15.09.21// finishing up my conference powerpoint & script :) the conference is awfully organized tho, so i hope i’ll have time to familiarize myself with everything tomorrow!
about to start the second book of the poppy war trilogy after the conference - super excited for that :)
listening to: shinee, juliette
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15 September 2021
First day back in the office in over a year. Still a bit nervous about the crowds on campus (fingers crossed there won’t be another outbreak), but it felt good to be back, and I’m feeling more motivated and positive about my thesis after meeting with my supervisor
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Is this a threat?
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Also, platonic friendship between a man and a woman with no romantic undertones specially when the man is the hero in this movie???
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09.16.21; 002/100 weekdays of productivity; 5 hours of studying;
i had a caption planned about studying in your bed when it’s raining outside, but no, henry decided he needed to sleep on my book and he also needed to eat my highlighter, and he chose to do this right as i was getting ready to take a photo. got a lot done today, though.
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A few days shy of a month from my last post - hello. Found a coffeeshop today and spent a few hours there. Time seemed to just vanish into the air but that's what always happens when I'm truly pulled into my work. Started splitting up my daily agendas recently to try and mitigate my notoriously bad habit of never taking care of myself. There's now a "task" agenda and a "life" agenda. I think it's made a difference. At the very least I get to cross off little circles now by taking care of myself which has been both satisfying and motivating.
During my nearly month long studyblr hiatus I've actually been incredibly productive - not just academically but within my day to day life. So many changes were made, and for the better. But there's a difference between productivity and photographibility. Sometimes there's an overlap and you can visually document your life. Sometimes there's not and you can't. Sometimes things that are beautiful are useless to you and your life. Sometimes even if something is helpful and aesthetically pleasing, you don't have to document it. Wasn't much overlap for me last month but in the very few times where it did I found more joy in just, well, enjoying the moment. Have never found joy in documenting a moment just to have to documented. But classes will be starting soon and I know I'll need the joy that comes with arranged beauty to survive that.
So, tl;dr: Hello. I'm back.
🎶 Some Bright Lights - Superet
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16.09.2021 | i am slowly getting used to working outside of my own appartment. it’s a nice change! i am seeing actual people! who would have thought?
also, i don’t know if i mentionned it, but i will be a TA this semester (if that’s the correct term? let me know!). my classes (as in the classes i will give omg) start next week and i am SO excited!!
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September 13 - Day 29
Researched teaching certification programs
Finished up the biosphere 2 certificate
Wrote a few mini essays for sustainability in nature and city
Started new certification program on marine management
I’m just gonna take this down time to do every (free) certification program I possibly can. Oh, and I might actually start my teaching certification program too! I’m looking into TEFL, and TESOL programs as well, just in case. Oh and there’s this statistics course- (pic right: sunset at the park. Left: reading in the sunlight)
🎧 Listening to: West from Africa by Alan Silvestri
📖 Reading: Walden by Henry David Thoreau + Congo by Michael Crichton
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happy early September morning from me and my healthy breakfast on my terrace in the sun🌞💕☕️
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16.08.2021 - I had an emergency meeting with well-being, my personal tutor, and supervisor this morning (after my mild panic yesterday) and they told me to take some time out before uni started because I'm showing symptoms of actual burn out... Fun times... A couple of weeks off won't do much but I literally can't afford to take a year off (which was their first suggestion), so I'm on three weeks holiday until the academic year starts.
Anyway, I'm now back to annotating Lord of the Rings! I might actually have the brain power to annotate it properly - including the Appendices? Time will tell but let's hope so!
Currently reading: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray; Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft; The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
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9.15.2021 | 3/100 days of days of productivity
It’s been rough mental health day, so today I:
reviewed French and Japanese from my phone while my cat slept in my lap
watered the succulents
rearranged some tropicals for better sun exposure
made a couple notes towards a new poem
Sometimes doing the minimum is productive too! I’m going to try to write or do a little reading this afternoon, but it’s fine if I just end up playing Cozy Grove or ACNH.
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i think you should be allowed to cite scholars who are bad people but only if you put the word (oof) or (yikes) after their name
like Parker (yikes, 1989) or Obbink (big oof, 2007)
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I know everyone cites Percy Jackson, Harry Potter or The Secret History as their entry into dark academia, but I think we’ve all been forgetting these ??
Literally any modern academic, astrology, historian could be tied to these. The art in them and the interactive aspects?? Forget anything else THIS was the blueprint. We all wish our bullet journals and study notes looked like these.
Not to mention there is a film in development with the premise of "a research institute, where the fringe sciences that no one else takes seriously are studied in earnest” ??!!! Guys it's made for us. Everyone go thank author Dugald Steer!
And also make your own book like this for your subject specialty so I can enjoy learning like a kid again. Maybe I’ll present my master’s thesis in one of these bad boys, who knows?
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hoping this coffee fixes my headache and my writing block
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Watching Shang-chi me @Tony Leung: oh no don't die you're so sexy haha.
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09.15.21; 001/100 weekdays of productivity; 3.5 hours of studying (hopefully another 2 after lunch!)
was going to make my first post yesterday but was anxious about it - my handwriting can be messy and my notes don’t always look nice. but this blog is about embracing the kind of learner i am ! so i won’t be posting my notes today... or maybe ever
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A bit of journaling, a bit of reading, and a mid-afternoon coffee to deal with a day that has simply not gone according to plan.
To compensate for all the good news earlier in the week, today's decided to be miserable. I'm uncharacteristically distracted, terribly unmotivated and despite the layers and hot beverages I've bestowed unto myself, I remain frigid. The mental health situation today has been abysmal and it almost feels like some sort of burnout, which is distressing seeing as my classes begin in a few days. All in all, an absolutely bizarre turn of events. I cannot wait to start fresh tomorrow but I must make it through a few meetings first. I think I'll make some tea after I finish my coffee; that'll help.
🎶 Technicolour Beat - Oh Wonder
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the way in which responding to emails simply creates more emails...... hell
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to absolutely nobody’s surprise, i’ve procrastinated too much and now i have to work my ass off at an ungodly pace to get my undergrad thesis done in roughly three weeks time. wish me luck
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i can not and i mean i can not stress this enough... make a bibliography as you do your research. i mean, make a fully formed, correctly cited bibliography as you work. just do it. i know i know you’re being lazy or you hate making citations or you’ll just get to it later or you don’t want to get distracted etc etc etc
whatever your reasons just make the fuckin bibliography
and while im at it... put the footnotes in properly as you are writing. just... do it. for future you. please. for your sanity. do it.
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