Well, it's time to get back into the swing of things.
To start things off right, I will begin blogging about a variety of things - from my photography, my progress as a graduate student, projects I am working on, and also some things I may be feeling or experiencing. I am not the best blogger but I guess the only way to get better at something is to keep practicing, right? So, here it goes.
I have started my second semester (Spring 2016) at Syracuse University in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a graduate student in the photography program. So far, it has been an experience of a lifetime. I first came to Syracuse this past summer, straight out of undergrad. It was a big change especially since I have never been away from home for such a long period of time. While it was super exciting, thrilling and a nice getaway for me, it was pretty rough on my parents. Despite that, words will never be enough to express my gratitude and appreciation for them as they not only support me mentally through my decisions but even financially. Although as a child, it was rough with them because they were so protective of me, I have grown to appreciate their discipline for it shaped me to become the person I am today. I think it so important to not only take your family for granted but the good people you surround yourself with as well.
Moving forward, this semester is both exciting and stressful. First, this will be my last semester at Newhouse as I finish up all my credits worth of work. However, I am taking five classes as well as teaching a class as an instructional associate. PHEW! Let's just say that wine has been and will continue to be my best friend. It is ambitious of me and it will be extremely stressful but I know I am ready to handle it. One aspect of the grad life and being away from home is that it can get lonely at times. However, I have met some amazing people in Syracuse University and have made some beautiful and talented friends that will hopefully remain as life-time friends.
Also, I have learned so much in the short time that I have been here already - more than I could ever imagine. During the winter break, I had the wonderful opportunity of going to Long Island City for New Year's Eve. One thing I learned as a photographer is that there are always moments and occasions to take photos. Therefore, I ended up taking my camera to Long Island City, knowing that I would see the beautiful cityscape of New York City.
I like to say that I live life day by day and handle everything day by day. While it is good to look towards the future and think about the future, it is also important to remember the present and enjoy what is happening to you and around you in the moment. Those moments may not last forever and if they fly by you, you will never be able to enjoy yourself, just as I did with being able to see New York's cityscape - an opportunity I've never had before.