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Two recommended resources for Sophomores

Hey, just wanted to point a few resources that all Sophomores should know about because I have been using these ever since I figured out about them and they really help.

Career Center – Schedule a first appointment, and from then on you will realise why this is an excellent resource.

Academic Advising – All general questions about credits/major ect. can be fixed with an appointment here. I had an issue because none of my two assigned advisers are in too much contact with me or reply to emails….. so I fixed an appointment to get some answers, and even when they cannot answer, they refer you to someone who can. Very good resources.

Enjoy guys, someone please comment or something so I feel like our blogs are actually read/my fellow bloggers are still alive haha.



15 Days Until School…

Feels weird that summer is almost over. Just got back from a two week vacation in Turkey and now I only have a couple weeks left at home. I’m already all over OPUS for some last minute class changes and have started getting back into a school mood and getting ready to go back. Still have a lot to do though (like going to all my favorite restaurants, getting school supplies, etc) and not much time but i’m sure i will figure it out.

Another big thing coming up soon is declaring my major. I guess I have been pretty set on business and psychology since first semester last year, but Im definitely going to make it official right when I get back to campus. I’ve wanted to do business ever since i applied to Emory and am getting ready to apply to the b-school, but I got interested in psych after taking Psyc 111 with Lilienfeld in fall 2009, which is a great course. I also ready this really good book about the psychology of snap judgements and first impressions this summer called Blink, which pretty much solidified my interest in psychology. Inception might have played a small role too.

I might try to use these two majors together and go into marketing after I graduate. I worked at a marketing agency in NYC this summer that actually works with Playboy, which is awesome, and that got me interested in the idea of marketing. I am also really into finance and international business and I know that psychology will help in general with life, if not directly with my career.

Still, on a finishing note, this was a great summer. Pretty sad that it is ending, but school this year will be a good time. 15 days…

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30 June 2010 [Edited on July 11]

Salut à tous!

C’est moi, Hillary (my name sounds really awkward in French). As my study of French progresses, I have learned a few interesting phrases relating to animals. To never show up to an event you RSVP’d to is called “mettre un lapin” [to put in a rabbit] (I guess like how a magician can make rabbits disappear in their hats? I have no idea.) To have a bad memory translates to “Avoir un cerveau de poisson” [to have a fish brain] (Dory, anyone?). And to stop going off on a tangent means “retournons à nos moutons” [return to our sheep].

So… return to our sheep we shall. Let’s talk about Emory stuff! So, there is a little less than 2 months of summer left until my sophomore year begins. Since I like to go with the flow of things, I don’t really have very many specific goals for next year… except to keep my GPA up. I also plan on volunteering at Skyland Trail every other weekend. It’s a day facility for those with mental illnesses. Since I want to work with mentally ill patients for my career, I’m pretty stoaked to volunteer.

I’m also excited about my classes next semester. I’m taking two Psychology classes (Child Development & Neuropsychology of Childhood Disabilities) and two Film Studies classes (History of Film to 1954 [with Dr. Pratt! He's super rad] & the French New Wave) + Martial Arts…like a boss. I switched French 101 for the French New Wave because I figured I’d know all the French 101 stuff by then… and having tons of foreign language busy work everyday isn’t cool. Plus, I only know about Godard and Truffaut. I need to expand my Nouvelle Vague horizons. But… that means I have an 8:30am class everyday. Be forewarned: I’ll definitely be complaining about that more when school starts! (I’m the college kid who stays up until sunrise everyday)

But I’m definitely looking forward to DJ-ing again. I cohost a radio show (“Ready for the Weekend”) on Fridays from 4-6pm with my awesome friend, Fahad. It’s an electro/synthpop/80s new wave show. Fahad plays more upbeat electronic stuff whereas I love darkwave and heavier beats (like VNV Nation, one of my favorite bands for almost 8 years now). I guess I still have the goth Hillary from middle school lingering inside of me. But I assure you, we aren’t a pretentious indie radio show. We love taking requests and we play some popular stuff (Fahad and I like MGMT, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Matt & Kim, etc.) and I’ll totally groove to 3Oh!3 and Lady Gaga. But we mostly play new, up-and-coming electro bands. We like to be ahead of the curve. :] And since Fahad is from Dubai, he knows a lot of music that is popular in Europe and Asia but has failed to become famous here.

Random: Seeing as I love film and psychology, I found this small list to be quite awesome: Famous Movie Psychos. All of those movies are great. I especially love Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho”, but who doesn’t love narcissistic  psychopaths who listen to Phil Collins, Huey Lewis & The News, and Whitney Houston when they brutally murder their innocent victims?

And of course there is Alex DeLarge. I wouldn’t necessarily call him a psychopath but he’s definitely not your normal, standard person either.

Goodness is something to be chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.

Alex DeLarge from "A Clockwork Orange"

Not going to lie. Malcolm McDowell is gorgeous in this movie in some twisted, perverse way.

…There must be someone else who agrees with me, right?

Also, this:

Lego Norman Bates? Hell yes. :]

Anyway, it’s 3am. Time to watch another movie. I’m thinking the classic “The Gods Must Be Crazy”… and so now I’m thirsty for some Coca-Cola out of a glass bottle (the only way it should be consumed!).

À bientôt! :]

And Time Marches On…

Ciao, Emory!

I hope you are all having as great a summer as I am. I’ve had a glorious past few weeks doing nothing productive in the slightest. When I got home from Italia, it took me a grand total of TEN days to recover from jet-lag. While my family enjoyed watching the insanity, I most definitely did not have fun. Even at college, I need to be in bed by midnight to be coherent the next day, and suddenly I was staying up the equivalent of 4am or later (Italian time). I became so giddy that I started spelling everything instead of saying it. Now that I am fully recovered (finally), I have been spending most of my free time, whatever time I have between acting as chauffeur and grocery-shopper for my family, creating my “I-studied-for-a-month-in-Italy-and-took-way-too-many-pictures-of-landscapes” scrapbook and watching the second and third seasons of Bones. The creation of my scrapbook was coming along nicely until I ran out of double-sided photo tape after the first ten pages. The organization of 450+ pictures into a cohesive album is a more trying task than I had first anticipated, but I am determined to see it through. Watching Bones is a much simpler pastime. It is a show that never fails to entertain, even when watching three consecutive episodes.

The more time I spend at home, the more eager I am for my second year at Emory. It’s not that I don’t love having some free time and seeing my family, but I miss being in school. I’m an English major and Italian minor, which means I’m studying what I love. I’ve always heard that when your work is something you love, then you never do a day of work in your life, and that is what school is for me. In addition to two interesting English classes and another round of Italian next semester, I’m also going to try my hand at Anthropology 201, which will be the first science I have taken so far at Emory (and, to be honest, likely the last science I take at Emory). I’m a bit anxious about it, of course, but I hope that the fact that I think anthropology is a fascinating subject will balance out the sudden influx of science into my schedule. I am excited to see all my friends again, especially my sorority sisters from Sigma Delta Tau. In number, there is a lot of time left of summer, but we all know that it’s going to slip by before we know it, for better or for worse.

For now, arrivederci. Go out and enjoy that summer sunshine!