In Response to Judgement & Unsolicited Advice

I’ve talked/written/complained about this before, but I feel like it’s one topic I could forever focus on, perhaps because it’s such a big part of my life. I might as well admit it:

My name is Sohini and I’m a literature student.

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We’re all expected to do something in life. From the moment you finish your studies, even before then, people are very interested to know, “What do you want to do? What are you going to do?” As if there isn’t anything more important to focus on. Whilst this a very common question, what I want to do — to earn money but to more importantly spend my own time and my own life doing is my choice. It can be a personal matter, and is all my choice. Because it’s my own life I’ll be occupying with whatever I do.

So the judgement people are so quick to pass on these decisions is baffling. “I admire people who choose creative professions,” someone told me once. “Because it’s more uncertain. I myself am using not words or language, but Technical Skills for my job,” she added. I could almost hear the capital ‘t’ and ’s’.

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Technical Skills. Wow. (© Nickelodeon | via Giphy)

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Shakespeare & Selfishness

April 23rd 2016 marks the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare (you might have heard of him). I was in sixth grade the first time I read Shakespeare’s work — Romeo and Juliet, to be specific. I still have the first part of the prologue memorised: “Two households both alike in dignity / In fair Verona where we lay our scene…” You know the drill. It was around the same time that I really got into writing. I’d already written my first poem years ago (it was a masterpiece called ‘The Cat on the Mat’), but it was in about sixth grade that English became my favourite subject.

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Almost as good as ‘The Cat on the Mat’

Fast forward to high school. When the time came to start applying for university courses, I already knew what I wanted to study. Since I want to be a published writer, English literature and creative writing seemed a good way to go. It wouldn’t necessarily guarantee me a job as a writer, but if I wanted to succeed at something, I needed to learn how to do it well. But a while back, I started wondering whether I made a selfish choice.

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A Student’s Christmas

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! I hope you all have (or have had) a wonderful day. I spent mine planning to work (but not actually working), eating lots and thinking about Christmases past.

I didn’t go home for Christmas this year. In the beginning, I didn’t expect it to be much, but it turned out much better than I could have hoped for. It made me realise that even if you’re away from home around this time of year, you can bring the festivities to yourself.

1. Christmas at home: small tree

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The tree my mum and I decorated every year

 

Christmas at uni: smaller tree

If you don’t have the money or space for a normal sized tree, you can always get a miniature version! It’s all about making your space a bit more festive.

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The tree my flatmates and I bought and decorated last year

 

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My tree this year. It’s sparkly (i.e. awesome)

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