Archive for October, 2007

News flash!

I just now got my acceptance email for London.

SO EXCITED, you guys.

(Also: stay tuned for a special report on NeoCon East 2007. I got to sit in some chairs and meet Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitat. She’s awesome. Includes pictures!)

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So…about that pastrami?

Applications for studying abroad are due this coming Monday. I just emailed in my portfolio (in PDF format! I’m so proud I figured out how to make it into one. It only took one semi-desperate phone conversation with my dad, too!) and letter of intent. I still have to turn in hard copies of both items to SU Abroad, along with a cool sixty bucks in application fees, but I’m more or less there. Knock on wood.

This whole process has been like applying for college all over again, in miniature, complete with faculty recommendations and those horrible inane essay questions. The application wasn’t hard in the slightest—they don’t give you enough room to really get into it anyway—but it’s just that there are countless possible answers to “why do you want to study in London?” All of them are equally valid—the proximity to amazing museums, the benefits of immersion in another culture, the tremendous local architecture and design, the perspective-broadening opportunities, the ease of travel to elsewhere in Europe, the chance of picking up a non-American accent, and hey, I like Monty Python as much as the next person—and all of them are equally expected. That doesn’t make them any less true, necessarily, and I for one certainly can’t wait for spring break in Italy and weekend trips to Dublin and endless visits to the British Museum, but let me tell you a little secret. The real reason I want to pack up and haul off across the Atlantic for a semester, to live in London for a few months and expose myself to a double-dose of culture shock at both the beginning and the end of the program? Come closer, let me whisper:

It absolutely terrifies me.

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Apples to apples

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Today, despite the most un-October-like heat and humidity, some of us in the Honors Student Association went on an apple-picking mission to the Beak & Skiff orchard (“‘Beacon Skip’? What? What kind of a name is that?”), about twenty-five minutes south of Syracuse. The orchard itself is big, and beautiful, and they have a killer per-pound rate for the pick-your-own stuff, but let’s think about this for a second: Honors students. Apple picking. On your list of Fun Things To Do, it’d probably fall somewhere between clipping your toenails and making EasyMac – it’s just not, I imagine, the most exciting of prospects for most people, is what I’m saying. It doesn’t exactly sound like rock n’ roll, does it?

But you’ve never met these Honors students.

Cut to Rachel in the driver’s seat, belting the lyrics to “Good Morning Baltimore” from the Hairspray soundtrack as we make our way towards I-81, speeding just enough to almost lose the others in Steph’s top-down convertible behind us; I’m riding shotgun, giggling behind the rolling camcorder that Steve-from-the-Honors-Program made me take along, to “document” our “activities.” And…well, let’s just say the resulting footage won’t be making its way into a family-oriented documentary anytime soon.

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Oh, and also:

There’s a reason – many reasons, actually – I love (love, love, love) Tomato Nation. See it? Over there in the Blogroll? Yeah. One of those reasons is the fact that Sars does things like this, and the fact that her readers have come together to kick some major donation-booty for a great cause. The TN Fall Contest 2007 is still going on – although the requisite amount to get Sars to don a tomato costume and dance around Rockefeller Plaza has already been raised; I can’t wait for the resulting video – and if you’ve got ten bucks to spare, there are some kids who could really use some pencils and books of poetry and after-school science clubs. Go donate. Then go read some Tomato Nation, because writing on the Internet doesn’t get much better than this.

A study in caffiene dependency

So, it’s October. It’s been October for four days now, in fact. Gosh, how the time flies – wasn’t it just the beginning of September? We’re in the sixth week of the semester, and I keep doing that whole “No, really…six weeks? Has it been that long? Oh, well, I guess it has been that long. It feels like we’ve been here forever. But wait, no, really…six weeks? That long?” thing, which gets tiresome after a while. Is it so much to ask that, you know, a given period of time, having passed, actually feels like said amount of time has passed? (Okay, ignore the clunky grammar there, you know what I meant.)

But I guess no amount of complaining will change the fact that October’s here, and my, what a month it’s shaping up to be. Let’s take a look at the schedule ’round these parts, shall we?

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