Reflecting on My College Experience

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I will be moving to London for my master’s degree in journalism, and I am so excited that this article I wrote got published on Thought Catalog. It’s the perfect little goodbye to my undergaduate studies and experiences. It’s a reflection on everything from friendship to academics to my own personal growth, so I’d love for people to give it a read. You can check it out here !

Also, if you want to see more college related posts, leave a comment or DM me please!

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Quote of the Day

I will be leaving for London next week, and I am so nervous for this new adventure that I’m embarking on. At the same time, I’m so excited to see the growth I’ll have as I adapt to living there.

All of my travel experiences have definitely left me with tons of fun stories to tell people. I always live my life with the mentality that if something doesn’t work out, at least it’ll make a story with some sort of lesson at the end of the day.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Review

Starring Lana Condor , Noah Centineo and Janel Parrish, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a teen romance about a girl named Lara Jean who writes five letters to all the boys she’s ever liked. Mysteriously, they get sent out to them, and drama ensues when one of the boys, Peter, strikes a deal with Lara Jean to fake a relationship so that he can get back together with his girlfriend. On the flip side, Lara Jean wants to fake a relationship so that her neighbor doesn’t suspect her feelings for him.

I really liked this movie. When I watched the trailer, I thought it would be cute and man, it was so stinking cute. I have to hand it to the actors because for me, the way they craft the characters and dialogue is what makes this movie so likable. If it weren’t for Candor and Centineo’s chemistry, I’m not sure if I would have bought them as much as the central couple, but there is a ton of chemistry between the leads. I’ve always been a fan of Noah Centineo because I religiously watched The Fosters every week, but I’ve never seen Lana Condor before, and I think she really carries the movie whether it’s her innocence coming across at a party full of mean girls or talking to her dad about missing her mother. It’s all very awesome stuff from this actress.

I also adore Janel Parrish and thought she was fantastic as the outgoing older sister to Lara Jean. But the little sister to Lara Jean and the father are also quirky and total scene stealers too.

The plot is pretty predictable. That’s probably the weakest aspect of this movie, but the movie makes up for its lack of originality with the conversations the characters have. I also like that in the main conflict, it’s not so much about the guy messing up and then making a grand gesture. It was always about Lara Jean and her internal struggle. It feels fresh and authentic, and I’m pretty content with the way it ends as well.

There’s a lot of sentiment in this flick, and it’s definitely a pretty solid movie for its message of taking risks in life. I remember being in high school and reading novels where I would imagine myself as the main character, so I completely related to Lara Jean. But just like me, she learns that she can keep reading or watching fairytales, or she can go out and create her own.

Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 Thoughts

Welcome to my paradise recap for only the first four episodes. I feel bad, but two episodes a week is a lot and so much has happened! Let’s begin with my thoughts on the main couples.

Jordan and Jenna: I am loving Jordan this season. If you look back on my old recaps, I cut him a lot of slack because he clearly pokes fun at himself and plays up his character. I think his one liners and charm toward Annaliese and Jenna proves he’s not really an idiot model as people make him out to be. One thing I’ll say about the David blowup is that I too am someone that likes to poke fun at myself with my friends and family and then all of the sudden, someone takes it too far to come off as demeaning, and that is why David just sucks this season. He just provokes Jordan for literally no reason. Did Jordan handle it maturely? Nope. He snapped and it looked pretty bad, but I understand why he felt like people were making fun of him. P

His relationship with Jenna makes so much sense, and his little sorry speech was actually just proof that he adores her completely. He’s not a vulnerable guy, and he said some pretty wonderful things to Jenna. I know he’s the underdog but I’m pulling for him!

Joe, Leo and Kendall: I love Joe. Him and Jordan laughing hysterically about Kendall’s date was a highlight from the last episode. They’re both just goofy guys that got stuck in a bad situation this week. Joe is so endearing, and he owns his awkwardness.

I don’t think Kendall deserves any sort of hate because 1) She doesn’t know Leo is a slime ball just yet, although I would not take well to some of his comments. 2) She was completely transparent with Joe. I also happen to see her and Leo’s connection while they talked. My issue with Leo is that he kind of knew Chelsea was interested, so it was almost like a sure thing after his date with Kendall, which is gross. But ya know, next week looks really good for Joe.

I’m curious if people think Kendall and Joe will last because I was super confident last week when they were making avocado toast, but after this week, I feel like Kendall and Joe are on two separate pages.

Astrid and Kevin: I was glad when Ashley and Jared got together, but man did Kevin get the short end of the stick. But Astrid is so beautiful and she seems super chill and laidback. She’s drama free, but I want to see the two on a date. Like why did Colton and Tia have two dates already and then there’s others that haven’t at all?

Colton and Tia: Not sure why the producers want us to see an overload of these two, but I am a little over the drama. I have a feeling it’s not going to work out. I feel for Tia. I’ve been Tia before saying how she wants him to open his eyes and I gotta hand it to Bibiana. That girl made a gorgeous speech. I wish she could’ve slapped some sense in some guys from my past. But regardless, I think they won’t last because there’s still too many reservations from Colton.

John and Jubilee: Some people are over Jubilee. I love her. As someone of color, I have so much love for these two because they admitted how insecure they felt on their seasons since they weren’t stereotypical contestants. Will they last? Not sure.

Chris and Krystal: It’s like Kevin said. They’re the two crazies in the corner and like Jenna and Jordan, they sort of deserve each other. The only difference is that Chris literally sucks more than David. He’s awful and thinks he’s so cool. The way he talked to Tia was so disrespectful. Krystal on the other hand is fabulous for paradise. I had a feeling she’d be chilling with a margarita and get along with the girls. So to me, she’s better than him.

Eric and Angela: Good-looking couple. Love Eric. He’s got one of the best personalities of the group of guys.

Kenny and Annaliese: Definitely got friendship vibes, but I’m excited for something good to happen for Annaliese.

The fact that Jordan and Joe are two of my favorites guys that I’m rooting for says a lot about this group of guys. The girls on the other hand are fabulous. They’re all gorgeous, handling themselves well and pretty patient with the guys.

Sorry if this recap is all over the place 😆 I had four episodes to work off of.

Quote of the Day

It was raining all day, and it reminded me of one of my college friends texting me asking if I wanted to play in the rain. Amused, I thought it was cute at first, but it really is a great mindset to have.

You can dwell on the negatives of a rainy day and stay in bed all day (which isn’t necessarily that bad when you have coffee and Netflix) or you can appreciate the days that aren’t so sunny.

Why the Bachelorette Finale was different from the past three seasons

It was not a shocking finale as we saw Becca and Garrett get happily engaged. Becca gave her first impression rose to Garrett, and she followed directly in the footsteps of Kaitlyn, Jojo and Rachel.

There’s one huge difference though. The show was edited quite favorably for Becca and Garrett, which I’m so happy the producers finally did. I’ve always felt so bad and honestly confused why the Bachelorette’s final pick is edited poorly. We saw it with Shawn, Jordan and Bryan three seasons in a row.

And when you compare it to Bachelor seasons, it’s so different. I mean news came out about Vanessa being a little catty toward the women in her season, and she had a stellar edit. Same goes for Ben and Lauren, although there wasn’t that much drama. Arie’s season was an outlier, but it’s been a trend I’ve noticed. The lead’s storyline on The Bachelor seems to be edited to show a fairytale ending, but somehow we’re left questioning Rachel, Kaitlyn and Jojo’s decisions.

With Becca and Garrett, I am so happy for them. They’re so freaking cute together, and I’m so pulling for them to last. I was so happy we got to see Garrett get emotional about finding Becca and calling her his person. It was so wonderful and beautiful to watch him crying to Becca’s sister too.

Blake was a champ. The breakup was messy, but he handled the after the final rose really well almost kind of similar to Becca a little. I’m curious who people think should be the next Bachelor? I think Jason would be fun, but I’m cool if it were Blake too.

As far as paradise, I saw episode one, and man I’m really excited! Last season was kind of weird with the scandal, so I’m stoked to see all the fresh faces from Arie and Becca’s seasons. I’ll give a full recap of all three episodes next week.

For now, I wanna know! Why did it take this long for a bachelorette couple to be edited so favorably?

Quote of the Day

Rather than just dropping in a quote, I’ve been elaborating on why a lot of these quotes really speak to me. Yes, this one might be simple, but I think a lot of people have a hard time grasping this concept.

In fact, I’m sure a lot of people misinterpret this. Expectations and standards are two different things, and I think people get confused by the two. When you have standards, you know what you want for yourself and you attract based on the energy and the mindset you give back to people. That’s where appreciation comes in. Positive things happen to positive people, and I can attest to that.

When you expect certain things from people all the time, you’ll likely be disappointed constantly. When you imagine a situation playing out in an exact way, you’ll likely be frustrated when it doesn’t come to fruition.

When it comes to expectations, you can only control one person and that’s yourself. You can choose to stay frustrated because life didn’t go as planned, or you can try to learn from mistakes or mishaps. Life sort of just happens, but your character is more so defined by how you react.