In a phase diagram, the triple point of a particular substance indicates the necessary temperature and pressure at which the three states of that substance all exist in thermodynamic equilibrium. At this point, solid, liquid and gas are capable of coexisting simultaneously.
Similarly, in order to balance out my academic workload, love for reading and writing and other equally paramount obligations, I need to find the appropriate conditions. With the right combination of effort and proper time management, all the things I care deeply about can coexist and be given the priority they deserve.
Now truthfully, I’ve never been one to establish a concrete, detailed plan. I’ve never been one to rely on a methodical approach to accomplishing a goal or in solving a problem. Unless the problem involves mathematics, physics and/or chemistry, but that’s another topic altogether. I digress. The point is, I’m the kind of person who constantly tries to come up with a solid plan or a specific pathway but always ends up telling herself, “Never mind. I’ll just wing it.”
Winging it is a fair play, in my opinion. It works 50/50. Sometimes, it’s enough. Sometimes, it really isn’t. However, for the incoming year, I don’t think it would be wise to play with those kinds of odds. You see, this coming academic term will be my second semester as a 3rd year college student. Afterward, it’ll be my midyear break and then my first semester as a 4th year college student. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What exactly does the 3rd year, 2nd semester mean for a chemical engineering student? Ideally, it means that I am a little over halfway finished with the degree program (In the University of the Philippines, BS Chemical Engineering is a 5-year program). And what does this entail? To put it bluntly, bloody difficult engineering subjects with an insanely hectic schedule to boot.
Basically (and I cannot possibly emphasize this enough), it is absolutely crucial that I do well in my majors this coming semester. However, despite this, I don’t have the heart to put a long hiatus on my reading or to give up on a book blog I’ve just started recently. Just as Miko Jin in Smart Girl, I will be stubborn enough to make this relationship work (
though I’d also appreciate having a Liam Ashton of my own). Just like Kenders when she was separated from the love of her life in Nirvana, I will do whatever it takes to get what I want. Okay, I think I’ve made my point. I am very determined to see this through, to finally reach my triple point.
Earlier today, I stumbled upon Nori @ ReadWriteLove28’s post regarding the ultimate list of 2016 challenges. Almost immediately, I felt like taking part in some of these challenges will surely keep me motivated and determined in pushing through with my personal reading goals.
Without further ado, here is the list of challenges I’ve decided to participate in for 2016!
- A Series A Month by Danielle
- Contemporary Romance by Danielle & Jess
- Backlist Books by Bekka
- 2016 Debut Author Challenge by Jana
- Finishing the Series by Bea
- New To You by Anna
- Pick Your Genre by Anna (Genres: New Adult, Paranormal)
- Reread Challenge by Kelly
- The 2016 Challenge by Maggie
- Dystopia Reading by Tracy & Claudia
- Netgalley Reading by Ariel
- Commenting 365 Challenge by Nori
That’s a total of twelve reading challenges if I’m not mistaken. As for my Goodreads reading challenge, I’m hoping to finish at least 69 (my level of maturity is real 😂😂😂) books this year. I know, I know. I’m very ambitious. But I am actually quite excited to see how all these challenges turn out! I’ve already started thinking about plausible books to read.
To keep track of my progress for every challenge, this page will be updated accordingly. Wish me luck! 😊📚❤️