Blue Hats, Nose Pickers, and Name Tags

It’s been awhile since my last post. I haven’t deserted this blog though. Lately I’ve been keeping busy with day-to-day life and school and sports. I’ve been actively writing, attending Muay Thai classes, and I’m in the thick of a psychology course online, all of which have been engaging and refreshing. Learning new things is fascinating.
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In fact, I have decided today’s post will be about learning. I recently read (in the psychology course) that there was a psychologist who stated that to learn was to observe. And I’ve found that to be true. Just observing small details around us can enrich everyday experiences and tune your perception to a level that even you may have never thought possible. Supermarkets, sidewalks, and streets are perfect to use to exercise your mind. As a test, look around for a moment, then close your eyes and try to remember how many blue hats, nose pickers, or name tags you saw. Call up random questions to keep your mind on its toes. If that were possible.
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The act of being aware of your surroundings, however pointlessly dull or exceedingly paranoid it may seem to you, may actually serve to save your life or another’s one day. It’s worth the ongoing practice. After all, we learn from the second we are born to the second we die, so why not make it a better overall experience?
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One never knows their own limits until they are surpassed and a new point is set forth, this time a goal.

My Online Class and Summer Prints

Although it’s summer, and I don’t have school anymore, I wanted to share a little bit of my writing experience with an online class. I finished my third online writing class with Stanford University on June 21st. At my first class in 2012, the experience as a whole was above my expectations. I thought that it would be difficult to work with, and that I probably wouldn’t learn much since it would be online and distant. Not at all! I learned a lot about writing advanced expository essays, my subject in the essay, and made friends who lived in Hong Kong. The teacher was very nice, explained everything thoroughly, answered every question, and showed us exactly how to use the online class program. My positive experiences haven’t changed since the first class. I continued to take international classes and kept in touch with the students from China. My overall experience throughout the three classes was fantastic to say the least. I highly recommend online classes with Stanford to anyone wanting to try new things, learn, and enhance their learning experience.

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Since it is summer, I decided to collage some of my favorite summer clothing prints…

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