The thing about choosing – uni // S&E – On matters

We all have that period in our lives where we have to take a decision that we will know to transform our lives, and one of them is deciding what you will be studying at uni. And what a big decision that is.

I still remember myself in 5th grade (Belgian grade, my second-last year in secondary school, that is πŸ™‚ ) and completely not knowing what to do. My first intentions were to become a doctor, because I had this childhood dream still living in my head of curing those suffering from cancer disease. By the time the year was over, I had realised that the science world was nothing for me. I just had to work too hard to get my grades.

Inbetween getting to that realisation, there was serious doubt. I thought of doing psychology, philosophy, maybe. Languages or biology? Maybe sociology? Or what if I just saw it all wild and went of to drama school?

To summarize, I was just lost. There seemed to be an endless spectre of things you could do that I felt like I had literally no idea what I would do with my life.

If this situation is recognisable for you, I’d suggest you just take a deep breath and start to explore: what’s out there? Because in Belgium, we have this system of academic and professional bachelors, so there’s a spectre of a billion things to choose from – which doesn’t make the choice easier… So basically, get informed. Go take some open classes, get brochures, ask people who are already at uni what their experiences are, go to teachers / your parents… Make sure you have a complete overview.

Secondly, when you have arranged the rainbow of options, start to reason: think logically. Where am I good at? Like, for example, I basically sucked at math and didn’t want to envolve it anymore in my studies or career, so I could cross mathematics, engineering etc. out.

So when that all was down in the bin, I still had some options left open. I thought about what I was really interested in. Languages (I had always had a thing for English and Italian, now I want to learn Danish, Irish and German too… O:) ), society, people drew my attention and I had (and still have) a rather big general interest. I narrowed my options down to two: studying languages (English & German) or studying law. I chose for the latter, because I thought that choosing for English and German would keep the spots of history, sociology, psychology and communication, plus general knowledge uncoloured. I was so happy I made the choice in January in my senior year. A block of concrete fell off my shoulders. I knew it was going to be tougher than languages (all my teachers were thinking I’d be off to literature studies) and so a lot of people were surprised with me choosing for law. & I’m still a bit one of them, but that’s okay πŸ™‚ .

The most important thing I wanted to say is that if you really don’t know, embrace the fact that you just don’t. Don’t go pick a study programme just because you have to choose something; you will have a fulltime job of studying, attending classes and reading about the field you are exploring, so you must have the right intentions from the start. Trust me, if you don’t like it, you won’t be happy doing it and the results will probably not be as good either. You have to feel comfortable at what you’re doing from 8 AM until 10 PM. If you have the opportunity, pack your bags and go on a gap year to think it over quietly while having new experiences, or go find a job for a year to find where you’re good at / interested in. You might discover aspects of yourself you didn’t notice before πŸ™‚ .
And even if you chose for the thing that you really loved and find yourself thinking sometimes: “what if…” then don’t panic. It is a sign that you simply are not to be categorised in one box, which is, really, a good thing πŸ™‚ .

Love,

Charlotte

PS: feel free to comment / correct my grammar or spelling mistakes – I am not an English native speaker you see… O:) Anyway, I am happy to read them!

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Studying at Uni // Announcements

Hi everyone

Let’s get this straight from the beginning, I almost forgot about this blog. I know, it’s a shame and I think too that it is not so responsable; starting something and then neglecting it.

The two main reasons why I quit for so long, is first because I went to university in fall, starting a bachelor’s degree in Law. I had my desk filled to the rooftop with study work and I didn’t really know how to handle it, so I tangled. I wasn’t myself anymore and the responsabilities, stress, deadlines, time calculation were practically all I thought about. To phrase it in one line: living with my head was dull and toxic…

Secondly, I was afraid. Afraid of throwing my privacy in the wide open world. Only two or three people know about this blog and to be honest, I was afraid about the comments I’d get from friends and family. Opening a blog is in my circle still seen as a typically cosmopolitan thing and, well, I’m not a New Yorker.

But I think I’m going to throw those reasons and doubts overboard and start doing what I love: writing, sharing art, books, photographs, poems, stand up for things I believe in, like gender equality and a more loving world. I’ve set my goal on investing in those things and just keep it real, too. I’ve been limited in expressing the creative part of me (due toΒ  uni) and it has brought me almost to my knees. I was so… dis-tached. I became apathic and was struck when I realised it myself. The floor disappeared from under my feet.

And, through all this time, I kept watching and reading vlogs and blogs by EstΓ©e Lalonde, Garance DorΓ©, Alexandria Morgan etc, amazed and fascinated, thinking: ‘I want this too.’

So, I hope that all of you out there forgive me my absence. I am truly sorry.

As for blog posts, I’m not going to stick to a plan, since the to the rooftop filled study work hasn’t magically disappeared. But my aim is to post regularly (like once a week) about what’s been on my mind.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xxx

PS: If you’d like to post a comment, please do so! I love reading other people’s thoughts and ideas!

Latin America pt.1 || #travelbucketlist

Latin America pt.1 || #travelbucketlist

Hey guys

Lately, I have been dreaming… -I promise you, a world map as underlayer on your desk just kidnaps your thoughts πŸ˜‰ .

Lately I have my mind / head in the travelling clouds, and I would absolutely love to travel as much as I can and to be creative underway. In this past couple of months, I have been developing a fascination for Latin America, Africa, Scandinavia… Plus, the trip to Puglia is booked! Yaay! So next month, most of my posts will from Puglia and about the region and Italy in general.

But nevertheless, I don’t want to limit my travels just within Europe. One of my dream journeys is to discover Latin America, starting in Montevideo, Uruguay.

#1: Montevideo, Uruguay

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Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is situated in on the north side of the Rio de la Plata, where on the south side Buenos Aires (capital of Argentina) is. Montevideo is under the Equator, so summer is from December till March. To me it seems a very beautiful and fun city to visit and it’s a country where not a lot of people go – I think – and I’d like to go to places that are sort of still ‘undiscovered’, you know what I mean?

#2: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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By boat or by plane – or by any means of transport – I would travel to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. I think Argentina is an amazing country with la Pampa and Patagonia in the south and I would absolutely LOVE to visit the country. Apparently the Casa Rosada and the Cabildo are must sees. (but I’m sure the city has so much more to offer!)

#3: Rosario, Argentina

Rosario, Argentina

From BA, I would go up north to Rosario, the birth place of the famous Che Guevara (although I didn’t want to visit the place because he was born there, but it seemed a good stop on my way up north). There are a lot of museums to visit and there is ofcourse the Rosario-Victoria Bridge.

#4: Santa Fe, Argentina

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Seeing photos of this city, it reminds me of Rosario. It is situated not far from the place where the Parana and the Salado collide. The Municipial Theatre and San Martin street are hot spots here.

#5: Reserva Procincial Ibera (Iberica Marshes), Argentina

 

The marshes are a reserve with a high biodiversity and lagoons (like the Laguna del Ibera shown in the picture above) and the wide marshlands. Thanks to this typical environment, the reserve is home to for example the marsh deer, which lives in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia etc. According to the animal’s conservation status, it is vulnerable. So having / creating reserves like this wouldn’t be a bad thing.

#6: Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls Argentina Picture

These are Argentinan / Brazilian falls and are creations of nature I definitely want to see. They are so astonishingly beautiful… I always feel, when I see something alike, sooo small and it always remembers me of the ‘smallness’ of mankind. Often we think of ourselves as quite a lot and hover over the ground and when we see this majestic work of nature, we are brought back to our feet.

#7: Asuncion, Paraguay

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To end my journey, I’d end in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay which is in fact not that far from the border. It is one of the oldest cities in Latin America. The name refers to Assumption, the day Mary was ‘welcomed’ in heaven.

This is a journey that is ranked pretty high on my #travelbucketlist and I would love to be able to make it. I really love the Latin American culture and the nature it still holds. I hope that one day I will be able to really be there.

I hope you have enjoyed this one! There are surely more #travelbucketlist posts to come. And let me ask; what’s on your #travelbucketlist?

For comments/tips/extra ideas: leave a comment below! I am happy to read them πŸ™‚ .

xx

Charlotte

 

 

 

Jij zegt het / Connie Palmen || #thereadinglist

Jij zegt het / Connie Palmen || #thereadinglist

Hi everyone

I have been eager on discussing a famous couple of the literature world with you: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. There is a lot to be told about them and there surely has been and I still keep wondering who they were.

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I haven’t read any of Sylvia’s work yet, but I plan to do that this summer (my reading list is getting a bit too long I think… :p ). What I want to read to, is a book by the Dutch author Connie Palmen, who won the Libris Literature Prize with Jij zegt het (in English: You say so), in which she apparently points out Ted Hughes’ view of the whole story. I read in an article once that Sylvia suffered from depressions and ultimately commited suicide and that Hughes got the blame for the sad occurance…

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I am so very interested in the life of Sylvia and Ted. I read and hear that she was a talented poet who died way to soon. I would love to analyse her poems, but I am not going to study literature next year, so I fear I will not be able to do it on an academic level…

By the way, I really wonder what the fox and the bird on the cover stand for… I’ll let you know when I find out. πŸ™‚

Do you have these authors you always keep wondering about? And what do you think of Sylvia and Ted? Wanting to know how they were, what occured in their life? Let me know in the reactions below!

xx

Charlotte

 

Scandinavia: the Lofoten || #travelbucketlist

Scandinavia: the Lofoten || #travelbucketlist

Hi everyone

I’m sorry it took me longer to post than I expected; exams ruined my plan :/

I hope to post more this upcoming weekend, I’ve got a whole bunch of ideas that need to be written / typed down!

A few weeks ago, I saw this short movie via National Geographic about the Lofoten in Norway. It’s an island group where e.g. Reine is situated. I immediately fell head over heals in love.

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The main reason why I would go there, is because I want to feel the power of nature, I miss it in western ‘continental’ Europe. I miss the feeling of being alone, because actually in Belgium, you never are. I miss the bond society once had with nature and I want to rediscover it and write about it! That would be… the biggest dream I have coming true.


This one video triggered a whole part of me I didn’t really know, and I hope I will live by the goals I have set for myself.

I’ll put the link below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The Lofoten / Norway || Raphael Rogers


Xx

Charlotte

The Girl from Ipanema || Song of the Week

The Girl from Ipanema || Song of the Week

Hi guys!

The Girl from Ipanema… I smile with the thought of the tune alone. It is just a lovely, cute song with a nice summer feeling. And it has been an earworm for… a month. :p

The begining of the song is in Portuguese, which I absolutely love about it; it lets you float gently to the sweet Mediterranean with its sunny climate and wonderful sea…It just makes me happy and willing to just dance gently around the room. (are you getting the picture? πŸ˜‰ )

I have always known the song, but recently rediscovered it; I was watching a video by Ingrid Nilsen and Shay Mitchell on YouTube and they were talking about it and how they have grown up with the song. I have been playing the song… a LOT ever since πŸ˜‰ . (plus, the summer feeling is staying out in Belgium; maybe my underconsciousness is trying to seduce summer to finally introduce a decent weather… anyway πŸ˜› ).

The Girl from Ipanema

link to the Ingrid Nilsen & Shay Mitchell video: Sense of Self by Ingrid & Shay

Enjoy the song and have a wonderful day!

xx

Charlotte

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