Thursday, February 28, 2008
One of the biggest decisions I will make is looming before me: what to major in. Today in one of my classes we had a guest speaker come in, who by the way is the found of Tahitian Noni and Stephen's hot cocoa, and he encouraged us to find our passion and to major in what we love and what we're good at. Two problems- 1. I don't know what I love 2. I don't know what I'm good at. Don't get me wrong, I think I'm decent at many things but I'm not especially good at anything and being at BYU it seems like everyone else is good, in fact amazing, at everything. I think I'm feeling a little lost in the crowd. I've been debating for a while as to what I would want to do with my life. For the longest time I wanted to be a teacher, but I've discovered I don't have the patience for it. Then I wanted to be a psychologist, but I didn't like my classes and I decided I didn't want to listen to other people complain all day. Now I'm thinking about English editing because I love books and I love to read, however now that I'm in some English classes I'm discovering that it appears that everyone around me has a great passion for English and mine is only a small flame. My dad suggested that I look into some majors that are offered at UVSC that aren't offered at the Y, however that idea is entirely too daunting to entertain as it means changing everything about my life (including friends, housing and a job not to mention a new campus etc). For a while I decided to just stick with English because I could go on to do other things such as law school, if I so choose. However, after the lecture today about finding your passion I feel like I need to dig a little deeper. And in the immortal words of Billy Joel "only fools are satisfied". So I guess it's back to the drawing board. Any ideas?
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I've never thought of myself as prudish but I'm coming to see that others might and to be honest, that surprises me. Last Sunday was the Super Bowl, and of course being LDS and attending a predominatly Mormon college, that question arises: "To watch or not to watch, that is the question." As I was growing up we never watched television or movies on Sunday, nor did we play on the computer or do homework. I came to college with these same ideals and up til recently I've held to them fairly well. However, when my roommates began the discussion about watching the Super Bowl and trying to find a party to go to, one of them mentioned how she would never marry someone who didn't watch t.v. or movies on Sunday and everyone proceeded to agree. In my mind however, I was thinking the exact opposite, I don't want to marry someone who does watch tv. This is not to condemn those you watch tv, movies or do homework on Sundays; everyone does things differently, and this is just my personal opinion. However, does that fact that I prefer to think of Sunday's as a day of rest and reflection make me a square? I will admit that I was to cowardice to fess up to my roommates that I disagreed with their opinions, but I did stand up for my views when the subject of R rated movies proceeded to be the next topic of conversation. (For those who couldn't tell- I don't watch R movies). I hope I'm not offending anyone, because that is not my purpose, but I'm just wondering where the line is. Why does being good and trying to live right make me prudish? Isn't that what we're all trying to achieve anyway?
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So I really should be working on a paper that's due tomorrow, but I don't really want to! People (and by people, I mean those not from Utah) at BYU are always complaining about how boring Provo is and how sheltered and conservative the people are. But I want to say that I like it! You make your own fun and if you look hard enough there are so many cool places that are little hidden treasures. This past weekend my roommates and I plus some guys we know went to downtown Provo and did an art gallery stroll which apparently takes place the first Friday of every month. It was so neat! There are a bunch of local artists, many of whom are still in school, who display their art in local shops and galleries. One of the artists was Jason Metcalf, who did some really interesting work that you can check out at his web site. Not only did we discover new artists and different forms of art but there were so many cool little shops that we found that had vintage clothes and accessories and just fun little finds. We also discovered this great taco shop called Diego's -SO GOOD! I love college, I'm just sad that homework and tests get in the way of my fun! Don't get me wrong, I love to learn but I'm slowly loosing my motivation to study and do well. Luckily there's the weekend! I'll try to keep you updated on other cool finds.