The blog turns a whopping one-year old tomorrow! In honor of its first birthday, I thought I would reintroduce myself, share a few fun facts, and set an agenda for the future.
So, hi! I am Grace! I am from a small town in Southeast Georgia that is forever connected to sweet onions. This year marks my senior year of undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern, and here, I am majoring in political science. Like most people, or at least I would like to think, I have grand expectations for myself, I always have, and that is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing in that it forces me to be my best, but it is a curse in that I am never satisfied with anything less than my goals. I graduate this year, ahead of most of peers in high school (save two or three). In fact, an entire year ahead of my peers. Essentially, I am a junior that will be graduating as a senior at the--from my perspective--old age of 21. The proverbial question of "What do you want to be when you grow up?" still haunts me. Although, I do have a better grasp on my future than I did, say, last year. So, what does my future entail? Graduate school! I am aiming for a PhD in political science, but I do not know if I necessarily want to teach it. Research and writing is more of my cup of tea. Where does my future lead me? Who knows! I have starry eyes for graduate school in DC. As an 8th grader, I took a field trip to DC, and it changed me. People talk about the precise moment they feel at home, whether with a person, place, or thing, and I felt as if I was at home in DC. I knew I belonged there. Despite this yearning and obvious bias for DC, I go to whom the acceptance letters belong. My applications are not due until December, so I will not know what my future holds until Spring.
As promised, here are a few fun facts: 1) I am a huge--HUGE--procrastinator. 2) I have a strong inclination to be Type A. 3) I absolutely love to write. 4) I can play the piano, but I am no Beethoven. I say that with complete seriousness. I am not a virtuoso, but I do know the basics. 5) I have what people refer to as an "artistic bone" in my body. My maternal grandmother was artistically gifted, my aunt is an art teacher, and I suppose I have inherited some of their talents. I have strengths and weaknesses within the realm of art. For example, give me a controllable medium like pencil, pen, and color pencil, and I am good to go. But, give me acrylics, watercolor, or chalk, and I cannot find a groove. 6) I listen to all types of music. Some people can find that favorite genre and song, but I listen to anything and everything and have no favorites. 7) I love politics, especially watching the debates in elections and differing opinions on policy analysis. I find such perspectives to be interesting. 8) I loathe public speaking. I would be willing to do anything to keep from speaking in front of others. My insides flip, my voice seems to grow quieter, and my brain is so frozen that it cannot comprehend much beyond repeating the words on the page or presentation. So, yes, if you are wondering, I am a boring and awkward speaker.
Finally, it is difficult to comprehend that the blog has been around for an entire year. It feels like just yesterday I took a deep breath and pressed submit on my first post, and then, everything private suddenly became public. When I think about the future of the blog, I envision a place less about me. Not everything in my life is entertaining or significant, and all my life I have been a listener that craved effective communication. When it is me talking about me, the role is reversed, and while there may be merit to changing the narrative, it is not effective communication. I still learn more by listening. Opinions matter because they correlate to perspective, and I learn from them. This is why I intend to pursue a more lifestyle-oriented corner of the internet in the future. Consistently talking about myself is exhausting, words begin to have the same connotation, and I begin to sound less interesting. Meanwhile, perspectives and differing topics add flavor to the monotony. Right now, this corner of the internet is so tiny that it is only a speck, and so, if in the future, others begin to congregate and the speck becomes a stain or permanent fixture on the internet map, then I will transform the blog into the community of differing topics and voices that I desire. However, do not anticipate this happening anytime soon. This place is a mere baby in comparison to the dinosaurs that have larger followings. Despite this all, I do expect to introduce a few new things to my blogging approach by this time next year, when I hope to have more free time. I want this place to grow, and I want to grow with it, but often, growing is a slow, ongoing process. Have a restful holiday weekend!