For the graduating class of 2006, the art exhibition was a little more than ordinary. It was eccentric. Why? Every artist has his or her own style and this was proven in this year's exhibition. Even though the evening was somewhat dramatic in many senses of the word, it was lovely. It was a chance to cool down after two years of back breaking work. I'm not sure if I'd ever want to erase the two years because they were developmental, amazing, experiential and a stepping stone for me to reach the next fortress. If you like my art, that's nice to know. If you don't, that's too bad because it means the world to me. And let's not forget, my world is just as crazy as it seems, if not even more.
No, I haven’t risen from the dead and yes, I have been awake for the past three months. No jokes! Just that I haven’t been writing as much I would have liked. Let me tell you about what writing and literature does for me. It is my legal high. It is the epitome of all great virtues that exist in the realm of living. It carries with it great integrity and yet at the same time universality that allows myself and the rest of the world to connect, one on one. There is no doubt in my mind that if it weren’t for the book in my hand, I would be useless! My writing mediocre and my life a miserable dull grey rainy day with overly strong coffee.
Speaking of coffee! IB has hit climax. The end is near, and so is the beginning of a whole new chapter of my life. Happy, sad? Who knows. I guess I’ll find out several months from now when I’m packing up everything that I vowed to run away from and set off into the horizon. Mystic. Emblazened with surprise and wonder.
3 months till grad night and the clock is ticking. Surprisingly here I am blogging when I thought I would probably quit writing personal blogs for a long while. I will, now that there is calm and resort. No hard feelings. So stay tuned 🙂
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Morality, like art, means drawing a line somplace-Oscar Wilde
This month’s focus is on a different art form that is being used widely at present. In an interesting manner, bloggers paint their portraits with the touch of the keyboard and the click of the mouse. Bloggers are those that post journal entries on a website instead of publishing anything on paper. In a matter of seconds their daily online journal i.e. their blog changes and keeps up with every hour of the day.
It is estimated that since the birth of the online journal or blog in 1997, there has been a rapidly large growth in the number of bloggers on the web. The number rests at ten million –as estimated by the BBC- and is continually growing day by day.
How, one may ask does this new phenomenon spark so much interest? Considering what one can do with a blog, it is easy to see why there is so much demand for it. Firstly, blogs are free to put up and allow one to openly publish entries based on anything whatsoever. All it requires is a few details and a URL for the website and hey presto, a blog is born. It is that simple.
A variety of templates are free and easy to use as a start to creating an interesting website. With the help of a few pennies one can elaborate their entries and add in their very own design template to suit their blog. Programs like Adobe Photoshop or even Microsoft Paint can be used to add a splash of colours or a picture to personalize one’s blog even more.
MSN for example has placed personal spaces on the web, for registered users. This means that with a free MSN passport, one can post journal entries, keep an online album, create a ‘To Do’ list as well as list down favorite music albums. This has become especially popular amongst those who have wanted a quick solution to have a personal space on the World Wide Web, without any quagmires!
For those wanting to keep with the true spirit of blogging, software such as WordPress has become especially helpful. This service has a lot more complexities in that the blogger has better control over the information that gets posted on their site. Furthermore the design templates are a lot more sophisticated and easy to change.
With so many advances in online technology, people are now able to freely publish material on the web for business, corporations, friends and family to see and benefit from. In addition, the best blog sites are on display on the web and have received special recognition. The acrylic paint and paintbrush have changed form this year, and online journalism has decided to produce a plethora of choices for the public.
Being overweight is not an easy state to be in. Alongside the health hazards the emotional rollercoaster that works inside the body everyday is just as difficult to deal with. With the coming of the new century, oily doughnuts and mugs of creamy lattes are being abandoned a lot more. Healthy options with the term organic are being labeled in every supermarket. The focus is on creating the perfect lifestyle to suit our health needs as well as give ourselves optimum satisfaction in the way we look at ourselves and build our confidence in the process.
As one who has undergone the painful task of altering my weight from the age of fifteen to seventeen, I can honestly say that it is an uphill battle as well as a long process. As the saying goes, nothing happens over night. This is refers to patience being key as well as a virtue in the process of weight loss.
Once a decision has been made on one’s own part to change how he or she appears and get fit, there is so much to deal with in terms picking the best ‘diet.’ I highlight the term simply because I think that having lost a lot of weight and having reached the goal of a healthy lifestyle, has led me to believe that there is no particular diet that fits everyone.
Many spend tons of money on the Atkins diet, the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers etc and never find a long term solution. For some these may be the answer but for those who have tried everything and given up, my outlook is sure to shed some light.
Before rushing to get a gym membership or stocking up on fruits and veggies, it is important to have a mindset that fits the entire aspect of weight loss. Motivation and will power are essential in this process. Without being committed to changing our eating habits and willingly leaving aside little pleasures such as that candy bar or that ice cream cone, any effort will be futile. Once a person is ready to make a change, the changes will come naturally and easily.
The good news is that the state of being overweight is at most times to do with emotional problems that result in eating for comfort. Eating allows the senses to relax and is a temporary escape from emotional difficulties that result from day to day issues. This is the reason why one must remove any problem or past emotionally upsetting trauma or else dieting will simply not work.
Once the emotions have been dealt with i.e. one has been to see a psychiatrist or has talked problems over with someone who can help relieve the pain, the path for change is going to be open. If you are unsure of whether you eat for comfort, picture this: you’re all alone in the middle of the night and feel upset, the first reaction is to grab a tub of chocolate ice cream in the fridge and wallow on the couch in front of the TV. These tendencies are an alarm as they speak multitudes about one’s emotional well-being.
Comfort eating is not only bad for the hips, but is a temporary way to fix problems. Once that chocolate bar has been consumed the problem still remains, unfixed. Finding a real solution will help keep the calorie count down and will be uplifting in the long run. It is then and only then, that one can work on themselves in terms of altering eating habits and getting fit to burn off fat and create a strong, lean and toned body.
Applying to universities from around the globe is no small thing. It requires a machination willing to carry out the best organization and commitment to learning there is. This very driving force I found was I.
As soon as I turned into a junior life skills class began to divert from adolescent issues to university prospects. ‘It’s never too late to start thinking about university,’ was what was told. At the time I shrugged my shoulders and thought about what the coming afternoon would bring in my daily schedule.
Now that I think of it, just the ability to consider learning further is a privilege. Furthermore, going to the International School of Tanganyika made the entire process a lot easier.
There was help everywhere and I knew that along with about eighty other students, my senior year would be as interesting as it could be.
One of the first questions I asked myself, and I think just about everyone in the graduating class of 2006 has, is what do I want to do with the rest of my life? Where will my path divert?
These questions I believe brought me to a greater understanding of my personality and where my interests lie. It is clear that following someone else’s dream will result in a life of chaos and misery. I made sure that in the process of thinking about university I put myself in the limelight and let my values take centre stage.
To begin with most universities despite having several different approaches to accepting students into their institutions believe that the process of applying is finding out about ones own self.
This meant thinking of all the classes that I had been in throughout high school and picking one that kept me going through the hottest and longest days of the year.
I realized upon entering senior year and picking out where I wanted to go, that the process of university application comes in a package. Besides self interests I had to look at my financial situation, religious and family values as well as practicalities of the world we live in. I knew for a fact that I could not go to Ulaanbaatar in Outer Mongolia and not consider what the implications of living there is.
When applications forms came pouring into my mail box and I had decided on what I wanted to pursue i.e. my future educational goals, the forms became a maze that one had to weave through to get out. It was no simple task. The littlest detail had to be observed and eventually they were completed.
One could only breathe a deep breath and start the essay writing, SAT and TOEFL test taking. I realized that there was no short-cut. Everything mattered and so did my motivation.
In the process of meeting my college counselor endlessly and discussing all the nitty-gritty details of financial aid forms and teacher evaluations, I came to an understanding that universities look for a particular type of crop. It all depended on whether I was the right kind that they were looking for.
I know for a fact that grades matter and so do test scores and recommendations, but at the end of the day, universities such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton and all the other Ivy League institutions already have the best students applying, it is only their final decision that seals the deal. You are either everything they are looking for whilst reviewing your application, or not quite. There is no in-between.
And so after two months of frivolous form filling and applying to several universities in different countries, I wait for answers.
My early decision to go to Yale was a testament to my desire of grabbing the best piece of the pie. And if not Yale, there will be plenty more opportunity to sigh a breath of relief when I open an acceptance letter and cry out words of joy!
The application process has opened up the beginning of a whole new chapter of millions of students everywhere around the world, me being one of them.
With the coming of the new year, the splendid year of everything that involves change (positive ones), this blog site is meant to be a helping hand in giving the best dose of my journalism. I have come across wordpress many times before and due to some helping hands-you know who you are- I have decided to go public with all my thoughts and writing.
New Years resolutions involve a lot of personal changes, within me, that is, to look at myself in a different light and love who I am. I have not been able to look at myself with a gentle eye so to speak, constantly cursing every fault and not acknowledging that there were some extenuating circumstances involved last year. I for one hope to make history this year, within myself!