All posts filed under: college

Notes on Resilience

I have experienced so much privilege. Yes, I am a woman, yes I am Black; but, it would be dishonest of me not to acknowledge the many blessings that I’ve been gifted. For much of my existence, things came relatively easily for me. I grew up in a two-parent, upper middle class home. I do not have any physical or mental disabilities. I never had to worry about basic necessities. I grew up in a safe neighborhood and college was my only option.  For these reasons, I can sight few instances where I was able to truly work my resilience muscle. The Situation Currently, grad school feels like my cross. During these few months, I often found myself forgetting my privilege and blessings while wallowing in self-pity. I have considered leaving more than once (which admittedly is a sign of privilege), I constantly question my intelligence, and I cry a lot more than usual. … I recently heard this story about a type of bamboo in china that grows in a five year growth cycle. The first …

Acting My Age.

I remember when I was a kid, my mom read all of these childhood development books so that she could track the benchmarks of my and my brother’s progression.  The books knew whether I was a “normal” kid, or whether I was developing into someone who needed a little more care. Luckily, or not so luckily, the books deemed me normal, so the literature stopped. We stopped knowing what I should do next, what my interests should be.  I was handed, in the theoretical sense, a blank book to fill with my own stages of development. I’m 21, legally an adult, but, mentally somewhere in limbo. Consistently, I wonder where my head is “supposed to be.” I wish I had a book to tell me that what I was doing, thinking, and feeling, is normal. At this age, no one cares to track your development, especially when you’ve chosen the college route. You become the class of  people that are supposed to be on the “right” path. As this is my last year in undergrad, I’m coming to a fork; …

Peek Inside My Life: Dorm Tour

This is where I live for about 9 months out of the year. It’s small but with some adjustments, I made it feel like a home. My vision for my last year of college was really simple. I wanted to create a relaxing space full of beautiful things and I think I accomplished that. Aside from my painting, my favorite part of the room is my window. I love the tree, when I wake up in the morning, just for a second, I forget I’m in a big city. enjoy. xo, Taylor

5 Things I wish I knew Before College

There’s this major misconception that as an 18 year old (well actually 17 year old) you sit down in front of a stack of applications, with your SAT scores in hand, and determine the rest of your life. That’s just not how life works for most people–plus, life should be a journey.