Hello/salaams everyone! I have unforgivably neglected this blog… and if you’ll look back at my posts over the past few years you might notice a pattern of me ramping up reading and posting throughout the summer months… but as soon as the academic year hits, I’m nowhere to be seen. Alas, I’m unable to maintain a work/life balance when it comes to reading and blogging – and I feel quite ashamed about it, because this blog was something a 15-year-old me was once upon a time effervescently passionate about, and wouldn’t dream of abandoning it for as long as I have been doing so these past few years.
So… where to begin? What has been occupying me so thoroughly that should mean breaking away from my two beloved hobbies (reading and blogging) for so many months? Well… all praises and thanks be to God, I completed my A-Levels and entered into the realm of university life – and it has been an incredibly overwhelming and amazing experience that I altogether feel endlessly grateful and privileged for. Education is something that means a lot to me and I value it greatly, so to be able to pursue it at a higher level and studying the subject that I love, is something I will never stop feeling thankful for. Hence, studying and making the most of my educational and university experience is one of my top priorities and unfortunately that does mean reading and blogging has, once again, taken a backseat this past year.
I believe I may have mentioned this before, but the subject I have chosen to study is Psychology, and it has been absolutely fascinating. Psychology is such a brilliant subject – because not only is it interdisciplinary with its impact, but it also enhances an everyday understanding of humans, emotions and interactions – and I believe studying it has genuinely made me a better and more understanding individual. Being able to have experiences where I am helping people first-hand and incorporating my Psychological knowledge to better people’s lives and mental health, has been an incredible experience, and has made me realise just how strongly I feel about the importance of Psychology and mental health in the world today.
I’m telling you I’m a Psychology student as a way to explain the shift in books that I’m reading – and how I’ll be reading and talking about Psychology books a lot more on this blog now – so please do keep a look out! I also have some other plans in store in terms of discussing Islamic-fiction and its growth as a genre, so if you’re interested in that please do stay tuned and feel free to reach out if you have any suggestions.
I can’t promise how regular my posting will be, because even without university being the forefront of my life for the next few months – life is still not without its commitments – and in contrary to the summer after my GCSEs or even A-Levels, this summer I have a lot more roles, responsibilities and involvements – but that’s growing up, I guess! I’m excited for the next few months and look forward to having more discussions on here, God willing, and reviving this blog back from the academic year’s slumber…
But otherwise, how are you and how have you been doing? What has reading and/or blogging been looking like for you this year and do you have any tips/advice for me on staying consistent? How has your year been so far?
Speak soon! 🙂