Dear My Younger Self — University Edition

It’s back to “school season” and I have just recently finished my seventh year of university. I’m not exactly sure if I can even say it will be the last, with a post-grad endeavor dependent on my dissertation, which I'm waiting for my results. Dispute this, over those years I’ve picked up on a few things that I wish I knew when I first entered university. Maybe these tips are helpful, maybe they’re obvious, they are more so a personal reflection on my own academic journey and growth.

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Be ambitious, but realistic

Before your program starts, hopefully…

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Hello again,

It’s been a minute since I last wrote on here, but life gets hectic, and it’s been exactly that for the last couple of months. I wasn’t expecting to enroll in school this year yet here I am, back in England for the second time.

I’m a few months into my program and its winter break. I still struggle with this notion of time, I still don’t understand how it works, even after twenty-seven years on this earth. What I do know, is that I need to be writing, regularly. …

Whether its Mothers Day/Fathers Day or even any other day, being on social media can really mess with your head if you do not have a “normal” relationship with your parents. Seeing friends or acquaintances post old family photos, praising and honouring their parents on whatever said day it is, scrolling through social media and seeing these posts can be difficult.

We often see a lot of portrayals of what a parent should be, and what kind of child you should be in comparison, know that we have our own type of “normal” in each of our lives.

We will…

I’ve been living in Copenhagen for 2 months; in that time I’ve traveled around to Berlin, Geneva, and enjoyed the summer weather, which should go without saying — it’s so beautiful everywhere. However, all the fun and games have ended, and the reality is starting to set in, I am no longer a tourist in a new place, I’ve overstretched that label. I’m naturally an anxious person, so this shouldn’t be all that surprising that it stresses me out. It’s all layering on top of me; I’ve barely figured out how to get places — I do the best that…

Over the last five years I have moved around more than I would like to admit, even now I know that where I am in life is temporary — for another year and a half at the latest. Some of those moves were out of my control, or by default, others I ran out of want. Here I am again being in a temporary place that is mine but knowing it won’t be for much longer. The constant change in place is always exciting in the beginning, but it fades away eventually.

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It’s exciting to create your own place, setting…

What do you want in life?

What are your aspirations?

What are you willing to do to get there?

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The path I choose has never been clearly lit and my passion has only been felt in quick bursts on occasions, but I trust my instincts and I walk down that path regardless of how difficult it can be. I’ve always struggled with this, it’s been a good 10 years, and I only now feel a bit more confident of where I’m heading. There’s been lots of tears, sacrifice and mental breakdowns along the way to get where I am today…

Whether you’re thinking of moving outside your comfortable life, or maybe you’ve already made the decision, there is always some sort of guilt that goes along with it. The decision to deliberately leave family and those you love is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. It takes a certain kind of person to do this, it’s no small task, and its mentally and physically exhausting. I’ve made this decision twice so far in my life, and I’ll continue to make that decision to live and explore life in new countries. …

Life is a wild ride, isn’t it? One year, 365 days, 52 weeks, seems like a long time, right? but in other instances, it feels like just the other week. They say that’s what happens, the older you get, the faster time flies by.

The past month I have moved to a new country, and just barely figuring out how everyday life works here, and now my birthday is next week and I’m asking myself how the heck did that happen? For whatever reason, I can’t help but be super self-reflective because of this. The older I get the more…

Katie Lynn Pimenta

A stream-of-consciousness by a Canadian-Portuguese living in the UK, who is a law graduate, avid traveler, and dog enthusiast.

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