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

Why I Journal + Journaling Prompts

Beginning the journey   I started journaling in 2015, kind of on a whim. I’m not even sure why I started. I just remember that my aunt took me to the store and I saw this notebook I liked with “Trust in the Lord” on it. Although I went to church with my parents and … Continue reading Why I Journal + Journaling Prompts

Saying “I don’t know”

Have you ever been in a math class, where the teacher has been going on for some time about how to find the p-value or the best method for sampling a group of people, and yet, it's like Stephen Hawking has come to talk to you about quantum physics? It's bad when you don't understand … Continue reading Saying “I don’t know”

A Day in the Life of an Editorial Intern

For a brief life update, I wanted to put together this day in the life so that you guys know what I’ve been up to, after being home for the summer. I currently work as an Editorial intern, writing content for the company, aiding in creating social media posts and writing for the newsletter.  8 … Continue reading A Day in the Life of an Editorial Intern

Bloom Where you are Planted

I feel like this generation has been caught up with the future. Our parents ask us who we want to be, and we start compartmentalizing our likes and dislikes, thinking our careers are these series of steps leading to the end of the finish line.  In every season of life, sometimes all we do is … Continue reading Bloom Where you are Planted

Decisionmaking & Kevin Brockmeier

“Sometimes you imagine that everything could have been different for you, that if only you had gone right one day when you chose to go left, you would be living a life you never anticipated. But at other times you think there was no other way forward--that you were bound to end up exactly where … Continue reading Decisionmaking & Kevin Brockmeier

Define your worth

What defines your worth

Worth. It takes me back to thinking about that famous quote from Perks of Being a Wallflower. Charlie asks the professor “Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?” His teacher answers, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” Here, at the root of this acceptance is the idea of worth. We … Continue reading What defines your worth

Make Progress on Your Dreams

Why Not Me?: A Guide to Make Progress on Your Dreams

Some motivation to get out of your mid-year slump: Reflect on your resolutions It’s currently the 29th of June. We’re officially on the cusp of the 2nd half of the year! Where did the time go?  This is the perfect time to look back on your New Year’s Resolutions and see how far you’ve come. … Continue reading Why Not Me?: A Guide to Make Progress on Your Dreams

Daily habits for self-care

Take care of yourself. Try some of these daily habits for self-care.

Reflection on my first year of college + Tips for freshmen year

I have been home for almost a month. I have gone into Manhattan a few times, but I’ve just been blogging, cleaning, and organizing all my belongings while I’m in New York City for the next three months. Last year, at this time, I was desperately looking forward to my final year of high school … Continue reading Reflection on my first year of college + Tips for freshmen year

Writer’s Block and Other Things

Here I am again, after an unscheduled hiatus returning to the thing I love. You’d think that if I loved it so much, I’d have blog posts out daily, I’d be shouting my love for the blog on rooftops (or more likely, social media), I’d be utterly consumed by writing posts, creating graphics, all the … Continue reading Writer’s Block and Other Things

What’s the state of your soul?

I am lying down on my bed, typing this out. I have only just recently entered into my summer vacation, and after a year of school, all the hard questions have sort of come out of me. In the midst of the homework assignments, late nights, and club meetings to attend, I haven’t had time … Continue reading What’s the state of your soul?

Curation Culture

Our society is obsessed with our visual aesthetic. In my Media Studies class, we studied the eras of media and how that has shaped the society we’re in. In the past, we had an oral culture move to print to radio and now to electronic. Now more than ever, we are a visual society. We … Continue reading Curation Culture

Why happy?

One of John Lennon’s best quotes is about the key to life: This is one of the many ways in culture, it seems we are all seeking happy. As millennials, we are job hopping at high rates. Hookup culture is rampant because we can’t commit to the person that isn’t 100% perfect. We look to … Continue reading Why happy?

Life Update of May 2019 Studying Life with Gigi

Life Update of May 2019

Hey y’all! Long time, no blog. It’s been quite a minute since I sat and talked with you all, and so I just wanted to write an update letting you all know how I’ve been. I am currently at home in New York City. The weather has been amazing here. I finished my freshman year … Continue reading Life Update of May 2019

When You’re Feeling Lost, Read This

Lately in the middle of the hustle and bustle of college, I’ve been feeling kind of lost. It’s like I’ve been wandering around, in the dark, grasping and striving for something to all make sense, for my college experience to click together perfectly. I know that have plenty of posts about embracing the present and … Continue reading When You’re Feeling Lost, Read This

Being Uncertain

Last weekend, I went away to northern Virginia. My 2 and ½ hour ride led to me to a place in which I encountered a high ropes course. I had done a course like this before, but this one felt ominous. Still, I felt confident on the ground that I would be able to do … Continue reading Being Uncertain

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

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

What I've Learned from 2018 Studying Life with Gigi

What I Learned in 2018

2018 was quite a year. It honestly passed by so fast, and the different parts of 2018 feel like 2 different years. Here are some things that I learned:   There are some dreams that aren’t truly serving you We like to believe all of our dreams are really best for us, but honestly, the … Continue reading What I Learned in 2018

What I've Learned From Podcasts Studying Life with Gigi

What I’ve Learned From Podcasts

This year I hopped onto one of the hottest trends. I got an iPhone and swiftly fell into the world of podcasts. I’m honestly terrible at finding new music for myself to listen to - I like what I like, why would I want to change? - and so, when I get tired of listening … Continue reading What I’ve Learned From Podcasts