University teachers

What is the role of a university-level teacher?

At university level, students usually seek higher education in a field of their chosen interest. As the difficulty of the material studied increases, college-level teachers need to have certain qualifications in order to provide the best education possible. What is the purpose of a person teaching in college? We might think that teachers are the people who give us lessons to learn and homework to do, but I find that their role is far more important than that.

Firstly, I believe that the role of a college-level teacher is to provide the best and most accurate education as possible to their students. As university level teachers, they have to be precise in their field of study, but also need to be open-minded to help the students expand their knowledge and challenge their curiosity. It seems to me that higher education is an important period in the life of a student, and that it is crucial to use this time to see and learn as much as possible in order to become accomplished. Therefore, the role of college teachers shouldn’t be to teach the material in a passive way, but to guide the students through a new subject and link it to a wide range of topics, thus opening the eyes of the students to the reality of what they’re learning.

Moreover, and as we have stated previously, the college years of a student are a period of growth, so they are decisive. Hence why I am convinced that university teachers should be able to guide their students through these sometimes difficult or confusing years. Other than teaching their subject, their role is to support teens and young adults through their choices and decisions in a personalized way. It is essential for students to know that they have someone with experience who can be trusted to give them advice about studies, professional careers, or even about life in general.

In conclusion, the role of teacher in higher education is to be a guide and a model, in addition to the role of teaching the subject, because it is highly beneficial to the personal growth and open-mindedness of every college student.

Self-care

Some days, self-care means going to bed early, filling up the batteries.
But on other days, self-care means dragging myself out of the house after a long day and going to my dance class. It means focusing on something else for an hour or two, seeing people outside of school, having different conversations, and blowing off some steam. On those days, all I need is to feel my body move with the music and get my emotions out. It also means going back home and being the good kind of tired, taking a steaming shower that clears the mind for the night.
Self-care has different meanings, and you get to choose your own definition in order to do what makes you feel better.

2018’s music – Albums I listened to this year

I rarely listen to entire albums. I usually don’t like all the songs in an album, so I end up playing that one particular song I like on repeat until I can’t stand hearing it one more time. But this year has been different, so get ready, ’cause this is the 2018 recap of all the albums I’ve been listening to, in no order whatsoever.

  • Infections of a Different Kind – AURORA (how did I not know about her before ??)
  • All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend – AURORA
  • Evolve – Imagine Dragons (why didn’t I listen to this album before?? It’s my favourite band!)
  • Smoke and Mirrors – Imagine Dragons
  • Pray For The Wicked – Panic! At The Disco
  • The Greatest Showman – Various artists
  • You (EP) – dodie (we love and protect dodie)
  • Intertwined (EP) – dodie
  • Black Panther: The Album – Kendrick Lamar and various artists
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver (go-to study music)
  • For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver (idem)
  • Z-Sides – Tom Rosenthal (again, study/relaxing music)

and others like Hayley Kiyoko, Hamilton, Zoë Keating, Sia, without forgetting my all-time favourite album, Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

I’ll maybe make a special playlist with songs from my dance classes, because some of them are kinda cool too.

The classic 2019’s resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

Is this the year where I finally stick to my resolutions? Probably not. That won’t stop me from making some though. And maybe if I write them down, it’ll be more motivating. So here we go.

Goals :

  • validate my first year, hopefully with good grades
  • get my driving licence (!!!)
  • keep seeing the friends I don’t see as much as I used to
  • try new clothes
  • go to my dance classes as much as possible, even when I’m feel tired
  • read 30 books or more (and as many in English as possible)
  • write articles more often (although this year was pretty good already)
  • keep practising my German, and learn Spanish
  • finish the series I’m watching (we’re close guys) instead of wasting time on social media
  • go out more (go to the cinema! go spontaneously see that exhibit you saw online!)
  • sounds silly but stay hydrated

Hopes/Dreams :

  • procrastinate less (ahah), or at least stop working last-minute, it’s not gonna work forever
  • travel to 2 or more countries
  • do English tutoring/baby-sitting
  • try to take more photos because I actually enjoy it
  • try cooking (you can’t keep burning food in the pan darling)
  • learn to play the ukulele (by that I mean more than 4 chords)
  • finally clear up the sleeping to do list on my computer
  • organise the thousands of pictures stored on my old laptop and print some of them

Reflection on 2018

This year was…

… going to my first ever concert! Discovering and meeting V.E. Schwab at Paris’s book fair! Going to Vietnam without my parents !! Graduating from high school with honours !! Getting accepted into my new school as « grand classée supplémentaire » (meaning I didn’t have to go through the writing part of the entrance exam because my grades were high enough)!! It was dancing my own creation (as small as it was) with my friends in multiple places including my town’s theatre, a university in Vietnam, my dance school, an art gallery, and a gymnasium for my high school dance exam!! And it was going to Bulgaria for three weeks!!

I participated to a remake of West Side Story, twice, and visited the Opéra Garnier, twice too!

I went to my integration weekend and got (slightly) drunk for the first time. I made incredible new friends. Finally, I was able to expose my own photographs in the previously mentioned art gallery for two weeks (!!!)

Sure, I had low moments. Moments where everything seemed foolish and pointless, where I wondered if by wanting to balance dance and my final year of high school, I would screw up both, and moments where I cried of frustration because of school. But I feel lucky, because I didn’t lose anyone in my family, because I am in a healthy place generally speaking, because I got amazing opportunities, because I can afford my school, and travelling.

And I am forever grateful for that.

2018, you were stressful, maybe the most stressful year I’ve had, but you were also the best one so far.

To 2018, cheers

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