Psychology, things i learned, writing

writing || know yourself

My high school philosophy class once touched briefly upon a paradox whose name I don't remember but whose topic intrigued me. The question was: are we the same person all our lives? Is "Ioana" (that's me!) a consistently defined entity? You might instinctively shout yes, because after all, you've got memories that belong to you… Continue reading writing || know yourself

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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

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writing || instagram ask me anything

I'm sure you've heard of Instagram's new feature. Why am I so sure? Oh, maybe because everyone's been using it to do a Q&A sesh... And because I am admittedly a happy member of that "everyone" category, here were some of the questions you guys asked on my story yesterday and my more detailed, written-up… Continue reading writing || instagram ask me anything

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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

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writing || in conversation with: Jarrod Goldsmith’s advice on Networking and Entrepreneurship

Last week, I attended a youth entrepreneurship conference in Ottawa organized by the Government of Canada. I had a phenomenal time, learned a lot, and got to meet some amazing young and veteran entrepreneurs. Among the mentors we were able to learn from was Jarrod Goldsmith, an entrepreneur specializing in networking events, and saxophone musician… Continue reading writing || in conversation with: Jarrod Goldsmith’s advice on Networking and Entrepreneurship

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writing || the Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

I started this book on June 24, 2017 while on a 7-hour plane ride to Scotland and finished it today, June 19, 2018 while driving to my local Starbucks. (No idea why those locations are relevant but hey, the more you know, eh?) So, I suppose it's fair to say it's taken me a full… Continue reading writing || the Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

academia, Literary Commentary, writing

writing || IB HL English WIT || Blood and Water in Blood Wedding: An Exploration of the Symbols in Spanish Culture as represented through the Lullaby

In Blood Wedding, Federico Garcia Lorca constructs an environment that is heavily weighed down by cultural expectations. As both a playwright and an accomplished theatre director, Lorca’s command of dialogue, musical drama, and stage direction is used with purpose to create this tense, eerie atmosphere. In particular, the play’s recurring intra-textual Lullaby piece gives audiences an insight into its cultural setting by mirroring the language and symbolism its characters later employ in describing their feelings of suffocation and tension. It depicts an ancient struggle – one that is still relevant enough to be passed on through the generations. And in it, we see the juxtaposition of carnal flesh and blood with inanimate trees and rivers, both symbols that serve as metaphors for the forces at odds in the play.