I have developed a deep and passionate relationship with tomato soup this year. Seriously. This may sound kind of ridiculous, but tomato soup has made me feel better countless times throughout this school year. There is something so fantastically comforting about tomato soup. I know soup can’t save the world, but sometimes something as simple as a bowl of tomato soup makes me feel like I can conquer anything.
I’m not someone who really grew up with Star Wars — my parents were never big fans — and I was really into Harry Potter for the majority of my childhood. However, before the sequels started to come out in high school, I decided that I’d watch the original trilogy for the first time. I did, admittedly, think the movies were a bit cheesy at times, but something sucked me in. I liked this universe, and I liked how it differed from Harry Potter.
The Israel-Palestine conflict may be the most toxic and polarizing political discussion that has occurred in modern history. As I've followed the debate, I can feel my hair graying from stress as I am constantly frustrated and baffled by the discussions occurring. In this article, I am not interested in debating or convincing anyone of my general political beliefs on the issue. I'll state them bluntly in the following paragraph for transparency's sake.
In my Musicology 492 course on music and globalization, our class discussions have often critically examined the processes of globalization, cultural exchange and media ownership. This is a class I would highly recommend to anyone interested in Global Studies or Musicology since Professor Downing does a great job at exposing students to musicians from around the world and their history. This is what I shared in my class's media sharing forum comparing a documentary we watched in class, Afghan Stars, to the ongoing massacre of Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli and American state:
I think it’s safe to say that everyone is feeling a little more than burnout this week. We’re just over halfway done with the term. The world is starting to feel warm and sunny again. We’re all itching to escape to the outside and run away from our priorities. I’m finding it hard to even wash my dishes at this point. Everything seems to take three times as long as it should.