Me, at 19 and a Half (almost...)

Well hello there! My name is Claira Jean Eastwood, I am nineteen years old, and I have been for almost six months. Here is a picture of my face… with coffee, of course.

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I am in my Freshman year of college at a school in Washington, and I live in a dorm room filled with brick and Christmas lights. I sleep in a typical twin sized college bed, but I brought a mattress topper with me from home so I’ve never had problems sleeping. I have a blue and white comforter, and the weird bed chair thing also followed me from home. I still sleep by the window, which I love because when it’s open a little bit I can fall asleep while breathing in fresh air.

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I can often be found in one of three places: my dorm room, the building across from the dorm that houses the drama department, or the black box where I have my acting class and rehearsals for A Wrinkle in Time. Speaking of rehearsals, they happen two hours a day five days a week. Much of my time is spent memorizing lines for AWIT and for my acting class. When I’m not memorizing or doing homework for one of my other three classes (Research Writing, Communication & Languages in a Global Society, and Privilege & Oppression), I can be found having game nights with my friends, having random Monday night conferences when something odd occurs in one of our lives, or (sometimes!) reading a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.

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I wake up between 8:00 and 8:30 in the morning- depending on if I have my 9:00 a.m. class or not-, make coffee to go, and get dressed (yeah, in that order). I’ve been really liking wearing colorful jewelry lately, so my bright blue earrings or hoop earrings with bright flowers have been making regular appearances. My mom gave me a necklace with an arrow on it for my graduation, and I haven’t really taken it off ever since, along with the arrow ring she gave me for Christmas. The arrow has a story behind it that I will inevitably tell eventually. Over spring break we were in Vancouver for a couple hours, and I got a necklace with a tiny giraffe on it, and that has also stayed around ever since.

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My clothes depend on what my day is going to look like. I tend to dress up more on Tuesdays and Thursdays just because I don’t have many classes and I’m not super tired yet. I have my acting class on Mondays and Wednesdays, and it has affectionally been dubbed “P.E. for actors” since it involves so much physical activity. Those days are a constant stream of “go, go, go” until 4:00, and then I have rehearsal at 8:00, so I tend to wear leggings instead of jeans. Everyday I use my perfume that smells like peaches, and for shoes I still go back and forth between my knock-off Toms and my knock-off Birkenstocks (I’m still cheap and I still like my feet to be fashionable… sort of). After having to wear more makeup than usual during the Festival of Shorts, I kind of avoid it when I don’t have to wear it, just to keep my skin sane before tech week and performances of A Wrinkle in Time.

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I call my mom on a daily basis, and text my brother often. I Skype my England grandparents some Thursday mornings and text my California grandparents every night. I don’t doubt that I made the right decision in moving to Washington for college, but I do miss my family and it is definitely strange to not see them every day or be there for birthdays, Sabbath afternoons, and Wednesday dinners. I love and miss my family very much, and there is always a part of me that can’t wait to go back home.

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My days are simple, but exiting. I go to my classes, have lunch (and sometimes dinner) with my friends, do homework, go to rehearsal, and sleep. On weekends I spend lots of time with little kids, have game nights with friends, sometimes go swing dancing, and clean my room as much as possible so I don’t go insane during the week. I spend my time with artsy people and sciencey people (that is the correct terminology), and because of that I am never able to see things just one way. I listen to music and read articles and write blog posts. I laugh and talk and dance and love every day. 19 has been really good to me so far, and the next six months (and two days!) have so much in store. I’m so excited to see what happens next.

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