College So Far + Life Update

Hello, friends!

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Yes, I did go around campus and force my friend take pictures of me. No, I am not ashamed. 😉

I hope you all are well! I have so much going on in my life, but I wanted to check-in and tell you what I’m up to!

So, it has been about a month since I moved to Austin, and started this incredible journey of college. It has been exciting, overwhelming, and new. Very new. I have a new room, a new group of people around me, a new life. Everything is so unfamiliar.

I have been doing quite a bit of reflecting — because as you know I am too introspective. I need to get out of my own head sometimes.

Anyway, the only way to become stronger emotionally, intellectually, and physically is to be in an uncomfortable situation, so I am trying my best to maintain a positive outlook on everything.

Aside from the life adjustment, I have been LOVING my classes. I have gained such a new point of view on things I never thought about. Basically, my sociology textbook is my favorite book at the moment. Also, I know more about the radio than I know about my iPhone, so if you want to know who founded the radio (ahem: Guglielmo Marconi — no I didn’t call him macaroni for fun). 😉

As far as organizations and clubs go the crazy person in me applied for too many positions. I figured that I would be rejected by the majority, and then maybe get one. But, no. I got all three that I applied for. It’s insane. All of these positions are big-time commitments, but I am incredibly excited to be a part of such amazing organizations. I’m going to go more in-depth in this soon. I want to film the first-semester recap, so I’ll talk about all the details then!

College life is weird. You have ultimate control. You can do homework or not. You can go to class or not. You can party or not. I need to learn to balance myself. I have been focused academically, but I want to make sure that I experience college — and not through the library, only.

Overall, here’s my little recap! College is exciting. Scary. But I have no words to describe how grateful I am for this opportunity.

❤ ,
Hira

A Dessert

It’s no secret that I love to bake. What I love more than baking, however, is sharing baked goods with people.

I am a firm believer that sharing a cake, brownies, or cookie with someone will instantly make that person’s day better. I mean, if you’re having a bad day and someone gives you a brownie, isn’t that going to make you smile?

In my group of friends I would call myself the “mom.” I’m someone who checks up on my friends, plans fun days to de-stress, nags uncontrollably, and of course bakes. I bake for bake people in my life so they have a better day. Of course that’s not my sole reason. I mean, I have to be selfish. I also bake to lick the excess batter and eat leftovers. Don’t tell anyone, though. I want to look like a selfless person. 😉

Recently I wanted to actually see the impact of a baked good. Naturally I had to start with baking. I baked mini pounds cakes– anything mini is absolutely adorable. Then I delivered the mini cake to my hairdresser. I’m not in anyway “close” to my hairdresser. She just knows how to tame my wild locks. Anyway, giving the cake felt good.

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I love sharing food with people. I blame my parents, they’re the reason I love food.

The moral of this is do something for others. Don’t empty your your bank account, but open the door, share a smile, tell someone they’re amazing. Spread positivity. Be kind.

I’m not trying to sound like a hippy. I just wanted to share my thoughts.

 ❤ ,

Hira 

The Election Through the Eyes of the Future 

Happiness. Sadness. Frustration. These may be some feeling you are experiencing as an American today.

This election has been a roller coaster. There have been ups and downs and twists and turns. It has been overwhelming to say the least.

As the daughter of Muslim immigrants, this election has been especially eventful. Living in a world where Islam and terrorism are wrongfully associated– it has been interesting to see how my brothers and sisters are perceived by numerous presidential hopefuls.

As the election has progressed, the American people have spoken. They have spoken for Donald J. Trump.

This choice was not my first. Not my second. And probably not my third. But it has been decided through the American electoral system.

We can complain about this decision. We can be angry, furious, and upset. It’s ok. We all feel that way at some point.

But just because our favorite presidential candidate didn’t win doesn’t mean the world is no longer capable of creating the change we desire.

The president is a leader who is elected. He (or she) cannot, and will not, be capable of removing the goodness we can create. A united front is a strong front. We can work together to elicit change.

I am sad. However, sadness won’t bring the change I desire. Working together, discussing local problems, and being an active American will make this county truly strong.

While I am not satisfied with this election– I hope that the future will be bright. Even though Trump will never be the ideal, by giving him a chance, we may surprise ourselves.

Then, again, we might be utterly disappointed– but if we remain static we will never know.

Let’s keep an open mind.

What are your thoughts? ❤️