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Danielle Tomczak
Enjoy the journey.
Interests: Reading too much, writing whatever comes to mind, spending too much money, foreign films, photography, cinematography.
Recent Activity
I found myself sifting through my past blog posts today during downtime at work. I was humiliated to realize that it has been almost a year since I last wrote about anything. First, I'm not sure how August of 2014 suddenly became June of 2015. Second, my leave of absence... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Les Aventures
I can't really say I've been happy since I've been home. I flip back through the time between my arrival from France and now a lot. There are only a few times that I have been genuinely happy, and the times are days between. I guess I shouldn't expect to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Les Aventures
I have always given my heart away freely to whomever has asked for it. I’ve even given it away to people who haven’t. Not always in that “love” sense - I’ll give my heart to friends and family. I’ll even give my heart to strangers if they really want it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Les Aventures
I can't say that I've ever been the life of the party, or that girl who knows everyone, or even the best person to hit up a conversation with. I'm kind of an introvert. And when I say kind of, I mean a real staying-at-home-alone-in-quiet-dont-talk-to-me-you-give-me-anxiety kind of way. So I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Les Aventures
9 months ago (264 days ago. to be exact) I hopped on a plane and found myself in Rennes, France. It's sort of a frightening place to wind up if you've lived your entire life undictated by weather, the bus, and a language barrier... I got here and I clearly... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Les Aventures
Every night before I go to bed, I check my countdown app on my iPhone. I know that every day it's going to be one day less than it was the night before, but I can't help myself. It's my nightly habit and I like it. Many of my countdowns... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Les Aventures
I'd first like to apologize for my leave of absence. I have been moving around a lot lately - I've only just realized that I really should start staying in once place. I got back from the United States yesterday. Before spending 9 days there, I had lived consecutively in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Les Aventures
At least once a day, I find myself looking at my little countdown application on my phone. I've got all of my important dates there: Days left to the US (14), 18th birthday (43), end of SYA (97), graduation (120). They're my little slivers of hope. They're proof that bad... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Les Aventures
Time passes so incredibly quickly. 6 months ago I got on a plane in Boston and took a leap of faith. I changed my language, friends, family, city... Life... And now I'm here. I've spent a half of a year - a significant amount of time - living in this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Les Aventures
Why is it that we make January 1st the start of our goals? For me, the first of the year marks last night's hangover and an annoying habit of writing 13 instead of 14 on your papers and checks. It's just another day, except that there's no school, and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Les Aventures
I've always been lucky to have a family that loves me and cares about me. They've always been so supportive, pushing me to be my best and picking me up when the pushing leads me to stumble. Without realizing it, I've come to rely on my family hugely. I know,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Les Aventures
Life has gotten progressively... Better? I actually think it was fine before, but my perception was warped. I had a rough time at the beginning of November. Sadness, adjustment, cold weather, realizing I'll be spending a holiday without my family for the first time... It wasn't easy. Alas, December has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Les Aventures
Being away for major holidays really sucks. I found that out for the first time this Thursday. Not being with your family on the day designed to bring all together is hard. I really just wanted to sit down at our giant table with my entire family and eat an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Les Aventures
Grades came out yesterday. You'd think that this was the greatest catastrophy to ever happen to this planet. I came here expecting terrible grades my first quarter... Hell, even my first semester. Let's be real. How well can you actually keep your brain and academic life together when you're trying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Les Aventures
Sometimes I look or think about people and wonder what happened. Sometimes it's "wow, what happened to you?" But a lot of the time it's "wow, what happened to us?" I stumble upon this feeling a lot. It's come around more and more since I've moved to another country. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Les Aventures
Sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in a hole. I think the whole "hole" feeling comes with being a teenager. You go through ups and downs in life. Your highs are highs and lows are ultimate lows. Half the time you're so confident in yourself that you're sure you'll never... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Les Aventures
I like to categorize myself as an introvert. I'm not one to thrust myself into unknown situations with unknown people. For me, being an introvert means cherishing alone time. I just enjoy being alone and having my thoughts and time all to myself. It isn't that I want to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Les Aventures
Before I began my adventure in Rennes, I never thought that I would miss a normal high school experience. I never thought that I'd look at the instagram photos of people at home and miss sitting in the same old classrooms every day with the same old teachers and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Les Aventures
Do you ever get that really mean glare from someone you don't know that well? I often wish that type of look didn't exist. If you have a problem with me, come talk to me about it. Stop shooting daggers at me from across the room. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Les Aventures
Disclaimer: A bit ranty. I have a really hard time feeling bad for people who complain all the time. There comes a point in a person's complaints where I just stop listening. I stop trying to offer solutions and my insight into the person's situation or problem and go silent.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Les Aventures
My life is a constant battle between two extremes. Happiness and sadness. Extreme content, and deep melancholy. Always fighting, switching off and taking their victories at arbitrary moments. I don't like to call myself depressed. There was a time, and I hate to admit it, where I was almost proud... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Les Aventures
I've been noticing that nostalgia has been creeping up on me. I've written a lot about homesickness and the longing for things that are familiar - but nostalgia is different. It isn't something that makes you want to shed a tear or look at flights back home (yes, I have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Les Aventures
When people go to college I feel like they gain this "I'm better than you" mindset. Whenever I look on Facebook in September, girls have photo after photo of giant vodka bottles, beer, and slutty outfits. Boys have photo after photo of beer, shitty nightclubs/parties, and them with girls. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Les Aventures
Paolo Nutini These Streets Homesickness is such a funny thing. When you're homesick, what are you really longing for? Home? I don't feel as if that's always the case. When I think of being homesick, I relate it to somewhere between a little nostalgia and deep depression. Today, I had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Les Aventures
When one visits a foreign country, I feel that it is important to blend. You want to emulate the energy and culture of those around you and respect it. You don't want to be the awkward obnoxious American who all but screams "I am from the USA" when they go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at Les Aventures