S3 Scribble #18: Paradise

“When she was just a girl, she expected the world,”

When I wrote about it finally feeling like spring in Ann Arbor in last week’s blog post, I spoke too soon. It’s back to being in the 20s – windy, cold, and the forecast calls for snow on Friday! A typical March; is it really Ann Arbor without a springtime snowstorm?

“But it flew away from her reach,”

Despite the dreary weather, I have been in great spirits this week. I’ve also been incredibly busy, but I think that is helping me get back into my routine after a few weeks of traveling. I’m feeling productive, energized, and capable of whatever I set my mind to. I also feel like I would benefit from a few more hours in the day… I have a lot to do and many deadlines to hit that are all approaching very quickly. Even though I have quite a few “have-tos” on my calendar, they are all things I am passionate about, which means motivating myself to work toward these goals is a lot more easy and fun. 

“So she ran away in her sleep,”

Today’s song is “Paradise” by Coldplay. A remix of it has been on my playlist this past week: “Paradise (Tiësto Remix).” It never fails to wake me up and get me excited for the day on my walk to work or class. Coldplay is one of my favorite bands, and especially one of my go-to “happy” artists. Even though the weather may not be warm this week, I can still feel spring in the air, and with spring comes the end of the semester. Last week, I bought my cap and gown, and this week I have been planning out graduation activities and adding various ceremonies to my calendar. What an exciting time!

“And dreamed of paradise,”

As a University of Michigan Tour Guide, I’ve caught myself getting a little bit choked up at some points during my tours this week. Knowing that graduation is approaching so quickly has prompted me to reflect on my time here, and saying goodbye is going to be hard, regardless of how excited I may be for my future. For the time being, though, I’m feeling good. I’m happy and feeling accomplished, and I’m confidently going into the rest of the semester with a positive attitude!

“Every time she closed her eyes.”

Listen to Paradise by Coldplay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6ZWlDks0nQ

Listen to Paradise (Tiësto Remix) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHDqh7PcYiE

Sydney Braun

University of Michigan Class of 2024. Pronouns: she/her. Double Major in Environment and Communication & Media. Huge fan of 80s/90s music, not a fan of single-use plastic water bottles. Be sure to check out Song Scribbles With Sydney, where I use my favorite music to help analyze my emotions and experiences at college, posted every Wednesday!

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