Summer List To Do // Musings

I have a bit of time this summer after freshmen year. I’m taking two physics classes at the University of Delaware, but they both end before one every day, so I thought I would put the time to use focusing and honing in on certain skill sets and discovering more hobbies. I’ve decided to list them below for other people if they are interested and also to keep track myself when I go back and look at this at the end of the summer 🙂

  1. Knitting… crocheting?
    1. I figured it would be really cool to learn how to make my own scarves and hats. I mean, most grandmothers know how to knit and how did they learn? They must have started somewhere!
  2. Matlab
    1. Next semester, I am taking a full course on Matlab, which is a computer program for engineers that is really efficient for solving problems and data analysis. Unfortunately, I suck at computer programming, so I definitely need a head start when it comes to it. Always best to be prepared 🙂
  3. Adobe Creative Suite
    1. I have been dabbling quite a bit in design and photography this year – slowly dipping my toes into the graphic design world and into the world of creative possibilities. I’m really excited because I already have all the programs through a computer exchange program at my old school, so I really have everything I need to practice and explore. It’s also incredibly useful at college too for designing and advertising.
  4. Hand Lettering / Calligraphy
    1. People such as Jennet Liaw and Chasing Linen really inspire me to take something that I do feel I have a natural talent in (neat handwriting lol) and turn it into something that gives back. I started making congratulation cards for the seniors through hand lettering, and I feel like it’s something that with practice, I can begin to genuinely share with other people – maybe cards, later wedding invitations? Who knows!
  5. Photography
    1. I know how to use a camera, but I don’t consider myself a professional at all. I have been trying to learn how to change aperture, ISO, shutter speed all manually. I think I have been doing okay so far, but it’s a lot of practice makes perfect until I can get the perfect numbers etched into my mind so that it’s automatic. I have been shooting a lot recently, so look forward to seeing some more photos on the blog!
  6. Blogging
    1. Talking about the blog, I have been thinking a lot about what I want this blog to be. I started it a couple years ago and it has grown significantly from what I expected it to be – a personal space to post, like a journal. But it’s become so much more than that and the last couple of weeks, I have felt the pressure to gain more followers and fit more people’s interests by really just unleashing, I wouldn’t say bad quality, but really haphazard and not really thought out blog posts. All these things that I am learning above (with the exception of perhaps knitting and Matlab) will help me to really produce the best content possible for this space. I’ll probably go into this more in a separate post, but basically I want greater quality and greater cohesiveness in this blog and to really take it in a specific direction with a specific impact. I am not going to delete any posts because I think they all served their purpose, but just expect some changes – positive ones… this summer will be a great one 🙂
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