ideas & perspectives, things i learned

writing || so you want to tell a story: brands and individuals you can learn from

I originally wrote this post for publishing on a conference blog at my university. I'm not that happy with how it turned out, but in the interest of writing more consistently, and learning from my mistakes, I figured I'd share it anyways. Enjoy! When Leonardo DiCaprio said, “sell me this pen” in the iconic scene… Continue reading writing || so you want to tell a story: brands and individuals you can learn from

ideas & perspectives, Psychology, things i learned

writing || vulnerability in a professional context

The two papers stare desperately back at me. Am I missing anything? I go through the checklist in my head: examples, explanations, something creative. A lady clears her throat and my heart rate shoots up. Grabbing the pencil, I scratch three straight lines on a new sheet and tear it out of its pad just… Continue reading writing || vulnerability in a professional context

ideas & perspectives, lifestyle, things i learned

writing || dear ioana, here’s how your 2019 is going to go: a letter to myself from june

dear ioana, this is ioana. I'm sitting in the library and I just got a radical idea. Radical, dude. It's related to the post I made a couple days ago. But for you, who's old and wrinkled and none the wiser, it's a post I wrote six months ago. Haha, sucker! Each year, as December… Continue reading writing || dear ioana, here’s how your 2019 is going to go: a letter to myself from june

lifestyle, things i learned

writing || how to avoid stress and burnout in university

I still have a ways to go before I find my studying groove in university. Not only is there an impossible workload and so many aspects of life to balance, but my definition of "caught up" doesn't lend itself well to the work I've been seeing in the past month. I really value the education… Continue reading writing || how to avoid stress and burnout in university

lifestyle, things i learned, videos

lifestyle || what i learned: my first month at Queen’s university

Hi! I'm Ioana and I'm studying Commerce at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. This is an update sort of video in which I talk about what university has been like so far, what I've learned and share some advice for high school students entering university! P.s. So sorry about the poor quality - the night… Continue reading lifestyle || what i learned: my first month at Queen’s university

ideas & perspectives, things i learned

writing || happiness, productivity, and success is cultural | my trip to romania

helloo world! I got back from my 3-week solo trip to visit family in Romania a couple days ago. It’s been an absolutely astonishing past month for me. I had a blast spending time with my (apparently pretty big) family, making new friends, and embracing new experiences. I was also learning so freaking much every… Continue reading writing || happiness, productivity, and success is cultural | my trip to romania

ideas & perspectives, things i learned

writing || when living “intentionally” backfires

Okay. This is going to be short, and it's going to be to the point. Funny because in writing that, and prefacing this very interesting topic with an uninteresting little meta-insight, I'm being counterproductive to my whole initial mission to stick to the point. But I always seem to feel the need to explain what's… Continue reading writing || when living “intentionally” backfires