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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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NEW BLOG!

Hi friends. As I did last summer, I’m going to start posting on a blog other than this one for the summer time. Since school is not in session for the next few months, my blog posts are currently not needed here. I have more thoughts I want to express, and I hope you still want to read them. If that’s the case, check out my summer blog!

3 pictures of my face? It's gotta be great!

3 pictures of my face? It’s gotta be great!

Here’s the link. Click me. Bekah’s summer blog. Ooooh, so fun!

There’s currently no updated posts on there, so use your time wisely and catch up on all my posts from last summer.

Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you :)

Let’s Read a Poem, Shall We?

Happy Thursday friends! I was in a poetry class this semester, and we turned in our final poetry collection the other day. I am really proud of it and excited about what I wrote this past semester, and I wanted to share a poem with you, especially since it’s totally different than what I usually post on here. Enjoy!

 

my smile takes up my whole face, but I have clouds on my hands so I can’t touch it

by: Bekah Pollard

 

I sit in a freshly opened jar of marshmallow fluff,

tilting back ever-so-slightly.

The tips of my toes peeking out

from atop the mound.

 

A miniature man in overalls stands on my shoulders and pours

a tin bucket of luke-warm water

down my back, igniting my senses.

 

My lips tingle from a kiss.

My fingertips twitch from a touch.

The very tip of my right ring-finger toe tells me,

“Hey, this is fun.”

 

The waterfall feels numb and present

as droplets dance and dart

across my back.

The man with the bucket takes a break

and opens a trap door above my left ear,

blowing the fog from the cracks in my brain.

 

I wrap myself in a blanket as

the tip of my right ring-finger toe

kisses the floor.

I fall asleep lying on my back

in a tub of warm water,

covering my ears halfway.

 

Whoop, there it is.

Whoop, there it is.

 

Keep doing work on those finals, and thanks for reading :)

Motivational Quotes for Finals

Happy Wednesday y’all. Today marks the first day of finals, so you are no doubt stressing a little bit trying to ace your exams whilst studying for new ones. Since I gave you such great advice on Monday about how to enjoy your last week of school, I figured I’d carry on the tradition of being the guiding light in your life and present you with some motivational quotes to power you through the rest of exams. Enjoy!

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” –Winston Churchill

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Giving up now would be just as bad as leaving the last few bites of ice cream in the bowl. Finish strong.” –Abraham Lincoln. Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863

“Anytime you feel discouraged, take a five minute break and look up funny GIFs on the Internet.” –George Washington

“Chocolate. Chocolate is always the key to dealing with stress of any kind.” –John Adams

“Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards.” –Teddy Roosevelt

“Keep calm and think of how good your life is compared to Snooki’s.” –Andrew Jackson

Keep powering through finals, and thanks for reading :)

Tips For Last Day of Class Success

Happy Monday everyone! Today is the last day of classes before finals start, so naturally you want to ensure you have a great day. Lucky for you, I have some tips and tricks for how to make your last day of class nothing but spectacular.

1. Dress like you have the rest of the semester in the bag. Since this is your last day of class, and your last chance to make an impression on your classmates and professors before you take the final and part ways for three months, you’ll want to make sure you dress really well. The simplest look to ensure stylish and academic success is the classic paper bag over the head. (The one where you cut some eye holes out of a paper sack.) This look pairs nicely with shoulder pads and a necklace made of twigs. The browns in the paper and tree branches will play with each other nicely, while the shoulder pads will tie the whole look together with an air of sophistication. Plus, you can use your twig necklace as a little shelf to carry your books around all day.

SWAG

SWAG

2. Volunteer in class. Professors love when students participate in class. Leave a lasting impression on your professor by volunteering to do a performance for the class. Climb up on top of tables, flail your limbs, and probably sing a little bit. Since you’ll have a paper bag over your head, your singing will be even more impressive because your classmates won’t know exactly where that joyous sound is coming from.

3. Make new friends. Now is your last chance to bond with a friend crush in class. The surest way to secure a fast friendship is through flattery. Lightly caress your potential friend’s face, sniff his or her hair, and tell them they would look great strolling with you hand in hand to buy best friend forever necklaces. Invite them to have late-night life chats in the darkness of Holcomb Gardens. Nothing cultivates friendship faster than the pitch-black stillness of night with a stranger in a secluded area. Since your time to secure this friendship is limited, there is no such thing as coming on too strong.

4. Treat yourself. To celebrate the end of the semester, you will eat like royalty today. Take advantage of that unlimited meal plan in Atherton, spend the rest of your flex dollars in C Club, and buy everyone in Starbucks a drink. Eat French fries and cereal. How about some jello and hummus? And forget cups! Spread that double-whip frappucino out over the table and slurp it up. It’s the last day of the semester, you eat what you want, how you want it. Added bonus: since you already have a paper bag over your head, it will be super easy to store snacks to eat throughout the day.

5. Gather your study materials. Gather all of your resources for your final exams and crumble them up. Run around campus and throw them at squirrels. If you’re feeling extra empowered to study, toss around a textbook or two. The squirrels will think it’s fun, and the exercise will stimulate your brain cells so you will be guaranteed to do well on your exams.

Have a great day, and thanks for reading :)

Exam Jam: The Mowgli’s

Happy Wednesday to all. If you haven’t made your way over to the Reilly Room to check out the art exhibit at Art Now, do that as soon as you finish reading this post, yeah? Besides a beautifully executed art show happening this week, there are other fun things happening on campus.

What a nice poster. Come see it at Art Now!

What a nice poster. Come see it at Art Now!

This Sunday is Exam Jam. Yippie! Exam Jam is a concert put on by Coffeehouse to serve as a celebration of the end of the year/a study break. This Exam Jam is going to be rockin’ because The Mowgli’s are coming! The Mowgli’s are an American alternative rock band from California, and they are so incredibly joyous that you must come check it out. They are best known for their song “San Francisco,” and they will certainly play that on Sunday.

The concert is Sunday April 27 at 3 p.m. on the Schwitzer lawn. What is better than sunshine and happy music? Not much, I’ll tell you that. See you there!

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for reading :)

“San Francisco”

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Art Now

Happy Monday all. Art Now is this week, and I have been frantically preparing for it the past week or so. You should definitely come.

I’ve blogged about Art Now in the past, but for those of you that don’t know, Art Now is a showcase of student artwork that occurs once per semester. Art + Design majors and minors show their work, as do PCA students. 10013711_10152076620002986_5463688682285137372_n

This semester’s show is tomorrow, Tuesday April 22 from 5-7 p.m., and Wednesday April 23 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. I have a display in the show, and I will be there the whole time tomorrow, and part of the day on Wednesday, so you should definitely stop by. There will be a lot of interactive pieces that need audience participation, so there will be a lot to enjoy. SEE YOU THERE!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

 

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Stream of Consciousness

Happy Friday to all! I’m sitting outside, soaking in the sunshine, and there is a lot for me to observe. All signs point to a stream of consciousness post.

A golf cart just drove past me. A tour group is quickly approaching me. There is an alarmingly large amount of people…and children. So just kidding, that is in fact not a tour group at all. “That makes it into ham,” a young boy sitting on someone’s shoulders just said. I feel like I have sunbeams radiating from my face and fingertips today. Now I see a tour group. The tourguide is walking backwards. So good. Great job.

There are balloon arches in front of the library. How many balloons does one need to float up into the sky? That would be a fun thing to do. Maybe. Unless you floated too high and couldn’t come down. That’s not what I would want. Art Now is next week on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Reilly Room. You should come. I’ll be slaving away this weekend getting all of my stuff ready. I don’t think I have much else to say. My shoes smell really bad. Okay, bye.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

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What a Great Week

Happy Friday everyone! This week was really fantastic, and I’m still jazzed about it, so of course I’m going to share it with you.

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Me and Hana at the protest

Monday night, Demia met to discuss the buzz surrounding the Eliza Quincey Thought Catalog article discussing one student’s experience with how the University handled her rape. We decided to plan a protest for Thursday, protesting the way the University handles cases of sexual assault, so I was anxiously anticipating that all week. Wednesday night we organized, planned, and made posters for the protest. Then yesterday, the actual protest took place. A solid amount of people showed up, including students, faculty, and students from other universities. My friend Hana and I read part of the Thought Catalog article, while others read the demands students compiled regarding Butler’s sexual assault policies. Others came forward and said why they were there, and I was shocked and moved by how many people who spoke were survivors of sexual assault. In between speakers, we marched and chanted. It was such an incredibly powerful, emotional experience, and it felt great to know that I was a part of the organization that made the protest happen. A few news stations were there as well, and a snippet of my interview was even on the news.

Aside from the emotions from the protest, I was published on Thought Catalog yesterday! I’ve published with them once in January, so it felt great to have another piece on the site. I wrote about how human beings need to stop comparing themselves to one another because we are made to be different. Then, I went to the Out of the Dawg House Concert, which was in Holcomb Gardens, which is my second favorite place on campus. The concert was great as usual, then afterwards my friends and I went and got ice cream. I had ice cream for dinner. THE GOODNESS DON’T STOP!

Today, the weather is beautiful, I have a friend date with my friend Drew, and I’m going to the Freshly Brewed Concert tonight to watch my friend Allie sing. Weee oooo weee ooo wooo!!! Also, I got tickets to see Twenty One Pilots tomorrow night, so that just adds to greatness and good vibes this week produced.

Have a great weekend, bask in the glory of the sunshine, and thanks for reading :)

Google Contact Lenses

Happy Tuesday to all. Whilst surfing the web today, I stumbled upon an article that said Google just filed a patent for a contact lens version of Google’s computer glasses released earlier this year.

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The patent for these lenses sprouted a few months after Google revealed a prototype for a pair of contact lenses that would monitor the wearer’s glucose levels. From this prototype evolved what are essentially Google Glass contact lenses. These contact lenses would have the many features of Google Glass, including built-in cameras, and could potentially assist blind wearers by using the camera to process certain things within the camera’s “field of vision.” Patent Bolt’s analysis of the patent states that the contacts would not be controlled by voice as Google Glass is, but rather through a system of “unique blinking patterns.”

I don’t know much about what all Google Glass does, but to be perfectly honest, this idea freaks me out a bit. Having something literally in your face that is partially like a computer makes me feel weird. Also, the whole blinking pattern to control the lenses seems a little comical to me. I do understand that the lenses would indeed have beneficial purposes, and yes the evolution of technology is inevitable and useful, but I still feel uneasy about having some sort of version of a computer with a camera in my eyeballs.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

Talking Out Loud to Yourself

Happy Friday everyone! Last Saturday I had a lot of me time to wander and think some thoughts and just observe things happening around me. During this time for self-reflection, I readily and happily started talking to myself out loud. Instead of keeping my thoughts cooped up in my brain space, I said them out loud. It felt really great and got me to wondering: if we can sing song lyrics, which are other people’s thoughts, out loud, then why is it considered taboo to speak our own thoughts out loud in the same fashion?

We certainly can speak our thoughts out loud as freely as we choose, but most of the time, it is considered strange or the speaker seems mentally unstable. Consequently, we go around singing song lyrics out loud for people to hear as we are walking to class or wandering aimlessly. Why is it considered more “normal” to say someone else’s thoughts out loud, but not our own? Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite? I think the main reason singing out loud seems more “normal” is because those are someone else’s thoughts. Chances are, someone walking by you hearing you sing probably recognizes the song you’re singing, so it normalizes the process. If you’re muttering something under your breath, but someone else recognizes and identifies with these mutterings, they are less threatening. It becomes less “creepy”.

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Image courtesy of Google

If someone hears you talking out loud to yourself, people will certainly recognize the words you are saying, but they won’t know exactly what you’re talking about as readily as if you were singing. Since what you are saying is a little unknown, someone’s natural inclination is to deem it strange or uncomfortable. Your personal thoughts are less universally recognized than thoughts made popular by the radio, so it is stranger for people to actually hear them when you are alone. We also seem to think it’s okay for someone to sing to themselves or disconnect from reality just because they have white ear buds in their ears. Seeing someone saying something out loud with ear buds in their ears leads us to assume that they’re just a fun-loving guy or gal singing along to some tunes. Just because you don’t have ear buds in your ears as you’re speaking to yourself, people assume it’s not okay or not allowed for you to disconnect in the same way as if you did.

I obviously think deeming talking out loud to oneself as crazy is completely bonkers. If you’ve never wandered around and just said your thoughts out loud or talked openly about something that’s been bothering you recently, I highly suggest you do. There is something incredibly therapeutic and liberating about talking out your concerns with yourself and the world around you as a witness. It feels good, it sounds good, and it is not crazy. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.

Have a great weekend, go talk to yourself, and thanks for reading :)