street, crunching under my worn-in black vans.

 

I love fall because of the cool crisp breeze that is pushing at my back as a step onto the bus, heading downtown. The breeze that allows me to retire all my shorts and t-shirts, breaking out beloved sweaters from the depths of my closet.

 

I love fall because as I sit down in my seat, it is “socially acceptable” to whip out my headphones from my backpack, and play jams such as “September” and “Sweater Weather” on repeat, without getting sick of the season-related tunes.

 

I love fall because as I walk into the coffee shop I am embraced by the sweet smells of pumpkin, cinnamon as well as other spices. Soft chatter of university students back in town surrounds me, greeting friends while clutching coffees with bright smiles on their faces.

 

A similar smile lights up on my own face, when I see my friends waiting for me in the corner of the store, ready to study for our first test of the year.

 

The corner where the light shines the brightest, lit up by the Halloween-inspired fairy lights hanging on the wall.

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A Blog Post? A Poem? Who Knows.

Recently I have not been writing that much poetry, but the other day I had a little burst of creativity and wrote whatever you would call the collection of words below me. Since it was a first time in a while that I had written something I thought I would share. Here is a bit of writing that you could probably call a poem that is very much a work-in-progress.

 

I see like a camera.

 

The little things catch your eye.

Naturally normal, borderline boring.

 

Then, a change in perspective.

 

An idea in focus.

 

Suddenly the leaves on the trees

are not what they are

but what they could be.

 

The bright wall splattered with paint is

an escape from reality.

 

The people walking by are not simply that,

but the stars of short stories

captured in RAW format.

 

A flick of a wrist,

a hint of a smile.

 

Red scarf in the wind,

Converse on her feet,

a look of wonder and fear

both trying to compete.

 

Someone’s movement and magic

captured in time,

ready to keep going

if we use our mind’s eye.

Helpful Study Tips

It is May, which means one thing: final exam are coming up. Since you all are probably starting to prepare for them (basically why I have not written in so long) I thought that I should share some of my favourite study tips and with all of you.

Lately I have been using a lot of these methods and they have been helping a lot when it comes to staying motivated and doing well in all my classes.

  • Experiment! Everyone is different when it comes to studying and preparing for exams, so take some time to use different study methods and see which works best for you (and how you learn and retain information).
  • Redo your notes. Something I do often if I don’t understand a concept is going back and re doing my notes. That way I go over the information again outside of class and I am able to lay out everything in an organized way on my page.
  • Make outlines. Whenever I am studying for a test, it is really helpful to make an outline of everything that you have learned throughout the unit that you may be tested on. That way you can go through all of the points and make sure you understand each one!

For major exams I do the same thing, but I also summarize everything I need to study and put it into one big document.

  • Make things colourful. Making your notes colourful (at least in my case) definitely motivates me to come back and study them as I put so much effort into making the notes look nice. You can also colour code your notes so you associate different colours with different ideas.
  • Keep a planner or bullet journal. Exams can be quite hectic and since it is the end of the year you may also have a lot of other tasks like me. This year I started a bullet journal and it has helped me to keep track of all my assignments and other activities, all in one spot.

Bullet journals can be customized as much as you want, and do not feel as if you need fancy supplies or handwriting to start one! Mine is fairly simple with splashes of colour and works out well for me. I recommend using a dotted or gridded notebook, as they are really easy to use when it comes to planning out your time and adding in things like doodles.

If you have any other tips, feel free to add them in below!

World Poetry Day

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove

In case you did not know, it is World Poetry Day! Today we celebrate all of the past, present, and future poets along with their work. Poetry is a big part of society as it is a form of art that can bring to light many different issues, and it also helps people to be expressive in an interesting and entertaining way.

Put some time aside and pick up a book, either to read someone else’s written creations or to try and come up with your own.

I know what I will be writing, as well as reading…

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Favourite Photos

Lately I have taken many photos, and I just recently updated my image gallery here on my blog!

If you like photography I suggest you check that page out, but for this post I have decided to share some of my favourite photos with you, new and old.

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My most recent favourite is this image, of an old camera I bought last summer. It is so bright and simple, and I associate many happy memories with it.

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An image I am quite proud of would be this one. Last summer, I decided to take a photo of my fence in my backyard, focused and unfocused. I then fused the two photos together to create this effect which I was quite happy with.

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Honestly, I am not entirely sure if I was the one who took this photo of The Louvre (or if it was one of my parents). Aside from that, it definitely is one of my favourite photos. This photo was taken in 2011 during a family trip to France, and it is one of my favourites because 1) what a beautiful colour scheme and 2) the trip was amazing, so was the museum. If you cannot tell, I would love to go back to France and Europe in general.

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This image was taken on July 1st, not long before the Canada Day fireworks started. I took many photos that day but this one always stood out because of the colours (and of course the bokeh).

Expressions 

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you can’t express yourself?

That one time where your emotions could not be captured, where your feelings were just too much to be anything?

On our phones we have two options. Normal text like this, the equivalent to normal talking and tone. We also have THIS. THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT TO SHOUTING, but it sometimes is not enough. Sometimes your thoughts cannot be portrayed in a standardized font and sometimes your words cannot be conveyed by capitalized letters.

Human emotions simply cannot be contained by what’s on these boxes in our hands, and they sometimes cannot even be contained in ourselves. We are not all one level or the other. Everyone expresses themselves differently, in different ways and to a different degree.

Sometimes we just need to cry, wail, hug someone or jump up and down.
Last time I checked, you couldn’t accurately do that by typing a text message.
(Or here is a suggestion: Apple, you could just make a new font and size!)