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October Media Faves

I essentially became a hermit in October. I worked from home all month. Slack, emails, and Messenger have been my only source of social interaction - aside from my family. But I'm not complaining. This month I was able to tackle about 3 illustration pieces, prepare my grad school application documents, write my CV and letter of intent, and update my website. It also involved lots of sitting. I found myself a bit lonesome...

Work Hard, Play Hard

In third grade, I woke up at 5 AM in the morning to memorize a letter. It was a letter for my grandparents - my pioneer grandparents. I pretended like it was a cold winter in the 1800s and my Mama had to knit the family thicker socks. I had to write this letter for my Social Studies test. That's right, at the age of 8, I got up at five in the...

Grown-up Dress Up: A Year after Graduation

In university, I fantasized about working downtown. Adult Alexandria would dress nicely. Her black boots hit the pavement. Her steps followed a steady yet quick tempo because the successful and independent Alexandria Angco had a 9 AM meeting. Although she's 3 minutes late, she emerges out of the elevator without breaking a sweat. Adult Alexandria was a reverie. Much of this fantasy is real. The current Alexandria is decently dressed. She has black boots...

Rejection: A Form of Respect

On June 10, I was rejected. No, I wasn't reject by a guy. This isn't the romantic kind. It was from someone I looked up to. Someone I wanted to work for. When she didn't make me part of her team, I hosted a 2 hour pity party for myself. I invited myself (duh) and a delicious mango cheesecake. I didn't cry at my pity party. I was just confused. 

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Not Employed, but Now I Know What I Want

I want a lot of things. I want a job. I want a corgi. I want to apply to grad school and get it in. I want my own home, start a family, travel. I want to succeed. I want to live a life of true joy. I have told myself (and God) about the things I want every day. Yet, I still look for anything that will come close. Anything that tastes...

What’s Next?

Last week, I confidently walked up 2 steps to shake hands with two important University of Toronto figures. “Congratulations, high distinction is a great accomplishment” said the UTM Principal. He released my hand from his handshake and I shook the hand of the woman who sat beside him. I complimented her glasses. 

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Podcast Suggestions: Volume 1

My obsession with podcasts began on Christmas Eve of 2015. I listened to Serial after a YouTuber suggested it in her videos. I didn’t know what Serial was about but I decided to listen because Serial’s website was aesthetically pleasing. Yes, I fell in love with the looks of the website before falling madly and deeply in love with the podcast’s content and strong narrative. Soon after, I immediately downloaded a podcast app...