I' m not a religious person but I do sometimes think God made you for me.
- Sally Rooney, Normal People
I hope that someday when I am gone, someone somewhere, picks my soul up off of these pages and thinks, "I would have loved her."
“As he spoke he smiled, the lamplight fell on a hard-looking mouth, with the very red lips and sharp-looking teeth, as white as ivory.”
— Dracula by Bram Stoker
“The figure of the vampire threatens the Victorians’ “entire world” through its lack of biological sexual difference.”
— “Vampire and Replicant: The One-Sex Body in a Two-Sex World” by Cyndy Hendershot in “Science Fiction Studies” 1995
Every queer person’s claim that vampires are inherently queer are, well, pretty accurate. I’m up to my elbows in academic texts from Jstor about vampires, queer bodies, and gender nonconformity, and it’s bending my brain in the most fascinating way.
Background photo by Bee Felten-Leidel via Unsplash
tips for a new semester
declutter!! delete last semester's files and pdfs, only keep notes (preferably digital) of the important stuff you would go back to
reflect upon what last semester taught you. both in terms of academics and otherwise
know that this is a fresh start, and your past performance is not a reflection on your future performance
a lil bit of healthy competition can do wonders
be interdisciplinary. get outside your comfort zone and try things and exercises that aren't necessarily you
it's best to start studying early. makes all the difference later. being slightly relaxed during finals is a bliss and a must have, once-in-a-lifetime experience
scheduling according to your personal routine. you just can't jump on another person's created schedule. everyone has different lives, different obligations, intentions, and goals. your schedule is unique to you
always always give yourself a break if you start feeling burnt-out. the above tips are mostly to avoid a burn out with regular studying, but it still happens. learn to recognize a burn out and do not shy away from a well-deserved break!
I'm awfully difficult. But I do know when I love someone, and I have loved you ever since I remember.
It's been very rare to have known you, very strange and wonderful.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned (1934)
That’s how you know you love someone, I guess, when you can’t experience anything without wishing the other person were there to see it too.
- Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
—Antoine De Saint Exupery, The Little Prince