Author Archives: Sly Campbell

About Sly Campbell

Sly is a 18 year old college student who enjoys photography, riding his bike, cooking vegan meals, reading, and web design. Oh, he enjoys writing too.

While I’ve Been Away…

I’ve been away from my blog for a while, and I really don’t have a reason other than that blogging hasn’t been a major priority.  I’ve kind of missed writing and sharing bits of my life and my thoughts on topics, but it is what it is, right?  In any case, here are some of the things that have happened since I last wrote on my blog (which was in September 2016).

  • I visited NYC for Christmas.
  • I’ve been acing all my classes.
  • I got a part-time job in a coffee shop.
  • I celebrated my 3 year anniversary with my girlfriend.
  • I’ve been accepted to two colleges so far.

There’s more mundane things that have happened over the past 7-8 months, but nothing worth mentioning.

Even though I’m waiting to hear back from a few colleges, I’m fairly certain I know where I’ll be attending in the fall.  It’s near my girlfriend’s hometown and she has also been accepted to that university already.  And I already have my major picked out – computer science/information technology – as that’s what I’ve been doing on my own over the years.  The nice thing is that thanks to the Dual program I’m in at my online school now, I’ll already have an Associate’s Degree and general education classes will be knocked out already.  I could probably graduate with my Bachelor’s within two years if I wanted to.

I think I’m going to take my time though.  I’m young, and in no rush to become a “full adult” anytime soon.

So, that’s what’s been going on with me.

How have you been?

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The Rough Part of Veganism

For me, the hardest part of being a vegan is finding new places to eat when in a new area.

I’m sure it’s easier to find places to eat nowadays than it was years ago, but it’s still somewhat hard when you’re a little picky.

Now that we’ve moved to a new state, I’ve been on the lookout for vegan-friendly or all vegan restaurants.  I came across a vegan Thai cuisine restaurant, but I haven’t tried it yet.  When it comes to oriental food I’m very particular about what I eat.  But I have decided that I will try it at some point, but preferably with someone who enjoys Thai food in case I don’t like it.

In the meantime I’ve been making my own food, which I usually prefer.  However, with the start of my senior year of online school and looking for a job, I’m somewhat limited on time.  I have the time now until I get a job, but hopefully I won’t have to search for one for too long.

I’m thinking it might be a good idea if I make a few different meals and freeze them so I’ll have something on hand if I don’t have time or feel like cooking.  Salads are easy too.

I guess it’s not that hard being vegan.

sly


Moving… Again.

We’re moving to another state.

When I say “we” I mean my brother Sammy and his girlfriend Mia.  We’re moving up to Illinois, just a few towns away from where my other brothers, Seth and Scotty, and my girlfriend go to boarding school.

Needless to say, I’m very excited to be near those three again.  It’s going to make our senior year the best ever.  Yeah, I know, I’m an online student.  But that means I’ll be more flexible to be able to go visit them and they’ll be able to stay over on the weekends if they want to.

So Illinois will be the forth state I’ve lived in, since I don’t count being at boarding school as living there because it wasn’t permanent.  Before that I have lived in Connecticut, New York and Virginia.  My favorites have been my home state (CT) and Virginia.  New York was okay, but I didn’t live there for too long.

I’m excited for this new adventure, even though it means starting new and saying goodbye to friends.  At least it’s not goodbye forever.  I’m sure they’ll be visiting soon enough.  In fact, my brother’s best friend is planning on moving up here when he’s done with this coming fall semester.

That’s still a few months away though.

sly


Summer Reading

This will be the last time I’m required to do summer reading for school.  It’s kind of amazing I’m already one year away from finishing high school… but let’s not get into that.

summer reading

With my school’s flexibility of being online, they’re also flexible when it comes to our summer reading lists.  They release a list of books that we can choose from for our summer reading, and it’s a rather large list.  It’s full of the classics that we don’t cover in our classes, along with Christian reads, as it is a Christian school.

I took a while to look through the list and decided on eight titles I definitely want to read this summer to complete my list.  Technically we only need to read one book so that we can write a book report the first week of classes, but most schools require that anyway.  Other than that, summer reading is optional.  I’ve always done it though, because I love to read.  I might not read as much as my brother Seth, but I do read quite a bit.

I might start posting reviews as I read the books, but I’m not 100% sure about that yet.  I’ll see how it goes.  If you’re interested in what titles I’ll be reading, you can check out my Summer Reading List and maybe let me know if you’ve read any of them or not.

With that, let the summer reading begin!

sly


Realization

Last month I finished my final set of online classes for my junior year.  I’m officially a senior.  It’s weird to say that.  I still feel like I’m a clueless 11-year old sometimes… now I’m 17 and going into my last year of school.

For anyone new here, this also means that I’m just about halfway done with my Associate’s Degree because the program I’m allows the coursework of my classes to count for college credit.  This means it’s a little more advanced, but I’ve handled it well the past year.  I also have to take two classes this summer to stay on track, math and a finance business course.

It’s a weird combo I have going on here – I’m a senior in high school and a sophomore in college.

Crazy, right?

But since last week I’ve been thinking a lot about the future.  I guess it’s normal for a 17-year old who is about to enter senior year and has been looking at what colleges to apply to.  It’s a little scary though.  Even though I pretty much know what I want to do, I’m still scared.  I have all these decisions to make and soon I’ll have forms to fill out.

I’m just grateful that I have six older siblings to help me with all of this.

My classes don’t start until July, so I’ve had the majority of May and all of this month off to enjoy summer.  Although, it’s not like taking classes during July and August will ruin summer.  First of all, it’s only two classes and they’re online.  That’s the best thing about online school… I can still go places and even get work done early in the week so I don’t have to worry about it later.

So, yeah, that’s what’s going on with me right now.  How are the rest of you doing?

sly


17 Before 17: The Results

In the wake of my 17th birthday tomorrow I’d like to take a look at the results of my 17 Before 17 List I made last year.

17-before-17 results

I’m not going to go through all the items on the list, rather I’m going to just list the five I was not able to complete.

  • Write my 100th post on this blog – Honestly, there wasn’t any reason other than laziness for this one.  I let myself get too involved with doing schoolwork, work, video games and other activities to focus on my blog enough to get to that point.  Maybe next year…
  • Travel outside the country – Money and time just wasn’t there.
  • Write a fan-fiction for a favorite fandom – again… laziness.
  • Visit my cousin in London – Well, considering that she and her husband moved back to the USA a few months ago, that’s not entirely my fault for not completing this one.
  • Have a meaningful conversation with a stranger – I had conversations with strangers, but none that really seemed meaningful though.

Not bad though.  I mean, I did accomplish 12 out of 17 of my items.  I’m not doing another list though.  If anything, I’ll just add to my 2016 Goals or start a 2017 Goals bucket list.

On that note, I’m going to update that list now.

sly


Pokemon Is Essential

Pokemon is the basis of any good childhood.  If you didn’t play the Pokemon games as a child, then you were the victim of child abuse… because that’s just not right.  I might have been born just after the original three games came out, but that didn’t stop me from playing my siblings’ old ones when they were done with them.

pokemon essential

When I use words to describe myself, especially in online bios, I always refer to myself as a Pokemon Trainer.  Simply because I spend a good chunk of my free time playing the Pokemon games, still.  I alternate between going back to the old school games and the new ones.  It’s been fun to keep up with all the new creatures the franchise has come up with, but even more so to explore the new regions and game features.

But why is Pokemon essential, you ask?

Well, to be honest, you can learn some good life skills from it.  Thomas Frank of College Info Geek even wrote a post based on this 4 years ago – 5 Essential Life Skills You Learned From Playing Pokemon.

I won’t go into all of them here though.  You can do that by checking out his post through the link.

I hadn’t actually realized that we learn life skills from Pokemon until I read this article.  The one that jumps out at me the most is the first one Thomas talks about – persistence.  You honestly cannot make it through a Pokemon game without it, otherwise you’d just get frustrated and throw the game out the window.

And we don’t want that.

I’m pretty patient when it comes to working towards something I really want.  Whether it’s saving money or building up skills to do the task, I’m okay with taking my time to work hard to achieve my goal.  Even in Pokemon still – I need to train them to a sufficient level before taking on a new gym leader or catching one of the rare Pokemon.

So to all the haters who say Pokemon is just a silly game, think again.  You can learn from just about any game you play, even if you don’t realize it.  Games are never a waste of time.

Especially Pokemon.

sly