Post-Grad Month 6: Content creation

Life feels a little different when we’re pivoting into a new year. I’ve been seeing posts about what people have accomplished in the past decade and realized that I basically finished middle school, high school, and college from 2009-2019. FUN TIMES! Part of why life feels different right now is because my internship is overContinue reading “Post-Grad Month 6: Content creation”

Getting back into dream journaling

I once dream journaled for a stretch of time in 2013, and I recently read some of the journal entries again. They were so bizarre, but also made me curious to see what my dreams are like right now. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold has helped me getContinue reading “Getting back into dream journaling”

Post-Grad Month 4 & 5: Leaning into inexperience

Settling into a new routine can be disorienting, but I’m also slowing down in a way that’s necessary for me. I recently finished my internship with the 1947 Partition Archive, and I love interning at Avalon Travel so far. Taking my own advice on fluid routines, I’ve been figuring out what’s best for me, especiallyContinue reading “Post-Grad Month 4 & 5: Leaning into inexperience”

9 Wondrous books by South Asian writers

I was inspired by my wonderful cousin Arifa to curate a list of books by South Asian writers. Reading books like The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in middle school and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri in high school had such a profound impact on who I am as a person and writer. To my excitement, I’m seeing more South Asian writersContinue reading “9 Wondrous books by South Asian writers”

Ways to conceptualize your English major

People tend to look at humanities degrees in a simplified or stereotyped lens. Common perceptions about people with humanities backgrounds are that they’re studying topics that are becoming increasingly irrelevant in our digital age or are going to struggle making money in the job market. This may or may not be true and is contextualContinue reading “Ways to conceptualize your English major”

How I found a fluid Post-Grad routine

Routines are something that I gravitate toward. I love learning how people parcel out their time and what could potentially work for me. In Keep Going, Austin Kleon (an artist & writer who has phenomenal books on creativity) says that no matter what the weather is or the mood he’s in that day, he goes on a walkContinue reading “How I found a fluid Post-Grad routine”

Post-Grad Month 3: Let it Fall

Peet’s came out with their fall beverages, so that means it’s officially fall. I’m determined to live my best fall life, because why not? It’s such a beautiful time of the year: the crackled leaves, the “spicy” candle scents, the coziness, the touch of spooky in the air from back-to-school dread. My sister and I recently bakedContinue reading “Post-Grad Month 3: Let it Fall”

Pushing past my writer’s block

Writing a novel in a post-college creative workshop context is both stressful and liberating. I’ve been trying to actively combat my writer’s block and wanted to take some time to reflect on how that’s going. My main challenges with writing: I can’t seem to find the right words to convey a scene I don’t knowContinue reading “Pushing past my writer’s block”

Post-Grad Month 2: Recalibrating my goals

I’ve had some interesting experiences and reflective moments lately that I want to share for this 2-month update on my post-grad experience. At some point this summer, I started feeling bad that I haven’t been making tangible progress toward my goals, but I recently realized that I just need to recalibrate my expectations. I’ve beenContinue reading “Post-Grad Month 2: Recalibrating my goals”

5 Books that will get you back into reading

Reading books for pleasure isn’t as popular as it used to be. We’re already stimulated by social media buzz articles and scroll through Twitter for hours (“we” is actually me lol). I know some people who want to get back into reading but don’t know where to start, especially after staring at textbooks and MicrosoftContinue reading “5 Books that will get you back into reading”

5 Enchanting, yet culturally-relevant books

Do you love Aladdin but don’t love the cultural homogenization? In light of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, here are 5 compelling books that have influences from One Thousand and One Nights and/or Persian culture and written by authors with culturally-relevant backgrounds. 1.One Thousand One Nights retold by Hanan Al-Shaykh I’ve always been interested in One Thousand One Nights andContinue reading “5 Enchanting, yet culturally-relevant books”

Post-Grad Month 1: A month of change

It’s been a little over a month since I graduated from Mills, and I wasn’t ready for the big adjustment. I don’t think anyone can be ready for it. I especially wasn’t ready to blog about it. Right now, it just feels like summer vacation and that I’ll go back to school in August. AndContinue reading “Post-Grad Month 1: A month of change”

5 Post-undergrad lessons

1.Take care of your body & mind first: you might want to jump into your goals head-first, but it’s okay to take time for yourself and listen to your needs. Make sure to give yourself some grace; sometimes you don’t want to do anything productive and that’s okay 2.Reconnect with friends: you could be feeling a senseContinue reading “5 Post-undergrad lessons”