So what you said inspired me to look through the first page of this and awwww :') I can't believe that was almost three years ago!! I overused smiley faces even more then than I do now. Also lol I love how our posts used to be, like, paragraph length and now they're these super huge blocks of text. Ahhh June 30th, 3 year anniversary omg <33333
OMG CONGRATS ON GETTING INTO COLLEGE!!! Hahaaa, I remember that happened for me, too, where when I got into the first college I got into which was a safety (albeit one I liked quite a bit), I felt so relieved like, no matter what, I will go to college now and my parents just didn't see it as a big deal because it wasn't anything they hadn't expected lol. Also yay, I'm glad it worked out with your friend!
Ooh I super admire you if you're considering going abroad for college! Like, I'd never be able to do it because ahhh I'm feeling really nervous about leaving home even just for a neighbouring state, I don't think I would be able to handle being that far away, especially in a country that I didn't know anything about. But it sounds like such a cool thing to do, and I'm sure it would be an awesome experience! Though yeah, I feel like having to apply directly into a major would be a problem for colleges in a lot of countries (at least in Asia??); some of my cousins in India had to kind of choose programs/tracks all the way back in eleventh grade and I could just never do that because I kind of have no idea what I want to do with my life.
(And haha, I used to have this habit of nesting parentheses inside parentheses--even though I think you're supposed to use brackets and other thingies inside, if you have to, right? maybe?--and i would just have these gigantic paragraphs that ended with three or four parentheses)
Yay for finishing first semester!! I hope you have a really relaxing and enjoyable second one!
And yeahhh, reading is pretty good advice to get inspired to write, so thank you Ooh what is Hillbilly Elegy about? I enjoy that title lol. I've also been reading a lot because now I actually have time for it, and I feel like I will have no time to read anything not for class once college starts so better get as many books in as possible while I still can. My favourite book I've read recently is a fantasy novel called The Rithmatist, that I expected to like, but kind of surprised me by how much I ended up absolutely loving it. I've also been reading The Pickwick Papers, which is funny, but sometimes how outright stupid almost all of the characters are just reaches ludicrous levels. I mean, I know they're supposed to be, but at times it just gets a bit much. Also, like basically every book I've read by Dickens, it has parts that just seem unnecessarily long and dragging and meh. :/ But still, all in all, I think I like it, at least so far. Oh, and someone recently gave me Infinite Jest, which yay because I've really been wanting to read for a long time, but also kind of not?? This quite possibly makes absolutely no sense because I do want to read it and it sounds interesting, but also it's supposed to be super unreadable and hard to understand and just thinking about it makes me feel lazy lol.
Slaughterhouse Five was good! I guess it was kind of fast-paced? It certainly wasn't slow--Kurt Vonnegut seems to have a really kind of pared-down writing style, like there weren't any extraneous or flowery words at all. I guess the thing I found most interesting was the way it played with chronological order to such a huge extent while still somehow making the transitions seem almost seamless. I still need to get my hands on Cress, it's always checked out at the library, argh! But haha, Cinder and Kai's romance is one of my favourites, though i guess it doesn't get a lot of time in Scarlet so i'm mostly going off what happens in Cinder.
Aaaah, Hamilton <3 I don't think we've discussed it already, but even if we have, I am always ready to discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda lol. I agree with everything you just said about it so much!! I don't usually listen to rap at all, but every song in Hamilton is just such pure brilliance ahhh, and I've definitely listened to the soundtrack many times over. I wish I could see it so badlyyyyy!
Ha, your bucket list sounds siriusly amazing. I want to have a tea party! Or a lemonade stand! That's just one of those things you feel like a lot of people do/hear/read about people doing (even though I don't think I've actually ever seen many lemonade stands around lol) and they always make me want to.
Haha, that's why I'm learning to drive right now too--even though I'll be in the middle of a city and also probably won't have access to a car, it just seems like a skill I should know before leaving home.
Wow sorry for the long book rant up there, I hope it's not too long! What's going on in your life now that it is no longer taken over by college apps??