Thursday, April 4, 2013

A New Chapter

A much-belated and mini rite of passage for me is updating my About Me page to describe my current life as a medical student. Below is the retired one for 2011-2012, describing my personal mission as a science major with born-with-it artistic inclinations.

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pan·da·phil·ia     noun     \ˈpan-də-ˈfi-lē-ə\
1 : friendly feeling toward pandas
2 : fashion philosophy that is never black and white
3 : St. Louis-based style blog of a Neuroscience student who likes to "lab in style" and experiment in the wardrobe

I am a 22-year-old Neuroscience student at a predominantly pre-med Midwest university. When not racking my brain for names of sulci and neurotransmitters, I delve deep into the world of aesthetics. I refuse to wear the collegiate uniform of sweatpants and hoodies every day, so I throw open the doors of my growing closet and pick out something fashionable to wear. People will stare as I take pictures of myself, wondering, "Who's that crazy girl always macro'ing her eye?" or "What is she all dressed up for?" I've got someplace to be, and that's far, far away from the reality of the mundane.

I am a firm believer in huge, macro photographs and picture spam. Pandaphilia's all about the obsessions of a panda fanatic who sees the world beyond the black and white. I grew up playing with robots and helicopters, shunning those ridiculous Barbie dolls and their unrealistic proportions. I grew up doing math problems, reading the entire library's section on animals, and with a serious attitude. Now, I kick back and try to enjoy the dying days of the childhood that passed me by -  while reconciling a new, materialistic girly side with my lifetime pragmatism and nerdiness.

You can't slap a label on me. I am a girly tomboy, a daydreaming realist, a writer, a musician. I blog about anything and everything that sneaks into my mind, spilling it out in 010011's for the world wide web to remember forever. My very existence depends on unraveling what's stirring in my brain and making something beautiful out of the chaos.

Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
(photos prior to 6/22/11 taken with Canon Powershot SX120 IS)
Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8 USM lens
Photos of me are usually by my boyfriend (JJ); other pictures are usually by me.
Photo editing by me: Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5

Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Size: XS-S
Shoe size: US 4-5 (foot length 215 mm)

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Contact me at angie [at] pandaphilia [dot] com


Amber @ April 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM   said...

your newer version is much shorter! its so interesting watching how we change (and the blogs reflect that)

Nicol April 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM   said...

love reading this!


Jenna DeSantis April 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM   said...

Hey girl!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog- I appreciate your support :-)

Love this About Me info!! So great to read.

XO Jenna

Jenni King April 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM   said...

man, the about me page is like the cover letter of blog existence. Mine needs updating so badly, but I every time I try to write a new on I just get so frustrated and put it off. haha.... much like every cover letter I ever had to write.

Heather April 5, 2013 at 7:21 AM   said...

YOu are GORGEOUS! Love your hair :)

Pearls & Paws

Unknown April 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM   said...

Beautiful, smart and smashing sense of style. I dig it. ;D <3

- Anna

Lily Fang April 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM   said...

Ahh, you are such a talented writer. I love both pages (:

Thanks so much for your advice for my WashU visit! I loved it there and I did everything you suggested. I hope you don't mind that I gave you a shout out on my post about my visit!

Unknown April 8, 2013 at 12:50 AM   said...

Great read.

MILEX April 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM   said...


aki! April 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM   said...

Reading this post and your new about me page was kind of the perfect way for me to get to know you and your blog.

I feel like we're pretty similar in that both our studies are kind of right brain we we use our blogs for left brain release!

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Unknown April 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM   said...

you look stunning! nice to "meet"you. I invite you to my blog, maybe we can stay in touch! xoxo

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