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American IDIOT, NYC and other less exciting stuff.

So I just got back from my first visit to New York City. That place is crazy awesome. In exchange for baby-sitting my two nephews, my cousin got me tickets to the broadway show “American Idiot”, and being a heee-uge Green Day fan, it was  a dream come true. Unfortunately Billy Joel wasn’t there to play St.Jimmy, I missed him by a couple days but Davey Havoc did an epic job nevertheless. I believe everyone is really energized and wowed after their first trip and I was no different. COLD, very COLD. But that is offset by it’s pure AWESOMENESS. Central park is also an amazing place to chill out, clear your head, do some writing or work.

Other news; I’ve been using the career center more often, as I have more direction on where I want to go, and I think everyone should get on this because it is an amazing resource.It helps with major questions, internships, resumes, whatever you need basically. Wherever you are in your search, give them a call, fix an appointment and you will feel good that you went.

That’s all for now.

Cheers,

Dhruv Chatterjee

SNOW to START SPRING SEMESTER and 2011 BABAY!!!

First things First: WISH YOU A SUPER-HAPPY-SPAZ-TASTIC-TAN-FASTIC NEW YEAR!!!!!!

I went home all the way back to Indonesia for Christmas break and I couldn’t help thinking how fast time has flown, how old I am now etc. etc. (all that good stuff). The funny thing was we did exactly the same stupid things we did as kids, and for the first break since HS, all the friends that I actually wanted to be back were back and it was EPIC.

Skip to Present: Sitting at my Aunt’s house in Norcross, only meant to visit for a day upon my return before uni… but then SNOW!!!! Man, as a kid from Asia, this stuff is miraculous. Soft clean White Fresh Awesomeness all over. 7 times in my life and 7 great days people, 7 great days. It is multi-purpose too! Serves as:

a bed/little weapons of destruction to annihilate evil/flesh and bones for snowmen and it tastes good too….Like Ice cream without any flavor…your judging me but you know it’s true. I hope that those who fail to see the snow miracle due to being desensitized at least see what I loathe, the sun, in the same miraculous light as I see snow because wow!!!… this stuff is magical. Not to mention, this stuff cancels school too, the sun can’t do that!!!

Anyways, Looking forward to a great semester ahead. Delving deeper into my Econ, Philosophy major and jumping into my spiritual side. Yes I am a God man now, so expect preaching in future posts because after all

Massive Corny line ahead: Love makes the world go around.

I wish corny lines were money, I wouldn’t need to go to college anymore. Enjoy your extended break but once the snow has melted and the year begins, make sure you have a great one. POICE!

Back in School!

It is now halfway through our third week back at school (though today was only the 10th school day) and I am still trying to get back into the swing of things. I’m sure that everyone takes a different amount of time to adjust back to college life, especially lazy, unproductive people like me who are being suddenly overwhelmed with responsibilities. Once I got back from Italy, the most mentally trying activity I was required to participate in was doing the family’s grocery shopping. That’s not to say that I didn’t do anything academic, but it was all by my own choice. However, now I am doing hours of homework a day. Last year I was more eager to do my work, but this year I look at the tiny scribbles covering my agenda with dread, but a healthy dose of resignation. Though I don’t want to stay up past my desired bedtime to do exercises in my Italian 201 workbook, I do. That really is the bottom line, of course; I can be internally whiny and disgruntled all I want as long as I suck it up and go through with it in the end.

My life is not all about work, though. I’ve spent a lot of time recently decorating my dorm. I absolutely love my new dorm! Clifton Tower suites have a living room, kitchen, and personal bathroom in addition to the bedroom, which means I can move around and not live my life at this desk. I still use the microwave for an unfortunate amount of meals, but at least I have the option of a stove now. The decorations are all gorgeous, but they reveal a curious difference between me and my roommate. I always imagine myself as a more subdued type of person, but my style choices have proved that wrong. My comforter is a rainbow. Then, when I was picking out sofa cushions, I picked out ones with a rainbow pattern! I’m not really a rainbow person, but I like living surrounded by life, so I pick out bright, cheerful colors. Next to my crazily colorful half of the room lies my roommate’s space. Her theme is relatively easy to describe: black and white. Literally. Apart from the exception of one lime green pillow, each and every one of the decorations picked out by my roommate is black, white, or a classy mix of the two. Apparently of the two of us, I am the more bubbly. Still, it worked out for the best because no matter how funky my color choices are, our halves of the room will never clash badly.

I’ve also had two chapter meetings with my lovely sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. As wonderful as it was to be lazy this summer, I do love getting to see my college friends on a regular basis again. Though I miss my birth family, my sisters are always supportive and fun! But to go back to what I said earlier, right now I need to fulfill my homework obligations for the night. I hope everyone out there is adjusting well to school once again!

I don’t know what I’m doing in this city. The sun is always in my eyes.

August 16 2010

I have to be back to Emory in 4 days! That’s so weird to think about. Summer has flown by so quickly. I’m really excited to help out this year’s incoming freshmen, though. I just got my advisee list, as well. I’ll be advising 11 students this year. Most are business majors. Interesting. As a PACE advisor, I have to help with move-in which is going to be so exciting. Luckily I live on campus, too (Complex: Hopkins Hall), so I won’t be too far away from the new kids (not to sound creepy). It’s strange to think that I was in their spot just a year ago. I was so scared and yet I thought I already had learned all I needed to know about college and life (I guess I was pretty presumptuous in that regard). Well, I learned so much my first year at Emory. I went through some really bad stuff the first semester, stuff that hopefully nobody else gets to deal with. But somehow I persevered and came out on the other side unscathed. Great friends and family are SO important. I cannot stress this enough.

Now that my Blockbuster store is closed, I am unemployed. Time seems to have screeched to a standstill. Now I am beginning to understand why many people are bored. Not that I am actually bored, but I have just this aching desire to do something…anything. I’m not an artist at all, but I have this insatiable craving to do something artsy and creative. But I don’t know what. In the mean time, I’ll be cleaning my room like a madwoman in order to give myself something to do. (Let’s just say I’m not the most organized person)

Lately, I’ve been listening to lots of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Vince Guaraldi (yes, the man who composed the Peanuts music). Ah, jazz. So lovely. Makes me feel like an anachronism. There was jazz in the middle of the 1900s, doo-wop in the 50s, folk music in the late 60s and 70s, and post-punk and New Wave in the late 70s and 80s. I love it all.

Also, ebay has become my best friend lately. I bought The Red Shoes + The 400 Blows (both Criterion Collection) for under $10 altogether. I was so stoked. I also bought a few other awesome movies for $2 (like Casper…yes the Christina Ricci one, and Elephant). So definitely check ebay or half.ebay.com for some awesome movie deals (make sure the film is Region 1, though).

Anyway, I have to go make some brownies. Bye!

Dhruvtopia

Welcome to Dhruvtopia!

Summer is ending and dear old freshman year has left us all. It is time to think about what this new year holds in store for us. Will Mr. Sophomore year be as crazy? Will he be a bore that never wants to do anything exciting making us long for our good friends, Freshman year and Senior year High School? Or will he be the kind of friend whom you can have a blast with but count on for deeper things too? Unfortunately I don’t have the answer but I do know that there are tons of things that I am looking forward to.

Despite the increased difficulty of courses, our knowledge of university events, and resources is significantly larger. While everything may not be new anymore, there maybe a different excitement in knowing how to stay on top of all commitments, and understanding which events are must-attends and which are not so fly. (Aka where the free shirts and free food await us.) It will also be great to escape the stigma of “freshman” and join the (relatively higher) BOSSITUDE that comes with the term “sophomore”.

My name is Dhruv Chatterjee. I am a prospective Economics Major, and here are a few things I love: The good parts of life, food, music, Manchester United, and my shoes. I look forward to embarking on this journey with my fellow sophomores, and just like you, can only hope for an awesome year ahead.

Cheers.

Back at Emory

It’s my second day back at Emory and I honestly don’t know how to feel about my second year here. It was great to see everyone and catch up with friends but this year is going to be the deciding year for my major(s)! Move in was crazy and the elevator at Woodruff has never smelt worse. I’m so glad that I had early arrival and did not have to deal with all the hectic craziness.

Heading Out

Last couple days home. Procrastinated with packing and bedding and stuff so that’s pretty much what I’m doing this week. Leaving on Thursday (driving) and moving in Friday. One suitcase is filled to the brim with clothes, the other is halfway full so far with clothes and shoes, and i still gotta find space for my xbox, n64, radio, and all that random stuff too. I forgot how stressful this all is.

Mixed feelings about leaving home too…. Definitely excited to get back to campus with everybody but at the same time it’s always difficult leaving home, especially after such a great summer.

Seriously, though, with a sweet internship, seeing all my family in Turkey on a great vacation, and a great 5 day conference I just went on this weekend, I will miss summer. Still, the fact that summer lasts only three months makes it that much better because you appreciate it much more, and it makes you appreciate school that much more as well. Next post will be from campus. See you all there!!!

“Venice Beach and Palm Springs, Summer [2010] is everything.” ~Snoop Dogg

June 16, 2010 – Well the previous two introductory entries were required for pre-screening to become an SYE blogger.  Now that I’ve gotten approval, I’m ready to start writing about my summer so far!

Activities

I’ve been home for a month in Sugar Land and it has been very relaxing.

I have two unpaid internships that are pretty flexible and undemanding: one at a Burnett, a human resources staffing firm, and another at Raymond James, a brokerage company.

Seeing as how I literally gained the Freshman Fifteen,  I also subscribed to L.A. Fitness for a month, which so far has done me good by pressuring me to exercise daily.

I’ve visited my high school teachers and Color Guard dance team, receiving a lot of encouraging advice and remarks on how much I’ve changed.

Friends

Of course, my leisure time is spent with old friends, the majority of which include:

Yaasha Hasan—my best friend who I got close with my upperclassmen years of high school.  She is gorgeous, funny, and deep.  She’s also coming to Emory as a freshman next year!

Samantha Advincula— another close friend I’ve gotten to know senior year.  She is extremely sociable and enthusiastic, finding excitement and meaning in everything she does.  I’ve adopted this spiritedness and it has helped me through the best and worst of times J

Elizabeth Blanke and Mollie Tillman—whom I’ve both known since seventh grade, my oldest lasting friends in Sugar Land.

Christine LoPiccolo—my friendly high-schooler neighbor who I go run with and update about college life.

Money

Last year I worked as a server at Applebees and a local café, but this year I cannot find a seasonal position anywhere!  I only discovered some network marketing schemes which I (now regretfully) had turned down because of the risk.  As a result, it is quite frustrating to experience my first summer with NO INCOME—especially when it’s needed to fund a 2.4 GHz 13-Inch MacBook Pro.  I had no laptop my first year and made do with desktops at Woodruff, which was not too inconvenient, but I still would like to be able to write essays in my dorm or on the quad.

“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! :]

“Att fly är livet, att dröja döden…” (To flee is life, to linger is death)

There isn’t much Emory-related news or info worth posting here for the time being. But stay tuned until next time!

It seems like the up-and-coming trend is Steampunk. Finally, a cool aesthetic! I love the Victorian Era. I’m not a big fan of reading (I’m a very slow reader), but I love most British literature during that time period.

My Blockbuster job is still oodles of fun. Whenever I work, I get to pick which film we’ll play on the TVs in the store. The last three times I’ve picked Once Upon a Forest, The Pagemaster, and Fievel Goes West. I love those movies so much. So magical. I very much am in love with a song from each film (“Once Upon a Time With Me”, “Whatever You Imagine”, and “Dreams to Dream” per each respective movie). I live for the goosebumps from nostalgia of my childhood. The movies I watched as a youngster pretty much made me who I am today (my parents and schooling clearly had no influence whatsoever ;] )

…But anyway, my store is officially closing tomorrow. I almost expected it anyway, since everyone knows Blockbuster will go belly up in a year or two. Most Blockbusters are franchise stores nowadays anyway. I’m not upset that I’m losing my job a few weeks early. I’ll just have more time to sunbathe, read, learn, travel some and watch even more movies. =] But I made two really nice, awesome friends there. I’m hoping I’ll keep in touch with them as I go back to Atlanta soon. I really hope they find jobs soon. It’s hard to see and know good people being negatively affected by our current fail economy.

More specifically about movies, a few days ago I finally saw the 2008 Swedish film “Låt Den Rätte Komma In” (Let the Right One In). I fell in love with it. Movies that show the sad life of vampires are my favorite type of vampire movie (like the Southern Gothic film “Interview with a Vampire”). I get easily frightened by horror movies and usually vampires are evil in them. I don’t like that at all. But this film. This film was so beautiful. The score was minimalistic and ethereal. Mostly everything was white. The mobile camera movements were slow. The beginning and end both had scenes of silent snow smoothly fluttering to the ground. It was such a simple film, technically at least.

A bad thing in my life is that there are spiders constantly around and in my house. I HATE SPIDERS. SO MUCH. And they’re not tiny ones. They’re big brown demons from hell. Ever since I saw “Dr. No” when I was 5 or 6, I’ve been arachnophobic. It seems like every night when I come home from work, there is a spider in my garage. Madonna Mia! Hopefully I won’t be dead from a spider bite or heart attack before I go back to Emory.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last bit of summer. I know I am and will!

-Hillary