Back to School (with Selfies and Posters)

This past Thursday, I moved back to college and volunteered to help freshmen with course registration. Afterward, acquiring alone time felt wonderful after such a hectic summer, and all of the nature on campus added a scenic touch. Also, because neither my roommate nor I brought posters to our respective rooms last year, I decided to buy a few to spruce up our living space.

Fitting posters for an English and Psychology double major, right?

Fitting posters for an English and Psychology double major, right?

The passage of time still surprises me. As I always say, I started this blog as a sophomore in high school – now, I begin my sophomore year of college. Thanks to everyone who still drops by every now and then, and if any topic sticks out to you that you think I should write about, please do not hesitate to comment or send me a private message via my contact info.

My favorite poster. I had to take deep breaths to calm myself when I first opened it.

My favorite poster. I had to take deep breaths to calm myself when I first opened it.

I have two main goals this semester. The first centers on tailoring my academics toward becoming a psychologist: this involves getting solid grades, doing good research, and starting to study for the GRE. While some of those tasks might not involve interacting with others, I plan to stay involved in a lot of people-oriented activities, and I also intend to read more about therapy. My second goal pertains to spending time with the people I find important to me: everyone tended to stick together freshmen year, and now we all have the chance to choose our close friends with care. As I wrote in my post “Why Do We Have Friends?”, I do not want to associate with people just for the sake of associating with them – I want to expand the meaningful friendships I already have, to imbue them inspiration and quality, while maybe creating one or two more deep relationships.

Books that will help me help others, in different ways. I also highlighted my hair again, which you can see more in these selfies.

Books that will help me help others, in different ways. I also highlighted my hair again, which you can see a little bit of in these selfies.

Has anyone gone back to school yet, or is anyone going back to school soon? How do the years differ or change for those still in school? For those of you out of school, do you feel nostalgic when remembering your academic past (if you had an academic past)? I hope to keep some consistency with my posts even as I get busier, and if you want you can check out my reviews of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon, Wool by Hugh Howey, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins here, here, and here respectively. I hope you all have a fabulous week!



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24 responses to “Back to School (with Selfies and Posters)

  1. Thomas I love how you’ve been really quite consistent with your blogging throughout the years! I wish you another prosperous year in college. I’m starting the IB program this school year, so I’m expecting a lot more homework. But hopefully that’ll teach how to manage my time better, haha!

    -Grace πŸ™‚

    • Grace, how is the IB program going? I’ve heard it’s challenging but that it helps improve writing skills. I’ll go over to your blog now and see if you’ve written about it; I hope you’re doing well and thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. Awesome poster, Thomas! And good luck with school πŸ™‚

  3. Here’s to a great sophomore year !

  4. Back to school here also! Super cute poster btw.

  5. peter

    Well done, Thomas. Remember Dr Johnson’s words: ‘A man should keep his friendships in good repair.’ The internet’s awash with so many little sayings and aphorims that one tends to get drowned in them and they lose all meaning, but I think this one’s worth picking up and keeping in your pocket.

  6. Good luck with your sophomore year! I’m really looking forward to mine.

  7. The Howling Fantogs

    The hair is looking good. Super cute selfies. I dont think I’ve ever known a person love Queer as folk as much as you do.

  8. I love that Thomas Jefferson quote! πŸ™‚

    I don’t have many posters on my walls, but the ones that I do have are mostly LotR- and THG-related. Go figure. πŸ˜›

    Also, I like your selfie face. It cracks me up. πŸ˜€

    • Glad that you can relate to some of the pictures within this post and that you find others humorous! You can’t go wrong with a THG-poster. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  9. Wow you’re right, time does fly! I can’t believe it’s your sophomore year, and I can’t believe this is my FINAL year either. Yikes.

    Good luck with your psychology goals! It all sounds like very exciting stuff. Do you know which area you’d like to go into yet as a psychologist?

    • May I ask what you what you plan on pursuing with your Psych degree? And I’m aiming to study Clinical Psychology; it’s super competitive but if I work hard I think I will make it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  10. Just started my final year of high school (I honestly feel like a complete badass whenever I walk down a hallway.) It’s weird to think that I’ll (hopefully) be going to University next year and move on with my life and geez! A double major? INTENSE! Sorry I haven’t been able to chat with you, I’ve been dealing with crazy year so far and my mind is the worst it has eve been but anyway, I’m back now! Or at least I will be if I’m not buried under homework!

    • How is your school year going so far? I hope you’re enjoying your last year of high school and that your applications and classes are going well! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  11. Andreas

    Hey there, Thomas! Feeling kinda sad right now as my school will start tomorrow after a very short mid-term break. Oh well, just have to be prepared for loads of assignments. Haven’t read your blog in ages and I really missed it. I really don’t know how you manage to consistently update your blog every now and then, but they are very interesting and thought-provoking. Anyway, good luck always with school and I look forward to reading more and more of your brilliant posts. πŸ™‚

    P.S: I luv the QAF poster! πŸ˜€

  12. you’re so ahead of the curve! my only concern for you is that you should be really sure that you want to be a psychologist because if you go the PhD or Psy.D route, it’s definitely 4+ years.. which is a long time to be stuck in something (especially expensive if you don’t get funded, but I’m not sure how it works for psychology phds). if you haven’t already, try doing some shadowing or interning? or even take a year or two in between undergrad and grad to work in the field.

    the reason why I suggest this is since I work as a research assistant, I am in contact with a large cohort of 60+ people who are all thinking about PhD programs and are highly qualified. Yet, in the end, a good split, maybe as high as 50%, don’t do a PhD or do something other an economics PhD. After working in the field, they realized it’s not what they imagined or developed other interests.. or they realized it’s definitely what they want to do forever and they’ve built up their resume and made themselves a lot more competitive to get into the better grad schools, etc. I think you noted before clinical psychology is competitive, so it might make more sense to build your CV and wait to get into a well-funded top program.

    so, I guess the moral of the story is just make sure to get some hands-on experience in your imagined future profession before committing to it for a long-term horizon. if you’ve heard this before, apologies.

    season’s greetings and happy 2015.


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