August roundup: college, books, and what I've been up to

8.25.2020
The past several weeks have been filled with a swirl of emotions, anxieties, and surges of stress and overwhelm. This pandemic has definitely created a lot of challenges we're all facing, especially in our work and school. It has been interesting though: trying to adapt into a new normal, a new reality. It took me a while to get used to the new procedure of checking my temperature, and it sounds weird to hear announcements and see signs reminding everyone to wear masks. 


Although I've been spending most of my time trying to keep up with my classes turning online as well as quarantining at home, I've also squeezed in some time to reflect, develop new hobbies, and read more books from my bookshelf. I recently finished the last book of the To All the Boys book series by Jenny Han and I'm currently reading In Five Years by Rebecca Serle and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I haven't been active in my book club on GoodReads, but I am planning to do Zoom meetings! If you're interested and think I should do it, let me know so I can start some planning! 


As some of you may have seen already, I haven't been active in a while on social media and my blog. If you know me personally, you would probably already know, otherwise I wanted to share exciting news! The reason I've been away for so long is because in the past couple weeks I've been busting my ass and got accepted into The New School University in New York City! Unfortunately, with the pandemic still going on, I'm still in Florida where I'll be taking online classes for now. But I've had my eye on NYC and this school particularly ever since I stepped into the campus 2 years ago for the Teen Vogue Summit (check out my NYC travel journal here)!


Other than reading and taking care of my education, I've also been writing. I've been given the opportunity to be editor and writer for independent creative publications such as Pinnacle of Adolescence and HALOSCOPE! You can check out one of my most recent articles that got published here, that discussed the life and experiences of college during this challenging and vulnerable time. 

What I will be up to this upcoming month...


I feel like September is the signal or the metaphor of a fresh start, a brand new beginning, or perhaps "a new chapter in life" since for most of us students, we will be entering a new academic year, a new college or just starting out high school - all in this new normal. This upcoming month is the opportunity to stay on the trails of this new semester, with the brand new classes, professors, people, and classroom settings. It will definitely be a challenge, since I have not yet been fully accustomed to online classes, but this will help me overcome the long-lasting battle against procrastination. 



Nicole's book club


Thank you to some of my readers who have joined my book club on GoodReads! This upcoming month, I will be posting a new book to read and discuss. As I've mentioned, if you're still interested in a virtual book club meeting then let me know! I'm excited to share next month's book and discuss more, since it's such an interesting read.

The Wallflower Collective


I haven't had the chance to work on my long-awaited passion project of The Wallflower Collective and to look at your talented pieces and submissions due to school and work. This upcoming month, however, I do have plans for this publication to expand, but more of this will be coming soon!


This time in life right now is tough: it has been causing difficulty for most of us, not just emotionally but also mentally, physically, as well as financially. I hope you're all doing well, washing your hands, and wearing masks! If you need a friend, please don't hesitate to reach out to me :)

Stay safe everyone and don't let the new changes caused by this pandemic get to you! Stay strong 💪

4 comments

  1. Hey Nicole, happy to hear from you! I would have to agree with you regarding the rollercoaster of emotions we are all going through at the moment, and it's nice because we learn to accept that it is normal to feel it and slowly adjust to our days ahead.

    These are some exciting times for you as you transition to your new learning environment! I can't wait to hear more about your experiences and discoveries as you move along, I'm sure that it will be great ✨ I hope that the threat of this pandemic dies down soon so you may also get to enjoy your campus experience as well!

    Rooting for you for all your endeavors! Don't forget to rest and take breathers from time to time. Stay healthy and safe!

    Cheers,
    Hanna / Heydays With Hanna

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    1. Hey Hanna,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate and love all the things you said to me :') I hope the same for you - that you remain safe and healthy, enjoy every moment and make the most of your time, and stay positive and productive! <3

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  2. I'm glad you're doing well + congrats on getting into the school you wanted!! Adjusting to life post-pandemic is pretty difficult so I hope you try something new and I'm still keeping an eye out for the wall flower collective when it goes live! xo ♡

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    1. Although everything has become virtual, I will definitely try to make the most of it!

      As for the Wallflower Collective, the site is already up! You can sign up to join the team or send a submission. I will eventually reorganize for better communication, otherwise, if you have other questions then please don't hesitate to reach out :)

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Thank you all for your lovely comments :) I will get back to most of you as soon as possible, so make sure you are checking back x

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