Why reflection is necessary right now

In this time of Facetime calls and working from home, we are disrupted from our regular routines. All the plans we had made are erased and swept away as the Coronavirus sweeps across the nation. This is an unprecedented time. That statement may not feel real, but there are not many people who have lived … Continue reading Why reflection is necessary right now

Movies, Shows, and Podcasts for Social Distancing

While we are all feeling the effects of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus, we need to take precautions seriously. Since my university shut down classes and extended spring break for a period of time, this is a great time to begin practicing social distancing. This is a good time to catch up on sleep or different … Continue reading Movies, Shows, and Podcasts for Social Distancing

Reaction to School Shutdown

So with my life update, I updated it mentioning how I had to go home given the shutdown of UVA, and the school saying how it decided to move classes online until further notice. The decision of whether or not students would return to Grounds was supposed to be reviewed by April 5th, however last … Continue reading Reaction to School Shutdown

A Strange Spring Break

I started off the weekend in Charlottesville, and my parents had come to visit me. We took a lovely trip to Kroger, where I saw a funny display of a rabbit. I am always really impressed by the people who do these kinds of things. I am just grateful that someone took their time and … Continue reading A Strange Spring Break

Life Update of March 2020

It's spring break for UVA students, and I've been spending it by volunteering at middle schools, tutoring kids. It's the middle of the semester - spring 2020. Feelings - it's all going by so quickly. My time here at UVA - I've never quite felt settled. I've been happy, I've been sad, I've been lonely, … Continue reading Life Update of March 2020

20 Second Century

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot across the internet about books that have come out recently. To Hell with the Hustle and the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and Less is More. I’ve heard about these books from Youtube and Instagram and podcasts. This idea that we need to slow down and declutter our lives has … Continue reading 20 Second Century

Where do we find love?

Love is everywhere. It’s in the embrace of friends, it’s in the first moment of holding hands, it’s in mother’s kiss to her son’s cheek. It’s been in the air before Valentine’s day and it won’t stop after. Love and the potential of love is such a beautiful thing to be aware of. Love comes … Continue reading Where do we find love?

who do you let in?

A few months ago, I heard this story on Invisibilia. I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts but none like this before. None where the story returned to my mind, days and weeks later. Wondering about what the meaning is - Who do you let in? In our society, it’s not hard to tell we … Continue reading who do you let in?


Lately I’ve been reading a lot of YA books. I know they are fiction but characters can feel so real - their mannerisms, their figures of speech. My imagination brings them to life. But after a good read, with a happy ending, I always come back to my own reality. The realness of it. I … Continue reading Hopelessness

Reset Guide

Every now and again, you need to reset. You need to start over. When you feel like you’ve been living life doing the same things over and over, when you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, when you feel like your brain is a mess, you need a reset. Oftentimes, we get busy and into a … Continue reading Reset Guide

Weekend in my life: NDCC 2020 Edition

Hey friends! This blog post is about my past weekend spent in Indiana at the Kelley Business School for a case competition representing UVA. I woke up at 4:30 because I had to meet my group by 5:30 and I needed some time to get to our business school. I was there first and low … Continue reading Weekend in my life: NDCC 2020 Edition

Deep Questions from the Web

Hey friends! I’ve recently been scrolling through the world wide web as one does, and I found some really interesting questions I wanted to ponder with you all. Instead of answering standard questions for you to learn a little more about me, I figured you all could get to know what I think and believe … Continue reading Deep Questions from the Web

Letter to 2020

Dear 2020,  I have no idea what you have in store for me. I know that I’m going to Indiana the first weekend of school, but other than that, there’s a blank hole. And where’s uncertainty, in me, there is fear. So I’m trying to be excited by doing all the “New Year, New Me” … Continue reading Letter to 2020

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

Guess what? It’s my favorite time of the year again. And yes, I am saying that after Christmas has passed. New Year’s is my favorite time of the year because people are filled with hope and are looking forward to a fresh start filled with possibility.  As I am gearing up for 2020, I wanted … Continue reading My New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

One Year Blog Anniversary

Friends, this blog post is an exciting one! It’s been an entire year since the beginning of this blog, Studying Life with Gigi. And it has grown to a place I never could have imagined. You all who comment and like on these posts mean the world to me! I just want to thank you … Continue reading One Year Blog Anniversary

Reflection on my second year first semester

Currently I am at home, relaxing after finishing four final exams in Charlottesville. I took an Amtrak for 7 hours and ended up at home, here in New York. While there are some downsides to being home (I seriously miss my mattress topper), it’s great to be back in the Big Apple, rejuvenating and recovering … Continue reading Reflection on my second year first semester

Why do we like sharing our lives online?

These days, everyone is on social media, creating content, posting memes, or taking that dog filter selfie. Creating videos, taking pictures, and posting it to the Internet has become the norm, and not the anomaly.  If you have a phone, or even a computer, you are likely to have one form of social media, if … Continue reading Why do we like sharing our lives online?

Why Going Out of State Changed My Life

If you are a high school student looking for colleges, or someone who is thinking about a big move, you’ve stumbled across the right post. I’m in my second year at the University of Virginia, and I am from New York. I went from a big city to a small city, and from the North … Continue reading Why Going Out of State Changed My Life

Day in the life: Weekend Day at UVA

Saturday October 19, 2019   8:00 = Wake up. Get dressed. Get ready for the day. 9:00 - 12:00 = Flyering and Chalking for SAO. So after staying up until 3 in the morning to do some CS homework - I woke up on Saturday morning to 8:00. I took a snapshot of the view … Continue reading Day in the life: Weekend Day at UVA

Meet Me Here

Hey friends, I wrote this a little bit ago, but I thought I'd put it out in the world. Enjoy. ... I feel being on the New York subway leads to some profound thinking. Because at the very least, it’s too loud for headphones. And what better way to spend your time as you sit … Continue reading Meet Me Here

The Truth about UVA

Welcome, future freshmen, or should I say first years, that have been scouring the internet, looking to find out what exactly they signed up for. Hello, I’m Gigi, and I will be giving you a report on what being a UVA student really means. Whether you’re a born and bred ‘Hoo or an out-of-stater like … Continue reading The Truth about UVA

Letter to my Future Self

I actually did this activity for my freshman year and it was so good to look back on and it brought on all the types of memories. It’s also a good way to get out all of the intentions and the little things you want to remember. Dear 19-year-old rising junior me,  I can’t imagine … Continue reading Letter to my Future Self

Faith isn’t easy.

Faith isn't easy. Despite the perception of burying your head in the sand and believing what you want, this world won't let you. There are mass shootings, millions of immigrants and refugees, the deterioration of the earth due to climate change, political corruption, and more. It may be tempting to think that humans can overcome … Continue reading Faith isn’t easy.

Dorm Tour of Sophomore Year

The post you’ve all been waiting for. The dorm! Currently, as a UVA student, I decided to spend my second year at one of the Residential Colleges on Grounds. I live in Hereford, which has its focus on mindfulness, sustainability, and social awareness. We have our own lawn, and though it’s far away from the … Continue reading Dorm Tour of Sophomore Year

College Bucket List

As a college sophomore, I feel it is fitting for me to write out the things I want to accomplish in the next 3 years. While this could have been done as a first-year (or in my freshmen year), I think learning all the things I could have done helped me create a bucket list … Continue reading College Bucket List

Life Update of August 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these. So, here it is - a life update. I have moved back to Charlottesville. I came on Monday and Wednesday, I fully moved into my dorm. The process was a lot, and I will most likely go more in-depth into it in my dorm … Continue reading Life Update of August 2019

Goals for next semester + Motivational Quotes

In my recent post, 15 things you should do before you go to college, one of the things on my list was having goals for next semester. So, here are my goals for the second-year first semester. I’ve written them to keep myself accountable, and to remind myself of what I am trying to accomplish … Continue reading Goals for next semester + Motivational Quotes

Life is messy, folks

One moment I woke up to use the bathroom at 5 in the morning. The next moment I stood horrified at the figure before me - my cousin had arrived home from her night shift at work. For me, this is the thing.  For you, it may be the way your smile doesn’t quite reach … Continue reading Life is messy, folks

15 Things to Do Before You Go Back to School

As many college students are about to begin their journey of higher education, I thought it would be nice to provide some ideas of things for them to do before going off to their university and starting college in the fall. 15 things to do before going back to school Buy textbooks Rather than waiting … Continue reading 15 Things to Do Before You Go Back to School

Finding Your Identity

Be yourself The most cliche piece of advice is, you guessed it, be yourself! While we all love dolling out generic pieces of advice, do we even know what that means? What does it mean to be yourself? Are there moments where I am more myself than not? What do I need to do to … Continue reading Finding Your Identity

What we consume, we crave

Hey friends! Before I launch into my whole tirade about the things we consume, I kind of gotta highlight something special. To me, my twin brother, my cousin, and whoever else was born on this day, Happy birthday! I hope this day treats you well and that love is all around you.  ... I’ve become … Continue reading What we consume, we crave

Why it’s good that we don’t have control

If I’m honest, and I think if most of us are, we will find that we are control freaks. Perhaps we’re not the type of people that line up all the items on a dresser in a strict fashion, but in our ways, we like to have control.  We like our routines, when we get … Continue reading Why it’s good that we don’t have control

Random thoughts at a party

I’m doing something I’ve never done before. Writing a blog post on my phone. I have a bandaid on my finger and it’s hard to type well.  It’s strange because I’m at a family party, one of those things where you have good food, but not a lot of fun, especially if you don’t know … Continue reading Random thoughts at a party

How to deal with change in life

The Lover’s Dictionary flux, n. The natural state. Our moods change. Our lives change. Our feelings for each other change. Our bearings change. The song changes. The air changes. The temperature of the shower changes. Accept this. We must accept this. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan is this out of order love story told … Continue reading How to deal with change in life

How to motivate yourself

There are mornings when it seems you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed. You brush your teeth. You wash your face. You drink some water. And still, lethargy clings to you like clothes on wet skin. Somehow, you made it to where you need to be. But you have no energy.  There … Continue reading How to motivate yourself

When you’re in a rut, read this

We all feel it sometimes. The mundaneness of life, the way everything goes from exciting to dull in no time at all. We go from that first day on the job, excited and beaming, to another day stuck in the commute, waiting to get home. Sometimes, the best part of your day, the part you … Continue reading When you’re in a rut, read this

Self-doubt and Impostor Syndrome

Hey! It’s me, the one who has a face mask right now and is still in school clothes, the one who has decided a blog post should be written. Here I am typing to you across the webverse on my little corner of the Internet. I have been struggling with school lately, and it’s some … Continue reading Self-doubt and Impostor Syndrome

Give Her Grace

During this semester, I was struggling in my French class. I had just received a low grade on one of my exams, and I was feeling stressed. One of my dormmates consoled me and encouraged me. “It’s just one bad grade. You have so many other chances to improve,” she said. In my journal, I’ve … Continue reading Give Her Grace

How to be productive

No matter what time of year, we can always try improving and becoming the best versions of ourselves. It’s when we give way to our desires of the now that our ambition and productivity stops. We try to serve ourselves via instant gratification, forgetting the progress we’ve made leading up to this point. We have … Continue reading How to be productive

Loneliness & Friendship Studying Life with Gigi

Loneliness and Friendship

Walking into the dining hall can be anxiety inducing. After a long day of classes, you are ready to shove some food in your mouth and that’s the only thing on your mind. After settling down with whatever you’ve decided was edible, you look around and find the same situation - you are alone. After … Continue reading Loneliness and Friendship

What’s the rush?

There are all these timelines. These moments where we are expected to have fulfilled a goal. Graduated. Or employed. Or engaged. Or married. Or pregnant. Our definitions for our lives don’t matter when there are other voices crying out to us their opinions. Sometimes the world is even louder than our own souls. It’s hard … Continue reading What’s the rush?

My New Year's Resolutions 2019 Studying Life with Gigi

My New Year’s Resolutions

I absolutely love New Year's! There’s something about having a fresh start and knowing that everyone gets a do-over, some motivation to get started on those dreams we lose in the day to day life. Some people hate New Year's because they feel like they never get to their dreams. But to me, everyone acknowledges … Continue reading My New Year’s Resolutions

Literary Web Series

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Despite it being midterm season here at school and the fact that I just do not have time to succumb to a new obsession, I have made a way where once there … Continue reading Literary Web Series