Saturday, October 4, 2014

Update / I Love New York Moment

Long time no see - nearly two years, in fact.

I didn't think I'd be posting again on this - every time I wanted to do an update, there just seemed to be so little time, so much to update, and so much apathy. Blogging and social media have both changed so much since I was 16 and sitting in my family's study in our home in Virginia. And I've changed - going to college was monumental, and my experiences after arrival have really shaped how I see the world.

So, since 2013....

I wrote two theses for my two majors.

And I was in NYC for the summer of 2013 interning at a top Wall Street bank doing what I actually completely loved. That summer taught me so much both at work and in my personal life.

And I found a serious boyfriend - he's great (but we have our rough moments like everyone else).

And I graduated cum laude.

And I moved to Tribeca in June to work where I had interned in 2013.

And if all goes according to plan, in two years, I'll move back to academia for a Ph.D.


And what inspired me to write today was my first "I love New York" moment, in the subway of all places. It was at 14th Street on the 1/2/3 line. After getting my groceries from Trader Joe's, I was waiting on the downtown-bound platform when extremely loud music started playing. At first I thought it was music emanating from the uptown-bound train that had pulled in, but it stayed after the train left. I was busy with my phone, and when I noticed it was still going on after a few minutes, I turned to see a person DJ'ing. Going back to my phone, I realized with each new song and each new transition that I wished he were DJ'ing at all the clubs I've been to - there would no longer be awkward bouncing along waiting for a new song. I was mesmerized watching, and I almost missed the train when it pulled in. He was really talented, and I really hope he becomes a big deal one day.

And it made me think of New York and how I wanted so desperately to be here when I was 16 and at home. Among other things (like freedom from my high school), New York represented the amalgamation of so many diverse people with so many talents, and today I remembered that. I remembered all the promise New York held in my mind and all the talent that was incubated here.

Certainly, things have changed, and I no longer see PR or fashion as a career for me. But sometimes I get so drowned in my work that I forget what New York meant to me then.  It was nice to be reminded of that today, and to hear some sick beats.

Monday, December 31, 2012


2012 was a year of personal development in my little corner of the world. This year, I survived my most theoretical math-based semester, discovered a passion for research, and finished all of my pesky distributional credits. More significantly, this year I learned more about life, and love, and the world.

Snowy view of Harkness from my apartment 

I moved off-campus and began a new journey on personal development. And in the past few months, I learned so much about empowerment – about standing up for what I believe in and addressing the past to get the closure to move forward. 

I thought deeply about the person I was and the person I wanted to be, where I was and where I wanted to go. Looking back, I’m entirely tickled by how much I’ve learned about myself and others.

And perhaps most importantly, I started to love myself and to truly feel grateful for my friends, family, and life.

I’m looking forward to 2013 – I hope it’ll be a year of continued growth and self-discovery, the year I step out of my comfort zone and take risks.

Happy New Year!



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

Oh my, it's been a while. Hope you all are having a great holiday season :)

Here are some of my favorite holiday photos from this year: 

Kappa Formal 


Holiday dinner with my gorgeous freshman year suitemate Jen. (Her blog is here and utterly breathtaking.)

Some of the sweetest girls that I know at Yale

Eeeek!! Aren't my Bigs simply stunning?

So proud of my Big for doing so well on her senior thesis!!

Kappa Love


College style tree - must try this next year!

{ All photos but the last one are mine :)  }

Happy holidays!! (And Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it :)

Hope your holiday season is filled with joy and love.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Digital Photography

This summer I took Digital Photography, a class notoriously difficult to get into during the school year, to complete my Humanities distributional credit. Here are some of my favorites from the class.

{Nota bene: all photos in this post were taken by me and are copyrighted. Please only use with permission.}

Today was the first day of junior year. (Such a crazy thought! Freshman year seems like yesterday!)

Going into junior year, I’m terrified about my course load and anxious about the future; at the same time, I’m happy with where I am right now mentally.

This summer is what I needed in so many ways. I took some life-changing classes, started doing research, and thought a lot about how I look at the world and what I truly find interesting in life. I came to some realizations, made some tough choices, and gained some direction.

It’s going to be a tough year, but I’m ready to spend this year and the rest of my life chasing my bliss.