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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Belated Turkey Day!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates. I'll try to post on this more regularly, I promise. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I sure did. I traveled to Forest Hills in Queens with my best friend, Crystal, to visit one of her professors from Parsons. We feasted on the quintessential Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, string beans, corn bread, gravy, cranberry sauce, etc. It was delicious. 

But the best part about the dinner, in my opinion, would have to be the discussions we had. We debated about feminism, religion, and all sorts of heavy hitting topics. I found it particularly interesting because no one had ever challenged my feminist, existential ideals before. It was a great exercise in my rhetorical ability and hope to have similar experiences in the future.

Professor Carolyn said she would love to have us back. I sure hope she was serious about her offer!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Class of 2012!

Today was my last first day of high school. It was a bittersweet moment. 

I've learned a lot in high school and will never forget the friendships I developed there, but I can't wait for college. I already have my Common App essay done. I'm looking at a wide range of schools, but hopefully I can get into my top choices and do something great while I'm there. 

But anyway, the first day of school was fine. Nothing too interesting happened. I wore a burgundy one shoulder dress and black wedges, even though it was raining all day. I wish my hair could have lasted as well as my outfit did, haha. 

My schedule looks pretty challenging, but equally as interesting. Here it is: 

1. AP Biology
2. AP Statistics 
3. Anatomy & Physiology 
4. AP English Literature 
5. Health/Physical Education
6. AP Psychology
7. Precalculus 
8. Film Analysis and Exploration

Wish me luck!  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Photography Lessons

I love photography. I always have and I always will. 

But a recent class I took led by Tod Merica (whose website is here) made my appreciation for taking photos rise to a new level. He essentially condensed a three week course into about two and a half hours, and that alone is reason enough to respect the guy.

Anyway, I learned some very simple things about cameras that I never considered before. For example, it never occurred to me to take my small point and shoot camera out of automatic mode. Even the most inexpensive cameras have a plethora of settings that you can play around with to give your photos different effects. 

I learned a lot of other stuff as well, but I can't relay all that information here (it isn't technically mine). I would, however,  recommend that any amateur photographer interested in learning more about the field take some sort of class on it. If it's a good one, you'll learn tons of valuable information and, obviously, improve your photography skills. 

My mother is looking into buying me my first DSLR camera now. I hear that the Canon Rebel series is good for beginners. 

Hopefully, one day, I'll be the proud owner of one of these! 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New SoHo Photos

Hello all! 

I recently uploaded some photos I took of SoHo to my Flickr account.

I'll post some of them below, but feel free to check them out here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Flickr Account

I've recently made a Flickr account. My photography now focuses on New York City landscapes, but I'm trying to broaden my horizons and photograph other areas as well. I'm still in the process of uploading most of my photos, but there are already a good handful of them on my Flickr. 

Check a few of them out: 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

I apologize for my lack of updates, but I can assure you that I've been very busy over the past week! 

I just finished my Barnard Pre-College Program on Friday. It was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life. I went into the program not expecting much and returned with an unprecedented amount of knowledge and experience. The friends I've met there, the bits of information I've learned, and the wonderful things I've seen will remain in my mind and heart forever. 

That being said, I'm looking forward to applying to Barnard next year. I have to schedule an interview soon. Wish me luck!   

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Modest Proposal

Have you ever read Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal?" It's a satirical solution to the Irish potato famine that suggests all parents eat or sell their children so they don't have to worry about feeding them all while finding adequate nutrition for themselves. Don't worry; it's not as gruesome as it sounds. It's quite funny, actually. 

Check it out here: A Modest Proposal 

I decided to write a modest proposal of my own, addressing one issue that plagues American society today: legalizing marijuana. (Don't worry, it's fake.)

A Modest Proposal

          It’s such a travesty that the American public cannot enjoy the numerous benefits of cannabis without fear of persecution by the government. Marijuana, which causes happiness and great philosophical thinking, has been outlawed in America since the early 1900s because of racism, yellow journalism, and tobacco and alcohol companies that want to protect their profits. Cannabis is still illegal today for the same reasons, but also because of the ignorance of our legislature. The media pummels them with biased, mostly fabricated facts on why marijuana is harmful to the body and should not be legalized. 
          But I would like to pose a solution to this problem, seeing as the political parties, rallies, and propositions in favor of marijuana do not seem to be working. Our unlearned Congressmen and women need to know first-hand just how wonderful marijuana is. So, I think it would be a great idea for a group of strong, pro-cannabis individuals to feed these leaders freshly baked batches of pot brownies, which are chocolate squares laced with marijuana. Within a few hours, they would feel the effects of the drug and their ways of thinking would change drastically. Partisan issues would disappear, bitter political battles would end, and everything would just be alright.
          Once the Congressmen experience the wonders of marijuana, they will also open their eyes to the other benefits of the drug. The legalization of marijuana will greatly boost the dwindling economy by collecting colossal taxes and creating a sharp increase in junk food consumption. An overall sense of relaxation would pervade through America. People would not find themselves so stressed about everything; they would simply learn to “chill” and “go with the flow,” so to speak. People with chronic pain could also find some relief in marijuana. Those with AIDS, anorexia, or other diseases that diminish one’s appetite would be cured. Imagine a society where people don’t have to live their lives with a constant pain throbbing in their body. A society where emaciated little girls and boys could find joy in food and maintain a healthy weight. A society where everyone takes just a little time out of their busy schedules to sit back and simply enjoy life. 
          As a recent graduate of Yale University with a major in illegal drugs and an periodic pot smoker myself, I am aware of almost all there is know about marijuana. Claims that it is an addictive gateway drug are absolutely ludicrous. Cannabis has no physical withdrawal symptoms and is not a “gateway” to anything. The study that made this declaration gathered the data in all the wrong ways; instead of tracking current marijuana users to see if they go on to try other hard drugs, they asked users of cocaine and heroin if they previously smoked marijuana. That’s like asking a group of obese people if they’ve ever eaten sweets and then telling people who are physically healthy that they’ll become obese if they occasionally eat a slice of cake. The research is flawed and the argument is invalid. And even though most hard drug users did admit to smoking marijuana, another, less ridiculous, study showed that 83% of marijuana users say they have never tried any hard drugs.
          And let’s not forget that marijuana has never taken the life of a single soul. Other, legal drugs claim the lives of many people, e.g., tobacco kills 435,000 annually, alcohol kills 85,000, and even caffeine kills upwards of 10,000 people a year. Think of all the people who have to sit back and watch as a tobacco-induced cancer eats away at their relatives. Think of all the women and children who are victims of domestic violence because a male is coming home and beating them in a drunken stupor. Think of all the people desperately addicted to caffeine, and how it is slowly but surely increasing their heart rate with every single sip of coffee. But I’m not saying that we should try to prohibit these drugs. I’m just pointing out the fact that their negative consequences are ten times more devastating than any of the few effects associated with marijuana.
          The benefits of smoking cannabis are plentiful and the drawbacks are minimal. Legalizing marijuana will provide Americans with a safe alternative to unwind after a stressful day and will also improve their dilapidated economy. The scrumptious pot brownies will leave Congressmen with no other option but to legalize marijuana, making a America a better, more enjoyable place.

Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love.

After waiting in line for over 2 hours at the Lincoln Center IMAX theater, I finally got to see the last installment of the Harry Potter series last night. 

Although I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan—I stopped reading them after The Prisoner of Azkaban—I must admit that the series has had a profound effect on our culture. 

People from all over the globe, young and old, poor and wealthy, this or that, have come together to bond over a series that comes along maybe once in a generation. I truly love what a simple collection of stories can do for an entire population of people, and I admire J.K. Rowling for writing the books that sparked a magic-filled wildfire throughout the globe.

That being said, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was amazing. There's intrigue, action, a few awkward romances, and an unintentionally comical ending scene, but nothing that can't be forgiven by the superb dialogue and dazzling special effects. I recommend it to anyone, Potterhead or not.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

Hello all and welcome to my blog! 

Here, I'm going to post anything that interests me—creative writing, photography, art, movies, etc.— so hopefully, other people will be able to see all the wonderful things in the world that have caught my eye. 

That being said, I hope you enjoy my blog!