Sooo it’s been a while. My bad. Been busy with spring break and such, you know how it is.
Here’s a quick update until I can sit down and write something minimally substantive…
- This morning a record FIVE people (myself included) rolled out to the Morning Pump™!!! Cheers to fitness and collective motivation/guilt.
- My dorm’s “Screw Your Roo,” a Stanford tradition in which roommates set each other up with blind dates and the whole dorm collectively goes out on a date together, is coming up! Shannon knows practically every freshman on campus, so I’m not worried at all.
- My friend from home said the simplest thing a couple days ago to me when I was stressing out about a predicament I was in… So clear, so simple, so easy– it resonated beautifully with me.
“Positivity. Just let it happen.” – Lily
- Oh hey, ask.fm “questions”…
|“So he’s talking about himself real quick…” – Shannon
I got a lot of ask.fm submissions supporting my latest blog post, Why I Love College in 3 Anecdotal Accountings
. You guys called it “refreshing,” and said it was “the kind of college blog post I, along with a bunch of other Stanford students and faculty, have been waiting for from you.” First and foremost, shuuuuucks. 🙂
In all honesty, I wrote that post in response to the many negative ask.fm submissions I received over the past month. You, dear reader, called me out on all my stupid shenanigans, and for posting them on social media. You could have used nicer language at times, but nevertheless, the message was well received. I wanted to prove to you that at the end of the day, I am a student, an intellectual, and a friend. These are my priorities in life. In another post, I discussed how social media projects a skewed image of what a person’s priorities are by focusing on the “play” aspects of their life, rather than the “work” aspects. Perhaps I ought to be explicit here…
My top priorities in life are my faith, my family, my friends, and my ambitions (school, work, and extracurricular.) Period.
Now regarding this incredibly hot friend of yours: Tell him to give me a call 😉
a. AHHH THANKS!!
b. Motion to be referred to as “Yath” from now on?
Speaking from my own personal experience, it is 100% manageable. To get into Stanford, you had to have had excellent time management skills in high school to balance AP classes, playing your violin in Carnegie Hall, winning the LPGA, fighting for marriage equality on the national scale, and all the other super impressive stuff these kids were doing by the age of 14. I essentially just applied those skills here once I made that transition. In my opinion, there are greater challenges to overcome here than the course load.
YASS! Go health! So I feel very lucky to attend a university whose administrative dining staff has such a central focus on wellness. (I feel it’s related to the fact that the university as a whole understands that a healthy body = a healthy mind.) We have lots of healthy options at the dining hall buffets, but even if you go to a college that doesn’t have as wide an array of choices, here are some basic recommendations I would make for eating healthily:
- Make half your plate fruits and/or veggies every meal. No excuses. Your body needs it.
- Even if it’s a veggie, if it’s dripping in oil, either take a very small amount or don’t take any at all. I’m talking about the one true culinary seductress: Asian stir fry. *whimper*
- Watch those portions. Eating a heaping plateful of a healthy dish will have just as many calories as a smaller amount of unhealthy food. Don’t ruin your AWESOME choice to eat something nutritious with excessive portions!
- Replace deserts after meals with a hot, drinkable sweet treat like tea and honey or coffee with milk and sugar. Mmmm. ^_^
- Have you noticed how the list keeps starting back at 1 every time? How annoying.
- OH DUHHH I never shared my Winter Quarter video! What a perfect way to wrap up this post… especially because tomorrow is the first day of S P R I N G Q U A R T E R!!! (According to every upperclassman I’ve spoken to, Spring Quarter at Stanford is nothing short of legendary. I’m excited to find out why.)
As always, thank you for reading, and Enjoy!