Monday, May 2, 2011

Updates and Get Ready For May

Random mishmash of things that happened while I was away/things I care about:

1) I decided to stay in my college town for the summer. I'm going home for about a month after finals to do some intensive boot camp training in the last weeks before the LSAT, but after the test is over, I'm heading back to my beloved apartment to work at the newspaper for the summer. I get to be managing editor, which is pretty neat with the opportunity to learn some new skills.

2) I set a finish-by date for THE FOREVER CITY. August 5. That's the end of summer term at the newspaper and when I must have a completed draft of this novel. I'm really excited to finally get back to it, after my exam/school obligations are over. I'm going to resume my original schedule of writing 4-5 days a week. Sounds tough to hit the ground running, but I've no time to ease myself back in. Better rip off the band-aid as quickly as I can. Also, time to read! I planned on reading at least 35 books this year, so I definitely need to start catching up. Lots and lots of library time planned.

3) I got TWO scholarships! One is a merit scholarship based on GPA with $$$ (yay!). And the other, which I am infinitely more excited about, is a history department specific scholarship for one student per year (me!!) that provides the funds to send me to Stanford University this summer to peruse primary sources for my senior honors thesis. Plus, I get a cool title. That's nice too. My thesis is on the political influence of Chinese immigrants on the Shandong problem in the Paris Peace Conference 1919 - 1922. I feel unbelievably lucky and only hope my luck can carry through June 6 (lolbutseriously).

4) This is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, so as I said way back in February, I will be doing a series of posts on APA issues in society and literature throughout the month. (So come visit from time to time!) The first will either be at the end of this week or beginning of the next. I'll try my best, but this is the week before finals, so I'm trying desperately not to fail at the moment.

5) Osama Bin Laden has been killed. I am going to leave you with a video that I remember at my darkest episodes and the best of times. It's a testament to the power and relevancy of literature and film to our every day lives and real situations. I don't mean to use it in a corny way or cheapen the gravity and importance of this moment in history with a blasé movie reference. Truly, I think these are incredible words taken alone, respectfully, and in seriousness. I'm sure you know them, but I hope you enjoy them as I always do. God bless America.

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  1. Congrats on the scholarships and on getting to be managing editor! That sounds so official and stuff. It sounds like you have a great summer lined up. :)

  2. You came back with a punch! Congrats on the scholarships and newspaper-running and all of that! You'll be going to my university's arch-rival! Ssss. (It's a thing. We hiss when we hear the name of that school across the bay.) Not gonna lie though, the Farm is really pretty.

    I'm excited about your APA Month posts!!! I'm doing that again too, except I have no idea what I'm actually going to post on yet. So if you have any BRILLIANT ideas, please do share! :P

    Also, Sam's speech in LOTR is made of WIN and so very beautiful.

  3. Wow, so many awesome things to shout about! Congrats on them all. Let us know how you like being a Managing Editor. That sounds like a lot of fun. And I love the speech vid you chose. It's completely appropriate.

  4. Hey! I just wanted to recommend some books for you...Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and If I Stay (and the sequel Where She Went) by Gayle Forman. They're incredibly awesome YA and you should check them out (:
    Also good luck on the LSAT! You'll have to tell us how it is...I'll hopefully be taking it in 6 years!

  5. Thanks, everybody! I'm sorry, I will try to be better at checking everyone's blogs and commenting. I'm slacking hardcore.

    Nicole - Thanks for the the recs. I have read IF I STAY and can't wait for the sequel! But I will definitely check out REVOLUTION. Glad you dropped by and hope you come back soon!