My geometric print shirt is ironed, my banana socks laid out beside my bed. My water bottle is full to the brim, my glasses polished. Tomorrow, I step into a place I wouldn’t dare find myself ten years ago… sophomore year.
Freshman year was wholly unique and amazing in its own way: I learned a lot about myself like what situation I’m comfortable in and vice versa, what I can handle, who brings out the best in me, and so much more.
But this year, I don’t get to sport the excuse of being a freshman anymore. No more $60 on Starbucks in a month, or refusing to pack lunch because I’m just feeling lazy. This year, I do MAJOR big kids things: I start studying for the LSAT, I do this thing called “have a leadership role,” and I get to be responsible and not leave my car in a random alleyway when I’m late to class.
And because I get to actually be a big kid, I guess it’s time I started acting like one. And what better way to be one than make a blog post about the things I’m going to start doing as an ~adult~ instead of actually doing them?!
See, right now Starbucks is resistable because well, THE HOLY GRAIL of drinks isn’t out yet. Yes, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. UGH, the Peppermint Mocha. Take all my money and soul!!!
I mean… that was the old me. THE NEW ME WILL ONLY GET STARBUCKS TWICE A WEEK. ok…..thrice a week.
5. Responding to emails and texts as soon as I get them.
As opposed to ignoring them until five seconds until it’s considered rudely late. I wonder if I could go to hell for this.
6. Praying on time.
As Muslims, we’re required to pray five times a day that are determined by the sun’s position in the sky. As a lazy Muslim, I have trouble getting this done on time and I need to not ha help me dear lord.
Anyway, that’s me! Besides the obvious (maintain a high GPA, avoid douchebags and men in general, be nice to everyone, do nothing illegal, etc), those are the main improvements I want to make in my life/things I want to accomplish.
Also, to visit the moon.
You might be wondering where I went off and disappeared to.
The truth is, it isn’t that I forgot to write or didn’t feel like it. I promise I’ve sat down almost multiple times to whip up a blog post...but it just wasn’t happening. Call it writer’s block (or an existential crisis), but I don’t know what to talk about or how to talk about it.
I mean, for crying out loud...look at me now. I’m writing about not being able to write. Yikes.
Let me start by saying that this was a really busy summer for me. I had summer classes, Ramadan, and an internship going on, but you know what? For everything that was happening, I feel like I got a lot out of it. Here it is!
2. Make As in both of my summer classes.
3. DO SOMETHING CRAZY (Can’t disclose because my mom reads my blog but when I read this in 20 years, I will know).
4. Have a sunset picnic (maybe a lot of bugs got in my hair but you bet I DONE DID IT).
5. Read 5 books:
6. 100 hours at my internship! Wohoo!
7. Tried a bunch of new places (mainly coffee shops):
9. Had a really fun sleepover Austin discovery weekend with some friends that involved kayaking, horror movies, and too many heart to hearts.
10. Watched a BUNCH of movies, from Annabelle to Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, and too many episodes of Parks and Recreation (which, I declare to be THE BEST SHOW EVER).
11. Made 6 whole entire new friends who live in my heart!!!!
12. Flew on a plane. Alone.
All in all, this summer I didn’t get to travel exotic lands or take a cruise. Instead, I stayed in Austin, and I discovered something extraordinary: so many worlds live in small towns! Every single day is a adventure if you are brave enough, sailor!