Poem from grade nine

I recently was looking through old folders and note books of mine that date back to when I was ten years old. While going through these, I happened upon a poem I had created grade nine that I had been so proud of at the time. I look back at it now and I still remember that feeling I had when I had completed it and shared it with my friends. So here is a piece of my grade nine creativity.

Credit: Nicolas Raymond http://freestock.ca/

Credit: Nicolas Raymond
http://freestock.ca/

I found myself treading the land of your dreams

An intricate weaving of soft silver threads

Weaving a pattern one cannot ignore

Of beautiful valleys found only in ancient lore

Of peace and enchantment

Of smiles and entrancement

And there on the wall sits you and your lover

                                                                              In the soft silver threads you hold on to me closer

                                                                              And I wish that reality would come of this dreamer

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Why my second post will not be as awesome as my first (Exam stress)

March 14, 2014   My desk

This is my second post on this blog that I decided to make spontaneously in the middle of the night (the quote does not count as a second post because its not my own words). I promised, in my first post, that I would make an effort to at least post every single Friday. I did not realize how fast time whizzed by me this week and it is already Friday. I did not want to break a promise that I had made (and I shall never promise things in the middle of the night ever again).

By the way: this is not what I look like.  Artist: Maryam

By the way: this is not what I look like.
Artist: Maryam

So why will this post not be as awesome as my first one? For all of you who visited this blog for the first time (I thank for enduring it), I am a second year premed student. Before anyone asks, yes I love my program to death. And yes it is as difficult as it sounds. Tomorrow I have a cell biology midterm that I have been frantically studying for all week. It has gotten to the point where I have begun creating analogies of real life situations with scientific material that I have learned.

So needless to say, I will not be getting nearly enough sleep tonight; a wonderful result of morning weekend exams and a person who gets distracted super easily. And yes, most of my exams are on the weekend, which may seem cruel but actually makes a lot of sense. We have a little over 700 kids in my class (and that is just my section. There is a second class) and it is most definitely difficult to attempt finding one day during the week that suits everyone’s needs.

So since I am on the topic of midterms, I might as well provide my main studying tips/tricks.

1. If you are short on time, holistic memorization will always trump rote memorization any day. Our brain works on connections and the more connections you make, the more likely you will be able to recall the information.

2. Understand thoroughly. This may seem like a no brainer, but I was genuinely surprised by the number of fellow students I have met who just memorized information that they did not understand. That is just a recipe for a forgetful or a jumbled up disaster.

3. I’m no expert (and really I am not): but do what I do not and allot  yourself appropriate time for studying all the material and going over it once more

4. Sleep. This is the moment where we process everything we had learned which helps with recalling it later on. I know I said that I would not have enough sleep (Enough being my usual 10 hours), but I always make sure that I sleep at least 7 hours before an exam.

As of this moment, I have looked at the clock and realized I need to get a move on and study quick. Coffee anyone?

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Quote

“Our deepest fear”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

Marianne Williamson – this is part of the quote, these are just my favourite parts. Especially the last line. This quote has always been most inspiring for me. It influences alot of decisions that I make in my life.

Up and Running

March 11, 2014  9:52 PM  My Bedroom

Welcome

When I created this blog, I really had no clue as what kind of theme I was chasing after. I speculated as to whether I wanted it to be a place where I can share all my art, a medium to convey my imaginative short stories to the world, a nook for all my favourite novels, a publisher for my poetry, or a facet for my very loud opinions. I have probably spent a good month thinking about what I had wanted this to be all about and whether I was ready for the time commitment of posting at least once a week (my life is pretty hectic as it it)

I ended up cutting a small deal with myself after thinking through it meticulously (like the perfectionist I am). I told myself: you never know what you can achieve if you do not try. So here is my attempt at proving myself right to myself (if that makes any sense). Subsequently, while in the midst of the creation process, I decided to make this blog about whatever I feel like, because that is what I felt like.

So allow me to take you along on this roller coaster ride of an adventure through silky skies, flowing oceans, and my somewhat boring life. If you are wondering what to expect for this blog, here is my answer to you: Don’t expect anything at all and just come here every Friday for a spectacular or incredibly boring glimpse into my crazy brain. Its all about perspective, isn’t it?

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As a side note: I am sure that whilst I think this post is a piece of genius at the moment, I will make one promise to myself. One year from today I solemnly swear to reread this first ever blog post and share my absolute honest opinion on what I think of it then. March 11, 2015 has now been marked for a cringe-worthy sentimental occasion.