Here are some Instagram accounts that all brown girls need to be following. These accounts really close the gap between culture and social media and if you feel like you can’t relate, check these gems out!
@BrownGirlMemes – I love a good meme – like that white guy blinking a lot – but sometimes a good desi meme is what I need. I end up sharing them with my mum sometimes and you know its a good meme when both you and your mum can find them relatable. So much of brown culture like Bollywood, strict parent jokes and “Pooja, what is this behaviour” memes are missing from mainstream meme accounts and this account really delivers on those
@BrownHistory – This account retells stories and memories from people’s POV. There’s some really heart warming stories about how parents fell in love, powerful moments in history and pictures which tell a thousand stories across the diaspora.
@ Browngirlgang – An empowering and uplifting space with South Asian women worldwide. From hilarious TikToks, make up looks, Bollywood appreciation and the odd post about chai, this account is a must-follow.
@Browngirltherapy – There’s a large gap in the mental health community for brown people and this page is all about promoting therapy and self-love. Mainstream mental health pages don’t always touch on the link between mental illness and bicultural identity and this page really accesses this.
@BritishBindi – A page run by 3 South Asian best friends. Inspiring, comforting and more memes. Follow if you want a laugh and an insight into South Asian lifestyle and culture,
I saw something yesterday which made me feel an ounce of happiness in the jet black cave that is my mind, so I wanted to share it with you guys.
It’s something so miniscule and flippant that I don’t even know why, but it made my day. I was walking into University with my coffee (correction – liquid of brewed disappointment and sewage) when I saw one of my tutors walking past.
I haven’t mentioned her before but she is one of my current girl crushes. Passionate about Victorian literature and her fashion is always so ‘on point’ that I can’t help but marvel at whatever outfit she is sporting. She always looks a pretty picture.
Crushed red velvet blazer. Patchwork. Gothic shirt. Dayum. I almost want to pull up a chair after the seminar and ask her if she’s ever thought about modelling in Vogue. Or well, maybe not Vogue as they seem to favour Gigi Hadid whereas she’s more Helena Bonham Carter (with even more of an edge!). But y’know, somewhere with style.
Anyway I saw her walking outside one of the buildings holding hands with this other woman. They were both smiling and chatting happily. My lecturer looked happy. This woman looked happy. It just shows the power of love you know? It’s simple and you may be thinking “who cares?” but just seeing her all perked made me a bit happy. As supporter of homosexuality it made me happy. Relationship PDA? Yeah it’s normal and something you see a lot. But seeing one of your teachers in PDA? That’s different. Also, you don’t often see Gay or Lesbian PDA all that frequently? Why is that? Society is so conditioned to think of Gay or Lesbian PDA as uncommon so we feel more surprised when we see it in real life. But one day maybe it’ll be as normal as Hetero PDA. I’m happy that my lecturer was confident enough and happy enough to showcase her relationship without a care in the world. Love truly does conquer all.
Yes I’m cheesy and soppy and bleh. But it was something small which brightened my day. 🙂
So you’ve stumbled on this post telling you how to waste your life away doing something completely meaningless and you wish to know how to proceed?
Stop what you’re doing right now and get back to work Look no further! Perksofbeingaprocrastinator takes you on a 7 step process:
1. Food – Well you can’t revise when you’re hungry right? What if you pass out…or something? Go and grab something to eat! To be on the safe side, you should keep eating until you can’t feel your stomach. Better to be safe than sorry, who knows what a lack of sugar could do your brain. Pick up that chocolate bar kid…and pick up two more.
2. YouTube Videos – You can’t start revision until you’re emotionally ready and willing. What better way to ensure that then some good old fashioned YouTube Videos? My personal favourites are Dan&Phil, Emma Blackery, Superwoman etc. Keep going until you’ve seen all their videos back to back!
3. Tidy desk – Cluttered workplace = Cluttered mind. Do you think Einstein became a genius living in a pigsty? The answer is no! You need to make sure your desk/table/whatever is tidy and clutter free. You also need to organise and colour code all your pens, line your books up in alphabetical order and just generally make sure your work space is clean and has you geared up for some efficient revision! Repeat decluttering process 3X for maximum results.
4. Take breaks – That super annoying girl who gets straight A’s in your Biology class didn’t revise seven hours a day non stop! She made sure she took several breaks so the information processed in her head and she didn’t feel like she was going to burn out. That means you should probably follow suit and take plenty of breaks too. Long, three day minimum breaks.
5. Go for walks – Fresh air and a nice brisk walk is just what the doctor prescribed for exam period which reduces most of us to extreme stress cases. To ensure you get enough exercise and a break from looking at your books 24/7 make sure your walk lasts a decent amount. Let’s say a couple of hours. Try and throw in a shopping trip as well just in case you don’t feel ready to return home.
6. Paint your nails – Extremely therapeutic. Nuff’ said
7. Sleep – Goes without saying that you should be getting that necessary twelve hour sleeping period so you don’t wake up feeling like a zombie when you should have ideally have a fresh mind for revision. Oh and two hour naps twice a day are also essential. Can’t have you falling asleep on your maths book can we?
Oh no, it’s already four!
Oh wait I haven’t shut my door
Time to study or time to eat?
Well I can’t study until I’ve found a good seat!
I need to sharpen my pencils all day long
Can’t start until my shuffle goes to a good song
Hey look, I just got a text
Need to reply, it’s my friend, she’s slightly vexed
Must tidy my room and make my bed
Now I must make a start on dinner or my mum will see red!
Oh wait, it’s already 9, time to watch Game of Thrones and drown my sorrows
Screw revision, I’ll start tomorrow!
What’s up guys?!
So my Easter holidays are starting tomorrow and I’m totally dreading it for one thing because that means intense revision and there’s no backing out of the fact that my exams are less than two months away. *hyperventilates into a cushion*
As you can see from my earlier posts, I’ve been freaking out massively about the future. From changing my course to the university I want to go to, from panicking about my grades, from fretting over my procrastination skills – nothing new there – I’ve been particularly busy. For a while, I was set on going to University of Essex as it was an average- semi decent university for someone with my grades and I was happy to aim to go there. Then something changed. I realised I didn’t want to go there. The University of Essex is only about an hour away from me (I live in East London) and I had a sudden urge to get out of London/Essex. I wanted to go to a really good uni, a – dare I say it? – a Russell Group. I know what you’re thinking. How can a C/B student get into an uni like that? The answer is: I’m not sure of it myself. My only hope is doing better than I think I’m going to do and then on results day applying to a better university than I intended to go to through Adjustment. (I shall explain the whole university and UCAS system another time to my international followers ^^)
To do this, I need to work on my grades dramatically.
So we still haven’t come to the actual reason of this blog post and why I hate the dreaded Easter holidays. Well for an expert procrastinator like myself, intensive revision for two weeks is just…mind numbingly miserable. I can’t focus very well at home and although I do go sometimes to the library to study, at times I just can’t be bothered to move from my bed. Take right now, I’m meant to be making notes on the key themes of King Lear but I actually just spent the last hour trying to finish Games of Thrones S3 (which I have been trying to do for the past six months but failing due to my extreme slowness at TV shows) and browse The Student Room for University and Freshers blogs because reading up on how fun university is gets me extremely excited as I will be going there soon so double yay. Sad right? TSR is becoming my new obsession literally.
If anyone has any revision tips or wants to shed light on how to break the habit of procrastination then please comment below!