YOU JUST DO AS YOU'RE TOLD

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I feel like I always wear my best and most natural outfits to school. I haven't talked about it much, but I am a third-year student at Arizona State University in Phoenix, and I am studying journalism and mass communication with a minor in psychology. When I first started university, I was studying to go into pharmacy school, with little direction on what I genuinely wanted to do. But, after learning what the industry was like, as well as failing the same math class three times, I realized that I didn't want to peddle drugs behind a counter for a living, that I needed a creative job that allowed me to channel the things that I love the most into a career.I thought that I would gradually realize what I wanted to do, but that wasn't the case at all. The last week of my first year of college, just barely beginning to come out of a wave of depression and having started my blog a handful of months earlier, I realized I needed to find a new path for myself. I sat in solitude, with a pen and paper, and I wrote down all the things I knew I was good at and loved doing. I remember what I wrote: writing, photographing, blogging, fashion, design... and I wondered to myself what career I could possibly channel these things into. Then it hit me in the face.I called my dad frantically and he attributed my sudden actualization to extreme levels of stress and behavioral fluctuations. But I knew this was something else. Everything I thought I loved about studying pre-med turned out to reflect my actual passions: I thought I loved my biology class, but I realized that I enjoyed the adrenaline rush of fast-paced and organized note-taking (which I gave to my friends who chose to sleep through every lecture), not the topics. I thought that I just happened to be better at statistics than calculus, but I realized that I enjoyed it because I loved using math that applied to real situations. By studying in a program that was so far off from my actual interests, I learned so much more about myself.I don't think that I am necessarily 100% inclined toward creativity and writing, though. There are areas of science that I do genuinely have an enthusiasm towards. I still have a minor in psychology, because I love studying abnormal cases and I love observing and understanding neuroscience. I wrote a 15-page paper on metaphysics and dualism, and it is the assignment I am most proud of. Calculating normal models is kind of my shit. However, none of these things compare to the satisfaction that I feel studying how to communicate with audiences by the written word.Okay, about the outfit... this has been my comfy go-to look the past week or two. I love my TOPSHOP ribbed turtleneck, as well as my LEVI'S black high-waisted skinnies. I paired this with my DEENA & OZZY leather oxfords, and, since I don't really accessorize, I added a little extra dimension to the outfit by wearing my cream-colored URBAN OUTFITTERS lace-trim socks. The bag that you see is my vintage 1970's ADIDAS bag, which I found at a vintage market for $20, and I am super proud of it. I use it every day for school, and it complements every outfit I own.That's about it for this post, hope you enjoyed my rant about my education! xxxDSC_0934 DSC_0861 DSC_0863 DSC_0830 DSC_0828 DSC_0824 DSC_0803 DSC_0800 DSC_0773

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