On the Death of Professor Snape

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We all deal with loss differently. The universal truth behind it, though, is that once you lose something you know it’s never coming back. With celebrities like Alan Rickman, otherwise known as Professor Snape, you can rewatch movies, plays, TV shows, interviews, what have you over and over and over again. It feels like they’re still there. That is, until another tabloid pops up in the check-out isle of the grocery store months later promising “the real truth” behind his death.

Death is a funny thing with celebrities. We’re allowed to feel so close to them because of social networking and the media, but in fact we’re very, very far away from their world. When Alan died it reminded me of how I handled Snape’s death. I didn’t like what was happening in the book so I reread previous chapters when he was alive, replaying everything up until his mortality caught up with him. You can do that with actors because they’re preserved on the big screen with movies and television, and now on Netflix and Youtube. It’s a horcrux of sorts, if you will. As long as you keep replaying the movies you get to keep watching them live.

Because we, the in-famous folk, aren’t living in a world where we interact with celebrities on a day to day basis, accepting the finality of death isn’t as hard. We don’t have to stare it in the face and watch it take the professor we love. Instead, we have the opportunity to reread all the other chapters in the story until we’re ready to greet Death as an old friend and accept finality. Not finality for us, of course, but the understanding that Alan won’t be making or playing in any new movies, or going to premiers, or being  a part in a ten year Harry Potter reunion.

‘Besides,’ said Sirius, ‘the ones that love us never really leave us. You can always find them…[puts hand over Harry’s heart] in here.’

This an article on the last project Alan Rickman worked on before he passed.

What are your favorite roles Alan Rickman played over the course of his life?

Second Semester at UGA

Classes here at the University of Georgia are in full swing. I just finished my first two days in my second semester at college. Although I’m a little daunted by certain aspects of my spring courses I’m going to try my hardest to not let any of it phase me! That being said, here’s some little tidbits I’ve learned about life in these past few days:

1. You may think you don’t have as many friends as you do

I came back to school thinking I didn’t have any close friends. I didn’t know who I was going to swap secrets with or talk about with all my problems. The day before classes started I ended up in the main dining hall with a few friends before almost every single friend I’d made in college showed up and sat together around two tables. After dinner we watched the Golden Globes and exchanged belated surprise Christmas gifts. People say you find your “forever friends” in college, and I think this group of guys and gals is it.

2. Amazon won’t let you rent your textbooks if your card expires the month they’re due

It’s a stupid rule and I hate it. End of story.

3. Mom and Dad are always right there

I knew this but didn’t take advantage of it last semester. I call my mom a lot more now (it’s only been two days but I’ve actually called her, okay?) and my dad and I keep in touch by emailing each other links to super nerdy things we find on the internet. It’s our little way of saying “I’m thinking about you.”

4. Access Codes…I’m paying to be able to do my homework

Seriously, I had to pay for an access code to be able to get onto a website in order to do my homework so I can pass a class I’m already paying for with my tuition and fees. This wasn’t a problem ten years ago and people still graduated college?! Let me turn in my homework on paper, or better yet – have a universal homework website that you pay for ONCE in four years of school. Please and thank you!

5. Rate. My. Professor.

God bless America for this little gem. I used it to find both my history and my American government professors and they’re wonderful!

6. Down Week (AKA Drop/Add)

This week is typically super chill so I’d recommend getting ahead in the classes you think are going to be the hardest so when two or three weeks from now you’re ready to give up because you have four exams in two days you have a parachute waiting to catch you (and you won’t stay up until 5am reading textbooks while stress-crying).

7. Retakes aren’t the end of the world

I’m retaking General Chemistry 1211 this semester because I dropped it last fall. I thought everything would be the same but the chemistry department changed the textbook, materials, and teachers. I was a mess when I figured this out. I thought about changing my major to something that didn’t require Gen. Chem. But, upon going to class today, I realized that at least five people from my last chemistry class were retaking this one with me. Intro classes are weed out classes. They’re supposed to be hard. Keep pushing, make friends with the people around you, get a tutor, and do all the practice problems. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to fail because then you’ll actually start to think you’re going to fail. You’ll get there. I’ll get there. Hard work and perseverance are the keys to success!

 

I hope everyone’s new semester is going well! Good luck on school, you’ll do great – I know it!

xo Bailey

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Resolve Without Resolutions

Ah, the New Year’s resolution – the life changing, existential crisis reverting, youth repairing, year long fix to any of your on going problems! But really now…

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When it comes down to it, a New Year’s resolution is very much like giving up something for Lent. It lasts about a month, usually ends with you going back to your old habits after a big celebration, and it happens once a year, with a Savior brought unto us reborn in the form of “Oh Christ, really?! It can’t have only been a week” and “Jesus I didn’t think it would be this hard!” Yes, the New Year’s resolution very seldom works, which is why I, the very very un-famous Bailey of the very very un-famous blog Bailey Studies Psych, am suggesting a slightly already suggested idea! Don’t have a resolution!

I’ve been doing this for a year or two now. My former resolutions all seemed to be along the lines of: get into shape, do better in school, work harder, be happier. I saw all these people on Intragram, Pinterest, and Tumblr living out extravagant lives and I felt I couldn’t match up unless I made myself better. If I managed to get a life like theirs I’d be happy. I spent the beginnings of many years fruitlessly attempting to live out the lives of people I wasn’t supposed to be. So I stopped making resolutions.

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For 2016, as I did in 2015, 2014, and part of 2013, I have a very vague, shifting, obtainable-yet-slightly-out-of-reach goal for each and every day. I want to be a better me, for me. More or less, I wake up and think about how I can do something new today, or how I can be a more positive influence to those around me, with the knowledge that this is not because I’m unhappy with who I am, it’s because there’s so much to do, see, learn, and experience in this world and I need to put myself out there and do it. When you wake up with the mentality of “Wow! I’m an amazing human being who has all these crazy options of wonderful things to do this morning!” rolling out of bed at 7am doesn’t seem as daunting.

More often that not, we are our own biggest barriers. Jump the gate and sprint out onto the road, the universe is calling your name! Or, as my dad always says, “I don’t know Mr. Can’t, but I do know Mr. Can!”

xo Bailey

P.S. Thanks to all my wonderful readers who’ve kept me going through 2015! Best wishes for you all in the new year!