An essay a week
Hi fellow bloggers! I was doing my routine blogwalking and happened to stumble across this
blog by Rosa Lyster. Rosa writes an essay every week on just about any topic that crosses her mind. I thought this was rather a good idea to keep one's writing habits rolling and gaining momentum each time. With a routine such as this, you can become unstoppable upon reaching a point where writing becomes a habit.
Personally, writing apart from drawing has been a pastime that is very close to my heart. Writing in all its forms, be it essays, blog posts, poetry or short stories is a very effective way of conveying not only one's masked emotions and inner musings, but also to unleash the author and creative duo that is in a person. And for me, being a social awkward, I have found my calling with writing and the creative arts.
Essay writing may appear daunting to some people as they often associate essay writing with a rich knowledge base. To break it down, there are 4 types of essays namely narrative essays, descriptive essays, expository essays, and lastly persuasive essays. While expository and persuasive essays might indeed need a bit of knowledge in the topic at hand, it is really just a conduit for one to get to know better the topic of interest and to form stronger opinions. On the other hand, descriptive and narrative essays depend largely on experience and a splash of creative muse.
I decided to do a weekly essay challenge for myself with topics from here
or any essay topic I can come up with. For those interested in joining this weekly self-challenge of essay writing, feel free to grab the banner/logo below and write an intro post. You can write about what you think about writing as a pastime, about what you wish to gain from this self-challenge or you could even reblog this post if you wish to 😁.
The rules are simple:
- Word count is no lesser than 100 words
- Language used is English
- Write at least one essay per week
- Tag friends!
Here are few topics you could begin with:
- Do TV shows and movies have the responsibility of being more diverse?
- Should students be allowed to use phones in elementary and high schools?
- What effect did human curiosity have in relation to our planet?
- Tell about morality problems that bother you and why.
Go ahead and give it a try, put your creative mind and linguistic abilities to the test! I can't guarantee you that you'll be the next person to win an essay writing competition but I can assure you that your writing skills can improve by leaps and bounds if you're sure to maintain a habit.
Sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a
character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
G. D. Boardman
Labels: improvementPills, writing
Things I regret not having done back in my schooling days
Back in my schooling days, I was one of the majority of students who placed substantial priority on academics over anything else, say, extra-curricular activities, sports, hobbies, etc. I was so focused on attaining not just good grades but I was also maybe a little too swept in the notion of being the class-topper. I was active in taking mental notes of which classmate was my competitor each time. My eyes had nothing but the pages of my textbooks to roam about. I never bothered making friends, never cared to join any society, and not even try and enjoy the bus rides to and fro school.
While I did genuinely enjoy studying, I believe I had missed a lot of things whilst getting unhealthily drenched in just books all day. I was not living in the moment. While other students had friendly gatherings and outings to look forward to during school breaks and very especially after SPM, I was just a lonely fret scrolling through their happy pictures in my feed. Back then I tried to justify my doings through labeling myself as an introvert. Well, sure enough, that label didn't hold for me for very long. I soon begin to realize that I had not improved in areas concerning people skills, such as my communication skills and worst yet, I had nothing to brag about my participation and achievements in extra-curricular activities, which was[unluckily for me] the very essence in every scholarship application that I had tried and applied for.
While I did get the good grades which I had yearned for, it soon dawned on me that grades are not all there is to measure a student's aptness. Having come from a financially challenged background, I had always desired to obtain a scholarship that would sponsor my studies in university. I scoured the internet and newspapers day and night to find relevant scholarship applications and through sweat and toil, typed in all the best words I could put together in my scholarship essays. But as luck would have it, other more deserving (and less deserving) students were shortlisted except for me. While I did get through some of the preliminary stages, unfortunately, I never made it pass through any of the interviews I had attended. All my academic certificates and transcripts proved to not be of much use, especially if I was lacking in soft skills and extra-curricular participation. I tried to rely on self-pity but not even my financial circumstances mattered to the scholarship providers. No one gives you something for nothing.😔
Hence, I missed a good one year of pre-U studies without any form of scholarship. For a while during that period of time, I kept the notion of scholarships from busying my mind but still chose to focus on getting good grades, except I was more self-aware and people-conscious this time. I tried to work on my anxiety in facing an audience during presentations, integrated more with my teammates in group works and started participating in several clubs and societies. As my final semester in pre-U drew near, I started working on preparations for scholarship interviews and what not. Through several more rejections, I finally landed on a fertile soil and was secured a scholarship with Yayasan Telekom Malaysia to pursue my undergraduate studies. 😌💗 #blessed
I might have learned things the hard way but it was all truly an eye-opening and fulfilling experience in the end. I am still learning and improving my soft-skills and I believe active participation and contribution in extracurricular activities have been just the right conduit for that. Apart from studies, I have also made it a point to develop my assets in various areas such as writing, designing and coding that could prove to be beneficial for me along the long run.
Labels: improvementPills, self-talk
Psychology and Carl Jung
The topic of psychology has never failed to tickle my fancy. I would not claim psychology as one of my core focus in my daily pursuit of reading and educating myself. It's not a topic I would deliberately look up to find interesting reading materials on normal occasions. However, I do think that the topic of psychology shows up at even the most ordinary day-to-day interactions with the world around me. And for that matter, apart from the tiny jolts of awe I derive every so often from reading psychology materials, I think learning psychology is more of a necessity to help me understand and navigate through life.
During my foundation year, as per requirement of my course, I had been introduced to a subject called Psychology of Thinking. Many of my fellow coursemates at that time thought that it was rather an unnecessary subject to undertake. I admit that I too had such notion. But soon enough I began religiously studying the subject as I found it to be a mean of sating my curiosities about the human mind. And all throughout, I found joy in learning that subject as I explored more and more about other aspects of psychology such as personality, the sleep cycle, the various psychological approaches in psychological researches, the founding fathers of modern day psychology, among many more albeit in most instances, only brief introductions and definitions were studied in class. But during the course of learning the subject and after completing it, I was equipped with a decent amount of knowledge that propelled me to dive deeper into the topic of psychology.
For those who are keen on psychology read-ups, Carl Jung is a name you might have stumbled upon more often than not. I first came across this name on an article in Listverse
where I had first heard of Carl Jung's book Liber Novus
or more commonly known as The Red Book. I learned that the book consisted of rather mysterious and peculiar depictions of the author's state of mind during a period of time where the influential psychiatrist Carl Jung was said to have experienced a 'confrontation with the unconscious". Jung would induce hallucinations upon his own self during this time and would record his dealings and experiences with his unconscious together with vivid depictions through paintings for 16 years in a leather-bound book that would soon come to be known as The Red Book.
|A few pages from inside of The Red Book|
I have always been intrigued by the mysterious and lesser-known. Even more so when psychology forms a mesh with these. Although I know nothing more of the book as I have not studied the book myself, I have however developed a sense of awe for this renowned psychiatrist. Apart from taking admiration upon his works in analytical psychology for which he is well-known for, I am also fascinated by his personal journey and experience in encountering with the unconscious, which was done deliberately and diligently, in isolation, for 16 years.