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Post-Grad Adjustments

I’ve been having some trouble adjusting to life after graduation…. I feel so lost without any sort of homework or a set schedule to fill my time! I honestly, don’t really know what to do with myself right now! I mean, I’m working on getting my paperwork together to go abroad, finishing up some other applications, and I’ve got a job and chores to do of course. But WHAT DO I DO ALL DAY, EVERYDAY NOW THAT COLLEGE IS OVER!?

I haven’t ever really had this much unlimited, unbounded, absolutely FREE time in my entire life (expect pre-pre-school days I can’t even remember)

Any advice? Not like what things to do to fill my time–I’m highly capable of dinking around and finding stuff to clean. But how do I handle the actual transition to post-college life??

This quote settled my worries a bit at least. Helps me realize I’m not necessarily wasting my time by enjoying summer right now.


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Reflecting on graduating

As I face graduation coming up soon, I’m faced with a conflict of sorts. I’m extremely proud of my accomplishments throughout my education. I’ve worked very hard (despite much procrastination and complaining) and have learned so much. However, as I look out at the greater world I am overwhelmed that I truly know so little. There is so much left to learn in life… trades I want to learn, skills to hone, intellectual topics I’ve barely broken the surface of… It’s very humbling to consider what I’ve done compared to what I still hope to accomplish. Good thing I’m young, optimistic, and value this new humility 🙂

“Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.”

–William Cowper

PS Love Van Gogh, this is the wallpaper on my computer right now 🙂

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I should be so lucky to have a Gatsby quote as my epitaph.

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Easter Fun!

Happy Easter weekend all! Hope you got a day or two off of your obligations to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones.

I have an exciting weekend planned and I can’t wait! One of my best friends is in town and we’ve got lots to do!

Got my free coffee (earth day special, get yours asap!) from Starbucks this morning (Bou has one too!). What would I have done without that boost of caffeine on a day like today!? Happy Earth Day 🙂

After our coffee run this morning, we all attended an anti-protest of sorts! It was at Planned Parenthood in Highland PArk, MN. Apparently every year on Good Friday, this clinic gets a whole bunch of pro-life protesters. To counter that and show support for the clinic, pro-choice rally was organized to happen at the same time. It made for such a great morning! Everyone was so upbeat (despite the dreary, chilly weather) and I felt like we really came together with the community. It was a very meaningful and invigorating experience! I loved demonstrating, actively participating, and supporting something I feel very strongly about. We marched for about an hour and a half with giant pink signs. They held an inter-faith prayer service and we even got to give video testimonials about why we support Planned PArenthood. I was so happy to be able to be a part of something so meaningful and positive. Plus, we had fun! I am hoping to get involved with more volunteer activities after graduation (when I have time and a normal schedule)

We have quite an evening planned as well! Shopping for formal dresses is first on the agenda. Our next formal is coming up just before graduation! Should I wear glitter shoes again!?

After that, we’re heading to the biggest buffet in MN for dinner–my friend is the biggest chinese food fiend I’ve ever met and this buffet is absolute HEAVEN. Check it out–Lake St/Hiawatha called the Teppanyaki Buffet–you won’t be disappointed.

After that, a fun night out with my best friends 🙂

Hopefully we get another limo to chauffeur us around town!

Saturday will include buying wine, cheese, and macaroons from Surdyks and watching hP7. I’ve only seen it like 4 times since the DVD came out….

Sunday morn means Easter brunch and doing some homework! Bummed I couldn’t go home to be with my family this Easter but they’ll be here soon enough for graduation and I’ll be home for an extended visit in June. I have quite a busy week next week to get ready for anyway! Classes ramping up for finals and the week culminating in Spring Jam.

And I have a Skype interview Monday with a school in Beijing! I may teach English there next year! #fingerscrossed

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So in case you guys haven’t noticed, I’m a HUGE supreme court junkie. I love the SCOTUS. Some of my favorite things to read about are the personalities or real-life stories of the justices. Ginsburg is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever read about (see her wikipedia page for proof, girl is fierce). Justice Thomas is bewildering. Kennedy is a character as well. Learning about what makes each of them really tick helps you understand their arguments and where they’re coming from in their decisions. It’s fascinating. I’m about 2/3 through reading “The Nine” (hw keeps getting in the way) and “Making Our Democracy Work” (thanks Raquel) is on deck for my post-grad reading pleasure.

I stumbled upon this articles in the NY Times last week and thought it was hilarious! It measures the “funniness” of the justices! A BU professor examined a few seasons of arguments and quantified the humor of each justice. Laughing episode credited to each of the justices were counted and he came up with some interesting conclusions:

Scalia is the funniest (no surprise there)

Thomas was the least funny (as he NEVER speaks in oral arguments, no one is really surprised at this)

The professor that complied this research, Jay D. Wexler of BU Law, admits that there are some drawbacks to his method of calculation. The notation of [laughter] in oral argument transcripts does not distinguish between a simple chuckle or a raucous bout of laughter. It also doesn’t separate nervous, anxious laughs from a genuine laughter crack-up.

Similarly, it doesn’t take account of a justices attendance to laugh ratio. Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice Ginsburg’s poor attendance at arguments means they had/have fewer opportunities to cause laughter than the others. Despite her stiff appearance, I imagine Ginny would be very good company (she’s my favorite justice, duh).

Check out the rest of the article here!

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Real Life “Letters to Juliet” Story

This 200-year-old love letter was found folded up and hidden in an arm-chair!

Written in french (and in PENCIL, I can’t believe it survived and is readable!), its style and language dates it back to the 1800s. The letter was translated and roughly says:

“My dear small love, do not be worried, do you seriously believe I would tell anything to these people, who don’t understand anything about love?

If someone insists that I say something, it will be anything but the dear love acquired by you, which is the great treasure hidden in my heart.

I didn’t tell you to come yesterday because I didn’t have the opportunity, but do come every Tuesday around 5:30, and Fridays as well; I count/hope on you tomorrow.

At the moment I write this letter, I can hear my aunt yelling, who else annoys us all day long, today and tomorrow.

My dear, I cover you with kisses and caresses until… I need you in this moment of desire. I love you.”

*swoon* how romantic?!

I had just finished watching “Letters to Juliet” when I found this story and it gave me the warm fuzzies 🙂 What perfect timing! I am usually not the sappy, lovey-dovey type… But this story definitely appealed my romantic side.

The person that found the letter is writing to the family that owned the chair for the past 150 years to try and find out more! I’m expecting another movie in the coming years.

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The First Lady

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the President’s Secret Service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, “Why was he so interested in talking to you?” She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant,” to which Michelle responded, “No. If I had married him, he would now be the President.”


Reason #4523 Michelle Obama is one of my idols


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