Makin’ changes! www.avery-johnson.com has a beautiful new look
It is official. I’ve moved! After much deliberation and design, Some Blissful Thinking has taken an entirely different path beyond what I had ever imagined almost two years ago when I joined Tumblr. Getting serious about my writing and future as a writer is becoming more concrete to me as I peruse my post-graduate opportunities. In an effort to revamp and professionalize, I made the switch to WordPress after my Uncle Jay so graciously reserved my domain name. The support from my family and friends over the past couple years has been overwhelming, and I thank you all for believing in me and inspiring me to keep on developing my passion. Change up your bookmarks, because Some Blissful Thinking has a new home!
Visit my brand new site at www.avery-johnson.com
The hard work is paying off! Today we officially launched the USD Admissions Blog that I have been working on since I started my internship. This blog offers prospective students a casual way to gather information about USD, college life, and how to apply. Click HERE to check it out!
One of my classes this semester is proving to be a unique challenge. In my Melville and Hawthorne literature class, we are exploring the lengthy, infamous novel, Moby Dick. I have never had the pleasure of reading a Melville novel before, though I have previously studied several of his short stories in previous classes, including “Bartleby the Scrivener”. For class each Tuesday, we turn in a two page, single space “exploration” of the text: this exploration requires that we fore go traditional forms, paragraphs, introductions, and conclusions and simply write. As my writing center tutor told me this morning, “Take that idea and run with it until you pass out!” -or, reach the page limit that is. Still in the middle of a sentence or word? Cut it off. Two pages is two pages. Unlike any writing I have ever done before (and I have sure done a lot of writing!), I cringed at first but after a few attempts decided to eagerly accept the challenge. After meeting with a writing center tutor this morning and delving further into the rich text that is Moby Dick, I found the beautiful connection of Melville’s writing to the flow of the sea.
At first glance, the novel Moby Dick appears verbose, filled with unnecessary chapters and writings. Upon slowing down, it is easy to lose oneself in the rhythmic pauses of semicolons and commas, overly elongated sentences, and grand vocabulary that is the definition of Melville’s writing style. To truly appreciate its full beauty apart from the story itself, the reader must allow oneself to be sucked into the novel and ride the tide of Ishmael’s digressions and trains of thought, almost feeling the swell of the waves and ebb and flow of the ocean tide beneath the rocking vessel laced throughout each paragraph:
“There is no life in thee, now, except that rocking life imparted by a gently rolling shop; by her, borrowed from the sea; by the sea, from the inscrutable tides of God. But while this sleep, this dream is on ye, move your foot or hand an inch, slip your hold at all; and your identity comes back in horror.” (962).
Moby Dick itself becomes an ocean, one large body of water in which we, the readers, step into and become swept away by. We have no choice but to follow it on its course, floating along and awaiting the action of the whale.
I think I am in love, again, with a novel.
We have only scratched the surface of senior year, yet it already feels like we have been back forever. I am still transitioning into a work/Kappa/class/homework/SLEEP schedule so the blogging has been few and far between, so I will take a quick moment to update my September happenings. Even though my weeks are planned out to the minute, I have managed to avoid major breakdowns simply because I am spreading my time over activities I actually truly enjoy doing:
- Planning the sisterhood retreat for Kappa and talking with our leadership consultant visiting this week recharged me for my last semester as VP Standards. Leaving a legacy is definitely a priority for me this year and I am so excited for all of the amazing events to come.
- The USD Admissions blog is coming along as we continue to recruit student bloggers and finalize the WordPress site for its set launch on October 1st. We also have a video contest coming up and other exciting ways to show Future Toreros just what a day in the life at USD encompasses. I finally received my official name badge today and feel right at home in my “closet” office.
- Senior year has brought on a fantastic selection of courses for me as I finish up my majors. Powering through Moby Dick in my Melville & Hawthorne class deepened my appreciation of the written word even further. The novel is incredibly written and rich with vivid imagery of the sea. My Teens and Popular Media class has me thinking more and more about entering the world of marketing. I am intrigued by the crafty ways marketers target the teenage consumers and wonder if this is another potential career path for me…On the other hand, Intermediate Creative Writing with one of my favorite USD professors, Helina Duraj, challenges me daily in my growth as a writer. Needless to say, I am thrilled with all of the possibilities this year is presenting for my future so far!
- Exploring the nightlife of San Diego (and thoroughly enjoying the daily activities) is officially a priority this year. Spending time with my closest friends in our wonderful college town by the beach is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I fully plan to take ahold of.
Finding a balance between work, school, and play is the challenge du jour. So far, I am attempting to artfully master this not-so-simple task. Realizing my limitations and my abilities are crucial during this time, and I finally feel like I have a firm grasp on who I am as a person and where I am headed. It is all quite riveting, really. Expect more on this subject as the weeks go on, and it is realistic to foresee a few breakdowns as well. Alas, I have accepted the fact that I am human and I am constantly learning- and growing up is never truly finished. That is what Mom and Dad are on speed-dial for.
Life as a Kappa at USD
In my spare time, I took the liberty of creating a Tumblr for my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Compiling pictures of our chapter’s gorgeous women and all of our fun activities was a rather enjoyable task that I hope current members and potential new members will utilize in order to see just what life is like as a Kappa at USD. Through the process, I was able to relive some of the incredible memories and gain even more excitement for the year to come. Kappa has changed my life and given me a home at USD, and I couldn’t be more proud of my ladies in all that we do. I am thrilled to unveil the newly updated USD Kappa Blog! Click HERE or on the picture above to check it out.
Until now, work and school remained separated into their own individual spheres. Summer internships ended upon my move back to school, and only the occasional babysitting job interrupted my Kappa-class-homework routine during the week. This year, that all changes. Two interviews before school began resulted in two new jobs, allowing me the opportunity to further explore the varying scope of my Communication Studies major.
After landing the PR internship with Northwestern Mutual, I accepted an interview with USD’s Admissions office. Later that day, I received a call from one of the college counselors offering me the position of USD Admissions Social Media and Marketing intern. Though the thought of piling up a part time job onto one of my busiest semesters at USD caused a fraction of anxiety to kick in, my heart won out and I accepted the offer. This job incorporates everything I love doing- blogging, utilizing Twitter/Instagram/Facebook, photographing events on campus- and promoting my school.
My first project is setting up a Word Press blog site for USD Admissions, a new tool for potential students to use in order to better see if USD is right for them. I am currently seeking out some student bloggers to share their college experiences on the web, something I enjoyed doing my freshman and sophomore year. We started building the site on Wednesday and I am thrilled to see such progress already. Exploring my passion and potential career outlets in a supportive environment under a boss who also acts as a mentor is a dream come true.
There are no buddies quite like blogging buddies…
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting my Kappa sister Kendall’s twin, Val. Val studies Journalism at the University of Washington in Seattle but made the journey to San Diego for the weekend. Val and I discovered our shared passion for writing after connecting just over a year ago on Tumblr. Since then, we have followed each other’s adventures on our respective blogs and encouraged each other in our writing, offering valuable feedback from the perspective of another writer.
Val’s pieces offer a range reviews of her favorite places from restaurants to parks, delving into her love of travel and exploration. On the personal side, she creates heartwarming bios of her friends and family, highlighting one special person each week during her “Sunday Spotlight”. Other days, expect to find words of wisdom and snippets capturing the little things in life that Val enjoys. I admit that I derive much of my inspiration from her beautifully worded pieces and enjoy reading about her adventures whenever they appear on my dashboard. It is such a blessing to meet someone just as passionate about something as I am, and I look forward to continuing our friendship both in the blogging world and the real world. Thanks for the continued inspo, Val!
Click HERE to visit her blog, Where in the World is Val?