Self-Appreciation Saturdays

SAS: Be Proud of your Creative Arts Major! (9/16/17)

Hey, guys. Welcome back to TNTH!

With the school year now in full force, it’s common to meet new people and classmates in your classes. From experience, I realize that after asking someone new what their name is, the second question that follows is usually “what’s your major?”

It’s amazing just how quickly their expression changes when you tell them you’re pursuing a degree in performing/creative arts. It’s like you can feel the judgment through their eyes, and it’s such an uncomfortable feeling.

It’s sad that we live in a world (or a city like NYC) that as young adults, we have to choose our paths according to how practical it is and how much money we will be making in the future. The purpose of higher education is to develop people as intellectuals in order to make it in the real world. With that being said, a lot of people gear towards majors that are very financially promising: business, pre-med, biology, psychology, social work, education, nursing, etc. Those who tend to pursue a degree in anything that’s creative are usually frowned upon on. In most cases, most people view those majors as those that people who are not “that smart” pick because “it’s easier”. It’s not dealing with logic and math and science and every other major that umbrellas under that division.

I am an English major. Even more so, I’ve been an English Major for the last 6 academic years. On the outside, it looks practical. It’s broad enough so that most people assume you’re pursuing English for a practical career. In the six years I’ve been around other English majors, I’ve noticed many of them pursue English to teach public school and eventually on the college level. It’s a common goal for pursuing a degree in a subject; I bet other subject-related majors have students who want to teach with their degrees.

Me, on the other hand, don’t want to teach English. I didn’t get my bachelor’s in English to teach and I’m not pursuing my Master’s in English to teach. I do not want to teach.

I want to write.

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Happy 1st-Month of TNTH!


Hey guys, sorry for no #TBT related post today, I just wanted to take the time out on this special milestone to personally thank you all who have been supportive of me and this blog since it launched one month ago.

In celebration of the 1-month milestone, here are some of my favorite posts I published since the launch of TNTH:

Because of you guys, I’ve been able to showcase my writing and show you guys just how passionate I am of doing so. I’ve had many of you write to me personally, expressing your interest in certain posts (definitely the #TBT ones) and letting me know just how much my writing helps them. It truly means the absolute world to me to know that there are actual people viewing my content and reading what I have to say.

Unfortunately on my side of things, this month of TNTH has been quite an eye-opener for me.

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Instax Film Projects

Instax Film Project: 1/22/17.


Sorry if some of the photos are blurry and there’s only a few pictures; I’m still learning the pros and cons of the camera and this was just my first roll of film. On a positive note, this was so fun to do today, and I can’t wait to continue documenting my adventures and explorations through this newfound hobby. Thank you for following me along on this journey. 

-Liz (: 

Weekly Life Updates

Update: 1/16/17 – 1/22/17.


These weeks are just flying by already. January is about to end soon.

As I begin to prepare myself for yet another hectic semester of grad school, this week wasn’t that great to report back on. The closer we get back to the beginning of a new semester, the less that we do because we’re all trying to gather ourselves and get ready for our return. I know I certainly have. 

Just like last week, I will be discussing some of my highlights for the week; the good, the bad, and the in between!

  1. I definitely had my fair share of mood swings this week. TMI, but I only feel like distinctive mood swings when the time of the month begins to prepare itself to come. I just finished that part of the month, and the mood swings were real this week. Sometimes I find myself getting very uptight around this time of year because of the things coming my way such as a new semester, and sometimes I have to let myself freak out and get things ready. I don’t know, maybe it’s the Capricorn in me.
  2. My belated birthday present arrived in the mail! I’ve expressed my interest in this Polaroid camera for months; I just missed having physical photos of memories and people in my hands. So, for my birthday gift, I got the Instax Mini 26, which in my opinion looks so much better than the overrated Mini 8 cameras. While this will definitely be a January favorite of mine, I’m just so excited to take pictures of my friends and family, and actually cherish them.
  3. My post on the Importance of Mental Health received some of the greatest feedback I’ve gotten as a writer. That post holds a lot of sentimental value to me because it was the first time I ever wrote about it and made it public. It’s something I still am afraid to publicize because, well, people are always watching you whether you know it or not. My mental health story was the aftermath of what real people help caused, and I write about real people in there. Once I got the feedback that I did after posting it, I seriously felt so fearless. It really showed me that I shouldn’t apologize for telling my story and sharing it out with you guys and possibly to the world. This stuff happens to real people every single day, and I know that I can help those who are currently living it by writing down my story. Again, thank you so much for believing in me, and for listening to what I have to say.
  4. Like usual, I spend a day of the weekend with the one and only. Fun fact about me: I’ve been seeing Obie every weekend for the past 5 years. My body does this thing where if I miss seeing him one weekend (like if mother nature is just too powerful to bare), the rest of my upcoming week is just serious trash. Something about seeing him helps me put that extra shimmer in my week ahead, and to this day it never fails to work.
  5. My family and I had our annual “Christmas in January” celebration with out extended family. Due to the fact that we all live pretty far from each other, we decide to do a haul of things in January: we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate my birthday, we celebrate my cousin’s birthday, and we celebrate the new and upcoming year. Weekends in Jersey are always fun for me to go to, because something always tends to happen (we have a very dramatic Italian side of the family and I can only imagine how bringing around a guy would be in the future). Either way, my highlight most of time during these family gatherings is playing with my grandparent’s dog, Foxy, and eating a busload of food and goodies.

Here’s to the official last week of winter vacation! Let’s make the best of it!

-Liz (: