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.
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.
It is now September which means one thing: Fall is almost here.
Because of that, I decided to create a video that includes some highlights of my summer. Since I was quite busy for the past two months I did not have much time to write any posts, so I hope you enjoy the video as well as my next few entries which will be coming soon!
Song used: Honolulu by Last Dinosaurs
The last time I made a post about music was November of last year, and since then I have found many new (and old) songs that have been on repeat for days at a time. Check out the list below and give some of them a listen!
take on me // a-ha
taro // alt-j
fitzpleasure // alt-j
in cold blood // alt-j
deadcrush // alt-j
idle town // conan gray
africa // toto
sober // lorde
perfect places // lorde
greenlight // lorde
liability // lorde
supercut // lorde
everything now // arcade fire
old school // urban cone
pumping up clouds // urban cone
honolulu // last dinosaurs
cardiac arrest // bad suns
daft pretty boys // bad suns
every breath you take // the police
pork soda // glass animals
flying model rockets // the front bottoms
A few weeks ago my family and I went to Canada’s lively capital, Ottawa, for three days. We spent most of those days wandering around ByWard Market, going around to the different stores, stalls and restaurants. I also had a chance to see the tulips planted in the city for Canada’s 150th anniversary, unfortunately before they had bloomed. After some shopping at the CF Rideau Centre and IKEA, it was time to get home. On the trip I took many short videos which I decided to edit, putting the final product to music.
Click here to watch the video on my YouTube channel.
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!
“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…