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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

Stressed?

I won’t usually write about this, but right now I’m definitely pretty stressed. I’m getting my work done and handling my extracurriculars, but its taking a lot of effort. RHA is going in full swing, I started my stats office hours, I’ve been pursuing my Hillel internship, and my first tests are already coming up. On top of all that, I am applying early to Goizueta and I recently found out that I will be making a speech at the Sophomore Pinning Ceremony, so I guess I will see you guys all there.

Other than that, sophomore year is going well. Sister Hazel and Block Party were fun, the row has been fun, and the weather’s been great (which is always a good thing). Going out really is what keeps me calm at this point. It’s all good.

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!

Back

So, we’re back.

First, I want to say that living in a frat house is awesome. I have a great room, a great setup, great friends, and everything. Especially compared to being an only child at home, I definitely appreciate living here. It’s really nice seeing everyone, catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while (both in and not in my frat), and pretty much always having something going on in the house.

This kind of leads into classes. SO far, so good. Stressed out a lot about buying books (still havent really even gotten them all), keeping up with my classes and extracurriculars, and getting back into a working mode, but im finally getting back into the groove. Hopefully I will be able to handle everything i have on my plate.

Anyways, move in week is definitely overwhelming and I am glad that it is done, but at the same time its so nice being back. This was a good start to what will hopefully be a good year. Hope everyone reading this feels the same.

Jon

“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.