5 Mistakes I Made in My First Year of College

Transitioning into college life was exceptionally difficult for me because I was homeschooled for most of high school. Combine this with taking a gap year and working too much, I had a really hard time becoming accustomed to college life. During that transition, I learned some valuable lessons by making some big mistakes. Here are the ones that stick out the most.   I didn’t pay my fees on time. In my first semester I missed the fee payment deadline and realized this at 2am that night. I cried for an hour… Read More

Living Between the Lines

a passport with many visa stamps on it

Identity: I think I struggle with the meaning of this word even now. What makes up my identity? Is my identity defined by where I was born? Where I grew up? Or by the country listed on my passport. As a cross-culture person, these questions consumed me growing up. When the question of identity comes up for me, my experiences as a black queer multi-cultural woman are the first to pop into my mind. All my experiences have defined me and made me who I am. My cultures have grounded me and… Read More

Mission Statements for School

wile e. coyote lighting a fuse and it explodes on him

After reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I was inspired by the idea of visualization, also called affirmations or mission statements. Hill is so compelling when he discusses how writing down your goal and visualizing it happening every day means you’re almost guaranteed to accomplish it. Eventually I was won over to his side. The influence of Hill’s writing wasn’t immediate to me. It took a long time and a healthy dose of skepticism before I started to take his ideas seriously. I started to take in other sources of… Read More