Get Emily to London!

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http://www.gofundme.com/Get-Emily-to-London

Hello All!

My name is Emily Bagdasarian, and I am at a crossroads here in life. This fall, I am migrating back across the pond to my European roots, something I’ve been dreaming of since I left my homeland seven years ago. I will be studying abroad for a semester in the bustling city of London.  Jolly ole England is calling my name, and by answering it’s call, I am earning a minor in British Communications and Media. Currently, I am a sophomore double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Media Arts and Design at James Madison University located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

When asked the question “where are you from,” I am quick to respond, “I’m from all over the place.” During my lifespan of nineteen years, I have lived in nine different homes ranging across the globe from Germany to Georgia. Großbissendorf, Germany is the closest thing to a “hometown” I’ll ever get. Cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways made up my playground as a young girl. It’s hard to capture that same feeling here in Virginia, and for that I miss Europe. Living in the city of London will be a healthy fix to my European addiction. As an ardent art lover, museums are a girl’s best friend, comforting yet thrilling. I wish I had enough time to complete a minor in Art History, but gallery hopping will help fill the void. Weekend excursions to museums and cultural sites will intensify my academic and personal growth. Also, London boasts of many parks and gardens, such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, perfect for running and biking. Every street corner or flea market seems embedded with history lessons that make textbooks come alive. You can read all the articles and books you want on a specific culture, but you can’t fully understand it unless you plunge head first into its waters. Immersing myself into another culture is a thrilling experience.

Through studying abroad in London, I hope to gain valuable contacts while creating a reliable network for myself. Post graduation, I wish to return “home” to Europe, and England seems to be the best fit for my aspirations and dreams. An internship in England would provide me with essential life and career skills while experiencing the British lifestyle firsthand. International experience is a critical and impressive part of any résumé, and global-minded employees are in high demand in today’s job market. Graduating students with internships on their résumé have a much better chance of landing a full-time position or job upon graduation.

Here’s the link for donations. Thank you for your time and consideration!

Cheers!

Emily B

Fall 2013 Classes:

SMAD 360L British Media and Society

SCOM 347L Communication, Diversity & Pop Culture in the U.K.

SMAD 301L Culture by Design 

SMAD 463L Film Adaptations: British Literature and Film

SMAD 472L Media and Politics

*The money raised will go directly towards my plane ticket and tuition fees for studying abroad! This does not count as my “pocket money”. 

Emily Bagdasarian:

Check out my lesson! I’m #8

Originally posted on Rewriting Life:

I’m a big believer in life-long learning and, at times, a bit anxious about that statement. The truth is, these years we’re in right now are some pretty wild and tough ones. But we’re experiencing them on this vast spectrum and none of us can capture all the lessons ourselves. We’ve GOT to learn from others, too.

So I sent an email to people all over the country and in different places in their lives, some in school, some ready to find a job, some firmly rooted in a career and others feeling timid about how miserable they feel.

I asked them one question: What’s the MOST important lesson you learned in 2012? Here’s what they had to say.

1. Convention is overrated.

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“I will have a TABLE of people at my some-day wedding that I met through Twitter, Facebook or email chains. I have met so many people who…

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Currently…

Hello, Readers! It’s been too long. You look beautiful. Did you change your hair? I do apologize for the delay. I’ll explain.

I’m currently fighting: The Starbucks line in Carrier Library and this cold. What can I say? I’m a slave to the trends, not to mention chai lattes. I figured ordering my “usual” would kill two birds with one stone.

I’m currently stressing over: Designing Gardy Loo, JMU’s Premier Literature and Arts Magazine. Last Spring, I worked my way up the food chain to Chief Designer. It’s a dream; something about fonts and spreads gets my blood pumping. Oh and I’m freakin’ over the fact that there’s literally three weeks left in the semester before finals hit. Where did the term go?! It feels like yesterday I was unpacking the mini fridge and my dazzling shoe collection.

I’m currently watching: Rocky Balboa before I jet out to Philly this weekend. The fam plans on running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art a la Rocky style. Mommy and Hannah are addicts! I’ve got the flicks rolling in the background while I finalize and package Gardy Loo; this is my first go around with Sylvester Stallone.

I’m currently shopping: xmas and bday gifts for us girls! All three of our birthdays AND Christmas are knocked out within thirty days. By the time January rolls around, I’m broker than a gypsy.

I’m currently reading:  This.  The power of human comfort is wicked strong! Make it your goal today to hug that someone special.

I’m currently looking forward to: Thanksgiving Break, feverishly. I haven’t seen my momma in five weeks. That’s way too long going without her infamous hugs. Like seriously, those things are legendary.

I’m currently feeling: A mixture of giddiness, homesickness, and a splash of anxiety. If I could keep my eyes closed till Friday evening, I wouldn’t think twice about it. But alas, I can’t. Welcome to the Real World.

I’m currently adding: Spring classes. Registration began for me Monday morning after impatiently stalking the server for open classes all weekend. I’m enrolled in a smattering of SMAD (School of Media Arts and Design) and Anthropology courses. I thrilled to be taking Dr. Lawler’s class on “Monkey Love: Primate Sexuality” next Spring. I’ve heard stellar things about this course! Plus, it just so happens that I don’t have classes on Fridays! That’s always a bonus.

Take a Bite Outta Life

This is my life at this moment in time:

“Sometimes I think to myself, “Do I really want to buy another chocolate bar?” And then I remember that there is a super volcano under Yellowstone that is 40,000 years overdue and when it erupts it could potentially cover most if north America in ash and create a volcanic winter that kills half the worlds population and I’m like, yeah I want that chocolate bar.” Sam

It’s Halloweekend for crying out loud! We should all be able to indulge in a little comfort food now and then. And what better time than now? Ladies, stop judging each other for picking up yet another sweet treat. Sit back, relax, and take a bite outta life.

Taking a Minute to Fill in the Blanks

1. Something I am very proud of is…all this studying I’ve done these past few days. And it’s paying off! I’m pushing hard to climb up the “Dean’s List” here at JMU.

2. My favorite thing about myself is…my ability to remain calm and rational in sticky situations, I think I get that from Opa (he’s the best in the entire world). And, I’m quite the eccentric which makes my life a never-ending roller coaster but hey, there’s never a dull moment inside my head. Fabulous!

3. My favorite color for fall is…burgundy. I feel like a beautiful leaf when I slip into something that color. Plus, it pairs perfectly with all the basics and neutrals, dressing up an otherwise simple outfit.
4. Something I’ve been learning lately is… I can’t do everything. University life is a big give and take, and sometimes its tough to balance it all. But prioritizing is SUCH SUCH SUCH a critical skill (Think the price of gold is valuable? Thinks again…)
5. A book I am reading now/have read recently is… The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. I started it the other night knowing next week is my only exam free week till Christmas break. I don’t want to start something only to have to keep putting it down!
6. My Starbucks order is… a grande or venti (depending on how sleepy I’m feeling in the morning) Chai Tea Latte with nonfat milk. It perks me right up! Trader Joe’s has this amazing knockoff version I’m testing out when I’m running late in the morning.
7. This weekend I will… clean my room, Netflix an Audrey Hepburn classic, run a 5k, and get brunch with the suite-mates.

And I Feel Ancient.

 

I feel old. The word tastes sour as it sits in my mouth begging to jump off the lips. But I won’t give it that satisfaction just yet. Savor it. Roll it across your pink tongue. Knock it against teeth and gums. Accept it you’re old now, and swallow it whole.

Here I sit in a coffee shop with a few hours to kill just watching, observing, seeing.

Every table seems occupied by high school students meeting with their peers for algebra tutoring, and I’m just sitting here pecking away at the keys building my archaeological field report. And I feel ancient. Old as dirt. Grizzly. You get the picture.

I can’t believe I was one of them only a few short years ago. They look like fetuses! Babies! Children! But oh, how those fleeting years change you.

Honey, I see how you’re perched up on the counters batting your eyelashes at that barista. And I see your sly smiles at the boy across the table hoping he’d take you up on those advances, even if it is just for digits exchanged.  Baby, you’re bold. But darling, I’ve done them all and more. Those tricks are old; old like me.  And you wonder why Tall, Dark, and Handsome isn’t fixing your drink on the house? Because you’re a child in his eyes. Your moves only work for your generation. But don’t fret; you’ll look back on it all when you’re like me. And grin at yourself, Oh how foolish we were then.

That uniform of pin straight, bottled blonde hair and bummy clothes you don on because you’re “tired and school sucks” will fade away as you find “who you really are” not “what society dictates you to be”. Soon you all will realize how cool it is to show enthusiasm for your studies not  distain because it’s cutting into your MTV time.

This is my first experience with a “generational gap” even if it’s just the slightest. And sure, most of you will cringe “You’re not THAT old!” True, but I’m older than I was before. And years and years and years from now I can say I’m even older. But when you’re young (young like my kid sister, Hannah, whose starting High School next fall, young like the algebra tutors, young like the Eyelash Batters and Romantic Hopefuls)you feel invincible, everlasting like you’ll never grow up or old. Like you’ll never get to my stage in life no matter how hard you try sprinting to the finish line. My dears, stop running. Life’s not a race. You’ll get there eventually. We all do.

“Friends: Finders, Losers, and Keepers” HUGstronger’s October Focus

Almost a year ago, I started writing for a website hugstronger.org in hopes of reaching out to struggling college students and helping them overcome barriers that at the time seem unbreakable. We believe storytelling can save lives. Our stories tackle those tough issues college students battle but so rarely find time to talk about. We want to reclaim the positive college experience. Each month our stories center around a common theme.

October’s focus is “Friends: Finders, Losers & Keepers.”

Founder and creator Kaleigh Somers explains how “friends are such a HUGE topic for college students, whether it’s finding friends on campus, saying goodbye or keeping in touch with those at home, learning how to get out of unhealthy friendships, or just going to someone when you’re really struggling. We’re looking for a variety of friends-related posts for October. If you’re interested, send yours in ASAP.”

Check out hugstronger.org this month for post pertaining to this topic. If you’re interested in writing a guest post for our site, feel free to drop us a line anytime, day or night.

 

PS I designed the graphic above (: Snag it as your Facebook cover photo if you’d like! 

National Voter Registration Day. Just Do it.

Four years ago, in one of the most important elections in modern civilization and our generation, 6 million Americans didn’t vote soley because they missed the registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.

The first ever National Voter Registration Day hopes to fix that this year.

Today, from sea to shinning sea, volunteers EVERYWHERE are registering people to vote. You can find them at the Quad, parking lots, supermarkets, and more. Even if you’re not near your “home” on Election Day (November 6th, 2012, by the way!), National Voter Registration Day can help you figure out the absentee ballot process and ensure your voice gets heard. I know I’ll be submitting my ballot this way!

Voting is an imperative, essential part of being a hot blooded American.  The men and women of this country fight everyday for your right to vote. Never forget that.

Let your voice be heard! Don’t be daunted by the process. Stay informed and go with what that smart brain of yours tells you. I registered to vote back in April by the DMV Mobile Voter Truck that rolled through campus one day. It’s a lot simpler than people chalk it up to be. I don’t care what political party you belong to or who you’re going to vote for. In the words of Nike, “Just do it.”

Fall Spirits

I don’t know about you all, but autumn is my favorite season of them all! There is something about the days getting a little bit cooler and a little bit shorter that I can’t get enough of. Living in Harrisonburg without AC isn’t as glamorous as one would hope, and I am so ready for the cooler temperatures! Every year, I get so excited about all the possibilities of everything I want to do, but never seem to find the time to do them all.  This year I have decided to make a Fall Bucket list. Ready, Set, Go…

  • Visit to a pumpkin patch
  • Jump in a pile of fallen leaves
  • Wear boots as much as possible
  • Go apple picking
  • Have candy ready for trick-or-treaters
  • Decorate a pumpkin
  • Dress up for Halloween (mermaid? housewife?)
  • Sip a fun fall drink
  • Tailgate at my college football game
  • Hike Reddish Knob

What does your Fall Bucket List look like this year?

I’m from all over the place

When asked the question “where are you from”, I am quick to respond, “I’m from all over the place.” During my lifespan of nineteen years, I have lived in nine different homes ranging across the globe from Germany to Georgia. Großbissendorf, Germany is the closest thing to a “hometown” as I’ll ever get. Cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways made up my playground as a young girl. It’s hard to capture that same feeling here in Virginia, and for that I miss Europe. Every street corner or flea market seems embedded with history lessons that make textbooks come alive. You can read all the articles and books you want on a specific culture, but you can’t fully understand it unless you plunge head first into their waters. Immersing myself into another’s culture is a thrilling experience. As an advent art lover, museums are a girl’s best friend, comforting yet thrilling. I wish I had enough time to complete a minor in Art History, but gallery hopping helps fill the void. I am a double major in Cultural Anthropology and School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) with a Journalism Concentration.

While some girls dream of seeing their name in lights, I long to see mine in print. Pen and paper are my Broadway, the stage which I am able to channel my thoughts cohesively and freely towards the general audience. This site will help me break into the media world in a deeper way than what Twitter and Pinterest are capable of. Don’t get me wrong, those are top bookmarks on my MacBook Pro, but this will help fill in the gaps other social media sites leave behind.

My name is Emily Louise Der Bagdasarian, and my favorite color is shiny.

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