How To Recover from A “Holly Golightly Complex”

Original painting circa 2010.
Original painting, “Holly Golightly B&W,” circa 2010.

This is your first September as a non-student. It’s as weird as Harry Potter not returning to Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows. The circumstances are different, but the reality is that you are now facing “the real world”. You have been guided through the necessary steps to be admitted into a higher institution and plan a course for your future. But you were not prepared for the emotions that come with these changes or how to deal with them.

You applied to several schools in Manhattan because you felt that it was your destiny to return to your place of birth. Throughout your life, you watched films set in New York City; read poetry by Frank O’Hara; idolized Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly more than her other roles; and dreamed of that apartment somewhere in Astoria (because Queens) or Harlem (because the Harlem Renaissance). You got accepted into four colleges in Manhattan, and all you had to do was choose one. Continue reading How To Recover from A “Holly Golightly Complex”

Patience and Toughness, or How I Cared For (This) Future

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Ovid: “Be patient and tough. Someday this pain will be useful to you.”

It has been a month since I graduated from college. I felt the heavy weight of academic responsibility become lighter–no more pressure to meet deadlines on assignments or cram on reading densely written texts or coming to classes I more or less tolerate because the atmosphere was so… But nevertheless, I took something out of the experience. It taught me the value of Ovid’s words.  Continue reading Patience and Toughness, or How I Cared For (This) Future

Likes are Lies

I have spent the last three years of my life in an institute that values higher education (particularly in the liberal arts). I have learned things that may be similar to what others have experienced at my age. The only difference is that we now have social media and the Internet to keep us informed about things, whether we like it or not. So what does social media mean for a person who is entering the real world? Continue reading Likes are Lies