I Made It

After a brief hiatus, I am back and ready to write about all the glories of college and life itself! These past two weeks have been exhausting and exciting, as I have met so many new people and experienced so many new things. Although I am not very far from my family, this transition has been very difficult nevertheless. I hope that in the coming weeks, as I try to develop my routine, that I may be able to bring useful tips to the table.

Please stay tuned and visit soon, as I have new great posts planned about my fabulous dorm, studying, organization, and maybe even style! Thanks for reading, can’t wait for all the adventures to come.

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

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Dorm Decor

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Today was such a beautiful day, so I decided to have a fun little photo shoot and share with you guys some pieces I bought for my dorm that I am so excited about! I have gathered together very cute bohemian/world travel themed pieces that I think will go great with my sort of mismatch covers, sheets, and pillows. In the first photo is a moroccan candle lantern that I purchased from World Market in a gold finish. I am so in love with this! And the back drop to this photo(and the others) is a large tapestry that I bought from Jaipur Handloom, an adorable Etsy shop that ships you tapestries straight from India. I would really check this place out if you want something authentic and breathtakingly gorgeous.

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Another piece that I have been ecstatic about are these super luxe bookends from West Elm that were a bit on the pricy side, but a great investment especially if you use your Student ID for the discount. I can’t wait to use these with textbooks or cute magazines on my shelves.

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I won’t have much space in my room so I purchased some boxes and cups that will function as change cups and makeup brush storage. I purchased my favorite ones above from Ikea, World Market, and Michael’s. The box is a DIY project that I had a blast doing. It was originally a Paris themed decorative box from Michael’s, but I decided to Modge Podge on handmade wrapping paper so that it matched my theme better!

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And the final pieces I wanted to share is this decorative cardboard initial from World Market and a handmade jewelry bowl I found at a turkish store in Carmel, California. I hope you guys liked this post, I really enjoyed putting it together. I can’t wait to show you guys my room once I move in! Hopefully, once I get settled my posts will be put up more regularly as I will have more to talk about. As far as the future of this blog, I would like to get some videos on here soon so we can so some fun DIYs!

How would you design your dorm?

Organization Diaries Part 2: Keeping a Planner

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I started keeping a planner back in elementary school, and since then it has stuck with me as a way to stay organized on both the busiest and the slowest days. I attribute much of my success to my planners, which have allowed me to stay on top of events, tests, meetings, and the endless flow of homework assignments.

Since I am starting college this school year, I decided to fish around the internet and look for something that I could personalize and make my own. I hit gold when I found http://www.mochithings.com, a website filled with all the planners and stationary you could ever want. After browsing through the Schedulers tab, I finally settled on ordering the Orange Seize the Day Daily Planner since it allowed me to keep both a monthly view and a daily view so that I could easily keep track of both long and short term activities.

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I have transformed the opening page into a colorful dashboard to display my class schedule, as well as a really pretty monogram I made. With a mini envelope and some wash tape I made a small pocket that is placed over the original clear plastic pocket, which will be great for small papers when I finally start school!

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The monthly pages are basically gridded blank calendars that you fill in with the all the dates and months. This is a little tedious to fill in, but I have found it to be pretty theraputic and it also allows you to start and restart planning without stress over wasting months, etc.

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Having the liberty to decorate each page has been a really fun experience so far as I have started to love washi tape and sort of have a collection now…woops! Since I have yet to start school, I have not yet used the daily pages, but as soon as I have I will be sure to update you guys and maybe either do a few decorating tutorials or review the planner as whole!

Do you use a planner?

Title IX Profiles: Maryam Mirzakhani

Title IX profiles is a new addition to my blog that aims to highlight women that have made fantastic contributions to society, both in the past and in present day. I hope that by highlighting these women, I can inspire readers to keep pushing to reach their goals.

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This year Maryam Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, often regarded as the equivalent of a noble prize for the field of mathematics. She was born in Tehran, but now works as a professor of mathematics at Stanford University.

The fields medal is more formally known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, and was first established in 1936. Mirzakhani is being recognized for her original research in geometry and dynamic surfaces. The work is influenced by theory, but it still holds great implications in the fields of physics and more concentrated sciences.

She received her bachelors degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and later received her doctorate from Harvard. “Mathematicians who would later be her mentors and colleagues followed the mathematical proofs she developed as an undergraduate.”Mirzakhani thought she wanted to be writer when she was young, but was then sucked into the world  of mathematics and later excelled in math competitions on the international level , winning the gold medal in both 1994 and 1995 at the International Math Olympiads.

It is plain to see that Maryam Mirzakhani has made tremendous leaps forward not only in the field of mathematics, but for women internationally. Hopefully, we will see more women highlighted in these fields that have been overwhelmingly male dominated. Thanks for reading!

I would like to credit this article  by Bjorn Carey for the great information and quote.  

What did you think of the first Title IX Profile?   

Read With Me

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I excelled in English classes throughout high school. Seldom did I skip a reading or fail to highlight the frail pages of various paperbacks I eagerly purchased from my local bookstore. When reading for pleasure I loved to lose myself in the writing, get to know the characters , and by the end of the novel become attached to the storyline. However, when I began to read the books assigned to me in high school I was barely able to connect to the stories and characters. As I continued to read with analytical eyes and churn out meticulously edited papers, I couldn’t help acknowledge the fact that reading was becoming more a task that I longed to complete than a nightly adventure.

I read Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man twice and each time was able to deliver insightful analytical commentary in class. But, in truth I found Joyce unappealing and his lack of morality sickening. I had no way to connect to him. Many of my peers developed a fondness to Jane Eyre, but once again I found myself on the outside looking in, failing to find interest in the densely written book. Looking back, I wonder if my experiences in English would have been more enriching to myself and my peers if we were able to read and converse about books more relatable to ourselves and our cultural identities.

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Over this very long summer, I finally had some time to read. One book I was especially anxious to start was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  The plot centers around the friendship of two boys, with the unraveling of Afghanistan serving as a compelling backdrop to the story. My father was born in Kabul just as the main character and author,  so naturally I had grown up hearing various stories of life in Afghanistan. If anything, The Kite Runner put each story into perspective as I was able to relate to this book on an incredibly deep level, while opening my eyes to gaps I had in understanding my own culture and identity.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. Not only will you enjoy a beautiful story, but also better understand a country that has gone through so much and still is today.

Organization Diaries Part 1: A Cohesive Workspace

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Let’s face it, we all deal with procrastination no matter how many new school year resolutions we make, or steps we take to prevent it from happening. I have found that one way to boost productivity is to create a cohesive workspace that makes you want to stay and work!

Your desk/office is a space that should make you feel happy and relaxed. It should be free from distractions and have comfortable lighting so that you can clearly see your work without having to stress out your eyes.  I know that from experience, small spaces like mine can become cluttered rather quickly, so it is important to keep your space clean so that you can focus and feel less cramped. I recommend purchasing decorative containers from places like Target and Ikea to brighten up your space and declutter.

Having a great workspace shouldn’t have to cost you a fortune. I personally like to get ideas from places like Pintrest and Pottery Barn and then try to recreate a look that better fits my personality and is functional. It’s really amazing what a few simple pieces can do to your workplace, and before you know it you’ll be productive in no time!

Tips: 

  • Paint your room a soft color! Mine is a modern shade of powder blue that makes me feel relaxed whenever I walk in.
  • Utilize buckets, bins, and mini shopping bogs to dress up a space.
  • Search for small decorative pieces from places like Target, Marshalls, Ikea, Anthropologie, and West Elm. Beware of over cluttering the space!
  • Put up photos or a calendar to dress up a bare wall.
  • Always keep a small notepad nearby to jot down quick messages or make a handy to-do list.

How do you create a cohesive space?

 

Welcome To The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Me(Left) & NYC BFF (Right)

Me(Left) & NYC BFF (Right)

Before my best friend left to New York, she gave me a journal to write out my thoughts. I oftentimes thought of starting a blog, but never quite had the courage to put my dreams into action until one late night writing in my journal when I got the idea to create The Sarcastic Pre-Med. This blog will document my journey through college and include personal stories, tips, and reviews for other quirky pre-meds. Enjoy!