Paige Bradley created one of the most striking sculptures I’ve seen in recent times. Her masterpiece, entitled Expansion, is a beautiful woman seeking inner piece but fractured and bleeding with light. “From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession,” says Bradley. “I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?”
How is your relationship with yourself?
Really interesting TED Talk by Nicholas Christakis about the influence of our relationships with others from happiness to obesity. If you have 19 minutes, definitely a solid investment.
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THE “TAKE A BREAK” METHOD - ANOTHER METHOD TAUGHT IN PREP TO HELP US WITH NOT-SO HEALTHY COMMUNICATION ISSUES
When communication seems to be really difficult and you and your other are just not seeing eye to eye, PREP discusses another method used to foster smoother repertoire.
This, like the Talker-Listener technique, is fairly simple. When you start to feel yourself getting angry, just take a break. Say something along the lines of “You know, I just need a break right now.” Step away from the fight before things really start to escalate, and people begin to say things they don’t mean. Take as much time as you need, within a 24 hour time span that is, to collect your thoughts and try to reason out what is that is bothering you. Try to see things from their perspective as well, but mostly try to let the anger pass, or at least simmer a bit, before saying something hurtful.
What relationships give your life meaning?
Entering college is undoubtedly a scary process. Now imagine that college is NYU, located in one of the most populated cities in the world, with 20,000 other students and no real ‘campus.’
I’m weird. I really, really value my relationships with my professors. Like, A LOT. For me, a good professor can really make or break a class. During my time at NYU, I have had my fair share of poor, average, and awesome teachers. I would like to take this time now to write a bit about my relationship with one of my professors, whom without having had her by my side during these difficult years, I would be totally lost without.
I met Liana Theodoratou the summer after my freshman year. I was abroad on her program NYU in Athens and she absolutely took all of us in. Because I so value my relationships with my professors, I was extremely grateful for this. We grew close and I continued to take her classes in NY and to even work at the department. NYU’s Hellenic Studies Department became a sort of home away from home for me.
For me, it was important to find this little niche. In a university as large as NYU this is not easy to do. Liana has been there for me to keep me sane at my most stressed times, and support me regardless of my academic path.
If I could recommend anything, don’t take your professors for granted. Appreciate them for their wisdom. Respect them for their endeavours. Cherish their lessons they put forth; they are not doing this for themselves, but to help you grow as a person.
“Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It is simply impossible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you” - Paul. Y, @curlytwig & @rollythegentleman “bus rides home” thenewyorkan.net #friends #love #relationships #faith #eternal