Sunday, October 13, 2013

The First Month || NYC

Alright, so, it's been a month and a half since I moved here for college, but who cares about logistics? The past month has been filled with many tears, stressful nights full of procrastination, and a thousand little pick-me-ups needed to keep myself going.  At times, I have regretted my decision to attend school here and have spent some days wondering if I would have been better off attending the other school I was torn on.  Of course, just a bunch of phony dramas playing in my mind, but why should I be stuck on these thoughts if they affect the way I view life?

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It has always been my motto to find happiness wherever I go.  If I knew back in April when I decided on this school that I would be happy here, I should be putting forth the effort to truly find that happiness.  The overwhelming process of adjustment to college life of figuring out where I fit in and who I fit in with has been stressful only because I have made it stressful.  For the most part, I have only caused my own anxiety through over-thinking things out of my control.  The reason I haven't found happiness is because I'm not letting it be found.

As I was walking around Central Park yesterday, I encountered the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir for the first time and I couldn't help reflect on how fortunate I am.  I am living in New York City and all I do is complain about how life isn't working out for me.  My selfish thoughts have not only been bringing me down, but those around down.  Come on, pull yourself together, Simek.

I am in New York City.  This city will allow me to discover myself in ways that I probably wouldn't be able to in.   I will get to live in this glorious city for some period of my life after graduation.  My perspective is the only thing I need to change. 

Things I've done in NYC in my first month:

  • Fall shopping spree
  • Ate tiramisu gelato at Eataly
  • Ate breakfast two weekends at Tom's Restaurant in a row in Morningside Heights (yes, Tom's Restaurant aka "The Seinfeld Diner"
  • Ate mini cupcakes in Columbus Circle at midnight
  • Walked half of Central Park
  • Rode the Ferris Wheel in the Toys "R" Us in Times Square

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Club Thursday || The Years

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of stopping by a lovely bookstore next to Columbia University's campus.  Having always been a book lover, I absolutely had to drag my parents and brother into store.  Naturally, I went a little crazy in there.  As in a lot crazy.  As in I spent over a hundred bucks on books.  BUT it was so worth it because who walks into a bookstore without buying at least one book?

One such book I picked up was Virginia Woolf's The Years.  I have been a fan of Virginia Woolf for only a few months after reading Mrs. Dalloway this spring.  Her novels are so beautifully written and they hold such an important mark in British Literature.  Not to mention the fact that her life was just as much of a beautiful whirlwind as the plots of her novels.

I must admit that I did cheat a little by reading about thirty pages of the book over the course of the last four days, but I am beyond excited to really get in to the novel over the next week!  I've been trying to read at least thirty minutes before I go to bed on weekdays and an hour on the weekends.  Hopefully, the book won't pass by too fast.

To those who have read Woolf's The Years, what were your thoughts?  Anyone else have a reading schedule they try to follow?