Quiescent: A quiet, soft-spoken soul.
Courtney: a girl with a quiescent soul and a laugh and voice as loud as thunder.

weekday vs. game day outfits

Dinner with Pussy Riot

My drawing class took a field trip to the botanical gardens to draw plants and it was magical. For a split second I contemplated switching my major to botany and then hastily decided I’d rather paint plants than study them any day.

I had the amazing opportunity of having dinner with Pussy Riot last night

and it was incredible. It was only two other Stamps students and I at the dinner. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina were so down to earth and inspiring. I am in awe of their courage and ability to speak their minds regardless of consequence. They really put themselves on the line and have paid the price for it, and that only made them stronger. I’m so lucky to go to a university that provides me with such incredible opportunities.

A lot of pictures were taken, but they haven’t been emailed to me yet. As soon as they are I will post them!

Today I joined the bee keeping club

Today I joined the bee keeping club


Papercut ruined my homework

Just simple exercises

work all week to get to game day 🙌

At the University of Michigan and the livin is easy.

Anonymous said: Hello. I love looking through your works and I'm incredibly pleased that you will be going to UoM because I live near there too! Since I am starting my college applications. I was wondering if you could tell us how you listed your 5 awards (since you have so many) and how you organized your 10 activities. Thank you so much! :) Have the best of time in UMich. They have fat squirrels that are wonderful.

Hi! I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, I was on vacation and didn’t have much time to be around my computer, but I’m here now! I’m so excited to be going to Michigan, you have no idea. 1 week from today :)

In terms of organizing my awards, I didn’t heave near enough spaces to list them individually. To remedy that, I chose only the most significant awards and grouped them together, each including multiple years. So it went a little something like this:

  1. National Gold Medal, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (2) 2012, 2013
  2. National Silver Medal, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (3) 2010, 2013
  3. Regional Gold Keys, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (13) 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  4. Regional Silver Keys, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (7) 2011, 2012, 2013
  5. Chicago Academy for the Arts Best In Show, poetry (2) fiction (1) 2011, 2012

Then for my ten activities, I mostly chose to highlight the activities that I felt encapsulated my passions the most! I chose to list multiple poetry and journalism publications under that section, as well as my after school jobs (such as working as a camp counselor, an aid to an autistic child, and a program assistant at a park district for children with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities), and the clubs I was involved in at school. I also included my experience in attending Feminist Camp under that section as well, as it counts as volunteer work :)

hope that helps! good luck my friend 

Little bumblebee

Little bumblebee

My best friend, boyfriend, and fellow adventurer went off to school yesterday and saying goodbye to him was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I miss him already, with my whole heart.

To keep my mind distracted I watched the sunset with Lindsay and Joanna, ate froyo and sushi (oddly, in that order), took a bath with Joanna, and stayed up to watch the sunrise. Today I invited my grandma over to bake a peach pie from the peaches she had gotten at the farmers market.

I go to Michigan in a week, I’m sad but I will be ok. We both will.

My poor baby 😔

In case you were wondering, the jersey shore was wonderful.