Day 1 of Princeton’s 3 day Graduation Ceremonies. Princeton was the right “fit” for me, no question.
You’re about to graduate college. You’ve finished your last final ever. You’ve packed most of your bags. You’ve sold your futons and donated clothing you didn’t need anymore. You’ve played in your final game. You’ve confirmed that you passed all classes (whew!). You’ve partied your last night out. You’ve eaten your final meal. And then it’s graduation day. A lot of thoughts are running through your mind, a lot of emotions are waiting for their release. But you’re so caught up in that glorious moment when you’re handed that monumental piece of paper that only then does it all hit you. You can’t help but be emotional in some way, shape, or form, and for me I felt these 6 emotions:
1. Disbelief - Woah, wait a second there, where did all the time go? I thought high school went by fast, but college went by faster. We hear “time flies” all the time, but that phrase is the reality. Time really does fly. I still remember my all my firsts freshman year: my first lecture, my first practice, my first dining hall meal, my first night out, my first meeting with my roommates. It’s hard to believe that 4 years went by so quickly.
The other day I published my 50th post of my short blogging career, which led me to think, “What has blogging meant to me thus far?” It’s only been a few months, but ever since the birth of America’s Finest Tiger, things have certainly changed for the better.
- Growing my network: From all my life experiences thus far, a common theme has surfaced: it’s all about the people. From college to tennis to work to family, life is all about the people you meet and know. The blogging world has provided me with another batch of new connections, a way to meet other people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. And as an added bonus, people with similar interests and similar backgrounds, leading me to new perspectives and new realizations. As the saying goes, it’s not about what you know, but who you know.
- A different avenue of expressing my thoughts: Everyone has their own way of expressing their feelings, thoughts, emotions, blah blah blah. But in all seriousness, words can be powerful, and writing can be a great way to share opinions that otherwise you may not have done person-to-person, or in music, or in another way. I’ve found that blogging has definitely helped me be more comfortable sharing my personal experiences, things I have learned, and stuff that I’m very passionate about, such as college, tennis, sports, Whose Line, and more.
As you all may have noticed, my posting frequency has slowed down quite significantly in recent weeks. That thing they call life has certainly picked up since the end of the summer. But, that doesn’t mean I have forgotten about all of you guys out there. And that is what brings me to today’s brief app review: Pocket
Available on all platforms, Pocket is a save-for-later app that allows you to save any sort of content for later viewing. Whether it’s a news article, a video, a recipe, and heck even an image, this app makes it easy for you to store potentially valuable online content and view it later on your on time in your own place. Once you set up everything, all you literally have to do is press one button and your content is stored for later. Then, you can visit your Pocket queue and read or watch through content you didn’t have time to browse through earlier.
My first “aha” Pocket moment was actually right here on WordPress, when I was reading a post from The Daily Post and noticed a Pocket sharing button next to your usual suspects (Press This, Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, etc). This and that happened and just like that I was hooked.
Absolutely loving the Sidewalk Prophets Pandora station, including this gem from The Afters. Enjoy.