✨ summer 2022 goals ✨
Summer has finally arrived (sort of, still have a couple loose ends from this past semester to tie up) and I wanted to lay out some of my goals to maybe hold myself accountable, but also because writing things out usually eases my stress a little, and impending grad school applications are definitely making that stress pique.
Source of the Day
I love this system and highly recommend for folks trying to move on from that initial research phase of collecting potential sources
Every day, read and write an annotated bibliography entry for one source from my thesis project in NoodleTools
This may feel like a daunting pace to keep up with given I do include weekends lol, but I’ve got a lot of blogs and listicles that I can and want to clear out rather quickly so I can move on to the things I know I need to work with more in depth. Also it’s totally okay to skip a day sometimes, it really is of no consequence
Read at least one of the novels I plan to use
At the moment I’ve got two novels of particular interest, both of them things I would honestly pick up if I were just reading for fun, and I know this fall is going to end up being a really reading heavy semester, so I want to be able to devote myself to these things the way they deserve while I can
Take notes while reading, of course
Draft an initial outline of an analysis based in the theory I’m using as my lens. And try to get at least 5-10 pages of a paper that can be expanded into a chapter and writing sample in the fall
Revisit my abstract
Begin drafting personal statements and statements of purpose
This is definitely one of the more daunting parts of the application process to me, so just getting anything, no matter how rough, on paper so it’s not completely ruining my life when we hit November and December would be great
Add to-do list columns to planning spreadsheet
Easy thing I can do and have done and feel accomplished about
Finish looking into potential advisors
Finish filling out notes in planning spreadsheet
Reach out in August
MISC SCHOOL THINGS
Turn in last blog comments for this past semester
This is something that needs to get done this week, hopefully today
Fill out Latin American studies course permission request form
This is actually super cool, I made a whole new course happen just because I asked a question no one ever had before! Big reminder that “you get some of what you ask for and none of what you don’t” will always ring true. But uh... yeah, need to get that form filled out at some point.
Write letter in support of my professor who’s up for promotion
Due July 15th
I’m not going to do any however many days of productivity challenge or anything, given I’ve got a lot of traveling going on this summer and a lot of unpredictability, but I will be posting updates as I go for sure, so come follow along! 🥰
(Also if you are someone who is in grad school for a foreign language atm and you’ve got any tips on the application process, please, I am all ears. Every time I think about the 20 page writing sample one of my applications requires I will admit I do cry, so all advice or words of encouragement are appreciated lol)
“Each cabinet was filled with heaps of cures and tales of hope, promises of healing in the form of cananfistula, sulfur balsam, tolú balsam, palo santo, cinchona bark, laudanum, tamarindos, and sulfur acid, as well as scorpion ointment, centipedes, Florentine lilies, and thousands of other substances coming from around the globe. These boxes conjure up images of crystal flasks filled with odoriferous recipes, gristly animal parts, and mysterious-looking plants.” - Pablo Gomez, The Experiential Caribbean, 118
Yesterday I starter preparing for two exams I have before Christmas. They are going to be quite hard, but I’m really interested in the subjects, therefore I not worried!
Unfortunately today I have to spend 12 hours at work, but I hope to find some time to study here!
🇪🇸Hola! Estoy en medio de mis exámenes ahora. He tenido mi examen de japonés el otro día, que creo que fue bien. Pero estoy preocupada por mi examen de miércoles, que se trata de la literatura y cultura de Latinoamérica, especialmente el Cono Sur de América Latina - así que necesitaba leer Conversación al Sur de Marta Traba y ver La Historia Oficial de Luis Puenzo. También, necesito estudiar algunos poemas, pero los odio. 😬
🇬🇧Hey guys! Right now I'm in the middle of exam season for university. I had my Japanese exam the other day that I think went well (although my essay was awful haha rip my sensei who has to mark it). But right now I'm worried about my Spanish and Latin American History and Culture module - one bit focusing on the Southern Cone Dictatorships (for which I had to read Conversación al Sur by Marta Traba and watch La Historia Oficial by Luis Puenzo), which have been enjoyable and I'm confident with. But the other part is about poetry and literary techniques, and I don't like poetry and I'm struggling a lot with it all. 😬
Finally writing my Latin American Studies notes after three days of procrastination! 😁
I had my first solo trip to Lisbon, Portugal and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Lisbon was definitely one of the most beautiful cities I have visited in Europe and i was so happy I could experience the language, its people, and so much more.
If anyone’s interested, you could view my vlog about it here!
Tenho tanto amor por você.
April 1, 2019
I’m studying abroad right now and I miss my doggy so much it hurts. But anyways, I’m reading for my political science class. It’s an interview between one of the leaders of the Argentine dictatorship and a journalist.
I finally got hit with the deep homesickness and it’s tragic. 6 weeks left until I can see everyone I love.
On a personal note, I’m dealing with a friendship issue and I don’t know how to bring up why I’m so upset with them. I don’t want them to think I’m ghosting them but the issue is so humiliating. If anyone wants to offer advice I’m all ears haha
Song of the day: You’re so Beautiful (90s versión) by Terrence Howard
i’m gonna get really annoyed having to walk to work in the dark in about a month, but for now the morning light is really pretty.
study mood: lemon bush tea
🎶Long Way From Home - The Lumineers
«Photograph published in Rubber Bulletin in conjunction with Ulises Carrión's essay "Rubber Stamps Theory and Praxis," 1978», in Ulises Carrión. The Big Monster, (exhibition catalogue), Essays by Aimé Iglesias Lukin and Zanna Gilbert, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), New York, NY, 2019, p. 38 (pdf here, issuu here)
Slowly becoming master of mind maps! Yes, the cat is helping me ❤️
I know people think Tumblr is stupid but at least everyone on here seems to realize the new Pokemon games are based on Spain and aren't fighting in the comments about what else it could be
I'm just thinking about creating a secret brotherhood at a prestigious art academy, transforming poems by Keats into paintings, and making Charles Dickens angry with my depiction of the Virgin Mary.
— Members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, probably
YALL THE SHIT I HAVE TO READ ON TIKTOK...😭😭😭
March 17, 2019
It has been a while!!!! Well, I’m studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador right now. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel every weekend, including spending 2 weeks in Peru.
Right now I’m at Juan Valdez (the South American version of Starbucks). I’m reading through the homework assignment for my Latin American political science class. I also need to create a GRE schedule.
Yesterday I was rejected from a summer research position and I’m really sad about it, but trying to keep it together. I only applied to one other and I think I bombed that interview because I forgot about the time change in the US and was totally unprepared for it. So basically, this week is all about GRE studying, looking for research positions, and preparing for my very last Fall semester as an undergraduate!!!!!
Also randomly, I’m really into ambience sounds on YouTube, especially “tearoom ones”.
I hope everyone is healthy and doing well 💕
Song of the day: Come As You Are by Nirvana
godddd i wish there were more poc-focused places in rq fan spaces in general like for art and fic but I feel like in rqg fandom theres maybe like 8 of us in total 😭😭😭
now that i’ve had a few weeks to drive halfway across the country, settle in, and start in person school again (!!!), i thought i’d do a quick rundown of what i’m taking this semester as a third(ish) year spanish major with a certificate in latin american and caribbean studies (and first impressions 🌚):
The Latin American Experience
this class has a vague name that is not alleviated by the content of the class itself. it’s a requirement for my certificate, so i’m sticking through no matter what. the first couple weeks have been confusing and i’m not entirely sure what our papers are to be on, but i’ll hand it to the professor, it is interesting. i am definitely glad this is not the first latin american culture/history/overview class i’ve taken, because i don’t know how i’d be comprehending a thing otherwise.
Uncovering Hidden Meanings in Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics Colloquium)
listen, i’m a spanish major on a linguistics track. i love little words. this class is a bit confusing on what exactly it’s about as well, but so are the meanings of the words we’re studying, so i think it had to end up that way. it culminates in a research project and most of the semester builds toward that, but i think i already have a topic in mind, so i’m excited.
it’s korean. i’m learning it. i feel like it’s hard to have profound thoughts on a class when you’re really just learning a hard skill, but i will say i have the same professors from my summer classes, so i’m happy to have familiar faces. the workload is a bit more spread out than it was when i was trying to do a year’s worth of work in one summer, but we still have class daily and i definitely have more assignments in this class than any other.
Modern Central American History
i’ve really missed history classes; this is the first one i’ve taken since high school. it really reminds me of IB too, because i did history of the americas and learned a lot about mexico in topics. i find it comforting. we have lectures on tuesdays and discussions about the books we’re reading on thursdays and it’s a nice system. i have few complaints.
Memory Studies and the Negotiation of the Past in Democratic Spain (Hispanic Literature and Literary Theory)
i know, i know, it’s a whole mouthful of a course title, but i saved the best for last. i am in love with every aspect of this class. the professor is amazing, the readings are interesting (yes, even the literary theory papers), and it’s entirely discussion based but in a good way. i wish i had this class every day. it’s making me want to get a masters in spanish literature. the topic of trauma and memory and collective trauma and memory is so fascinating to me and i love literature and history and this is just such a perfect blend of everything i could ever want in a class. i’ll stop rambling but whew i’m obsessed with this class.
the past week has been a whole whirlwind, i don’t want to jinx anything, but i’ve had a lot of conversations with my advisor and with aforementioned literary theory professor and they’ve got me very excited about the future, both undergrad and postgrad. i’m vaguely aware of the fact that i’m in a honeymoon phase with this semester; there’s a lot of reading and at some point it’s gonna catch up to me, but i feel like this is gonna be a very good one nonetheless.
feel free to dm me if you have any questions about my experiences or if you need help on spanish homework lol. happy fall!
«Intervened invitation for "Rob and [or] Marta", 1983», in Ulises Carrión. The Big Monster, (exhibition catalogue), Essays by Aimé Iglesias Lukin and Zanna Gilbert, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), New York, NY, 2019, p. 6 (pdf here, issuu here)