This is a desk

I moved into my suite yesterday. I didn’t have as much stuff this time around, so packing and unpacking wasn’t as horrible as freshman year, but it still took a good amount of time.

My desk is looking pretty nice. Here’s to hoping it stays uncluttered during the school year. Actually, here’s to hoping my entire side of the room stays uncluttered. I’m still doing that thing where I ask Where did I put that thing again? only to find it seconds later and congratulate myself on my ingenious drawer-sorting system. Part of me wants to label each drawer like a kindergarten teacher, but that wouldn’t do much for the room aesthetically.

Speaking of aesthetics, I should get to decorating. Never underestimate the power of construction paper, scissors, glue, and tape.

(Never) growing up

This past Tuesday, a couple of friends and I sat around a table in our neighborhood park and colored like we were in kindergarten.

It was all good fun, despite the crayons melting and our papers flying away. However, on my walk home, I couldn’t help but think about how easily my peers get nostalgic for years that really weren’t all that long ago. Granted I was the one who pushed to have the coloring get-together (largely because so many people in my residence hall turned to coloring as a form of stress relief), but I was surprised when my friends agreed to it.

This nostalgic feeling isn’t uncommon among the college-age students of today, however. TeenNick’s programming block “The 90’s Are All That” gave the channel a significant ratings boost, despite the block airing from 12am to 2am. Midnight society, indeed.

But what does this intense appreciation for the 90s mean for the young adults and twentysomethings of today? How can so many people show a desire to relive something so recent? A New York Times article states that this early nostalgia may have been set into place due to the internet, calling the web a “repository of cherished childhood memories.” This nostalgia may have some side effects, however – a Salon article posted this past Monday questions if bringing back these beloved programs may stunt the creativity of a generation.

I guess only time will tell.

Small updates

Hello everyone. I’ve added some essays (and some of my graphic design work) to the Best Work section of my website. You can check that out by clicking here. I also added my freshman year reflection onto the Reflection section of the site – click here to go to the page and watch the embedded video. Yes, Justher does jump cuts. Jump cuts always make vlog-type videos look so snappy.