I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.

- James Kavanaugh

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anonymous said:

Hello! My dream is to be accepted at the Oxford University and I really want to work hard for my dream, the only thing that doubts me are 'grades', I have always been quite good at school, I got A's and B's and I have some talents in writing.. But do I have to be the top of my class to go to Oxford? I hate it when I compare myself to others though.. Thanks so much!

Oxford University is one of the most difficult schools in the world to get into. Only about 20% of applicants are accepted.

Here’s their info on standardized testing:

Successful candidates would typically have SAT Reasoning Test scores of at least 700 in Critical Reading, Mathematics and the Writing Paper, or ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36. We would also expect Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement tests in appropriate subjects or SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

That means you need to have at least a 32 on the ACT and at least a 2100 on the SAT. Just to put that into perspective, the (unofficial) minimum ACT score at Harvard and Princeton is 31.

I’m not telling you this to discourage you, but to inspire you to work hard. It’s going to be very difficult to get in. If you’re really serious about it, you need to start working on your GPA, test prep, and admissions essays.

Click here for the link to their international student admission page. It has everything you need to know about starting your application.


Yesterday, to celebrate my new job I bought myself an 18 months Moleskine planner. I’m going to be really busy over the next year with 2 jobs and my third year of uni so I need to stay organised.

It was so exciting writing in the fresh white pages! Call me a nerd but it’s so satisfying filling up a new diary.

anonymous said:

I was wondering do you know anything about international business? Because I've been thinking about studying that, is it good or not?

If that’s what you’re into, it’s a good option.

Most of picking a major depends on your personality. Click here for some info and details about the major from Big Future - what it’s like, what kind of people tend to enjoy it, questions to consider, etc.

The pay can vary significantly when it comes to business. The industry is so diverse that it’s almost impossible to give you a realistic salary projection, but you’re going to be able to pay your bills with this degree.

If you want to see some average salaries for a variety of business careers click here. You will see that even the lowest average pay is $45K and that’s for a meeting and event planner.

So yea, if you think that’s something you’re interested in, it’s a great career path.

Israeli police have stepped up their search for a New Jersey man who went missing while hiking in a forest outside Jerusalem.

Aaron Sofer was reported missing on Friday by a friend who he was hiking with in the Jerusalem Forest, Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN.

Sofer, 23, from Lakewood, New Jersey, is a Yeshiva student studying in Israel.

"We are looking in a number of directions," Rosenfeld said. "It is not clear if the disappearance was personal [or a] kidnapping. It’s not clear at all."

The friend “lost contact” with Sofer while walking with him and reported the disappearance to the police, Rosenfeld said.

Sofer’s parents arrived in Israel on Monday.

His brother, Joel Sofer, told CNN on Tuesday that family members are “just praying hard and doing everything we could do.”

He said he had visited the area where his brother went missing.

"I actually was over there today on site,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “And you know, there’s nothing. They have no evidence. They can’t find anything.”

Binyomin Isseeman, Sofer’s rabbi in Lakewood, called the missing man a “very normal, a very healthy boy.”

"His mind is clear, no problems at all," Isseeman said to CNN affiliate WCBS reported.

Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey said the U.S. Department of State was helping Israeli authorities in the search for Sofer.

"There are concerns, as we all know, about the possibility of abduction," Smith said, according to CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey.

Sofer’s disappearance comes two months after what Israeli authorities have called the revenge killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khedair, 16. His body was found in the Jerusalem Forest on July 2, just miles from where Sofer went missing.

Two minors and an adult were indicted in the killing. Prosecutors allege the killing was retaliation for the deaths of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found in the West Bank in June. One of the Israeli youths also had American citizenship.


Personal Blog?

Would anyone be interested if I started a side blog for me personally?
Y’know, a blog for “Nathan Gabriel”. Just updates of my life, my career (actor/musician) sometimes pixel art I’ve created, and some fandom stuff (bioshock, silent hill, gravity falls, etc)

Because I love this Circus Society Blog, and I’ll continue to update it.
But I also feel restricted as to what I can post.

anonymous said:

I'm heading to art school as a freshman soon. Its a very expensive school & I honestly am having second thoughts. I like the school but hate the thought of leaving home. I was homeschooled through HS & have social anxiety. I'm going to college for my dad & to be a better artist. In the past 2 wks 24k of my loans fell through, my class schedule changed (it's worse) & I was put in a quad instead of a double. Im looking at 200k in debt upon graduation w/ a BFA. Should I even bother at this point?

It sounds like there are two things going on:

1. You are nervous. It’s perfectly normal to be terrified about going to college. It’s scary. Everything is new and it’s totally out of your comfort zone. You shouldn’t worry about that. You will make friends immediately and forget all about that. The people in my creative classes were always very outgoing and welcoming. That’s one thing liberal arts majors can brag about.

2. That’s a lot of money. Honestly, (and seriously, this is just my personal opinion) I would never spend 200k on a liberal arts degree, and I have a liberal arts degree. It’s not because it isn’t worth it. It’s because it will be a huge burden on you for most of your adult life.

Let’s break that down realistically. If you have 200K in debt and the interest rate is 6.8% (Stafford rate), you will have to pay $1,303. a month to pay it off in THIRTY years. That’s a HUGE monthly bill, for an artist especially. And you will be like 52 when you’re done paying it off.

With interest, your education is actually going to cost $469K. Yea, almost half a million dollars. Just let that sink in for a second. (And if you (or your parents) want to see the figures for yourself, click here.)

That is a giant, huge, serious investment. If you’re not a least a little sure your job is going to make bank when you graduate, I’m not sure it’s worth it.

If you do decide that’s too much money, don’t panic. 

There are actually a lot of public universities that have really great art programs.

You’re in a tough position because the semester has already started at most schools and the registration deadlines have passed. If you can’t apply at the university you want, you should still be able to get into a local community college no problem. Do your first semester of core classes (because those will be the same at all colleges) and then transfer at the end of the year to a university.

This is a big decision though and you should sit down with your parents and voice your concerns. They can help you work through it.