figuring out my life story

Above, a picture of me reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time, circa 2010. Even at age 8, I was obsessed with stories.

I like to say that I live my life in phases of obsession. Whether it be the last book I read or the latest movie to hit theaters, I can’t just like things. Especially when it comes to stories and storytelling, I fall unnaturally hard. As a result, storytelling has…


I don’t share this with many people, but when I was younger, my biggest dream was to be a writer. I fantasized about being a “best-selling author” and I even started writing an original story about a crime-fighting pig confident THAT was going to be my big break at 11…


A response to “Hey! I’m Sam” and “3 Ways to Live Happier From a Virtual Student”

First of all, hi Samuel Adams! I’ve really enjoyed reading your last few posts, ESPECIALLY “Hey! I’m Sam” and “3 Ways to Live Happier From a Virtual Student”. I don’t know if it was purposeful, but these two posts work really well together to illustrate life during this pandemic. I’m…


Cardoso, Patricia, director. Real Women Have Curves. Newmarket Films, 2002.

Carey, Benedict. “This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It).” The New York Times, 22 May 2007, www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/health/psychology/22narr.html

Eagleton, Terry. “Character.” How to Read Literature, Yale University Press, 2013, pp. 45–79.

Fearing, Franklin. “Influence of the Movies on Attitudes…


My favorite part of the academic week is our Friday writing prompts. Other than the fact that WRIT150 is my last class of the week, I honestly look forward to having an opportunity to write without restrictions.

I’m a perfectionist/procrastinator, so actually getting started on something is sometimes hard for…


‘Mona Lisa Smile’ and “Claiming an Education”

While brainstorming my favorite coming-of-age movies for my WP 2, one of my “honorable mentions” was Mona Lisa Smile (2003). Set in the 1950s, Mona Lisa Smile is about a group of students at a women’s liberal arts college and their roles in society. Some hold conservative views and others…


It’s Friday night. My high school friends and I are on FaceTime having our weekly Friday game night, a tradition we started to stay connected during the quarantine. This time, my friend is FaceTiming us from her living room, which means her family has been making constant appearances throughout our…


(Source: The New York Times)

Burnham, Bo, director. Eighth Grade. A24, 2018.

Cardoso, Patricia, director. Real Women Have Curves. Newmarket Films, 2002.

Chazelle, Damien, director. La La Land. Lionsgate, 2016.

Chbosky, Stephen, director. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Summit Entertainment, 2012.

“Coming of Age in the 2010s.” YouTube, 9 Dec. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0DdZcEo2NY.

Fearing, Franklin…


my favorite coming-of-age movies

(Source: Teen Vogue)

Understanding My Generation

Lady Bird (2017)

Emily Quintanilla

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