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LADY GAGA / JOANNE

If you know me, you know that I love Lady Gaga… On October 21st, the world was given a gift, greater than the invention of sliced bread, Joanne. Lady Gaga is the last person you’d want to go down the pared-down, real-me, let’s-get-a-bit-country. After all, the abstract is where Lady Gaga’s from.

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She is one of my biggest inspirations, and I’m so thankful for her artistry that never fails to heal and bring the world together.

joannejoannewithmeWith big songs and big production, Joanne certainly sounds like the business. Yet while its modernity is expressed by mixing and matching genres or adding digital zing to familiar tropes, for all its bravura exuberance and pop slickness it is old fashioned to its core.When you go to extremes of image, decking yourself out in meat dresses and lobster hats, perhaps the boldest makeover left is to actually take off the mask and appear as yourself. Lady Gaga, it turns out, is an old-fashioned rock and roll showgirl at heart.

So get out there, put on your pink “Joanne” hats on, and get to listening to Gaga’s new album!

Thank you LG,

xoxo, Joanne / Mariano

Hiking Towards a New School Year

As summer comes to an end, and my time back in California is up – I decided to really appreciate the great outdoors by taking a nice hike not far from my house in the mountains of Southern California.

Know for it’s beautiful creek and waterfall, I hiked up the North Etiwanda Preserve located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The about an hour hike brought me closer to nature and realization beginning a new school year.

Sometimes you may feel discouraged starting a new school year, but what you do for yourself today will improve all of your tomorrows. If you want something more than anything in the world, YOU CAN do it.

As I reached the top of the mountain, where the water fall rushed down I thought about letting go of all doubts. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once couldn’t.

I’m challenging YOU (and myself) to stop wishing and start doing! This school year I want to learn everyday and allow the space between where I am and where I want to go to motivate and not terrify me. Let’s climb to the top of the mountain… (well in New York) let’s run up the stairs to the rooftop of the skyscraper!

Can’t wait for this semester! If you are a new reader, my name is Mariano, feel free to read my short about me by clicking THIS link!

get ready, get set,

LET’S GO

– M

Saying Goodbye

SUMMER BREAK IS HERE! I am officially back in California, ready to enjoy the heat on my skin and sand in between my toes. Saying goodbye to school: long hours of studying, stressful assignments, and tedious projects; wasn’t so bad to do. However, saying goodbye to New York City, the heart of the Fashion Institute of Technology was excruciating. Going to school in New York City has made me a stronger person, but most importantly brought me to a realization of my past, present, and future.

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This is a view from my dorm room window, one the best views, 17H1… infant optometrists say that when we are born our vision lacks detail and light. Coming to New York City this view with the spots of light was what I saw – I was an infant in a grown-up world dreaming endlessly without plan, and afraid to take action.

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Then there is light… we can see through the darkness, however it still remains. There were times in school, were I thought I wasn’t good enough to keep up with my dreams, but I began to fight (not literally) for what I knew I was destined for, an education in the best city in the world. No one can take your dreams away from you but yourself.

FullSizeRender (2)We come to a point were we have full vision. Darkness, light, and color. We can get through the rough times because we know what come after the storm. Living in New York City taught me that as an adult, yeah, their are going to be occasions when you question WHY ME!? , but you need to be able to get up and realize that you can do anything you set yourself to.

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As I say goodbye to that beautiful view, I know that whatever I see in the future I can find color and light in. As I say goodbye for the summer, I would like to thank all of you for reading the blog! This year has been so amazing, and I know it only will get more exciting from here.

Have an amazing break everyone!

xxxo — Mariano

A Trip to Hearst Magazines: Good Housekeeping

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On Friday, April 8th, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most innovative and leading media companies: Hearst. Known for their variety of award-winning magazines in their magazine division; I had an amazing experience touring Good Housekeeping magazine and their testing Institute on the 29th floor of the Hearst Tower located in Midtown Manhattan.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI), formally known as the “Experiment Station,” was founded in 1900.  For over 100 years the GRHI has provided America helpful tips and tricks in everyday living to conducting highly acclaimed scientific research on home products.

In 1909, the magazine established the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Products advertised in the magazine that bear the seal are tested by GHRI and are backed by a two-year limited warranty. About 5,000 products have been given the seal to this day.

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My time visiting the GHRI was extremely informative and interesting to see how journalism technique and scientific research cooperated under one roof to formulate the leading consumer product women’s magazine. I suggest taking any opportunity of touring the Heart Tower, as I found it to be an eye-opening experience into the daily life of a career in the magazine industry. I would like to thank Professor Leopold and ED2010 again for enabling me to join the outing.

For my readers, here’s a delicious and simple recipe I read on this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping.

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice:

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Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

The phrase “keep your eyes on your own paper” is something we grow up hearing. From the first tests we took in elementary school, to the SATs, to our college classrooms. Through that sentence, we learn that we can’t cheat by using other people’s answers or other peoples thoughts, that it’s wrong. For so long I regarded that statement as strictly relating to school and education.

As I’m getting older I find that statement to relate to more than just test taking. At my age (21) its easy to compare myself to others. There’s always someone doing something better, wearing something better, getting the cooler internship, taking the cooler trips, getting the better grades. Living in New York you’re surrounded by the best of the best, in all aspects. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.

I’m still learning about myself and what it takes for me to be happy and successful. My formula for happiness and success is different from every single other person’s out there. I can’t compare my path to another, because that’s the thing – we are all on our own life path. My story is different from everyone else’s. That’s what makes life beautiful. That’s what makes each and every one of us so special.

When you’re feeling anxious, intimidated about your future, your success, or your happiness, remember to “Keep your eyes on your own paper.” Within yourself you can find the answers and the direction you should walk down on your life path.

Peace and Love,

Brendan