Pirates Are Real: It’s Okay if You Didn’t Know That

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I didn’t know pirates were real until a week ago. My entire life, I thought pirates were made up characters for the sake of Johnny Depp and children’s books. My roommates sat me down and made me watch Captain Phillips, so luckily I learned a thing or two.

The idea of “the older you get, the less you know” is accurate. When I was younger and more naive, I was convinced that I knew everything. My pride sometimes prevented me from exploring new topics. However, I am realizing that the pride should come from being willing to learn, not from already knowing. 

So just like pirates, I am exploring uncharted territory. As I enter my senior year of college, my first goal is to commit to asking questions. My second goal is to enter the classroom with the intent of learning, not earning a grade. 

Here are some topics I have learned about this year which may spark some interest in my readers: 

  1. How to build a video game for a VR headset 
  2. The relationship between urban infrastructure and neoliberalism 
  3. Steps in the production process of a film 

Here are some topics I want to learn more about:

  1. Human design charts and bodygraphs 
  2. The impact of affordable housing on local economies 
  3. How to play a drum set

If anybody has any recommendations for resources on these topics, please let me know.

With gratitude,



Published by oliviaccohen

My name is Olivia Cohen and I am an Advertising/PR major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels! My passion for storytelling consumes me, as I am dedicated to learning how to share impactful messages through a variety of mediums. Throughout my education and work experience, I have dabbled in journalism, creative writing, copywriting, and vocal narratives. My goal is to never stop learning. I aim to use my outgoing personality and competitive nature to help companies share their stories in a concise and impactful manner.

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