My fellow humans, I’m Jess (a.k.a, College Kid).
I’m a 19 year old college gal in the U.S.A! I major in English (yes, by choice), and I’m a total dork about how wonderful planet Earth is and everything precious that lives on it. Oh, and I really enjoy coffee, sunflowers, travel, sarcasm, and knowing random facts that will most likely never be useful.
…Shakespeare invented the word ‘elbow’.
I am a LOVER of-
- Poetry & books
- Healthy and positive lifestyle experimentation
- Speaking sarcasm
- Travel & European Culture
- Playing piano
- Acrylic Painting
- Crafty projects
- Cosmology & Astrophysics
- Learning about new subjects whenever I get the chance
- Buddhism philosophy & practice
- Romance (Yes, I believe in happy endings. Sue me.)
To you, I may just be your run-of-the-mill 19 year old. Maybe some of my interests sound cliche, and maybe you feel as though nothing I’d have to say would be of any value to you.
Fair enough. But let me make my case:
I grew up in what you’d call your ‘everyday American suburbia’. I am from a well-to-do family. Two sisters, a black lab dog, three cats, backyard space with room to ride bikes and practice cartwheels. My older sister and I would blow basketball-sized bubbles that would eventually drift away with the breeze, until they popped and the juice sprinkled down over our heads. It was a good life. Catholic private schools, high school uniforms, straight-A’s, summer crushes, part time cashier jobs, college acceptances, and all the screwed up dark gaps that fill in those sunny chapters.
But here’s the point of all this: The typical 18 year old starts college, and suddenly everything they knew is now off the table. We were forced to forget everything we thought we could count on about the way our lives previously functioned. We essentially revert back to our original states of infancy, unknowing and vulnerable, forced to learn how to build our bruised selves back up again. But as a beautiful consequence we are, for the very first time, given the chance to decide for ourselves, who me is going to be. The tough part is there’s simply no quick fix to this inner chaos, no golden Manual that guides us to the “correct” path to happiness.
For once, it’s fully up to us to find these answers.
And THAT is why I believe I have something valuable to contribute to your hearts and minds, lovely readers. I am just about the most passionate 19 year old you may encounter about these matters. It has quickly become my most important realization, and biggest mission, that I must discover the best paths to happiness (fortunately for us, there are many ways to get there). And now, my job is to share with you all what works-and also plenty of what doesn’t.
Let’s go on this wild ride, together.