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 @songbird49
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:58 pm

Just wanted to say hi since we've been sending shout-outs back and forth for a while. ;P

A little more about myself: I'm Lestria, I'm 14 (and two-thirds, if you want to be a little more exact), I adore Harry Potter and am obsessed with fanfiction, I want to travel the world. I also play the violin and volleyball, but MEH. Most of my time is spent on reading (fanfiction, nowadays).

Your shout-outs always make my days a little bit better! It's nice to know that there is another human being somewhere out there. :D




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Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:42 pm

Hi Lestria! :grin: I love getting shout-outs from you, too! Shout-outs just make me so happy...I love going to my profile and seeing that "(1 New)" thingy on the bar! :mrgreen:

Anyway, well, I don't really like saying my real name and age online, but I will say I'm around the same age as you are (let's say, give or take a couple years :wink: ). I also adore Harry Potter. I kinda like reading fanfiction, buuut not that much. :grin: I play the piano and badminton, and I have lived in three different countries. My favourite things to do include reading (usually fantasy lately, but I like other books too), writing (I have like a million gazillion half-finished stories :lol: ), and singing. I also secretly dream of doing theater, but am always too terrified to actually audition for anything. :lol: Aaand that's all I can think of to say about me. :lol: 

Thanks for making my days better with your shout-outs! :grin:

~Songbird49




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Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:55 pm

Yay, you replied! :D

Whoa, what countries have you lived in? And what book(s) are you currently reading?

I just finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer (my friend wouldn't stop bugging me until I read it). It's a good book: solid plot, interesting characters, cute romance, BUUT I will say the last half of the book is pretty painful to read because of the a;dfa;skjf stuff that happens. :P You should check out the cover, which is creepy yet gorgeous.

And yes, I love writing too!! I write mostly short stories (coughfanfictionlol), but I think I want to try my hand at writing a novel-length story someday.




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Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:41 am

Hey! Now I feel bad for taking so long to reply to this, but I was at camp, and didn't really get to come on the Stacks. I have lived in India, the U.A.E, and now, the U.S. They are all awesome, but sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I'd lived in the same place all my life...I've never lived any one city for more than three years (until now!! :grin:).

I am currently reading a book called Storybound by I-don't-remember-who-but-I-am-too-lazy-to-go-look-it-up. :grin: It has a pretty good idea behind it, but I don't know if I would actually recommend it to anyone, it isn't too well written. That always annoys me, when I'm just like, it could have been so good if you'd just taken a bit more effort with the writing!! :grin: 

Ooh, I think I saw Cinder last time I was in the bookstore! I almost bought it! Doesn't it have, like, the red shoe on it or something? I love rewrites of fairy tales, even if they go pretty off the original story...what book are you reading now (that you've finished Cinder)?

I love writing short stories, but for some reason I hardly ever do. I have yet to actually write a novel length anything, though. I wrote 50,000 words of one for NaNoWriMo, but it wasn't finished, and after November, I just got really lazy, and, umm...it still needs to be finished. :lol: What kind of fanfiction do you like to write?

~Songbird49




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Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:20 am

No problemo. :) Was it sleepaway? I've never gone to sleepaway camp before (except for this like 2-day winter school trip--which was actually v fun. We went sledding on tires and snowshoeing and skiing.)

Wow. Your life sounds like it's straight out of an adventure book. *_* Do you keep in touch with the friends you make? Do you like staying put or moving around?

Oh, yeah, I've read some bad books this past year, but lately, I've been reading some pretty good ones. Yup, the red shoe is Cinder! If you look closely, you'll see that there's something wrong with her ankle...

I'm reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing right now, which is pretty dense, but it's really thought-provoking. Some of the biggest themes are communism, feminism...It's very cynical and has some mature content, but I've been pretty absorbed in it.

Omg I have the opposite problem! I love novels, but I can't write one because I can't think of a plot that will last a novel (and that I won't get bored of :P). WOW, congrats on Nanowrimo! Even if you didn't finish it, it's pretty amazing that you wrote so much. What's it about, briefly? :P

I write fanfiction for anything I can think of an alternate plot/character development for. :P 39 Clues, Arthur (yes, Arthur, the cartoon TV show), and Mother Daughter Book Club. The last one is special because my friends and I usually don't read the same types of books, but we ALL read Mother Daughter Book Club and enjoyed it. So now when I write fanfiction for it, my friend reads it and we talk about it and it's like bonding, you know? :P




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Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:09 pm

It was not sleepaway, sadly. It just took up a lot of my time. :razz:I wish it had been because I've never really gone to sleepaway camp before either. In this one, you had the option of staying there and having it be sleepaway, but that was way more expensive. I might do it next year though! :grin:What have you been doing this summer?

Like an adventure book?! *scrolls down to see what exactly I wrote in previous post* :lol:I guess it just sounds a lot more exciting than it actually is. :razz:I have usually tried to stay in touch with my friends, but right now, I'm only still in touch with three of my friends from other places, and they are pretty much my three best friends. And, well, I am glad I got to be in all the places I've lived in, and make all the friends I've made, but I would rather not move anymore now. :razz:Atleast, not until I have to go to college. :razz:Just curious, but have you lived in the same place your whole life?

I now have to go see a picture of Cinder's cover to see what's wrong with her ankle. :razz:Hmm...metallic joints?

I think I've heard of The Golden Notebook somewhere, but I don't really know what it's about...is it good?

I finished Storybound, and, idk, some parts of it were better than my first impression, some parts of it...really weren't. :razz:Are you reading anything else right now?

Oh my, that's pretty much my problem with a lot of my novels, too! I just get bored with the idea, and think it's really stupid, and wonder how on earth I could have been so excited about it just a few weeks/months ago. :mrgreen:Either that, or I just don't know what to write next. I usually always have a beginning and end in mind when I start to write, but I appear to almost never have more than the foggiest of ideas about the middle...:razz:My Nanowrimo story is briefly about a person who lived inside of a snowglobe (you know, those little statues inside snowglobes?) who one day gets transported outside of it and discovers that there's a lot more to the world than she thought there was. And her adventure. Gosh, that actually sounds a lot more stupid than it did in my head. :razz:

Oh, I love Mother Daughter Book Club, too! (And agree that Arthur is one of the few actually interesting little kids T.V shows. :grin:) But I (still) haven't read past the fourth book (of MDBC). I think we've had this discussion before. In fact, I think my first post on this board was in reply to one you made about the Mother Daughter Book Club books. :mrgreen: 

 

Wow, this is long! :razz:

~Songbird49

 




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Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:29 pm

Meh, I've been volunteering at this botanical garden and at a research lab. Also I tutor about 3 hours a week. But overall, it's been pretty chill. I read books. I study for the Math and Bio Subject SATs lol.

Nah, I lived in China when I was really little and then we moved to Texas for a year when I was 6. I was so young then that I don't really remember it...so honestly, it feels like I've lived in New York all my life. And I used to be proud of being a New Yorker, but I've gotten a little sick of it. I can't wait to get out of here and go to college (hopefully somewhere far away, but my parents vetoed my idea of going to England. D: Aw man.)

Yup, Cinder is pretty cool. My friend likes it more than I do, though, because she loves evil characters. o-o Go figure.

I like the Golden Notebook because the main character has a really cynical attitude that I can identify with. I've been in a slump for the past year. :/ And I'm scared that when I get back to school, I'll be super stressed and unhappy again.

Hehe, I'm still reading the Golden Notebook, but I put an order on Daughter of Smoke and Bones because two of my friends said that it was really good.

Your novel sounds like something I would read actually. Snowglobes are totes cool. :)But yeah, sometimes I have these elaborate ideas and later I realize, oops, that's not realistic at all and I have to discard the whole thing. :/

Oh, hahaha, I think I remember the post now. Omg, do you know the author is writing a new 7th book?? I found out a few weeks ago and I AM SO PUMPED OMGG. :DMy friends and I have been fangirling for a week and we promised each other to buy it at the same time and read it at the same time.

(We are such nerds. :D)




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Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:03 am

Now I feel super bad for not replying or coming on here for simply ages, but I was in India visiting my family, and I was really busy. Plus my internet wasn't actually working super well. :razz: Wow, you volunteer at a research laboratory?! That sounds so cool! What do you do there? And at the botanical gardens? Besides visiting my family in India, I was also volunteering at a school for children from the slums and teaching small groups of 4th/5th graders English. They were so sweet and kept asking for the classes to be longer! Hopefully I will be able to continue teaching them online starting September. :grin:

China sounds super cool! It's a pity you don't remember it. How old were you?

OMG, there's going to be a 7th book?! I really need to get my hands on the 5th! I just kind of forgot about them after I couldn't find it last summer, but they're really good.

What have you been doing for the rest of summer? I can't believe my school starts in a few weeks! Agh! What about yours?

~Songbird49




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Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:36 pm

yayyy you're back. c:

Haha, the research lab isn't actually that cool. I did it during the month of the July and basically I did the really simple tasks for the college girl I worked with, aka labelling and centrifuging tubes, getting/putting materials into the right places. The point was really to just learn about working in a lab and doing a science research project. Her project was on these tiny things called nanoparticles, and at the end of the month, I went to the conference where everyone presented their projects. Def very interesting, and everyone was so nice and willing to answer questions. (I ask a lot of questions. :P)

The botanical gardens is fun. :) I teach kids around 5-9 about plants. My fav station is the pond, where I can catch water insects/plants in these nets. Also I caught my first frog with my friend today, which is exciting.

Jealous of your India trip. :p I've done some tutoring in the past, but idk if I could handle a whole class. Do you speak the language there (Hindu, right?) and was it hard to translate?

I was lived in China until I was 5. I have vague memories of eating lotus flowers. They were delicious, I think.

I'll mostly be working at the botanical garden and also tutoring, I guess. Ooh, and I'm going to my friend's house tom and we're going to window-shop around her neighborhood cuz she has lots of little boutiques and stuff. Very cute. :D I really want to go on vacation. My dad promised he would take me to Disney World, but now he says he's really busy so if we do go, it'll probs be to Niagara Falls or somewhere closer to New York (where I live :P).

I'm starting school on Sept 4th. :( The summer's gone by really fast.




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Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:09 pm

Ooh, one of my cousins (who's in college) showed me a project she was doing on nanoparticles this summer! They definitely sound very interesting. The botanical gardens sound awesome! Before I left for India, I was trying to volunteer in the butterfly gardens of a nearby zoo, but they said I was too young. :sad: You had to be 18 or something. But I'm super excited because once school starts, I'm going to start volunteering at an animal shelter. (Which, incidentally, I have been waiting to be able to do for a while because last year I didn't fit into their age restrictions either. :razz:)

Oh, the teaching wasn't a whole class! (I would die! :lol:) It was groups of 5-8 at a time, but yeah, even that was hard enough at times. On the first day, the 4th grade group decided that they could walk all over me and my sister (and were probably right :razz:), and I'm pretty sure they kept that impression throughout. But luckily then they got super interested in learning to read English, so they decided not too. :razz:

Yeah, the official language of India is Hindi, but actually each region speaks a different language. I knew enough of their language to understand them fully, and also to communicate, albeit in a very grammatically incorrect way. :razz: But I speak a different language, and every now and then I used to accidentally mix in some of it when talking, which they found very funny.

And agh, school!!! Mine starts on the 2nd. :sad: When I said "few" weeks, it was very much wishful thinking. :razz:



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Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:17 pm

Oh yeah most places have a 16+ age restriction. -_- also what stinks is when you have a birthday after the summer, like I do, so even though I turn 16 next year, I won't be able to volunteer at some places next summer because I'll still be 15 during that time.

IT'S NOT FAIR. >:(

Ooh, animal shelter. I would love to do that, except I think my parents would freak because they have an unnatural fear of me getting bitten by an animal.

Haha, trying to teach kids my age or older makes me a little nervous because EEP THEY COULD DISS ME AT ANY TIME and I'm so bad at responding cleverly to insults. ;_; Today I met this guy near my age at the garden and I was teaching kids how to put plants in pots, and I offered him one, but he laughed (not in a snotty way tho, thank goodness) and said no thanks.

Haha, that's me with Chinese ALL THE TIME. My relatives laugh at me and say I have an American accent, which is ironic because I'm always paranoid I speak English with a Chinese accent. #culturalproblemslol. Also I take spanish in school and everyone always speaks really haltingly (including me) and I have no idea how the teachers manage to keep a straight face.

What language do you take in school? Also do you get to choose classes this year? (I don't, which is annoying.)




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Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:21 pm

Haha, my parents were a little iffy about the animal shelter, too, but they did end up letting me do it, so...:grin: And oh, I could NOT teach kids my age, either. I would freak out and get so nervous, and just, eep. 

OhmyGryffindor, my relatives always say I speak Kannada (my language) with an American accent, too. I don't mind when they say it, but I get super annoyed when other people laugh about it. I'm just like, well you speak English with an Indian accent, can I laugh now? (Except I don't actually say that. :razz:)

I take French. I got to pick some of my classes this year. (And I'm totally regretting some of them, because I just saw my schedule and just realized that I'm probably not going to make it through the year alive.) My school starts tomorrow. I'm actually really nervous. I mean, I'm kind of excited too, about seeing all my friends and about some of my classes (choir, 'cause I'm always excited about choir, and creative writing because it was one of the new classes I got to choose, and it sounds super cool. :grin: ), but, eep, I am so not ready to start having homework again.

~Songbird49




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Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:17 pm

Ah, school. School just started and wat where did all this work come from.

I HAD A POP QUIZ IN MATH ON THE FIRST DAY AND OMGGG I WAS SO NOT PREPARED. There was this question where you had to prove this theorem and I was struggling so much even tho I knew I learned it last year and when I got home, I looked it up AND OMG IT'S SO SIMPLE GAHHHHHH I JUST HAD TO DRAW AN EXTRA LINE. Idk if you've done geometry? Like, I like geometry because it's neat, but I hate it when you have to draw extra lines cuz I always fail at that sort of thing.

The worse thing is that math is usually my strong point but this year I have the chairperson of the department as my teacher and even tho he's brilliant, he speaks with a heavy Russian accent and gives really difficult problems. :icry:

The good thing is that everyone said my Spanish teacher was awful and played favorites, but she seems pretty nice and I think she likes me. c: Also my global teacher is new, but seems cool. ALSO THE BEST PART is that even tho gym is track & field stuff and I thought I would die, the weight room is pretty cool and I love treadmills and yass this will help me get into shape.

But back to your classes: omg creative writing sounds sosososo fun. I think it's offered at my school next year. BUT TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR CLASSES ESPECIALLY DAT CREATIVE WRITING. :D Which class is your fav so far? Least fav? Which one gives the most hw...:(




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Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:53 pm

Oh, I know. I came home from school on the first day, and I already had four hours of homework and it was just like whaaaat. I think school would just be so much nicer in every way if we just didn't have homework! Or atleast less of it would be nice. :grin:

I've done geometry, and I think I know the kind of proofs you're talking about? Atleast, in my school we have this kind of weird integreted math system that just no one else seems to have, so each level is kind of a mix of geometry and algebra and, like, whatever else there is, so it's not exactly nicely seperated. But I'm doing calculus now, so I assume I've probably finished geometry. :razz: 

And oh, we had a quiz on the first day in my history class, too! It wasn't exactly a pop quiz since they had told us last year that if we signed up for this class there was a whole lot of summer homework, and stuff we do on the first day with it, but it was still annoying.

Track and field sounds kind of like a fun gym class! And it's good that your teachers are nice. I think most of mine are too. :grin: My favourite classes, hmm...well, I haven't had creative writing yet because my school has a weird type of scheduling, and anyway I only have it next semester. :sad: So right now, I will say my favourite class is choir. :grin: Though I also like my science class. HISTORY GIVES THE MOST HOMEWORK BY FAR, IT'S SO ANNOYING!!! Well, I guess math also gives pretty close to the same amount of homework, but solving problems is somehow less frustrating than taking notes on the textbook.

On an un-school note, what have you been reading lately? I am in middle of reading Les Mis, and it is...interesting. :grin: It's super long, so some parts it just drags on and on about, far more than it seems like you'd need, but it's actually a pretty good book so far. What else have you been doing lately, or has school been consuming your life? :twisted: Agh, why is Monday tomorrow??? :lol: 

~Songbird49




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Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:51 pm

Haha, I agree about the hw part. I remember in elementary school when I would get home and eat a snack and read books and then do hw for like 30 minutes lol. #theolddays:')

Hahahahahahahahaha. Basically I've been doing math. Literally 50% of my free time is on math now. I spent 3 hours on math hw yesterday, no joke, and usually I spend 2-3 hours on it now because there is so much hw omg. My friends and I literally just talk about math hw now. It's really pathetic.

But the thing is that I still look forward to math (cuz I'm a math nerd shh), and hte class I'm dreading the most is STRINGS. GAH. STRINGS. I play the violin, but I'm not as good at it as a lot of other pp in strings and it makes me very insecure. Also whenever I play music, I just feel really uncomfortable and I always make lots of mistakes, even if the music is really easy. I don't really know why. Yesterday I sat in the front row cuz my friend dragged me up there and I made so many mistakes omg and it was so embarassing because the younger kids behind me were like "wat are you doing" (well they didn't say that, but they implied it) and I was just like WHEN WILL THIS TORTURE END.

So yeah. :/

I don't really have time to read right now, but we're reading The Odyssey for English and wahh, I didn't know it was 500+ pages. ;_; I know the plot pretty well already cuz I've seen a bunch of plays on it, but it's interesting I guess. I like Greek mythology stuff tho. :D 

I'm really happy about my classes in general tho because there's a lot of different people in each class. Last year, even tho we were supposed to have different people in each class, a lot of hte same people were in my classes and so I got kind of tired of them after a while. xD I NEED VARIETY YO. But yeah, this year, I have a lot of friends in my classes and eep it's been fun.

I'm sorry, I feel like I've just been rambling on and on about me, so tell me about how your day is going (when you read this)!!




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Oh, elementary school. *sigh* So much free time I had back then, and like, no stress, and just WHY HIGH SCHOOL, WHY??? :lol:

Eek, your math homework sounds like a lot!! I spend on average 1-1 1/2 hours each on math and social studies, about 30 mins to an hour on physics, and I literally do my chemistry homework sometime in school the day it's due. :lol:

Aww, that stinks. But do you like playing the violin? I've always thought it seemed like a really cool instrument!  And oh! we read the Odyssey in English last year! I thought it was pretty interesting. :grin:

My day has been pretty good, today. :grin:We played this really useless-but-fun game in social studies that was basically a simulation of colonial countries in the 1700s trading. Each group was a country and got some resources to begin and we got points for collecting different types of resources from other countries and you could smuggle as well. :grin:We basically learned nothing ('cause the simulation didn't work ot the way it was supposed to :lol:) And I had choir, which is always good. :grin:How was your day?

~Songbird49




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You're taking physics AND chem?? On one hand, I kind of want to do that (because I like science hehe) but everyone's always complaining about the work they get for either chem or physics respectively, so taking two at once would mean double the work...:( How are you managing? I'm taking just chem right now and right now it's just sig figs, conversions, chill stuff. xD

Yeah, I love hearing other people play the violin. But when I play, I just feel annoyed lol. The cello is my fav string instrument tho (even tho I don't play) bc it has such a deep resonant sound. *_*

Your social studies game sounds fun! It sounds kind of like Model U.N. (do you have that at your school), which is like a simulation of the United Nations and each person represents a modern-day country and everyone works together to bring about a resolution, i.e. what to do for the syrian crisis, how to promote environmental conservation. It's a club at my school and I did it last year and it was v fun, but I didn't have time to do it this year. :( Do you have clubs at your school and if so, which ones are you in?

I had a half-day today and I get Thursday and Friday off because of Rosh Hashanah hehe. #hallelujah School has been a little suffocating--can you believe it's only September?? I read in an article recently that if you don't get enough sleep, your neuron cells aren't able to get repaired from injury and start to die off. D: I'm getting 7-8 hours right now and I'm making an effort to go to bed early, but I still feel so tired.

Hope to hear back from you soon. :) MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP!!




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Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:27 am

Get enough sleep. Good advice. :grin:

 

And, ack, sorry I take so long to reply. I have had such a stressful week. One that's not quite over yet until last period tomorrow when I take a physics test. (I am actually quite scared for it; I need to do well!!) 

 

But physics and chem together aren't that bad. We haven't done much in chem yet, just sig figs and balancing equations and stuff like you said. And physics is one of my favourite classes! I didn't expect it to be, 'cause I've never taken physics before and my class is mostly full of seniors, so I didn't know anyone at first, but for some reason it is! It is quite interesting, and my teacher is awesome, and everyone in it is cool, it's actually quite entertaining. :grin: But it is kind of hard...some people in my class ended up dropping for honours or regular physics, and I'm not exactly doing great right now. :/ Mainly because I did quite horribly on the last test. I think I understand everything now though...I guess we'll see tomorrow. :grin: What are all of your classes? How many do you have in a day? My school has a block schedule, so we have only four classes everyday for a semester, and then switch. Except I have choir and chem alternating all year. Another reason having chem and physics together isn't so bad for me. :grin:

 

We do have Model U.N at my school, but I've never done it. It sounds really cool, though. The clubs I'm in at school are like, quiz bowl, which is epically, amazingly awesome :grin: , a volunteering club, and Science Olympiad, and last year, I played badminton, which I might do again. Oh, and yesterday I just tried out for one of my school's after school small group choirs. One of the contributions to my super stressful week, haha. Now I'm SO nervous about the results, which they won't tell us for two weeks, even though everyone finished auditioning today, and I'm sure the teachers will have the list made by Monday or Tuesday atleast, and why do they just want to keep us stewing in suspense, WHY??? :lol: But in a way I'm kind of glad all the same, just because then I can relax for a bit and still hope I got in. :lol: What activities do you do?

 

I agree, school is getting to be very suffocating. And it's only the start of October! I feel like it's been so long. I hardly remember what summer feels like anymore! :lol:

 

And about sleep...I will try. :lol: Siriusly, I will. You too! :grin:

 

~Songbird49




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Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:45 pm

I love you for using "siriusly." SIRIUSLY. <333

:'D

I'm supposed to be doing hw and practicing for this presentation I have to give tom, but...eh. I have time. :P

Hope you did well on your physics test! It's good that you like your class, and I've heard from my older cousin that there are usually two dif types of physics classes, one harder than the other. I'm not sure if that's the case in my school though. I do know there are dif types of calculus classes but...haahha, calculus sounds scary and I'm not completely sure what it is. I do want to take the harder classes, but I always forget there's tons of work involved. :( stress.

I have around 6 classes every day, haha. But each one is only 40 min. It's usually something like this: English, Chem, Spanish, Math, Global, Music (or Orchestra, depending on what day). And then lunch is an hour long, but since I'm participating in a bunch of clubs, I usually eat lunch during that time.

Haha I did Quiz Bowl in 7th grade but I couldn't answer any of the questions...so now I converted to Science Bowl. :P Which is better for me because there's less topics to know and also the people in Science Bowl in my school are really nice and smart people. Science Bowl sort of has a bad rep bc everyone thinks it's full of nerds, but the people there are actually v cool!!

Eep I've heard of Science Olympiad. One of my friends does it (apparently she's amazing at the trees/ecology category haha or so she brags), but I don't think we have it at my school. And a bunch of my friends are in badminton and in chorus, but I can't play or sing for my life so nah. :D

Science Bowl takes up three days and the other days I go to Math Team and this club called COLORS, which raises awareness/money for cancer research through the arts. Our first meeting of the school year was today and yey we got new recruits. Plus someone brought cake, which is always nice.




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Hey...how is your day going? (When you read this)

So, remember in my last post I said that I had just tried out for the choir thing and they weren't going to tell us until two weeks later? Well, they ended up posting the list today, and I wish they were going to post it later. I didn't make it :sad: And I'm really disappointed. I just wanted to get into this one so badly!! I have now tried out for three choir related things in the past year, and I haven't made a single one of them. I feel like such a failure. :cry: I really thought I could suceed in this one, too, but...I guess I didn't. I really didn't. 

I'm sorry. That above paragraph was just really negative, wasn't it? I just wanted to cry to somebody, and I will now try to be more cheerful for the rest of this post. See --> :grin: I'm smiling. Siriusly.

Calculus isn't that scary! Or atleast, so far it isn't. Haha, I never really knew what calculus was either...in fact, I'm still not sure I know exactly what constitutes the definition of calculus. :lol: 

You have orchestra AND a seperate music class?? That sounds awesome! What do you do in music? Haha, I couldn't answer anything in quiz bowl when I first joined either. Almost nobody can. But I love it, and everybody in quiz bowl at my school is just so amazing and nice! And a lot of my friends are in science bowl! It sounds cool. I was thinking about doing it, but with science olympiad...too much science. :lol: And COLORS sounds awesome!! That is such a great club! What kind of art do you do?

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sending you lots of love and (virtual) hugs and chocolate.

(random: what kind of chocolate do you like? milk or dark? I love dark chocolate and hate milk and my friend loves milk chocolate and hates dark, and she has a theory that everyone who loves one type hates the other.)

Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but hopefully you're feeling better by now? I know whenever I feel disappointed in myself, I have a good cry and indulge myself in lots of self-pity and over the course of a week, I slowly start to feel better. Rejection isn't the end of the world--it's pretty tough, but (as cheesy as it sounds) it'll be ok. Earlier this year, I got rejected from this science program, but my friend got in so it was a combination of jealousy and disappointment and bitterness. But I got over myself in a few days and now I'm hoping to get in next year.

So if you love to sing, then keep going for it. I love to write, but I never manage to win writing competitions, so I just tell myself that 1) judges are biased and 2) if I keep writing, I'll get better at it.

Also you can always rant to me. I won't mind, I promise. <3 :)

Anyway, my day was okay. I felt a little tired and also a little sad and lonely. One of my friends said something that was supposed to be a joke, but instead it made me feel sad and annoyed. I always overreact to things, I guess, and I'm almost always annoyed at some of my friends. :/

So orchestra and music class are different because orchestra is mostly playing music and music class is for listening to music. We're going over the late-romantic/impressionalist period right now: so Wagner, Strauss, Debussy, Ravel, etc. What kind of music do you listen to? My iPod is slowly leaning towards more classical music, but I also like Ani DiFranco and Sara Bareilles a lot, and showtunes are fun to listen to.

One of our main projects in COLORS is folding origami cranes and raising money by asking people to donate $1 if they want to sign their name on a crane. Then we donate the cranes and the money to a hospital. We're supposed to fold 1000 cranes every year (bc of that Japanese legend). Unfortunately, we don't always meet that goal. :P But it's thanks to COLORS that I can practically fold cranes in my sleep. It's the only origami I know how to do lawl.




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@dorkqueen i loved cinder i need to read cress i read scarlet did what the doctor say to cinder really supizing to you




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@bastkitten37: LOL I replied to you yesterday about cinder on that book rec thread but anyway, I skimmed Cress but I didn't read Scarlet haahahahah. To the disapproval of my friend, I skipped Scarlet because I thought it'd be boring with the new characters. Cress was a little confusing for me because I skipped Scarlet, but there's a good Kai/Cinder moment near the end. :3 I was surprised by a lot of the plot twists in Cinder, but when Cinder revealed herself to Kai in the end, Kai's reaction broke my heart </3

 




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Hey! Lots of virtual hugs and love to you, too! And candy corn! :grin: (I love candy corn; what's your favourite candy? Oh, and I like both dark chocolate and milk chocolate pretty equally. :grin: )

I am feeling better, and thanks. :smile: I did cry and ranted forever in my diary and that helped. Then my choir teacher came and told me that I was really really close to getting in, which helped, too. Though it did kind of make me annoyed at myself, because even though knowing that was much better than thinking I hadn't stood a chance in the first place, it did keep running through my head that I actually was capable of making it, but that I ended up messing up. :/ But, yeah, I have also gotten over it and started hoping for next year. :smile:

Oh, speaking of writing, are you going to do NaNoWriMo this year? It's a lot of fun, you could try it! I am, even though I still haven't finished the novel I wrote last year, hehe. But I think I'm going to make my word-count goal lower than 50,000 this time, I'm so busy. :/ School. *sigh*

Aww, I'm sorry about what happened with your friend! I hope that today (whenever you read this!) goes better! *hug*

Music class sounds really interesting. It sounds a little like a music history class that's an elective option at my school, though I haven't taken it. I like classical music, too! And show tunes, a lot! :grin: And I also like to listen to a lot of Indian music that you probably haven't heard of? I like other stuff, too, but not so specifically one singer or genre, more just individual songs. 

The crane project sounds so nice! What do the hospitals do with the cranes? Just wondering. :lol: I used to be able to fold cranes, but now I don't think I can do any origami. 

I just went to the library, today, and got so many wonderful looking books! :grin: I feel so excited, I haven't gone to the library in quite a while (SCHOOL :evil: ). What about you? 




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It's FRIday!!! ^-^ Fridays make me happy.

I like chocolatey candies like Snickers and Milky Way, even tho they're a little too sweet if I eat too much. On a random note, it was my bday a few days ago and one of my friends got me this gigantic bag of candy and I've been slowly emptying it. :D

You like BOTH milk AND dark?? Whoa let me tell my friend that her theory has been DISPROVEN. lawl.

It's good that you were close to making your chorus! Though I know what you mean about being glad and annoyed at once. :/

I don't think I'm doing NaNoWriMo because I kind of want to try my hand at essay writing? There's so many essay competitions and I've always shied away from them because essays=scary but a lot of the topics are really interesting.

(Minus the history topics. I dread writing history essays, I dread writing them for school and I would dread entering a history contest.)

Haha, I don't really listen to Indian music, but I might be getting into Chinese/Korean pop. A lot of my friends are obsessed, so let's see how long I can resist the peer pressure. :P

The hospitals usually hang up the cranes in the children's ward. ^-^ And folding cranes is pretty easy once you do it a couple of times. AND WAHHH THE LIBRARY </3 It's sad because I go to the library every week to tutor kids there, so I don't even have an excuse for not reading. But I rarely borrow books anymore...and when I do borrow, it's usually through ordering them through the library catalogue online bc I don't feel like taking the time to browse through the shevles. I did recently finish a book though...Game of Thrones! Even though I don't think we're allowed to talk about the plot here because it has mature content, I just want to remark that it's 500+ pages AND I FINISHED IT IN A WEEK WOOHOO. Lol, I read it on the subway and any spare moment I got, and it's pretty good. Heavy and cruel, but good.

Now I just have to read the other books in the series...

Tell me about the books you borrowed! I'm such a book nerd that I love hearing about other people's books even if I don't read that much myself anymore. :D




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also I have a diary too! except no one knows shhhh. :D I've been keeping one since 2nd grade when I think I read a book where this girl kept a diary. I think I'm up to my 6th/7th diary right now. ^-^

 




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Hey! :grin: Phew, I feel like I haven't replied to you in forever, so sorry about that! It's mostly school, and, on top of that, NaNo (I've already gotten behind, even though my goal for this year is only 30,000! But I'm slowly inching my way back to catching up and being on track again. :lol:

Also, yay, we've reached a second page! :grin:

And also, Happy Really Really Late Birthday!!!! :grin: :grin: :grin: *gives virtual cake of your favourite kind* :lol:

I love Milky Way, too! And Twix! And like, chocolatey candy with interestingly different fillings inside! And chocolate in general. I've been eating a lot of candy lately because almost no one came to our house trick-or-treating this year. Which is strange, because there are lots of little kids around, and most years, we get so many. Oh, well, more for me. :lol:

Ooh, essay writing! That's awesome! I used to always think that all essays were boring, but lately I've been finding out that what constitutes an essay is a lot broader than I'd previously thought, and there are actually some really interesting-sounding essays you can write. What kind are you writing now? (If you're writing any now) 

Haha, I have a few friends who are really obsessed with Korean pop, too, but I don't know, I've never actually gotten into it.

Oh, the library...I haven't actually finished all that many of the books I took out a couple weeks ago. But I am reading this book right now called The Amulet of Samarkand (by uhh, Jonathan Stroud? Maybe?) that I really like. It is just fast-paced and detailed and interesting and funny, too! Lately, I've read a lot of books that all seemed kind of similiar, so I've really been appreciating this one for being original. :wink: What about you? Have you started reading anything yet? TELL ME ABOUT IT, I LOVE BOOK DISCUSSIONS!! :mrgreen:

And yay! You have a diary, too? Almost no one I know has one! I started in sixth grade, I think, and I'm on my third one. I also got interested in keeping one after reading a bunch of books with people keeping diaries. It just seemed like such a perfect thing to do. :grin:




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Eeeep, you replied! 

*munches on my (chocolate ice cream) cake lawl*

Oh, did you go trick-or-treating? I was surprised because a lot of my friends this year went, but I ddin't go cuz ehhh. I didn't feel like buying/making a costume. I haven't gone trick-or-treating since 1st grade tbh.

I'm not writing anything right now, but I submitted to this essay competition about a month ago about what we think the future of reading will look like and I didn't win the grand prize, which made me sad because it was an all-expenses paid dinner with an author. But I got an honorable mention, which is nice. Still waiting for my certificate, which they were supposed to mail out weeks ago! :P

Hmm I looked up Amulet of Samarkand and it looks interesante. "It is known for its liberal use of footnotes to voice the main character's sarcasm" LOL

I finished The Mill at the Floss by George Eliot (a woman! yessss female authors in the 1800s), which reminded me of Jane Austen novels, but less focus on the romance and more on struggle. I love the main character, Maggie, because she goes through so much but manages to pick herself up every time. I've been reading so many novels of struggle, though, that I kind of want a happy novel. Like really happy, everything goes well for the main character, little conflict, never mind the plot. :P

Do you get Veteran's Day tom off? If so, what are you doing?




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Iiiiiiiick, I'm so sorry, you always reply so quickly whenever I write, and then there's me always taking forever! I feel guilty. I'll blame Nanowrimo. It's like every time I come on the computer I feel compelled to write because I'm still 4000 (soon to be 5000 if I don't get something done today...) words behind my daily word goals. But I'm hoping to catch up over Thanksgiving break! :grin: Anyway..........

I did not go trick-or-treating this year. But I still got a lot of candy because almost no one showed up to our house and we'd bought loads. Yeah, I actually haven't been trick-or-treating that many times (mostly because I haven't lived here all my life) but I did like to go. And I didn't make a costume this year either. No time. :(

Ooh, nice job on your honourable mention essay! Though the grand prize sounds AMAZING! Which author was it? That would be such a dream come true! :lol:

Footnotes, yesss, the Amulet of Samarkand has loads of them! And sarcasm. :grin: I liked it. And the Mill at the Floss sounds good, I should check it out. I don't really like Jane Austen, but at least part of that is because all her main characters are so weak (except for Elizabeth, and I don't know, I never really got into Pride and Prejudice), so maybe I will like George Eliot. Hmm, I can't think of any purely happy novels right now, did you find anything? 

You got Veteran's Day off?? Unfair! We most certainly did not. Lucky you! What did you do? What are you doing over Thanksgiving?




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Hey Lestria!!

My name starts with an E (can you guess it?) I also play the violin and piano too. Soccer season just ended and I'm so sad because soccer is awesome! I'm just munching on doritos right now (I ♥♥♥ junkfood! But I love healthy stuff too!) I'm trying to swatt away a fly - its really annoying me right now! Anyways yea! lol blush I am soooo happy thanksgiving break is starting 2morrow! Half day of school - ends at 11:45! I just need to finish my hw first. Nice talking 2 u! ( if u reply!) TTYLLLLLL :)




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@songbird49: AYYY how was Nanowrimo? and your Thanksgiving? and Black Friday? :DI don't remember what I did for Veterans' Day...I don't think I did anything lol. My Thanksgiving was also uneventful. My grandparents from China are currently staying with us, but Thanksgiving isn't big in our family. We didn't even have turkey lol, but my mom made some chicken. Also, I got black ankle boots on Black Friday! I've been wanting some short boots, and I got black ones because I can use them for orchestra concerts (concert attire is all black). They have wedges and I feel very tall and powerful when I wear them. :D

The prize dinner for the writing competition was with Marissa Meyer...author of Cinder! (Remember that book I was telling you about over the summer...how it broke my heart...yeah, that one. :P)

I miss summer, but I LOVE the winter and I love holiday cheer. The houses around the block put up Christmas lights and decorations already, and they make me smile every time I walk past. There's been a few flurries here and there, but I'm waiting for the first snowfall. :DD Although I'll probably regret it when I'm trudging through the snow to school and the trains are messed up and the streets become muddy and gross.

There was this documentary about the history of genocide--apparently the whole concept of genocide is very modern and the word 'genocide' was only coined a few decades ago by this man named Raphael Lemkin. The documentary talked a lot about the struggle to get the UN to recognize genocide as a crime and how Lemkin made that his life mission, but died before it happened. Very depressing. :|I cried a little when it talked about how Lemkin lobbied the U.N. ambassadors day after day and didn't sleep and often went hungry because he didn't have money and endured a lot of frustration because no one was doing anything. My friends and I have talked a lot about what we want to do as careers and one of my friends says she wants to do something meaningful, which stuck in my mind. Because I really admire and sort of envy people like Lemkin who have a mission in life and work for something meaningful, and I don't know what I'm going to do.

(Sorry to end on a slightly depressing note. Wow that was a huge block of text.)

@soccergirl245: Hi...Emily? Emma?? Those are the first E names that come to mind. yay a fellow violinist! Did you do anything special for Thanksgiving? I have to do my hw too, haha. It's a universal student struggle. : ))




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HI LESTRIA!!! *waves enthusiastically* Nanowrimo was great! I actually reached my wordcount goal! (which I am actually feeling super accomplished about despite the fact that said goal was really rather low this year. It was just such a struggle. :lol: ) The bad news is that I have not even opened that word document since Nov. 30th, and my novel isn't close to done! And I have zero motivation to do so in the near future. Ah well, let's hope the motivation shows up sometime...:lol:

 

Thanksgiving was great, too! My family didn't do turkey either 'cause we're vegetarian, but we did make a lot of pie. :grin: And I did nothing at all Black Friday-ey on Black Friday, but your boots sound great! Tall and powerful shoes are always awesome. :smile:

 

Ahhh, Marissa Meyer, I still need to read Cinder; it sounds like a pretty good book. I love the holidays, too! Everything just feels so warm and fuzzy everywhere somehow, even though it's so cold! (Though, for a change, it's not actually that cold here right now; snow, where are you? :lol: ) We've had our first (and second, and third...) snowfalls, but right about now, it's all melted. Very odd for us. :smile: What have you been doing over winter  break? Anything fun? 

 

That documentary sounds very interesting, but yeah, depressing. And very deep. I'd like to do something meaningful, too. I guess most people would. But I don't know what I'll do, either. I guess you've just got to try to make a difference wherever you can. (Woah, aren't we becoming deep thinkers here? :smile: ) Anyway, have a wonderful holiday! :grin:




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yesyesyesyesyes

^Idk if those are going to show up because I think there's a bug with the smileys. If you can't see them, those are a row of thumbs ups because YOU GO GURL, CONGRATS ON NANOWRIMO!! <3 

I wrote like a paragraph yesterday for this new idea I had and that was the most writing I've done since summer. ;_; I still have no idea what the plot is lol.

I'm so sad about the lack of snow. :/ It's been sunny over here, which is nice, but sort of ruins the wintery mood you know? I'm still waiting for real snow. :|

I've been doing boring things over break, haha. Like studying. And school stuff. And catching up on sleep. The good part is that I'm actually well rested for once, which is good for everyone because it means I won't be ranting about how tired I feel. I was a little sick last week and I actually had a fever, which I haven't had since second grade lol, so I was stuck in bed for a day. It made me really grateful to be healthy because being sick really stinks.

I was going to go ice skating with my friends but one of them can't make it and since it's a tradition for us, we decided to postpone it until intersession or the February break or something. So I've mostly been hanging out in my own house, playing cards with my little brother, doing work. I don't go out except when I'm tutoring or volunteering at the Botanical Garden. It's a good life though. Sometimes I just want to not go through all that social stuff and instead have some alone time. I'm slowly reading through the Game of Throne series and then I want to read some classics like Catch-22 or Phantom of the Opera or Picture of Dorian Gray because I've heard so much about them. Are you reading any books or watching any movies or TV shows? What have you been doing for break?

(One of my friends went to Puerto Rico and her pictures are so gorgeous gah.)

MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS and all that jazz. :P Happy new year!




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Thanks!! :grin:

Ohh, I hope it snows soon for you then! It was like that over here right up until, I think, Christmas? Then it finally snowed. And now it's freezing, as usual...:lol:

Haha, I've been doing pretty boring things all throughout break, too. Minus the school stuff. I've been really really unproductive. I have two days of break left, and I still have to do my math homework. Huh...school. :sad: When does your break end? 

Let's see, have I done anything worth mentioning over break? Oh, well, one day one of my best friends who lives in another state came to visit, and that was awesome! We went out to lunch and then just hung out, and it was fun. :grin: But I think besides that I have been basically pottering about the house, like you. :grin: Have fun reading your classics...if you make it through Catch-22, do tell me, because I got dead bored of it and stopped reading about 7 pages in, lol. But I might try it again. And I've read the Picture of Dorian Gray, but it was just so weird, I don't even know what I think of the book, it kind of creeped me out. But I did find the concept a little intriguing. 

I haven't actually been watching that much TV, I don't know why. It just never seems to occur to me as something to do when I'm bored, for some reason. But I saw the Hobbit and Into the Woods! I liked them both. Have you watched any movies (new or otherwise) lately?

I've also been reading, but I really need to go to the library because I'm running out of things to read. I think the last book I read was The Blood of Olympus? Oh no, wait, I tried rereading Pride and Prejudice yesterday to see if I liked it any better this time around. Sadly not, lol. (I think I might have mentioned already, but I'm not a huge fan of anything Jane Austen wrote :lol: )

I've also been writing, but, unfortunately, I haven't been able to bring myself to continue the Nanowrimo one yet. I've been mostly writing random little starts of stories that have yet to become anything, but are fun to do all the same. AND KEEP PUSHING THROUGH WITH YOUR PARAGRAPH, MAYBE IT WILL BECOME A MASTERPIECE! Right? :lol: 

Belated Happy Holidays and HAPPY 2015!!!!!!!!! :grin: heart  :grin:




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I went back to school on the 5th and, well, I knew that the first week of school after winter break would be a bummer, but wow that was rough.

:(

Lol I think the cold front just moved to the east coast bc it's freaking freezing here now...like, literally, freezing. Especially after 5, when it gets dark. Usually I speedwalk home and my legs feel so weird because they're super cold but also getting warmed up by how fast I'm walking and it feels like these cold/hot pricks are attacking my muscles. -_-

Same, I don't watch that much TV because when I was younger, my parents would limit my TV-watching so I turned to books. I haven't watched movies in a while because going to the movie theater means coordinating with my friends when pp are free and everyone's been super busy lately. I want to watch some of the animated movies, though. My friend said she cried during this animated movie and her dad was with her and kept on asking if she was okay. I think the movie was about intergalaxies or something. :D

Lol, have you heard about Ernest Hemingway's 6-word stories? I think the concept is fantastic, but when I'm actually trying to write one, I get frustrated. Still, I love flash fiction because they take less time to write and read, and I'm kind of an impatient person. :D My friend and I were recently talking about this. I was ranting about how I hate huge books because they take FOREVER to finish and my friend got super offended and started talking about how thin books are awful because they never satisfy her.

Our friendship, haha.

She's one of my rare book friends though, so I treasure her very much. <3

So tell me about your new years/weather/what happened to you recently. :P Do you have any weird friends? All of mine are weird in some way, which I guess makes sense because I'm pretty weird too. 




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Tell me more about the 6-word stories! I'm intrigued.




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Aww, I hope your next few weeks of school were better! Second semester just started at my school, and it was kind of rough, too. I like the new classes I have better than last semesters, but after the first two blocks, I'm kind of friendless. Even at lunch, because hardly anybody I know has the same lunch as me. :sad: But how has school been for you?

Also, ahh, didn't I promise to tell you all about my creative writing class when I finally had it? Well, now I do! And it is like my dream class! I already knew my teacher (who is awesome), and it's the first class I've had in a while for which I've actually been excited to do the assignments. Though right now, I'm having writers block for our first one. :lol: Have you ever heard of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick? The story behind them is pretty interesting. (Apparently, Harris Burdick is a person who left a bunch of illustrated pictures with captions at a publisher's house, promising to return the next day with the full stories, if the publisher was interested. Only he never came back...) Our assignment is just to write a story for one of the pictures. My teacher said it was a pretty common creative writing assignment. Have you ever had to do it?

Six-word stories? I had not heard of them, but I just looked them up, and lk;ajfdhg; they look super interesting! Though the one that Hemingway is supposed to have written is really sad...I just spent five minutes staring at those six words and imagining the whole story behind them. Now I really want to write one. But it really should wait until my creative writing homework is done. :lol: If you wrote one, you should tell me what it is and post it on here! 

Hmm, I can't decide whether I like thick or thin books better. When I really love a book, I never want it to end and I want it to just drag on forever, but at the same time, after a big heavy book, there is something so satisfying about flying through a little one all in one go. :smile: 

I think most of my friends are probably weird, too. Including me, so I guess it makes sense that we're friends. :grin: Oh, and the weather's surprisingly warm over here for this time of year (at least, it's not as freezing cold as it usually is). How is the weather where you live? I heard it was pretty bad in NY. (DO YOU LIVE IN NY, FOR SOME REASON I FEEL LIKE YOU DO, IF I'M WRONG, JUST IGNORE ME) :lol:




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@moderator katie: 6-word stories are a type of super short stories that Ernest Hemingway invented. Basically, you try to tell a story in six words. For example, Hemingway's most famous 6-word story is "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." They're super difficult to write, but I really like reading them because they're so short and they leave the reader to imagine the rest of the plot on his/her own.

@songbird49: Aw, I hate when I'm in a class with none of my friends and I have to socialize with people that I've seen in the hallways for three years but never talked to. Have you bonded with anyone new? :)

I just looked up The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and whoa, that's a pretty good backstory on its own. Also a pretty good writing exercise that I might try sometime. I've tried writing a 6-word story, but it's basically me deleting and rewriting and deleting 6 words for like an hour and then I'm finally like whatever. :(

YES I DO LIVE IN NY lol there was supposed to be this huge blizzard that the national weather service labelled a CRITICAL LEVEL BLIZZARD DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and our mayor banned traveling and put a $300 fine on people found outside after a certain time...and the "blizzard" turned out to be 6 in of snow. Which is a decent amount of snow, but not that much. :/ The good thing is that we still got a day off from school. :DDDDD

Do you get next week off too? If so, do you have any plans? I think I'm pretty much staying home, maybe dragging my friends to a museum because I've never been and the architecture is super cool and my friend has a free pass because she's taking classes. Yay art!!!




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Heyyyy! I'm so, so, sorry I just disappeared off the face of the earth (or at least, off the face of the Stacks :razz: ) for, like, the past few months, and for not replying. :sad: It's been kind of a rough month. :/

Anywaaaay, how was your Spring Break? Mine just ended, but I had fun! Now, though, I'm already starting to get stressed and it's only the second day of term. But what about you? How's school?

As far as making friends go, I did end up making friends in my math class! There were a few people who I kind of knew, and it turned out not to be so hard to talk to them after all, and now I'm glad I'm in the calc class that I am (because my whole class is pretty cool! :grin: ) I never did really find anybody to talk to in history, but now that fourth term's started, I don't have that class anymore! (it was three terms) Now my schedule looks a lot less stressful than it used to, because I have Intro to Theatre instead, but that's a whole different story. :/ You wouldn't believe some of the absolute morons who are in my class and who basically spend the whole time loudly complaining about how they don't want to do anything. It should be fun, because all we're doing for the first unit is mostly a lot of improv games, but I don't know anybody in it either, and for some reason spend most of the period in a state of vague anxiety. :sad: Also, AP tests are once again the bane of my life, but even more so than last year because I'm taking a lot more. :( Do you have any?

Aaaand that was a whole bunch about my annoyance at school right now that you probably didn't need to hear. But thank you for listening. :grin:

Oh, I meant to tell you sooner, but almost right after your last post, my creative writing teacher was talking about Hemingway's six-word stories! And then we had to write a bunch, which was really hard. But you should show me yours if you managed to write any ( I didn't :razz: )

Also, YAY, it is spring now, and not super cold anymore! :grin: Though we didn't get any snow days this year which was kind of disappointing. How about you? 

Art museums are super cool! I went to a Russian one with one of my friends recently and the paintings were really nice. Did you end up going to the one you were talking about?

Also, just, how was your day? :razz:

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HEY!!! Aw, condolences for the rough March :( I have a bunch of major tests coming up and some programs I'm applying to that I really want to get in. D: Idk if I mentioned this before but there's this science program that I applied for last year but didn't get in and it made me really sad...and I'm applying again this year. '^'

Theatre sounds cool! Improv games ah I miss them. In middle school, everyone had to take this class called Communications and Theatre (CT for short) and it was pretty fun to act/watch other people act in short plays. We also had this unit where everyone wrote plays and then the top one in each class was picked for this school festival! Mine didn't make the festival but it got chosen to be performed in my class and it was super cool watching what I wrote come to life. :D

My school only lets 11th/12th graders take AP classes so I don't have any AP tests...but next year hahah will be a different story. :( I'm planning to take AP Chem and AP Spanish next year. Which classes are you taking and which ones are hardest/easiest/most interesting/least interesting?

Yes spring! has finally come. :) It's been high sixties here, but everyone's wary because last week there was a sunny day and then it snowed a little the day after and the rest of the week was cold/rainy and we were like wat happened. But hopefully spring is here to stay. I think I only got 1 or 2 snow days this year.

Whoa a Russian art museum sounds pretty awesome. I didn't end up going to the museum BUT ALL IS NOT LOST I went to a bookstore instead!!! IT WAS SO GREAT OH MY GOSH it's pretty famous in New York and it's a "vintage" bookstore (lawl idk what that means) but basically it has lightly used, cheap books of all genres. My friends and I spent some time reminiscing over our old childhood books and then we looked at some young adult books and I bought Ender's Game, which is this great sci-fi book that I've been meaning to buy for some time. (It's actually so great, like I'm not even into sci-fi but I love Ender's Game)

My day was good. I always feel like it could be better, like if I could get accepted to this program or if I could ace this test then everything would be great, but I feel a degree of satisfaction with my life right now just typing away at my desk. No one else is home right now so I get some quiet time to myself before my brother comes barging in like a hurricane.




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THE STRAND!!! I love that store!!!




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Hi! Wow, that bookstore sounds so amazing, I want to go there right now. And I love Ender's Game! It's been so long since I read it that I don't think I even remember the whole plot anymore, but I do remember that it was good. When I lived in the U.A.E there was this one second hand bookstore that I really loved going to that you just reminded me of (even though they are probably nothing alike :lol: )! I feel like one of my main reasons for loving that bookstore so much was just kind of because it existed and was very cheap, though, because there were no huge public libraries there. (How did I survive??? :lol: )

Ahh, AP classes. Well, I am in 11th grade, but in my school sophomores can take them too. 9th graders mostly can't, unless they're that far ahead in math, but I've recently found out that it's not too hard to get around the grade requirements even for the classes that 9th graders are absolutely not supposed to take, so I don't know. :razz: But this year, my AP classes were U.S history, physics and calculus. I'd say Physics was both the most interesting (when I was actually in the class) and the hardest and the one that I'm liking the least right now. :razz: What about your classes?

Good luck with all your tests, and especially for all the programs that you are applying to! I do remember you being disappointed about the science one last year, and I really hope you get in this time! If you don't...well, there's still always next year, right? Good luck!

I get what you mean when you say that you always feel like everything would be better if you could just get one of those many things that you want. :/ I feel like that a lot, too, especially lately, because I've been disappointed a lot over the past month and a half. I don't know if I told you around this time last year about trying out for my school's top choir and not making it (I don't think I did...I cried over on the Harry Potter boards instead :/), but last year one of the things I kept telling myself was that I always had this year to try again. Aaand, well, this year just happened and...I didn't get in again. And I've wanted to since 9th grade, when I heard them sing at the first concert, and now that dream is gone. :sad: That might have sounded a a little dramatic...I'm sorry. :sad: I'm just kind of sad right now. And then my choir director and voice teacher both came and talked to me afterwards and said that they thought I'm good enough to be in it, but didn't do great because I always fall apart when I get nervous. At first that made me feel better, but I still don't get to be in it, and well, it's all my fault. I could have done it, but I had to be stupid and mess everything up as usual. :sad:

March was a disappointing month because I did a lot of other things that month that I was afraid to do (and am proud of finally making myself do), but they all pretty much ended in disappointment, after me spending basically the whole month being anxious about one thing or another. Oh well. 

And oh my, that was such a bad way to end of this post, so I think I'll add on a row of smiley faces to make it cheerier because I don't like ending things on a down note:

 :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

Have a fabulous day, Lestria! :razz:




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From Katie- I'm butting in- so sorry about Choir!! Hug. I've had disappointments like that. I tell myself, "fall down seven times get up eight." It helps. :)




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Thanks Katie!!




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@Katie: YES, THE STRAND! I wasn't sure whether I'd be allowed to put the actual name so I figured better safe than sorry...but ah I can't believe you recognized it from the description anyway! :D I've only gone there once but I'm already in love. *_*

@songbird: Haha, I read Ender's Game a few years ago and I forgot most of the plot until I bought it and reread it on the subway. I think I forgot how sad it was...not only the end, which is pretty gut-punching and intense, but throughout the book as Ender grows up and learns to be independent and protect himself. :'(

The only other bookstore I've been to is Barnes and Noble haha, which is more like a commercialized bookstore I feel because the books there are expensive and it's not a place you can really afford to go often. Second-hand bookstores are so lovely and public libraries are the best of course! :)

Ooh I really really want to take AP Physics and Calculus. They sound so interesting and the seniors I've talked to all agree they're so interesting and the teachers who teach the subjects are THE BEST. :'D When a super cool subject is taught by a super cool teacher...SIGN ME UP.

I remember you told me about your disappointment with the choir...I can really empathize with the nervous part. I know whenever I play violin in front of people, I get super nervous and I make mistakes and I sound so so awful and I want to scream I'M BETTER THAN THIS...but when I play with other people in orchestra, I feel fine. :/

(Also I just realized that we talked about how we were each disappointed with science program (me) and choir (you) in the very beginning of this thread...it feels so far away, wow. Thanks for always listening and responding! I love hearing about your day and it always feels like such a fresh change of pace from my own life :'))

Anyway, forget about March!!! April is a new month and it's almost going to be May and then June and summer! :)




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Eeee NOW I KNOW THE NAME OF THIS BOOKSTORE, I WILL DEFINITELY GO VISIT IT...WHEN I GO TO NY! (So thanks, Katie! :grin: ) It sounds fantabulous. :razz:

Anywaaay, haha, I go to Barnes and Noble a lot, too. I don't know of any cheaper/quainter bookstores near where I live right now. But recently, a lot of people have given me Barnes and Noble gift cards for presents, so yessss, I get to buy lots of books! :grin: And, yeah, public libraries are awesome!

Calc and physics are both pretty interesting! And I loved my physics teacher, too, so that was nice. My calc teacher on the other hand...shall we call him interesting? I guess at least the class is never boring with him teaching it. :lol: Actually, the teacher I was supposed to have was in a car accident, so my teacher is actually a long term sub, with uh, unique teaching ideas. Which include not teaching us if the class before us annoyed him. But most of the time, he's pretty okay! And he can be really nice, so calc's not bad, either. :smile: What about your teachers? Do you have any interesting stories? 

Aww, yeah, I get what you mean about getting really nervous. I've (mostly) gotten over choir now...and tell me what happens about the stuff you applied for! I love hearing everything you say too, and siriusly, thanks for always listening to my meaningless ranting when I'm upset. You're one of the few people I rant too, and I do really appreciate it!  <3

Well I should probably go study now (Eek, APs begin next week!!! :o ), so bye! Have an awesome day!

 




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My teachers are pretty great this year! My math teacher is the department chair and he teaches us much more challenging problems than is in the curriculum, which requires you to put in a lot more work and I think one quarter of the class is failing...I actually had a test on probability today and I thought it was okay but then I realized I made this dumb mistake on a problem ;_; ugh probability gets me every single time. But math is definitely really interesting this year. Plus he brings bags of M & Ms and other chocolate candies every time we have a test (because we all freak out so much lol). He also has a great sense of humor and he jokes around a lot in class. :)

I got updates from one of the programs I applied for, where you work in a lab to do engineering/computer science research...and I got in!! I was like checking my email frantically and when I read the first line of the email, "We are pleased to inform you..." I was like A;KSDJFAKDALSDFJA YESSSSSSSSS

Now I'm just waiting for two other programs...

Oh, APs have been happening at my school too. A lot of my classes switched rooms and the hallways are like deathly silent. D: Hope your exams went well!!!

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Congrats on your acceptance!!




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CONGRATS ON THE LAB THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!yesheartyes :grin: :grin: :grin: <3 <3 <3 That is awesome! What kind of research will you be doing in this lab? Have you heard back from any of the other things you applied for? But siriusly, that's great!! :grin:

You're math teacher sounds great! He kind of reminds me of some other teachers I have had...though haha the math teacher I was talking about (the long-term sub) spent the week leading up to the first big test freaking us all out and then on the test day, he gave out candy because everyone was so stressed. :lol: Our actual teacher came back yesterday (for the last three weeks of school...:?), and I actually kind of miss our sub. He was odd, and could be mean, and had ever-changing favourites based on who was doing well in the class, but he wasn't a bad teacher, could be really nice, and in some strange way did seem to care about everybody in the class. So, a contradiction! :grin: Also, I hate probability, too! It's just so confusing to get your head wrapped around. :razz:

My exams didn't go too badly (at least, I hope they didn't...)! But somehow, school is suddenly as stressful as ever. I don't think I've ever had so many near meltdowns in school before as I have this year, but I'll be okay. :smile: In my theatre class recently, we watched Into the Woods the stage version (which I've already seen), but it is really good, so that made me happy! Now we're writing musicals. And I wrote a terrible musical version of...Rumpelstiltskin! :mrgreen: It's really pretty frightful, but I have so much writing stuff to do right now! Creative writing is a great class...sometimes. But my feelings towards it cycle. Right now, it is just kind of an overload of assignments. :smile: 

And I can't believe that we only have three weeks of school left! What about you? It's kind of scary to think about...next year, I'll be a senior! Yikes! :lol: And I have so many senior friends that I'm really going to miss when they graduate. :sad: But still, it's nice to be able to look forward to a (hopefully) less stressful summer! :grin: (Though I mean, college applications...but let's not think about those right now. :lol: )

And I should go now, because right now I'm actually taking a break from writing an essay, and I hope this post makes some kind of sense because it's 1:00 in the morning right now and I'm tired and kind of loopy and I think this might be one of the least coherent things I've ever written on here. :lol: These circumstances might also explain the excess of smiley faces I have used. (Because I never overuse them normally, of course not) :lol: But hopefully you can make some sense of it! :lol:

So how is your life right now? :razz:

 




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@mod katie: thank you!!!

@songbird49: The lab does research on biomechanics and one of their most recent projects was on designing smoother/stabler prosthetic legs so that people who use them feel less pain/discomfort. I'm a little stressed because I feel like I have so much to learn--but it's like a good kind of stress. An excited kind of stress. :P

I have at least two meltdowns in school every year I think. The stress and sleepiness just gradually builds up and then some small thing happens and I burst into tears. It's really embarrassing. I don't like crying in front of other people because I don't really want to be comforted a;slkdfja it's like awkward. I also have this weird tendency to cry on public transportation aka the subway and I feel so conspicuous when people stare at me. This happened to me a few weeks ago, when we were playing racquetball in gym and the other team kept making these comments that were meant to be competitive in a friendly way but I was so tired of it and I started crying. And then on the subway I heard a group of musicians playing a song that I know--"Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" by Sara Bareilles. It's a really lovely song, and I started crying again and then this person near me looked really concerned and gave me a pack of tissues and I started crying harder because there's nothing like small kindnesses from strangers.

^So those are my crying habits. Do you have any? :P

I've listened to some songs from Into the Woods! The plot sounds really really interesting. I didn't know it was a play too...Now I really want to watch it. OMG YOU'RE WRITING A MUSICAL THAT IS SO COOL. Do you write the dialogue first and then the songs? What's it like to write a song? Also do you compose the score for the songs too? o-o

I know, summer seems so far away...but I think I have like 2 weeks of school left, and then 1 week of finals. Congrats on almost being a senior! Heck, congrats on surviving junior year!!! <3 <3 <3 I'm really stressed for junior year. Advice?? :D

I know the feeling, when you're writing something late at night and it's like ugh I know I will regret this in the morning but whatever. I get really sentimental at night lol. I'm writing this at 6:33 pm on a Friday, so I feel more relaxed than I've been all week. ^-^

Go catch up on sleep!!!!!!!!!




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@Katie: Hi! So, I thought I'd posted on here around last week, but it hasn't shown up yet. I was wondering if maybe it didn't go through because I don't think there would have been anything innapropriate in it...? Was there? Or was it just my computer being weird? (Which is a pain, since it was quite a long post, but oh well. I will retype if that is the case! :lol: ) Thanks Katie!!




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Hi- I don't recall not approving one of your posts. I'm sorry but have no idea what happened to it. Any chance you have a backup!?




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@Katie: Haha, no backups, but that's okay! I have ever so much more to tell now anyway, so this will be an even longer post! :wink:

@Lestria: Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Oh my gosh, we are now on the third page! :grin:

Anyway, wow, your research lab sounds really cool! And pretty important! I hope it goes well! What have you been working on so far? Oh, and what happened about the other programs you applied for? I'm in India right now (which is why I didn't come on here earlier. Oh my gosh, your post was way back in May. Yikes. Sorry!), and in a surprise twist of fate (lol, no actually, I just forgot to mention it earlier), I am doing an internship at a neuroscience lab here too! They study fruit flies, and the project the person I'm helping is doing has to do with their learning and memory, so that's really interesting. I was kind of nervous about the internship before I started, but the lab is actually pretty relaxed, and everyone there is super nice and friendly and answer all my questions and stuff. :grin:

Ahh, meltdowns in school. The interesting (well not really, I don't know what I'm typing right now :lol: ) part is that I never really had many until this/last year. (I mean, I had regular meltdowns in preschool, and I think there was this one time in second grade when something really upset/scared me and I just started bawling, but I'm not counting those...) Which I guess is not actually that surprising because junior year and all. I think I had about three or four this past year, which was an unwelcome surprise. :/ I know what you mean about things building up and then one small thing sets it off. One of the meltdowns I had was like that, and I just randomly shut down all of a sudden because somebody said some random little thing. Most of my other meltdowns had bigger causes though, and ugh, they were so awkward because I was just sitting there in class trying not to cry. :/ I don't know, I generally like being comforted, but I think I make things kind of hard for  people trying to be comforting. Like, I do feel better if someone notices, but I also really don't like admitting when I'm upset, because like you said, it can be awkward, so I generally spend a good amount of time whenever someone asks me what's wrong trying to pretend (probably not very convincingly :lol: ) that I'm fine until they've spent so long sticking around and asking me that I'm convinced they really want to know. I mean not many people actually do (which is completely normal...I mean, how long can you keep trying to comfort a person who keeps insisting she doesn't need comforting), but I end up feeling really grateful for the friends who do. :) As for my crying habits, I tend to kind of melt down really easily, and sometimes I can stop myself, but if anyone else notices me, I just completely break down. (Wow, <-- that was long. :lol: )

Anyway, on a more cheerful note, I just looked up "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" and it is really lovely! And Into the Woods is really good! Look up the stage version, it's better than the movie (though I do love the movie, too!). Haha, the musical was fun to write. We were allowed to use existing songs from other places (so, like, a jukebox musical) or write our own songs. I composed a score for one of my songs, then decided I didn't have the time to do anymore and just re-wrote lyrics. :smile:

Haha, thanks! And as far as advice goes...don't worry too much about it. Looking back, junior year definately was way more stressful than any other year of my life so far (we'll see now that senior year is coming up. College apps, eek!), but while it was happening, it was just another year of school. Just try to be as organized/efficient as possible so that you don't waste time on unneccessary stuff (wow, I should really take my own advice...), and then you won't have as much to be stressed about. Good luck!! I'm sure you'll be awesome at being a junior! <3 <3 <3

So what else have you been doing with your summer? What's the single most fun day of it been so far? :D And what books are you reading right now? I just finished Paper Towns by John Green (have you read it?) and I really liked it! It was only the second John Green book I've read (I finished The Fault in Our Stars a few weeks ago), and it really made me think. I tend to idolize people quite a bit, and so its ideas were interesting to think about. :smile: I am now reading Silas Marner. You've read The Mill and the Floss by George Eliot, right? How was it? Right now, I'm finding Silas Marner a bit dull, but I have been told that once a child enters, it gets better and all heart-warming and stuff, so I'm trying to stick it out. :D

Anyway, it's like one in the morning for me (though don't worry! I am catching up on sleep now that it's summer! :grin: ), and my laptop is about to die, so adios! <3




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HI! HAPPY SUMMER!!!

woohoo third page! *throws confetti* I had to do a double take when I saw the little blue 3. :D

My lab has been...an interesting experience? On the first day, I was feeling overwhelmed with the numerous mechanical/electrical parts that my mentor introduced, but then I started to feel underwhelmed by how tedious some of the tasks are. I'm conducting tests on a robotic arm, which sounds more exciting than it is because "conducting tests" means pushing a few buttons on this computer program and formatting the Excel sheet that is generated. I'm planning to ask my mentor whether I can help write the optimization code to exercise some of my brain cells, but these past few days, as I'm learning about optimization, I feel overwhelmed again by how much I have to learn. (And whether my mentor will let me help with the code...)

Your lab sounds pretty cool! I think I read an article once about some genes that scientists were testing in fruit flies. Do you physically touch/work with the fruitflies? Also tell me about India! Are you doing any sightseeing? How long are you staying there?

I got into my program!!! I was really lucky with programs this year. I was pretty happy at the end of the year...except for this incident with my report card, where my math teacher gave me a 0 for a quiz I was absent for, even though he said that he would drop it. :/// It made me angry for days, but it didn't affect my grade too much and I guess I'll have to deal with unfair teachers/incidents in the future too so I'm trying not to be so stressed about it.

My summer's been a lot busier this year WHICH ROCKS because in the past, I always got bored halfway into it. I've done some sightseeing around my own city, which is a little weird and sad because I've lived here for so long and haven't bothered to before. It's been nice to just walk along the streets (along the harbor!) and enjoy about an hour to myself at the end of the day. I have to say the most fun I've had so far is building/programming a Lego robot with one of my closest friends. Before we started working in labs, we had to take robotic and scientific history classes together. The classes were good, if boring sometimes, but with my friend I had SUCH a good time bcause we're always goofing off together and coming up with creative ideas. The instructor for the robotics class loved us. :')

I've been reading on the train. It's funny (but also pathetic) because in the past two weeks, I've read more than I've read in the past few months. I'm reading classics again and right now I'm on "New Grub Street" by George Gissing, which tells the stories of struggling writers in 19th century England. It's pretty good. I love reading fictional stories about writers. :D

I actually spoiled the plot of Paper Towns for myself because I was so curious about what it was about. *sheepish smile* The plot sounded interesting (especially, like you said, Quentin's idolatry of Margo), but I felt wary of picking up another John Green book after reading Fault in Our Stars. I liked the writing (the scene where Gus describes his body as a Christmas tree? That was one of the most powerful scenes I've ever read) and the book made me think a lot about what I want to do with my life, but I just couldn't get into the romance.

Yes, I read The Mill and the Floss! Similarly, it had some boring scenes, but overall, the plot was interesting enough that I finished it. It takes me a while to get into books too, so I usually just endure until something in the plot makes me intrigued.

What has been the most fun you've had so far in your summer? Tell me about the food/weather/people in India!




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HI!!!! HAPPY END OF SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Just kidding, that's not happy at all, in fact school starts tomorrow, yikes! :o ) (Also, double yikes, sorry for taking approximately years to reply to this thread, I'm a terrible pen-pal-like-persony friend, aren't I?)

Anywaaaay...good luck with optimization! And I hope your lab becomes (has become, by now?) a good interesting experience! It sounds really cool/useful, though! My lab was pretty cool (though also pretty disgusting, at times...too many flies :/ ). We did physically work with the fruit flies, but surprisingly (and thankfully!) not a lot of actual touching was necessary. 

India was great! I didn't really do any sightseeing, but I saw a lot of family I only get to see once a year! I was there until a couple weeks ago, but now...*sigh* Like I said, school starts tomorrow. What about you? Has your school started already? I'm starting to feel kind of nervous about it. I mean, tomorrow will be my last first day of school!! It feels crazy. :/




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Oops, I accidentally hit submit before I was done. Anyway, to continue:

 

Yay! Congrats on getting into so many programs this year!! That is awesome. :grin:Aww, that stinks about your math quiz, but at least it didn't affect your grade much! Coincidentially, a similar thing happened to me, too! :oExcept this was a homework assignment that I was SURE I turned in, and it did drop my grade. :(I was really upset when I saw it, but meh...it's just one grade, right?? (At least, that's what I keep telling myself.)

Haha, I know what you mean about getting bored halfway through. My summer has also been WAY busier than usual, but a bit too busy for me...I get about two weeks of free time, and then BAM, suddenly it's school again. Wah, I really am not very excited for tomorrow. :(

Haha, our end-of-last-years and summers seem to be running surprisingly parallel this year! My sister and I also took a couple random classes together (we're twins...I don't know if I've mentioned being a twin before?) here before we went to India and started the lab. Like you said, they could be kind of boring, but we had a great time goofing off together. :grin:

*Sigh* I know what you mean about the time for reading! I just started and finished a whole book yesterday, and it's kind of sad because it was the kind of not-too-longish book that would have meant that this wasn't a very big deal a couple years ago, but I know that now I'll never be able to do that kind of thing once school starts!! "New Grub Street" sounds interesting (I love the name! And the author's name...Gissing. :grin:) I am also currently in middle of a classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I really like it so far, it's just the kind of classic I tend to fall in love with, about kids growing up in difficult circumstances.

I agree about The Fault in Our Stars in that I wasn't able to get into the romance (I never do seem to like romance stories much), but John Green's writing is so BEAUTIFUL, I can't help enjoying reading it anyway.

Hmm, I think the most fun thing I've done this summer has been being with my cousins. We're all super close, and we always have a great time together!

Good luck with the new school year! :grin:




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Oh wow, my reply is really coming in pieces this time, but one fun thing that happened in India that I forgot to mention: I discovered an absolutely FABULOUS bookstore!! Actual good/decent-sized bookstores are sometimes hard to come by in India in my experience, but this one was perfect. I mean, I guess it wasn't THAT big by our standards, but it was almost as big as any bookstore here, and the best part was that it was all crammed into the tiniest spaces! It was lovely and old-fashionedy looking, and had loads of old second-hand books, as well as new, just-came-out books. And there were piles and piles of books in front of other piles of books (which actually is basically impractical...but still :grin: ) everywhere, on shelves, on tables, on the floor! It seemed like the kind of bookshop where magical things might happen. :grin: Anyway, it reminded me of the second-hand bookstore you and Katie were talking about earlier. :razz:




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That book store in India sounds SO COOL!




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Ahh so glad you're back! :D No worries, I know what it's like to get swamped up with stuff...especially now going into junior year I feel like I should be appreciating my free time more lol...*foreboding music*

The lab was a pretty good experience. I think it was hard for them to find tasks that I could do because you need to know a lot of calculus and engineering...both of which I don't know lol. But I did some coding, which was fun, and I learned a lot of math and engineering. I want to try out a chemistry or bio lab next summer, though. You seem pretty into science too (correct me if I'm wrong)? What are your favorite science classes? :D For some reason, a lot of people I've met either really like natural sciences (biology) and hate physics/math, or really hate natural sciences and love physics/math. 

Ahh school. I had orientation today and I'm going to the 7th grade orientation tomorrow as a Big Sib (kind of like a mentor), and then I'm starting classes on Thursday. I'm really excited to see the 7th graders, but I have a feeling it's going to be pretty hectic. Also it's hard to imagine these people starting 7th grade and not graduating until 2022. 2022??!!!! 

Ooh, what classes are you taking? Do you get a lot more leeway with choosing your classes, or do you have to fulfill some criteria or something?

HAHA can't believe how similar our summers were! And NO you never told me you were a twin! (or maybe you did and I forgot...oops)

My friend loves "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." I think I was planning to read it long back, but I never got around to it. It's on my to-read list though (which is like 40 books long haha and I haven't been making much progress).

I love just hearing about old bookstores. :D Did you buy anything? Were there books in English/books you recognized?

Have a great school year!! Tell me about your first day :)




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Hey! Haha, *foreboding music*...that about describes school right now, doesn't it? It's just the end of the second day, and I'm already beginning to feel stressed again. :/ Ahh, school. But, oh! your first day is tomorrow! (Right, Thursday?) Good luck! I hope your junior year is wonderful and as stress-free as possible! :grin:

I am into science! I'm a teeny bit more into, like, English and language arts and stuff, (oh, and also music) but I do love science, too! Hence the internship at the lab this summer. Lol, I guess I'm kind of weird then, because my favourite science subject is biology, but I also find physics quite interesting (even though I'm pretty bad at physics...I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before :lol: ). I don't like chemistry much, though. What about you? Do you like all science classes, generally? Which one's your favourite? 

You had orientation? At my school, orientation's just for new students and the freshmen. Ooh, but being a Big Sib to seventh graders sounds exciting! What do you need to do? Is it just for orientation, or do you keep meeting with them throughout the year?  Haha, yes 2022...I feel so oooold. :lol: How is that even possible? :lol:

Well, my school has a block schedule, so we only have four periods a day, and then our classes switch each semester. Right now, the only required class I have is the twelfth grade social studies/economics class which every senior has to take. Besides that, I currently have choir, AP Literature, AP Statistics, and AP Biology. My first day was pretty good; it was lovely seeing friends again. :grin: I'm super excited for lit! My teacher seems really nice, and it seems like just the kind of class I would love! Bio also seems like it will be interesting,  and I'm excited for choir (as always, haha :grin: ). What about you? You get to choose more of your classes this year, right? Which ones are you most excited for/not looking forward to as much?

The bookstore was amazing! :grin: It had a lot of English books, as well as books in various Indian languages (but I think it was a mostly English bookstore, actually), and plenty I recognized. I bought quite a few books there (couldn't resist, haha :grin: ), OH most notable among them Go Set A Watchman. HAVE YOU READ IT, LESTRIA, IF YOU HAVE WE NEEEEED TO TALK ABOUT IT!!! I love love love To Kill A Mockingbird, and GSAW made me cry! I won't say it wasn't a quite good book in its own right, (Nothing on TKAM, but that was expected) but...well I'll wait till I know if you've read it. 

Have a great day!




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I just had my first day today and literally all my teachers were like "Here's a bunch of forms, here's some homework for tomorrow, and here is when your next test is!"

I remember I used to get annoyed by how every teacher would ask "what's the most interesting thing you did this summer" and how slowly they would go through the class expectations/syllabus, but this year there was none of that lol. They even told us to read the syllabus at home. It's like they have so much stuff (cough tests) to pack into the school year that time is just ticking like a detonator.

(But I'm still feeling good about school so far because it's like a natural instinct. Learning is cool. :'))

Same, I'm weird too! :D I like all science classes generally. Physics and comp sci are probs my fav because they're so interesting, but I really like biology too. And I'm taking AP Chem this year...

SPEAKING OF AP CHEM NEED TO RANT lolol I know it's only the first day but my teacher announced that we have a test in two weeks on a Friday and it's going to take 3 periods AND THAT FRIDAY IS THE SAME DAY I HAVE TO MISS SCHOOL FOR THE 7TH GRADE PICNIC. I can't really make up the test because it's 3 periods and I don't have that much space on my schedule. Which means I'll have to talk to the Big Sibs advisor about missing some of the picnic. Ugh, hope she's understanding.

As a Big Sib, I'm assigned to a particular 7th grade class and hang out with them during "official," which is this 20-minute period in the morning where we play games, answer their questions, make them feel loved. :D I have 3 fellow Big Sibs with me and we get along really well which is GREAT because I know some of my friends don't get along with their fellow Big Sibs in other classes, which is just awkward for everyone involved, you know?

Your school sounds really unique! How long is each period? In my school, each period is 40 minutes, so we have 8-9 periods per day haha. This year I get to choose only 2 electives lol (and I chose AP Spanish and AP Chem) but next year I get to choose all my classes, and I really want to take AP Stats! Tell me how it goes. :D

I read To Kill a Mockingbird, but haven't read Go Set a Watchman because I heard mixed reviews about it. People were talking about it the way they talked about J.K. Rowling Casual Vacancy, like the book wasn't very good because of the prolonged period of time that the author stopped writing. I might borrow it though, since you're so hyped about it? :D Why did you like it so much? (no spoilers though hehe idk if that gives you much room to talk)

Also do you know what books you're reading for Lit lol. I'm reading Scarlet Letter, Great Gatsby, Woman Warrior, Invisible Man, Death of a Salesman, and Things They Carried this year. I've only read Great Gatsby before, and I thought it was pretty boring LOL but my teacher apparently loves it so I'll keep that opinion to myself ;)




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Sorry to interrupt but regarding your test/picnic conflict, surely you're not the ONLY one that has this problem? Have you mentioned it to the teacher?




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@modkatie: Yes!! I finally talked to the Big Sib advisor and my chem teacher, who was very nice about the conflict and said that she would break the test into parts so that I can take it at different periods instead of just one 3-period block. I'm still a little stressed because I hope I can still concentrate when I'm taking the test in parts, but I'm trying to be positive :)




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First of all, YAY!! I'm so glad your test/picnic conflict worded out! And oops all that must have been a few weeks ago at least, but how'd it all go? Did the test go okay? And how was the picnic?

Second of all, also YAY! again, because for the past two weeks, whenever I tried to click on this thread, it would just keep loading forever, but now I can finally reply! :grin:

Third of all, aww yes, I totally get what you mean about the detonator-school year. I hope you're still doing okay! Senior year has hit me like a hurricane, and it's been pretty busy. College apps are just so...ugh. :sad: Stressful. And sooo many essays! I do love to write, but essays aren't that much my thing, and mostly, it's just that there are so many of them! I think I need to chuck a few colleges off my 'to-apply' list because I'm seriously rethinking the number of essays I can write...and everyone's talking about college apps at school, and just, I'm really kind of nervous about it all at this point. :/ And now, okay, rant over. :razz:

And ooh, speaking of writing, NaNoWriMo is coming up again! I'm really not sure where I'm finding the time to do that, especially considering I'd kind of wanted to set my word count goal back at 50,000 this year, but I will definitely be trying! Maybe rethink that wc though... :lol:

Anyway, how's school been going for you, just generally? How are all your classes? Teachers? My AP Lit teacher's amazing! Besides being a really good teacher, she's just a really really sweet person, and she can be so funny without realizing it, because she just gets so excited about everything! When we have extra time at the end of class (admittedly this doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's so worth it) she lets us play games and gets really, REALLY excited about joining in. And the class is basically just reading things and discussing and analyzing different classics and poetry, so it is basically awesome! So far we have read Oedipus, Hamlet, Robinson Crusoe and we're currently in middle of Jane Eyre. :smile:

And oh dear, I think I need to clear something up from my last post...when I said Go Set A Watchman made me cry, I didn't mean it as in "it was so good it made me cry," I was kind of more going for, "it made me so mad, I cried." :lol: And when I said, I really hoped you'd read it so we could talk about it, I meant that if you'd read it, I needed to rant... :lol: Re-reading what I wrote I totally see how you could have thought I'd liked it though, which is pretty funny. But I have to tell you, if you HAVEN'T read it yet...DON'T!! :lol: Haha, I really didn't actually like it, though I do stand by what I said earlier about how it's probably a decent book in its own right.

Also, oh, oh, oh! Remember way




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Ahahaha oops, apparently I'm getting really good at only sending half my posts! Not really sure how that happened... :lol:

Anyway, I think this is what was in the rest of it: So remember way back around this time last year (lol, you probably don't :lol: ) when I was talking about this after-school choir group that I was auditioning for? And I was super upset when I didn't get in? (Not as upset as this spring about the other choir thing, but pretty disappointed.) Well this year, I did get in!! I'm so excited, it's the first audition I've ever made!! (Haha, Katie, you know that saying you told me in April about falling down seven times and getting up eight? Coincidentially, I think that this was the eighth one! :grin: )

Oh, and also, I'm pretty sure I had opinions on some of the books you said you were going to be reading for Lit and was airing them, so let's see...well, I kind of found the Scarlet Letter boring hehe, also same about The Great Gatsby. I agree with you on that one! But I surprisingly liked Death of a Salesman! I thought I wasn't going to before I read it, but it wasn't bad! Haha, my teacher said her favourite book ever is Wuthering Heights, and I couldn't even make it all the way through...:P

Each period at my school is about one and a half hours long. And we have four a day, and then they switch for second  semester. Stats so far is actually really boring for me...but it's not very difficult, as of now, so at least that. 

Ooh, also, tell me more about the picnic and your seventh graders! That sounds great! :grin:

Hope everything is going well for you! <3




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sidenote: I'm trying to eat pistachios and type this at the same time and I accidentally touched the touchpad and hit the backward button and my reply disappeared :'( and then my pistachio fell on the floor.

My chem test went well! The teacher was so nice about it. :') And the picnic was fun but tiring, because we had to run all over the school with the 7th graders for the scavenger hunt and then we played games like tug of war, which hurt my hands and my non-existent abs. :( Also, I couldn't go full out because I didn't want to overexert myself for the SAT, which was the day after the picnic haha.

(so nervous about scores they're coming out next week aiyah i'll probs burst into tears in the middle of chem)

Haha, this thread is prettttty longggggg. :') But also possibly my fav thread on the board.

I feel like I've reached a point in my academic career where I feel confident writing literary essays. BUT MAN PERSONAL ESSAYS are a different story. It's so difficult because I feel like I have no message for the reader and if my personal essay has no purpose then what is the point? Ugh, not looking forward to college essays next year. :(

~sending the Muses over to your side of town, along with lots of positivity and happiness and hugs and chocolate~ <3

Is your school competitive/stressful when it comes to college apps? I was talking to a senior and he said that even though they're all pretty much obsessed with the common app, they're still pretty close knit. Except for this one girl, who stopped talking to all her friends and ignored everyone in the hallways. I feel depressed sometimes when I go to college visits or when I talk to my friends about college, because I don't know what I want to do with my life or what I'm passionate about. 

Ahhahahahahaha I don't have college essays but I'm not doing nanowrimo...you are a writing goddess!!! :D Seriously, that's so AWESOME.

Haha, guess what class is giving me the most trouble...nope, not ap chem...

AP SPANISH IS SUCH A STRUGGLE. I don't know why I thought it would be okay...I don't know why I decided to take an ap language...I'm honestly so worried about the ap exam. You know how with math and science and stuff, you can figure out what makes you confused and study and learn? Language is so difficult and I know I need to put in more time in order to improve, but I feel like I'm improving at such a slow rate. HELP.

Your AP lit teacher sounds great! :D I've had Jane Eyre on my reading list for such a long time lol. My English teacher is pretty funny too, and we're reading The Scarlet Letter right now. I'm so mad though because when I was reading it on the subway, a random person SPOILED it for me and now I feel so disappointed at not being able to enjoy the final revelation. Gah!

HAHAHAHA I had no idea that you didn't like Go Set a Watchman! You can rant to me if you want, I feel like I won't read it because of the bad reviews and I have a bazillion things on my reading list, which just keeps getting longer and longer haha.




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Ha! You remember my saying!!! I love that saying. I can't take credit for it though. One of my bosses said it to me once. :)




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@Katie: It's a good saying. :razz:

@Lestria: HEY! *is back* :grin: Let's see if I can get through this whole post without accidentally submitting it...

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do anything fun/see any family/eat any good food? I don't have any particular Thanksgiving stories because we don't celebrate it that much, but oh! The first proper snowfall of the year where the snow actually accumulated was on Thanksgiving, which was fun! :grin: It's not there anymore, though...do you have any snow on the ground right now? Any chances of any snow days? Haha, my mom asked me why I would want any school cancelled in my last year, but I look at it as my last chance to enjoy the bliss of a snow day as well... :lol:

Yay about your chem test! Nice teachers are the best. Ooh, how did your SAT go? I've been taking ever so many subject tests lately, and I just took the bio one last weekend, which is the last date I can, so however that goes I guess I'm done with standardized testing for now. :smile:

AND OH YES, NANOWRIMO...went fairly well! :grin: I had to rethink my word count goal and then rethink it again to fit it in with all everything else in my schedule, and it ended up going down to 17,300, and was STILL a struggle, which was somewhat disappointing. Still, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. :grin: Of course, as usual, I'm nowhere near done with my actual novel at 17,300, so we shall see if I can summon up more post-Nano motivation than I usually can and actually keep writing come January... :lol:

I am also feeling kind of accomplished because I actually finished applying to a couple colleges, and have the illusion that I finished applying to three because of the essay I had to write for the National Merit finalist application thingy. I am finding that personal essays are a super struggle, but that I am actually kind of pleased with SOME of the end products. My biggest problem is procrastination. Especially when coming up with ideas. :mrgreen: How have all your writing endeavours been going?

*Thankfully recieves Muses and hugs and chocolate and sends back more hugs and key lime pie to Lestria*

I wouldn't say my school is super obsessed with college apps...I mean, there are definitely some people who are, but as a whole, not so much? Idk, it's hard to say for sure. There are definitely quite a few people I know who are very competitive, but not to the point of breaking friendships. And I know what you mean!! I feel like that about college a lot, too, but less recently since it's been more about getting apps done? YOU WILL FIGURE IT OUT, I BELIEVE IN YOU. <3 (Ooh, also, sidenote: wouldn't it be awesome if we somehow ended up going to the same college and meeting each other in real life? I mean, we'd probably never realize it lol, but the idea just popped into my head. :lol: )

Haha, I've heard that about AP Spanish from a few of my other friends, too. Is your teacher good? Lol, I have a feeling I'll be in the same boat with French next semester, except even worse because I tested out of the previous level during the summer after sophomore year, and have thus not touched the language in over a year. :o I agree, languages can definitely be really difficult!

Ooh, The Scarlet Letter. I actually found it kind of boring. :/ Did you like it? What else have you been reading lately, in class, and out? In my lit class, we just read The Old Man and the Sea, which I didn't expect to like, but surprisingly did. But it also made me sad...:'( Have you read it? Also, aah, yes, spoilers are so annoying!! When we were younger, my sister used to spoil almost every book she read first for me, but thankfully, this doesn't happen anymore. :lol:

And oh! One more thing...so I made all of my friends cards for Thanksgiving (which, admittedly, was kinda a while ago now), and I have no way to give you an actual, physical card, buuuuut, I just wanted to tell you how glad I am that we're friends. Thank you for always being supportive, whether I'm moaning or ranting or celebrating, for putting up with the loooong time I can take to reply to things, and for all of the wonderful conversations. I love these boards for many reasons, but I think that the most special thing the Stacks has given me is our friendship. <3 Love you!

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Wahhhhh!!!! You all are GROWING UP SO FAST!!!!!! College?!!?




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Thanksgiving was pretty quiet because same, my family doesn't celebrate it really, but my mom and I went Black Friday shopping for the first time! It wasn't that hectic, and there were some pretty good deals. I got half of my Christmas shopping done. :D

IT HASN'T SNOWED YET ARGGHHHHH!!! It's like 50 degrees nowadays and last week it was sunny and like 65 degrees and my friend and I were lounging around outside and the sun was kind of nice but it was also like WHAT IT'S DECEMBER HOW

So yeah, probability of snow days is like 0% right now lol.

Oh yeah, in the past, at my school, the seniors get to miss class for the first snow day and they just drink hot chocolate and play in the snow and stuff :') can't wait for that next year

Yes, I'm done with the SAT!!! and with standardized testing! Except for APs I guess...but I'm done with my SAT and subject tests!!!!! yessss

this past week was pretty bad because I'm submitting a research project I did over the summer to a competition and it was so much writing and paperwork and I messed up one of my forms and had to redo it and it was just really stressful. >.< but I submitted everything on Wednesday! so I'm done with that too!

Now I just have to get through another AP chem test this Friday lol.

I haven't written anything creative except for school haha. But this year, I got a lot more hw in English class because my teacher is the chair of the English department at my school and she makes us do a lot more work...and I feel like my formal essays on books have gotten a lot better. :D

Good luck with college! And the National Merit app! ahhhh <3333333 ALSO OMG IT WOULD BE SO AWESOME IF WE WENT TO THE SAME COLLEGE AND MET EACH OTHER :'D we can dream!!!

(thanks for the key lime pie! yummy)

My AP Spanish teacher is retiring after this semester, which makes me sad and kind of angry because he WROTE THE FREAKING AP SPANISH TEXTBOOKS and he knows a lot about the exam...but I feel a lot more confident after preparing in just these past few months and I guess a lot of it is just working hard on your own.

Yeah I agree, the Scarlet Letter was pretty boring. I ended up skimming the end, which I usually never do, but the style reminded me of Dickens -- in a bad way, I think that Dickens' writing style is very dry and dense and difficult to understand. We're actually reading Hemingway short stories now! We read "Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "A Clean Well-Lit Place." I didn't like either of them that much because they were so painfully sad. Like you know when a story/book is kind of incoherent (cough Kafka, Tim O'Brien) and the themes/message are so depressing and cynical.

I recently read Things Fall Apart and The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (by Haruki Murakami!) when I was trying to choose a book for my term paper. I'm going with One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez though. Have you read any of those? What are you reading now?

awww that was so sweet! <3 I love and appreciate you so much too, sometimes I don't want or don't know how to tell something to my friends/fam and I'm so glad I can have someone to trust and relate to and talk to. :')




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AHHH I HAVE NOW EMERGED FROM MY COLLEGE APP CAVE OF DEATH AND CAN REINTEGRATE WITH SOCIETY YAAAAAAAAAAYYY :lol: :lol: :lol:

(@Katie: Wahh I know, how is college creeping up on me so fast?? :lol: )

@Lestria: Whew this has been a long two months, and oh my god, I thought I'd replied to this weeeeks ago! D: So first of all: Happy New Year!! How's 2016 going for you so far? :D Any snow YET?? Lol it snowed here the day AFTER Christmas, which was fun, but everyone was kind of disappointed it couldn't have happened just one day sooner. How was your winter break? Mine was kind of boring :/ I mean, just so much college stuff to get donnnne, but victory! I finished all my apps on time! :D And I thought that it would be over come January, but then I've had college interviews all this month, and siriusly why are they even a thing, I'd honestly rather write more essays even though those take up more time. :/ But that's all done now, and hopefully I can slack off some this semester! :)

Ooh, seniors get to skip school on the first snow day, why does this not happen at my school lol. But NICE, that's awesome about being done with all your tests so soon! Aww, I hope your days have become less stressful, but good luck with your research project competition thing! And with AP chem! Lol, whenever I hear my friends talking about that class, it actually sounds really fun, and I kind of wish I'd taken it. I just didn't have any space though!! How is it at your school?

Ahh, thank you!! AND YES SIRIUSLY THAT WOULD BE THE BEST, AND I'M SURE WE'D FIGURE IT OUT EVENTUALLY AND THEN JUST IMAGINE :lol: <3333

Aww, he's retiring in the middle of the school year? That seems a bit odd. But I'm sure you'll do great on the AP test still!

So it's term end for me right now, so I'm going to be completely switching classes on Monday. Except not really, because AP Bio is three terms and choir is alternate day year-round with economics, which means I'm really only switching AP Lit with AP Lang and Comp. and AP stats with French. :razz: Which I am going to absolutely fail, by the way. I haven't done any French in so looong! I was actually really sad to lose AP Lit. Our whole class got really close, and on the last day, we had this huge feast and made pancakes and read poetry and played charades, and then we were kind of all like, "what are we going to do without this class wahh" :')

Ooh, Hemingway, I haven't read much Hemingway, just The Old Man and the Sea, but all his stuff sounds really sad! I actually like some of Dickens' works, like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, but I agree they can be really dry sometimes. Ooh, how was His Years of Pilgrimage? I've heard Murakami's books are all really confusing; was it? I haven't read any of those, except One Hundred Years of Solitude, which OMG YES READ IT READ IT READ IT, IT IS BEAUTIFUL <3

In English, I just finished reading All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, which was a little confusing at first because stream-of-consciousness, but got easier as you go along. Have you read it? It was pretty good, but eek, depressing. :/ Outside of school, I just finished this book called Mistborn by I-don't-remember-who, possibly Brandon Sanderson? I will go look this up! Yesss, I was right! :grin: It was also pretty good/page-turning, which was nice. :razz:

And oh, while we're talking about reading, could we talk about poetry? :razz: What are some of your favourite poems/poets to read? I was just reading The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S Elliot again for the millionth time, and aljdsf I love that poem so much! It's just so vulnerable and human. <3 Have you read it? I was absolutely obssessed with it back in September. I also love reading practically everything by Maya Angelou, but I think my favourites are Still I Rise and On the Pulse of the Morning.

Anyway, hope you're having a wonderful start to the year! <3




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Congrats on finishing your apps! WELCOME BACK TO SOCIETY!!!! hahaha actually during the last week of January, I literally shut myself in my room for three days to study for midterms and when I finally walked outside, my eyes were momentarily blinded by how freaking bright the sunlight was. Also it might have been because there were piles of snow everywhere and it reflected the light like crazy.

IT SNOWED!!!!! HURRAH! Happened about a week ago...first snowfall AND first big snowfall! It snowed for like 36 hours and the snow was like 3 feet high. IT WAS SO GREAT on the first day and then it turned into huge piles of slush. :/

Haha happy belated new year! Also happy early Chinese New Year! Which is next Monday. :)

My winter break was pretty boring too, some science program apps to write, plus catching up on work. :/ But it was a nice kind of boring, you know?

Ohh, how were college interviews? Did you meet them in a coffee shop? Every day now there's seniors dressed up in suits and nice dresses but they look so sad about life. :'(

AP Chem is fun because I love my teacher haha, and also the stuff we learn is pretty interesting, especially when it applies to everyday life. I can't think of an example off the top of my head because right now I'm actually procrastinating working on my English outline for my term paper UGH I'M SO ANNOYED because recently, I just find English class really pointless. Like I love reading, but for the plot/characters, and I'm so sick of analyzing stuff, especially because authorial intent seems sort of iffy like maybe the author didn't really make that action/object symbolic but just wrote it in because he/she felt like it. Also I never stick with my outline -- terrible habit, I know, but I always just find something more interesting to write about. Plus, right now, my thesis is about love and I DON'T WANT TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE because I already wrote an essay about love (on a different book) last year, but I already selected my quotes and love is a common theme and I'm too lazy to reselect quotes UGH I KNOW I'M RAMBLING BUT I'M JUST SOOOO FED UP.

Anyway.

Years of Pilgrimage wasn't that confusing -- I read on the Internet that Murakami's books can generally be divided into two categories of writing style, minimalistic or ostentatious. This was definitely minimalistic, and it was pretty good, but it didn't make that much of an impression on me in the end.

Ahahaha I don't really read poetry? Again because I'm lazy lol and it takes me so long to understand a poem, which I know is the point, you're supposed to immerse yourself in the meaning, but I'm an impatient person haha. Hit me up with fast paced plots please.

(Sorry, I've just been so frustrated with English these past few weeks and this outline is just more fuel for my frustration.)




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Why do the seniors look so miserable??




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@Katie: Ah, I think they're just stressed about college. Especially because some people might not have gotten in early decision but know that their friends have, which creates pressure and tension and sadness. :( Actually, last week, during a lunch period, all the seniors went into the auditorium and just screamed out their anger/anxiety -- and it was approved by the administration too haha.




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Ugh- that's no good!!! Funny (yet sad) about the scream fest. :)




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HI HAPPY LATE PI DAY!!! :grin: :grin: :grin: Did you do anything fun? Did you eat pie??

Ahaha, I kind of know what you mean about all the pressure/tension/sadness going around about college right now...a lot of my friends got in places early, and I didn't apply anywhere early at all. And I mean, it was like the best feeling to find out that they'd gotten in because I really wanted them to, but at the same time, it also made me kind of anxious. (Especially since some of my friends so far have gotten into, um, Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, MIT and UChicago...and I know know know that big names aren't that important, and I'm actually not super hung up on it, but...it's still just a little stressful, you know? :P ) And now starting this week, regular decisions are beginning to trickle in (I think my first one comes tomorrow), so...lol. :mrgreen: The scream fest sounds great though. XD (Why didn't I get to scream in the auditorium??) :lol:

Oh college interviews, I'm so glad they're over! (But this is because I'm just generally awkward and suck at interviews, not because they're that terrible.) They were actually less stressful than I expected them to be, and some of the interviewers were really nice! Some of them were weird though...like I was totally not prepared for the one who asked me not one thing about myself and instead expected me to spend forty-five minutes questioning them about the school lol. Most of them were indeed in coffee shops, but I had one in the person's office.

On a less icky note, how was your pi day? Did you celebrate it at all? :razz: (I already asked you this first, didn't I? Oh, well, I'm too lazy to change it :razz: ) The last couple of years, a few of my friends and I have been having a pi day picnic at the park where we eat pie and generally end up swarming the nearby playground, which is super fun. XD And this year, it was extra wonderful, because a couple of my friends who are at college right now were able to come because of spring break, and I don't get to see them much anymore. :grin:

Ooh, speaking of spring break, when's yours? Mine begins end of March, and I'm SO ready for it. (Well, and kind of not, because *most* college decisions come out right around then, too, and although I'm in a minority about this, I honestly don't mind waiting, and would prefer it if they were still in the distance :P )

Haha, how did your paper turn out? I know what you mean about being fed up of analyzing things (and honestly, sometimes some of the analysis seems so stretched, like was that REALLY what the author was trying to get at here?? :lol: ) but I still usually enjoy it. Ooh, how did your essay go?? Love is a really common theme (though what I've gleaned from AP Lit is that the most common themes are usually depressing lol :lol: ) What book was it on? I hope it went well (and I'm sure you managed it!) <3

Ahaha fine, no poetry then. :grin: As far as books go, I read a few Franz Kafka short stories recently, and they are REALLY weird. Have you read any? Some of them are downright disturbing...On the lighter reading side, I'm in middle of a random fantasy book right now, called, I think, Magic or Madness by I'm-Not-Sure-Who, which is pretty good! Lol, I feel like I haven't done much lighter reading in a while for some reason, so this is refreshing! :grin:

What have you been reading? Doing? How goeth your life, my friend? :grin: <3




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@Katie: Hi!! <3 So I posted on here a couple days ago, and it didn't show up, but I noticed that other things have...did it send? Anyway, if it didn't, I guess I'll try to retype... :grin: :

@Lestria: Ahaha, that scream fest sounds like an awesome idea, and ahhh I do get what you're talking about with pressure/tension/sadness and stuff over college. I mean, when I typed this out the first time a few days ago, I was talking about how awesome it had felt when some of my friends got in (really good) places early, but how later it made me anxious, especially because I hadn't even applied anywhere early. And then I'm pretty sure I said something about how my first college decision was coming out on Wednesday...yes, well now...eek, I don't know, I absolutely hadn't realized how stressful this was going to be. (In case you haven't realized, I got rejected from that one lol) And I mean, there have been two more since then, and I have got accepted into one of those two, but it wasn't really any of the ones I wanted...but see, the reason I was so upset about the first one and am progressively getting anxiouser and anxiouser (that sounded like Alice in Wonderland! :mrgreen: ) is rather more complicated then just, i don't know, wanting to get into the places I applied (though I mean, there's always that, too. :/ For everyone, I think), but I don't want to just rant at you. :/ But see, that was where my twin got in early, and I really really want us to go to the same college, and now I'm just seeing the chances of some kind of overlap decreasing and decreasing, and ugh, loads of people are stressed right now, and so am I. I had my first melt down of the school year today and suddenly started stress crying during lunch (though that was about two other things as well as college, one of which was sending me into an absolute panic, unfortunately) But somehow, I just hadn't realized how stressful this would be, this waiting, now that it has begun. And I KNOW it's not that important, and this isn't the end of the world and shouldn't feel like it, but...idk. And being rejected just feels icky. And I thought I was prepared for it because a large proportion of the schools I applied to it's just really unlikely to get in. But somehow, I hadn't quite realized how all out awful and anxious this would be. :/ Anyway, rant over now, haha. Wow, that was such an incoherent mess of a block of text, and thank you so much if you actually read all of it (and you too, Katie!!).

Anyway: HURRAY FOR SNOW!!! And happy late pi day! Did you do anything fun? Eat pie? :razz: Although this has all round been a rough week for me, the one really fun thing I did on monday was a pi day picnic that some of my friends and I have been having for the last couple of years, in which we each bring a pie to the park and ended up swarming a nearby playground. :grin: And a couple of my college friends who I haven't gotten to see in a while were able to come because they were back home for spring break, which was the best. :grin: (Speaking of spring break, when's yours??)

Ooh, college interviews, so glad they're over (though this is because I'm awkward and suck at interviews, not because they are actually terrible, and I'm sure you'll do wonderful when you have them. :grin: ) Most of mine were in coffee shops, but one was in the person's office. Most of the interviewers were actually really nice! Though some of them were kind of weird...like I was not prepared for the one who asked me not one thing about myself but instead expected me to ask him questions about the university the whole forty-five minutes instead. :lol:

And how did your English paper go? Oh, I get what you mean about pointlessness. I mean, I usually enjoy analyzing things, but there are times when it just seems so STRETCHED, and you just can't help wondering if the author really REALLY intended for that symbolism over there or whatever. :razz: Anyway, I'm sure you did fine!

Ahaha, fine, no poetry then. As far as books go, I just finished a couple of YA fantasy books from the library that were lighter reading than I've done in a bit, which was enjoyably refreshing. :razz: Unfortunately, I don't remember titles or authors--and am too lazy to go find them--so I'll try to tell you them next time.

I should really go to bed now (I'm sure my lack of sleep from studying for a test today at least partially contributed to my panicking and crying this morning lol), so goodnight! Also, I realize that this post still somehow turned out to be primarily me ranting, so ugh, sorry about that. How is everything for you? Oh, and Katie, if you just didn't get around to approving my other post here, but it actually did make it to you, sorry for double posting so much of it!!




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Sorry! I was on vacation!




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@Katie: Ahaha, I read your post and figured that out approximately five minutes after I posted the second time, and then I felt bad about it...sorry!!

(Also, Lestria: OH MY GOSH, WE'RE ON OUR FOURTH PAGE!! *throws confetti* *busts out pinata* :grin: )




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@songbird49: OMG MASSIVE POST <3_<3 and I can't believe you retyped it too <333

Happy belated pi day to you too! I love pi day because all the math teachers at my school geek out (especially last year since it was 3/14/15 9:26:53 and this kid won the talent show for reciting like 100 digits of pi), but no, I don't think I've ever eaten pie on pi day. Buuuut I do have this huge cheesecake in my refrigerator right now! (yeah ok not completely relevant, but the cheesecake is good and huge and it's also taking my family forever to eat it haha) Anyway, your pi day tradition sounds so fun. :') What kind of pie did you eat? Do you have a favorite type of pie? 

YES big names and especially Ivy Leagues are stressful to hear. :( And yeah, I've heard from the seniors that Ivies usually come out end of March, beginning of April, which is also when the New York primaries are! Some of the seniors have been grumbling about this, but I'm just sad that I won't get to vote in this election. 

MY SPRING BREAK IS THE LAST WEEK OF APRIL SIGH. I literally have 8 weeks of uninterrupted school, which must be some kind of new record, which definitely says something about the state of America's education system, I know, but oof. Getting up in the morning. I really hope one day they look at those scientific studies about how kids are lacking sleep right now and do better later in the morning and maaaaybe they'll change the starting time to 9 am? It would be too late for us, but think of the future generations!!

I haven't gotten my paper back ahhhh I'm scared because this was like THE major assignment of this quarter and my English grade is riding on it and I think the paper turned out okay? The outline was the worst part haha, and the drafting process wasn't that bad. I do admit that I am disappointed because this paper was supposed to be the "culmination" of my high school English career (according to the English department), but it just felt like a normal paper. Or, at least, I treated it as a normal term paper because I wasn't that attached to the book (One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez). 

Agreed, Kafka is sooo weird. I read Metamorphosis last year and some short stories and didn't enjoy them. 

Back to colleges...ARGH I WISH I COULD REACH THROUGH THE SCREEN AND HUG YOU BUT FOR SOME REASON I CAN'T. :( I know this senior who is one of the nicest, kindest, smartest people in my school and for some reason he didn't get in early decision or to the first schools he applied to and uGH THIS PROCESS IS SO UNFAIR. But actually -- idk if I told you about this before -- he told me about how one of his friends literally ignored him and their other friends for the first semester because of stress and he was like "if I have any one piece of advice to you, it's to hang on to your friends." so yeah, I'm always here for you if you need to rant or celebrate and I love you a lot! <3




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No worries!!!




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Ahhh thank you so much, Lestria, and I love you lots and lots tooo <333 *Virtual hug, because virtual hugs are the best* (except for real hugs, unfortunately, aghh stupid computer screens :'( ) And you can definitely always rant to me too!

I am decidedly feeling better right now than I was that day I posted the second time (Ohh though, I remember what was going on that day; it was solo/ensemble contest for voice, and singing solos in front of judges always throws me into freak-out mode. Also, at the time when I was writing that, I hadn't thought I'd done well/made it to regions, so there was that--though it turns out I did!! :grin: ) And also it was just the day after the one college my sister got into early that I'd really wanted to get into came out, and I was upset about that...lol, I'm decidedly less of a mess today. My last decisions come out Thursday (Indeed, ivies, sigh), and so far this has been one big rejection fest, but oh well. :? I'm just excited for spring break.

Ooh cheesecake, I love (love, love) cheesecake lol, and it is ALWAYS relevent. :razz: Woww, a hundred digits of pi is a lot! How do your math teachers celebrate pi day/geek out? I think we had banana cream pie, apple pie, strawberry pie, and peach pake (lol I made that one :mrgreen: ) this year. I think my favourite pie is possibly apple? But oh, lemon pie is really good! And my mom made an awesome plum pie once! And french silk pie! (In short, I don't know if I can pick a favourite...do you have one?)

Anywaay, goodness, your spring break is ages away!! :( That sounds truly dreadful. My school district has actually been having a huge debate the last couple of years about changing start times, and I think they might for next year, or the year after. (I mean, not to nine, but eight, I think?) But it's kind of controversial because a lot of the high schoolers who are in sports or a lot of activities and only get home after dark/really late anyway don't really want them to change it, and a lot of kids are saying it won't actually help them sleep more, just even later. I'm not really sure, but lol, I won't be there next year anyway. Woah that's a scary thought. I'm still having a hard time envisioning the fact that I'll be going away to college...it's especially abstract because, I mean, I don't know where it'll be yet so I don't have anywhere specific to imagine, but, just, eek, college! XD

Eeeee GOOD LUCK ON YOUR PAPER!!! But nooooooo, Lestriaa, One Hundred Years of Solitude is soo goooood. :lol: Lol, I loved that book a lot (though I'll admit there were points when it started losing me, and before someone pointed out the family tree to me when I was about halfway through, I was really struggling keeping the characters straight, haha) But by the end, I was just awestruck. Though I didn't like Chronicle of a Death Foretold (by Gabriel Garcia Marquez also) much at all (it was disturbing, somehow), and by the time I read Love In the Time of Cholera, I think i was just ready for a break from all the magical realism. :lol: But I love his short stories!! They're so beautiful!

But I bet you aced your English paper!! Lol I know what you mean about anticlimactic culminations--we had this 20 page paper for my economics class that we've been working on all year that kept being made a huge deal of, but when we finally turned it in last week...well, it hadn't actually been that much work, and it didn't feel very special. XD What did you write about though, with love? It sounds like a pretty interesting premise. xD

Oh, and also returning to college...yes, I agree with your friend about keeping your friends!! That's always important! Though I don't think I know anybody who did something like that...wow, poor kid, I feel really bad for him, he must have been so stressed. :( (Also, I hope your nice, kind, smart friend gets into some school he wants to!! I hope everyone does!) Lol, one of my friends and my sister and I are actually meeting and having a fun day all thursday until late afternoon when decisions come out in order to make sure we don't stress too much XD

So what books have you read that you actually liked recently? OH, random, but one of my college friends said he visited NY and The Strand bookstore recently (actually a while ago, but I only remembered now :lol: ), and that it was awesome! That was the bookstore you and Katie were talking about earlier right? I want to go there so badly now!! :grin:

I hope you are doing wonderfully, and tell me about your day!

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Yes! It was The Strand!! (I'm butting in here)  :)

 

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Heeey. So I had this interview today with a lab for this summer science program and I can't tell whether it went well...I think I came off a little aloof and unenergetic because I didn't eat lunch (terrible decision, I know now...but I spent lunch looking over the guy's research so that I could talk about it with him). Anyway, I had three project ideas and he liked one of them, but completely shot down the other two as impractical/not worth the effort. He was also sort of arrogant and I feel sad because I really like his research (it's in bioengineering!) and it fits with my interests/skills and he's interviewing 5 other kids and idk if I made a good impression.

Anyway, back to pi(e) lol. This year my math team teacher sent out this mass email filled with pi day memes and they were so funny/cute. Last year a bunch of the math teachers wore pi day shirts and told us bad pi jokes haha. French silk pie sounds really good. I've only ever tried apple pie though and it was from a store. In conclusion: I need to make more friends who can bake me food :).

I wrote my term paper on how Amaranta and Rebeca's failed romantic relationships lead them to isolate themselves from society and live in solitude. I remember the ending of One Hundred Years of Solitude made me tear up a little the first time I read it, and yeah, I agree that it's a pretty good book in that the threads tie together nicely into a compact plot. But I just feel so not in the mood for analyzing books anymore. One of my classmates wrote his term paper on Chronicle of a Death Foretold! (and two other people did One Hundred Years of Solitude haha). We read Chronicle of a Death Foretold last year and I agree, it didn't interest me very much.

I got my English term paper grade back and it was better than I thought haha, but now I have a history term paper due in two weeks...sigh it never ends. I'm writing mine on the Cuban missile crisis and I thought it'd be more science but it's actually all international relations and shady diplomacy stuff. Your econ paper sounds so rough...I don't think I can write a 20 page paper. I'm struggling to write 8 pages right now lol. I don't think I'm taking a history class next year, but I'm taking an English though to balance out my math/science electives :D

My friend got into college (!), but he's disappointed that he didn't get into the ones that he really wanted to go to. :( I feel nervous because a lot of the seniors I know had really good grades and extracurriculars, but they were all somewhat disappointed in the colleges they got into. The process is so random. :(

The Strand is amazing! <3 But I haven't read any books recently haha *hides face in shame* Have you?




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Ahhh *so many hugs* I'm sorry your interview didn't go as well as you wanted it to. :(But it doesn't sound like it went badly!! Even if you did come off as a little distant, it sounds like you were REALLY well prepared, and I think it's actually pretty good if he liked one of your ideas! Plus even if he shot down the other two, the fact that you already had all those ideas should count for something...I hope you get in!! Tell me what happens!

Lol, your math teachers sound pretty awesome. :razz:But you've only ever had store pie?? This is why we need to meet in real life: I COULD TOTALLY BE YOUR BAKING FRIEND, I BAKE FOOD ALL THE TIME (lolll, to be honest, my sister actually bakes a lot more often then me, but we do bake things together quite a bit!)

Haha, I have to admit that for a second I saw the words "Amaranta and Rebecca" and got really confused and couldn't figure out what you were talking about. Despite my love for that book, remembering all the characters and keeping them straight always makes my head spin. :lol:Yesss, I cried too at the end a little, and yeah, that was probably one of the things that amazed me the most; how such a long, convoluted, and kinda rambling story wrapped up so nicely and tied together in the end. But I get not being in the mood for analyzing things. I think I'm kind of there myself right now, especially with poetry. But on the other hand, I'd just love to get my lit class of last semester back right now, and we did nothing but analyze everything in there, so. Mmph. Idk. Lol, a bunch of us from that class surprised our teacher by bursting into her classroom with food after school on the last day before spring break and had a reunion. 'Twas beautiful. :')

Speaking of spring break, mine ended last week, sigh times a million. But that means yours starts soon, right? Are you going to be doing anything fun?

Yay about your English paper!! :DAhaha, this march of papers IS neverending, so true...but the econ paper wasn't as bad as I thought it would be at the beginning of the year when they told us we had to write 15-25 pages. I was like, I can't do this lol, but we did it so slowly, it just...got done. Which is NOT to say that my paper was any kind of decent quality writing, as that was my slacker class of this year (it's the required class for all seniors at my school, and therefore their standards do not seem awfully high...). In fact, my paper was pretty awful, but it's over now, and we'll see what happens with that. :roll:

Back to college...aww, I'm glad he got into college (lol, I'd never considered the alternative as a possibility though, he definitely sounded like someone who'd GET INTO COLLEGE :lol:), but I get his disappointment at it not being any of the ones he was really hoping for, and I'm sorry. :(That's basically what happened to me, too...though I mean, I feel bad for feeling bad, because the college I got into IS perfectly amazing and lovely, but, just...ugh. I hate admitting that I'm disappointed, because I probably shouldn't be, but...I kinda am? I've mostly gotten over it now though. However, I must just inform you that WAITLISTS ARE PAIN, AND TORTURE, AND SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED. Lolll, ugh, I really wasn't expecting this. I mean, I think I knew they were a thing, but I guess I just didn't know they were so...common? I got waitlisted by almost half the schools I didn't get into, which just seems kind of ridiculous, because bleh, so much limbo. I didn't accept all of them, and I'm only kind of hung up on one really (U. something- Katie removed- sorry-, because--well, it's the one I was talking about earlier, though the stats are horrible and I really shouldn't be). I also took P and C's, but asdfkj;l, I'm not actually thinking about them much because getting off the waitlist is just not a thing that's going to happen. So on that note, I've almost definitely decided where I'm going to go! Wooh! :grin:Am I allowed to say though? I kind of thought I was, because I feel like I've seen other Stackers mention where they go to college, but it seems kind of personal to me, so...? Can I, Katie?

Anyway, I think I've been rambling about college quite enough now--sorry about that, it's just been what's been on everyone around me's minds lately? (sigh, I'm actually really tired of all its associated stress/drama at this point...so many disappointed people I know :'( ) Oh! Though I wanted to ask you: is your high school super competitive? Because I've heard NY schools are, and I'm just kinda curious...I have extended family who lives there, and whenever they talk about it, it sounds scary cutthroat compared to the rather laidback midwest, lol. (Sidenote: I feel like that might have sounded kind of offensive to New York? IT WASN'T MEANT TO BE, I'M SURE THERE ARE WONDERFUL SCHOOLS THERE, just...yeah :P)

ONTO THE BOOKS! Haha, this is going to sound tangential, but remember when we first started this thread? Lol, I was reading some of the oldest posts...I can't believe they were almost two years ago now! :') Anywaaay: THIS IS RELATED TO BOOKS, I PROMISE because remember how you were reading Cinder back then? Well, I saw it at the library recently and picked it up, and it just so happens to be what I'm reading right now! I'm not very far in yet...but it's pretty gripping! :grin:

(In a complete non-sequitur) what kind of music have you been listening to lately? I've just gotten off a re-obsession with the Les Mis soundtrack, and a fairly new kind-of-obsession with the Hamilton soundtrack (lots of show tunes lol), and I would love some new suggestions! :mrgreen:

(In another complete non-sequitur--lol, on second thought, I'm not sure why I'm pointing these ones out, considering my posts are always full of them) how's your life going? <3




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I'm still waiting for the interview results eeeep...

PLEASE BAKE FOOD FOR ME. Lol remember how I said that I'm a Big Sib for a 7th grade class? My fellow Big Sibs and I are supposed to bake food for their birthdays but none of us can bake well so we just all buy food haha. Also my friend told me about how when she was younger, her friend had a birthday party where she baked her own cake, but apparently she put SALT INSTEAD OF SUGAR in the cake and all the kids were trying to force it down and be polite but then the friend's mom tried it and was like ?????? and went out and bought them real cake haha. Also on the subject of cake (which I know more about than pie), there's this store and their cakes are sooo beautiful (and expensive but still so beautiful) and my friend just told me about it and I want to try it ahh. I also love this Korean-French bakery with really great cakes that aren't too sweet (my pet peeve is too sweet frosting) and their cakes taste so light and airy!!

It's so sweet that you planned a surprise for your teacher! She must've been a really great teacher :DI like my English teacher this year because even though she looks scary, she's really caring and totally a mom type and gives us Yiddish words of the day haha! But she gives us so much hw ;_;

This is my last week of school before spring break! But I have APs the day I come back, which stinks. My family is actually going on a trip for a few days, but I'm bringing my AP study books bc I'm kind of worried. :(Did you do anything fun for spring break?

Omg is senioritis a thing at your school too? There are some seniors in my chem class who just don't go to class anymore lol and the ones who go to class don't do their hw.

Waitlists sound so horrible. I'm so happy for you though, that you've finally made the decision!! Do you know what you're doing this summer or whether you're planning anything with your friends? Also did you go on college visits before you applied? I don't know whether to go...my parents were like we'll go if you wanna go, but idk, does seeing the college in person really make a big difference? I feel like I could just look at pictures online LOL I'M SO LAZY.

My school is sort of competitive, I guess. I mean people definitely compare grades and calculate their GPA all the time, but I feel like the administration does a lot to alleviate competition, for example by not releasing rankings to students or colleges. Also, especially in junior year, people are trying to rack up some extracurriculars and sometimes it's overwhelming, but I feel like at my school, it isn't that bad because it's fairly small, like 200 people per grade. I've heard that at the larger competitive schools in NY (also in NJ), it's more cutthroat because everyone has such amazing accomplishments. But also I feel like personally, I cared more about Ivy League when I was younger and my parents don't pressure me because they've heard a lot from their colleagues that your undergrad education doesn't matter that much as long as you have good grades and you can still get into really good grad schools. But don't worry, it's not an offensive question at all! I've actually never really heard that LOL, I always assumed that there's always some stress/pressure in competitive schools throughout the nation, no matter what state you're in.

OMG CINDER!!!! HAHA I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU JUST STARTED IT!!! The last book just came out recently and I picked it up at a bookstore and flipped through the first few pages, but I had read the series so long ago that I felt a little apathetic about the couple that I had shipped so much before. Speaking of delayed books in series, I just want to point out that in like 2008, in elementary school, I read this book called The Girl Who Could Fly and it was one of my favorite books at that time and just a couple of months ago, one of my seventh grader Little Sibs was reading THE SEQUEL and I was like when did that come out??? Apparently it just came out this year AKA 8 YEARS LATER!!!!!! But apparently the sequel is really weird and not as good as the original.

I listen to Spanish music now LOL to help prep for the AP. I actually just downloaded Jennifer Lopez's Spanish album last week and it's really good. I also listen to classical music bc it helps me sleep and I also love movie soundtracks (like the Harry Potter soundtrack! My iPod is like 25% Harry Potter soundtrack). Also you should listen to "Time" by Hans Zimmer, which was a soundtrack song from the movie Inception but it's literally the most beautiful song I've ever heard.

Hamilton is SO GREAT AH and I love Broadway showtunes too! I like the songs from the musical Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and also Curtains (which my school put on a production of a few years ago). The first time I listened to songs from Les Mis was actually from Glee hahaha, but agreed, it's pretty great too.

This post is so long sorry!!! and now I have to go work on my term paper. :(due on Friday




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HI I"M SO SORRY FOR DISAPPEARING HOW DID YOUR INTERVIEWS GO HAPPY SUMMER

Haha *sends raspberry cheesecake* <3 (Though I've never actually *successfully* made cheesecake...it turned into cheesecake soup lol)

Aww, being a Big Sib sounds so much fun! It actually sounds kind of similar to something my school has to welcome the incoming ninth graders, except...better lol XD In my school, they just sort of have to make the freshmen play rather stupid games? (for lack of a better word, I will call them that, but they're really pretty dull...) on advisory days that none of the freshmen really want to play, BUT sometimes they do bring food, which is nice, as far as I remember, from my faraway days of being a ninth grader. XD

OH MY GOD that just reminded me: I GRADUATED WAHHHH HOW DID THIS HAPPEN I DON"T BELIEVE IT. But no, actually. I don't think it's sunk in. I don't know how to process this, it doesn't feel like I graduated!! I mean, I guess it's exciting, but I also absolutely suck at change, so mostly I find it scary XD Like, when did I grow so old??

Which brings me to (I KNOW I said I'd hush about college, so I'm very sorry but please bear with me here?): So. Well, my plans for next year changed again. XD In short, I got off the waitlist at one of the places I was waitlisted at (the one I really wanted!!), but with a gap year. After much agonizing, we (my sister and I lol) both decided to do this...and oh wow, this means we'll both actually start college at the same time, Lestria!! :DDD

Anywayyy, aww, your English teacher sounds sweet, too! I love teachers who seem scary but are actually really nice. XD Wahh, my teachers...I'm gonna miss them :'( (Ahaha sorry this is getting sobby, it's past midnight and I don't know how much sense I'm making right now.) My Creative Writing teacher from junior year wrote cards to all the seniors she's ever had, and it was so nice of her! There were also so many tears at our end of the year party in quiz bowl, and I'm going to miss so many people so much, and...OK I'm going to stop talking about graduating now lest I ACTUALLY start to cry. XD

How is your summer going (Your school has ended?) ?? What have you been doing? And ooh, how was your spring break trip?? Also, how'd AP's go? Yay for being done with them! :P Mine weren't too bad! The one that I was worried about was actually way easier than expected, and turned out to be the easiest one of the lot, and I hope the other three went well? Lol.

Ahaha senioritis is definitely a thing at my school too, isn't it at every school? I don't know if I actually senior slided that hard because I ended up with (mostly) the same grades, but, I mean, it FELT like I was. :lol: It was kind of nice!

Oh, I know how you feel about college visits!! I am also super lazy, and looking at pictures online definitely was what I felt more like doing at this pint last year. I'm pretty sure I complained about college visits more than I maybe should have lol. But I don't know, it sometimes makes a difference? Like, there weren't too many colleges that visiting them in person affected my choice to apply there (oh my, I sound like I visited so many, I think I visited...three), but there was one place I chose not to apply to after seeing it? You could, if you think it'll be helpful. My plan was mostly to just pick which ones to apply to without visiting lol and then visiting the ones I got into after...which certainly narrowed down the number I needed to visit lol.

Haha, I guess that's fair enough, about there being competitive schools everywhere...I don't know, I've just heard of NY talked about as particularly so, and aren't there some famous fancy private schools? But of course, I guess all of them can't be like that lol. :) And that's definitely true, and if you don't feel super pressured, then that's really good! Hopefully you won't experience too much college stress next year then? Lol, I'm sure you'll be fine! <3

Ooh, The Girl Who Could Fly, I feel like I've read a book called The Boy Who Could Fly, but I'm not really sure. xD Are you going to read the sequel? I sometimes like finding sequels to books I used to love. But like you said, they can be really disappointing. I feel like I had something more to say on this book theme a minute ago, but my brain is feeling really fuzzy and I can't think of it anymore...lol maybe I should go to bed. I'll finish replying tomorrow!! I HOPE THIS ACTUALLYB MADE SENSE AND I WASN'T JUST DELIRIOUSLY TYPING THINGS, goodnight, friend! :D I hope you have an amazing day, whenever you're reading this!

p.s lol don't apologize, I love long posts, mine are always definitely too long, sorry XD (And I hope your term paper went well!!)




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HAPPY SUMMER! except I still have one more week of school ;_; but it's like a fake week because every day is like a half day haha... and then the finals start. :(

(But I'm just complaining for the sake of complaining. I only have 2 finals this year and I feel super chill about both of them lol)

I got into the research program I was talking about! And I met with my mentor already and he's super cool and funny. He definitely expects a lot, but he also has a really good sense of humor, so I'm happy about that. There's going to be 2 other high schoolers working at his lab, but we all have different projects, but I'm hoping they'll be nice and we can help each other and stuff aah I just want to make new friends. ._.

Congrats on graduating!!!! And on getting into the school that you really wanted! I know a senior who also got accepted with a gap year actually. Do you know what you're doing yet? SUPER PUMPED to go to college together (and by together I mean in the same year...but maybe we will end up going to the same place...we can dream, right? ;)) and rant/fangirl about weird/exciting/scary college things. :')

(Aha, I always get emotional at night too. IT'S OKAY THE SUN WILL RISE. :P)

OMG I ended up not going with my parents during spring break because I decided to be *responsible* and stay home to study for APs... and it was actually really nice being home by myself haha. I cooked sometimes and other times I went out and walked around the city and it was really relaxing lol. But I'm hoping I can go on vacation later this summer because my aunt from China is coming to the U.S. for the first time with my cousin and apparently they're touring the U.S. She already told me I can come with them if I want, so I'm hoping my schedule works out and if it does, I'm going to try to convince her to go to California bc I've never been. :D See my scheming?!! Honestly, she's my favorite aunt though, so I really just want to hang out with her.

Also yeah agreed, both of my APs were easier than expected. I'm still scared about Spanish bc I'm paranoid, but as long as I didn't make any super dumb mistakes, I think I'll be ok.

My plan was also to visit the colleges that I get into!! But my dad is actually obsessed with this one college down South so I think we're going there and maybe 2-3 others. I'm actually applying to 2 colleges in the South and whenever I talk about them, my friends are like "you DO know that they're in the South right..." hahaha. So I'm visiting to see if going to school in the South for 4 years would be a total culture shock and whether I would be totally miserable.

Get more sleep!! (I should do that too lol) Tell me all about your summer plans and your graduation/prom/senior things! :)




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I know you can't talk about specific schools, but have I mentioned I went to Duke!?!?! In the south!?!?!? I'm a big fan. BIG fan! Great school. Just butting into your conversation here. :)




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@mod katie: You're not butting in at all!! And I do want to go to other places and meet new people/learn from them, so I'm really thinking about applying to colleges outside of the Northeast.




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@Katie: Aah, I have a couple friends who go/are going to go to Duke! :grin:

@Lestria: Ooh, wow, your school ended late! But happy summer now!! :grin: How did your chill finals go? Also YAYYYYY, nice job on getting into the research program!!! That's so awesome!! What's your project about? You should tell me about how it goes!! :grin:

And thank youu, I was pretty happy, too, lol. I know what I'm basically doing for the first half of the year, but I'm not really sure about the second half. And it's kind of weird watching all of my friends getting ready to go to college and talking about packing and placement tests and orientation and roommates and all that stuff and not really being in the middle of it myself. BUT THIS MEANS WE CAN GET READY FOR COLLEGE TOGETHER NEXT YEAR, so yay :razz: And I think you should think about applying to colleges in the midwest (hint hint :P ) lol ;)

And that does sound like a super nice spring break! Though wow, so responsible, I didn't start studying for AP's 'til the week before, this year; it was like my all time low. :P But how'd they go? Did Spanish end up alright, now that scores are out? I'm sure you did great!! :)

Ooh, have fun with your aunt and cousin, if you end up going with them! That sounds really lovely! I've actually been spending most of my summer here for a change. Ahaha, I didn't go to prom (though I did go to a super fun anti-prom!) and graduation, besides being a little bit sad, was mostly just boring, especially because our speakers were underwhelmingly uninteresting, haha, and my school's really big, so it took a LONG time. But my summer's been pretty eventful! The one thing about the summer after senior year is that everybody's rushing to hang out with everyone else before we all split up, so I've been being a lot more social than I usually am in the summer lol, and it's been fun. :') And I also decided to try out for a musical this summer (I'm 90% sure I told you at some point that I'd always wanted to, but was always too scared to audition? Well, it finally happened :P ), and that has also been pretty awesome so far! But ooh, speaking of that, I NEED ADVICE. Everyone at the theatre company (it's like all middle and high schoolers) are really nice, but I'm really awkward, and making friends is harddd, especially because everyone else there seems to already know eachother. And I did already know/was already kinda friends with a couple people, but they seem to have too many better friends here to want to hang out with me, and idk, it's kind of rough? Lol, actually I feel kind of pathetic about it because whyyy am I so awkward and scared to talk to people, but helppp mee pleassse? :lol:

Anyway, good luck with your research and other summer plans, and college apps, if you've started those by now, and yess, get sleep!! I hope you're having an awesome time, and tell me about it!! <3




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NO way!! (about Duke) 

 

That's awesome!! You have smart friends. It's so much harder now to get into than in my day. 




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My finals and APs were great! And my summer program is pretty awesome. It's like a combination of lab research, science classes, and social events :D I'm working on algorithms to computationally detect melanoma (skin cancer), and my mentor is also letting us play around with his lasers (and by play around, I mean being very very very careful ;)). But the best part of the program has to be my lab partners, who are so smart/funny/nice people. Sometimes we distract each other too much and we prank each other all the time, but it's so worth it :') I'm gonna miss these peeps so much after the summer is over...

Which musical?? That sounds so fun, good luck! <3 I wanna work on a play/musical with my friends in my school next year, like behind-the-scenes lights/scenery maybe. And OMG THAT IS ME LITERALLY ALL THE TIME hate it when everyone knows each other already and you're trying to join their group but they already have their inside jokes :| but I feel like after time passes, you'll make new inside jokes together and it'll feel less awkward. Also actually I've been guilty of only talking to my friends and excluding other ppl...sometimes you don't really notice, you know? It's not intentional or anything. And maybe try to get together with the other newbies?

Lol I get along with my lab partners really well but whenever I talk to other ppl in the program, I have trouble keeping up the convo sometimes because I'm socially awkward and I shy away from talking about myself in the beginning. 

I wrote a draft of a college essay for my English class earlier this year, but I don't think I'm using that because even though I put effort into it, it doesn't capture me fully I feel like? I wrote it about my research experience last year, but I've become more doubtful about whether I'm going into research as a career because it's so frustrating/tedious sometimes and I hate the politics side of it and when you do research as a career, most of your time is spent begging for grants. :( Any essay advice or advice about college apps in general? Do you know what you're majoring in by the way?

 




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HOLY CRUD THESE POSTS ARE SO LONG! TOOK ME FOREVER TO READ THEM!!!

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Yay, I'm so glad all of your end-of-the-school-year stuff went well! and your summer program thing sounds so amazing. Ahh, that's so great that you have awesome lab partners! At the lab I was at last summer, there were not really many other high schoolers around besides me and my sister, and it could get kinda boring. But that sounds super fun, I'm jealous ;)

And ahh thanks! It finished a couple weeks ago, and it was great!! (Except for that one night when one of the safety pins in my dress randomly opened in middle of a dance...that was honestly horrifying lol :lol: Luckily it came out near the end of that scene, so I didn't have to spend too long with it digging into my shoulder). It was Oklahoma (which I will concede is a kind of weird musical that I wasn't super in love with before last month, but that I will now forever have a soft spot for <3), and ahh, I know what you mean when you say you'll miss the people in your lab after the summer's over, I miss everyone in the show so much already!! All fifty-five of them lol. Though it was kind of difficult at first...but you were right, it got better eventually!! My problem was mainly that the (very few) other newbies already had friends from school/siblings there, and also just my general awkwardness lol. xD But now I miss it all so much and I'm so sad I graduated because I don't wanna leave that place. :')

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT SOCIALLY AWKWARD, THAT'S SO ME TOO, have you talked to more people in the program outside your lab partners by now though? How long does your program go for?

Anyway, essay advice...hmm. Well, for one, this is super obvious and you'd probably do it anyway, but just try to space it out and not let everything pile up? Like, I definitely knew that would be bad, but I still ended up with a ridiculous number of unfinished essays for December and it made for a...really really painful winter break. XD Besides that, I guess, maybe don't worry too much about the topic? Make it a story you want to tell/meaningful to you, but don't worry too much about how much of you it covers because, in the end, one essay can only be about one aspect of you; no matter what you pick, it won't tell the whole story, but that's okay, because I think how you write about it is more important than how big or small the content is. Idk, sorry, was that at all helpful? :/ And I think I'm probably majoring in English, but I'm also considering double majoring with either bio or physics as well, I'm not too sure. :P

Anyway, I'm in India right now, so hopefully this actually submits because the wifi at my grandparents' house can be kind of sketchy. xD Good luck with the rest of your program and starting college stuff and everything!!

 

P.S I feel like this is super short (sorry!) and also like there was totally something else I meant to tell you about when I started writing this post, but I can't think of it nowww :/ And okay that was probably an unneccessary add-on, but I hate that feeling of knowing you forgot something, and it's bugging meeee :lol:

 




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My program finished a few weeks ago too but I'm actually planning to go to lab again this Friday and meet up with my lab partners! :') We always have really awesome adventures so I'm pumped. One time we snuck onto the roof of the tallest building on campus (17 floors!), where they're constructing a greenhouse and we took selfies of the view ahahaha. :') During the program, I basically hung out with my lab partners and my lab partner's friend from school because we all worked in the same building, but I also made friends with a few other people like this guy from California!! And on the last day, my friend and I talked to this girl from Turkey (Turkey!!! as in she lives in Turkey and came to the US for the program and she flew back after the program ended) and she seemed really nice, which is a shame that we didn't talk to her earlier. 

Omg the safety pin incident sounds painful. :( But it's good to hear that you ended up having fun at your camp! I'm thinking about working on the set of a school play/musical next spring when college stuff is over and I have time. :D Have you worked on sets/lighting/costumes/behind-the-scenes stuff before? I'm thinking about lighting because it seems least stressful and I have a good friend who does lighting and can show me the ropes, but I would also love to work on sets and paint stuff lol.

I know I should be working on college essays right now, and I have worked on it a tiny bit, but idk I feel kind of unmotivated and unstressed right now lol. But yeah I'll def get onto that, working on essays all throughout winter break would be not fun. :( And I've been struggling with the topic of the essay because yeah, I felt like it should really represent me, but I think I'm going to write multiple drafts and then see which one works the best.

A double major sounds cool! :D I feel like all my senior friends are vacationing this summer, which just makes me feel more excited to get senior year done with. Also my best friends and I made this bucket list of random stuff to do (like visit a cat cafe!! where you get to snuggle up with cats and books and coffee/tea! eep!!!) and we're determined to get through it before we leave for college.

Haha I hate that feeling of feeling like you forgot something but not remembering what it is. :P




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AHHH, I CAN FINALLY COME ON HERE AGAIN!!! HI! :grin: I've had nonexistent/really bad/just-not-good-enough-to-load-these-boards wifi since the end of August, and it's so nice to be back! (((: And ahh, this was a really long time ago, but how did that meeting with your lab partners go? I love stories about cool adventures lol, and also it's really cool that you guys stayed in touch after your program ended.

Anyway, how's school and senior year and everything?? Hopefully not too stressful yet? So far I've been in different parts of India, volunteering at schools around here, and it's been really cool! RIght now I'm at my aunt and uncle's house (hence the good wifi lol), and having a bit of a break because most schools here are on holiday right now. But I'll start volunteering here, too, soon, which should be exciting. XD At first it was really really exhausting, and I wondered how my teachers (especially my preschool/elementary teachers lol--little kids are SO tiring!!) had ever done it, but now it's slightly less exhausting and I really like helping out at these schools! :D

Ooh, being in the crew for a play/musical sounds really fun! I worked on the set once back in middle school haha, but not at all since then. Lighting and just tech stuff in general seems pretty cool though, so tell me how it is when you do it!! xD Lol I love painting things too though, and working on costumes seems fun as well, so idk, everything sounds like it would be a good choice.

Oh wow, a cat cafe!!!! I really really want to go to one of those! One of my friends went to one in Japan, and she said it was awesome. Are there any near where you live?

So what have you been doing outside of school lately? Read anything good? I need new book suggestions lol. XD Recently I read a book called Throne of Glass, which was a pretty good YA fantasy, and right now I’m in middle of The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan. Have you read either of those? Or anything by Amy Tan? I read The Bonesetter’s Daughter a while ago this summer, and I really liked it.

I’ve also been preparing for Nanowrimo again, and this time, I’m determined to actually plan a bit better than I usually do. XD Though the past couple years, I’ve met my word count goal, I’ve never actually managed to stay motivated for long enough after November to actually finish the novel lol, so…we’ll see how this year goes. :razz: I have a premise in mind and quite a few characters, but I have no idea how to actually resolve anything/how the plot goes. But I’m hoping to be able to actually make 50,000 this year now that I don’t have school getting in the way!

Anyway, hope you’ve been having a good couple of months! Tell me how your day is when you’re reading this! <3

 




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omg HEY!! aw stinks about the wifi, but you sound like you're having a great time in India! Are you teaching English? Do you speak Hindi (sorry, not sure if this is the right language) fluently? Are there are culture shocks that you've gotten? :P Woohoo good luck with Nanowrimo!

One of my lab partners and I both take Saturday classes at an university, so it's been nice getting food with her after classes. There was a food festival nearby a few weeks ago with my favorite quesadilla stand <3 I love love love quesadillas and my lab partners and I found this amazing Oaxacan place over the summer :')

Senior year was cRAAAZY in September because I had so much stuff going on, but it's been calmer this month? (I still can't believe it's only October though...I feel like I've done so much work that it should be at least November) I submitted my first college app (!!!) on October 15 and I'm getting ready to submit another one November 1! After that is tons of regular apps though, for which I still need to write all my supplements ahaha sigh. I feel strangely calm though, probably because September was sooooooo bad for me -- I would work nonstop every day 4-12 pm on my research paper for a science competition (which I sadly did not win) and I scrambled to get everything in on time and when I finally pressed that submit button, there was this hollow, incredulous feeling in my stomach like I couldn't believe I was finally done. D:

There's THREE cat cafes near me and I think I'll go in the spring with my friends after college season is over. :P I haven't read that many books lately lol. The last book I read was All the Light We Cannot See (which I read in the beginning of the summer), and it was good but there had been so much hype about it in the book world that I felt inevitably slightly disappointed when I finally read it. I will say that the ending scenes are very well written and I felt emotionally exhausted by the end. :P I've also reread the Infernal Devices series and The Hunger Games haha over the summer, because it's been a few years since I've read them and I forget most of the plot anyway. :P I've read all the books of Throne of Glass so far!!!! I was obsessed with that series last year (or 2 years ago? I don't remember), and I loved Chaol/Celaena, but just wait, a new guy will come in soon and make you doubt your ships! I've heard of The Kitchen God's Wife, but the only thing I've read by Amy Tan is The Joy Luck Club, for English class in 8th grade, and I remember being impressed by all the intricate symbolism. :P

I just got back from LA actually!! I won this science video competition and got a free trip to LA to meet scientists at Disney Studios and Dolby (which I totally want to work for ahh their movie technology is state-of-the-art). I also went to the red carpet premiere of Dr. Strange and met/talked to/touched Benedict Cumberbatch hahaha I still can't get over it. I was so starstruck omg <3 But now that I'm back, I have this huge pile of schoolwork/labwork/applications that I have to do...which I am procrastinating doing right now. :P Hope you have a great day and tell me what you're up to!




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HEY! I am back from India now, and back to reliable wifi, haha. But it was great! I was mostly teaching English and I only semi-understand Hindi, but I do speak Kannada, which is the language I was teaching in. :razz:

Ahhh thank you! Nanowrimo was certainly...interesting this year lol. I wrote about twenty thousand words in the first three weeks and then the other thirty thousand in the last five days which I'm still not entirely sure how I did, but it was very painful. :P Still, I did finish though, which was very exciting, since it's the first time I've managed 50,000! :D

Wait, your lab partner from the summer? Aww, that's so awesome that you still get to see each other every week!! Also yes quesadillas are amazing though I haven't had any in ages.

WOW your September sounds like it was crazy!! That research paper sounds so time consuming (sorry you didn't win :( ) and on top of senior year and everything! :O But yayyy, nice job on starting submitting college apps!! Did your early one come out yet now that it's December? Should I not ask (I know some people at my school hated being asked about application results...)? But good luck with everything, and sending all the love and hugs and virtual baked goods to you if you're stressing about finishing regular apps right now, (or even if you're not, honestly xD), I remember December as being ultra stressful for me last year.

Omg you're so lucky about the cat cafes! There's not a single one anywhere near me as far as I know. I want to go to one soo badlyyy :razz: Haha, I can't remember much about the Hunger Games either, or the Infernal Devices series (though I think I only read the first book of that one, so not awfully surprising xD). I just finished reading The Handmaid's Tale, which was really good, though ahhh the ending was so frustratingly open!! I'm currently rereading Anne of Green Gables, which I adore, and also reading Ivanhoe, which seems pretty fun, but I'm not very far in yet.

Ooh Throne of Glass, I've read the second book by now, but have yet to get my hands on the third. It's so good!! I also love Chaol and Celaena (though I also can't help feeling sorry for Dorian). Actually the second book ends with everything so mixed up and all tossed around that I really want to read the third now!!

WOW CONGRATS (even though I guess this is a late congrats sorryyy) on the science video competition!!!! That's so cool!! :D Ahhh tell me more, what did you do at Disney and Dolby?? Also more WOW to meeting Benedict Cumberbatch:DDD That is awesome!

I have not been doing a whole lot since so far since getting back from India, I'm kind of taking December as a break. :P I've visited a couple friends at their colleges, which was very fun, but also kind of weird walking around campus and hearing their college stories and still not having a clue what that's going to be like? I also went to visit my high school, which was VERY weird because they've renovated parts of it and added a new wing, and the renovated parts look like a whole different building on the inside and more like a college building honestly. But it was also really nice to see some old teachers and underclassmen friends. XD

 Oh, today my family bought our Christmas tree, which was kind of exciting, because we've never had a real tree before (we usually decorate a tiny fake one though :P)! We had kind of a crisis for a bit because it kept falling down lol and we had no clue how to keep it upright because we couldn't find a big enough pot. XD Eventually we dug something up from our garage though and now everything feels all warm and holiday-y. It's super cold outside here right now actually though and we've got tons and tons of snow in the past couple of days.

How's everything for you? Has your winter break started yet? Eeek, it's super late right now (1:30 :P) so I should go to bed, but tell me what's going on in your life! Hope all is well. :)




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(From Katie- GREAT post! Welcome back!!)




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Huge congrats on Nanowrimo!!! *jazz hands* 30,000 words in 5 days??? you are INSANE WOW :o What was your story about?

Yup, my lab partner during the summer, and it's also really nice that we can talk (read: complain) to each about college stuff since we're both seniors. My early came out a week ago and I was deferred, sadly. :( I cried a little at school, which was embarrassing because I hate crying in front of people, but one of my best friends was there for me, which was really nice. I'm so bogged down by regular apps right now, but thinking about Christmas and winter break (which starts in 2 days for me) and JANUARY 15 (the date of my last college app) makes me feel better.

Speaking of Christmas, I feel like this holiday season/winter in general has really sneaked up on me?? I remember I used to countdown in previous years and admire the lights and watch Christmas movies and wish for snow...this year I'm just like huh?? Christmas is in less than a week? I blame the college apps honestly. I can't even really look forward to winter break because I have to do an essay a day, which will be stressful. Some of my college friends are coming back and are hosting this Christmas party/hangout, but I don't know whether I should go, I feel like I would feel too guilty every minute I'm not working on college apps lol.

Thanks for the virtual love and hugs and baked goods, I appreciate them a lot <3333 And tell me about your winter break/Christmas plans, anything fun?

Ah, back to the classics, I see? :D I just looked up The Handmaid's Tale and it sounds really interesting. I have a vague book list in the back of my head and Lord of the Rings and the Foundation series (sci-fi) are at the top. I remember I started Lord of the Rings once but never finished because I got bored LOL, but I want another go at it since it's such a classic and there are so many inside jokes/references to it everywhere that I never understand. :(

I mostly just toured Disney (the workplace not the amusement park, sadly)/Dolby and talked to the engineers/animation designers who worked there, which was super cool. I also did some sightseeing in LA with my dad haha. I think I prefer New York because it's more busy/cluttered, but I loooove the palm trees in LA, they are so funny looking!

Haha, glad everything worked out with your Christmas tree! :P My family has never had a tree actually, because honestly we're all lazy bums, but I've always been a little envious of how people in movies/books make ornaments and how homely/cozy the whole process looks. It's been getting colder here, but it only snowed once and was only a few inches -- I'm hoping for some more snow over the next 2 weeks and I'll be cozying in my room around my computer with a mug of tea and MY COLLEGE APPS. I would be somewhat content with that scenario. :P




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Agghhhh... I'm sorry it took me longer than usual to approve your message- I've had family in town! Sorry!!




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@Katie: It's no problem, don't worry about it!! Hope you had a great time with family :)




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Happy New Years Eve Eve!! How are your holidays going? :)

Thanks!! Lol and I mean, they were probably a pretty crappy 30,000 words, but...they worked. xD My story is  kind of about a shadow who wants to become a real, corporeal person, and so takes different components from real people in order to try to achieve this goal. And the main character is this girl who has her memory stolen and it's about how she has to defeat the shadow and get it back? Idk, that's not a very good description, and, exciting as this idea felt back at the beginning of November, I'm starting to wonder if it's a little stupid now...xD

Awww, I'm sorry about your early app. :(  *a million hugs* (why are these stupid computer screens in the way, I want to reach out and hug you for real) But it was just your first app, and I'm sure everything will all turn out okay!! And of course, remember you can always rant at me if you ever want to because I love you. <3 But anyway it's only December now, and your winter break sounds stressful, but you're SO CLOSE to finishing everything! You can do it!!!

Haha, I felt like that about winter break the last couple of years, too, and this year actually has been really nice because I feel like I finally have been able to be fully appreciating the holidays again? And aww, I believe in you, you can kill those essays! But just one thing (if your holiday party isn't over yet) is that I would recommend going if you can spare any time at all? Just because one thing I've been noticing now is that it gets harder and harder to meet up with friends after you all start going off to college. Like, when I was a senior, it was like my college friends came back over break and it wasn't too hard to meet up, but now this year, everyone in my grade is at college too and there are just so many more people to keep in touch with without seeing each other all the time, and it just all feels so scattered and it makes it harder to see as many people. This has been saddenning me lately actually lol, the thought of how some of my less close friends are drifting away. I guess because i'm not even in college yet and making new friends like they all are, it stands out more to me? Idk, I just feel all icky and melancholy about it. Anyway, yeah! I think you should go to the party, if just for a little while! Especially if you're doing an essay a day, you'll need a break at some point.

My Christmas was pretty good! I have been meeting up with more of my friends in the past couple of weeks which has been a lot of fun, and we went sledding one day which was wonderful, because I don't think I had time to do anything fun and wintery last year! What are your plans (besides essays:P)? Did you do anything fun for the holidays? (Also, LOL, I always get jealous of all those holday scenes in books and movies too. XD)

Aaah, Lord of Rings, that happened with me too!! Though I mean, I did like it while I was reading it, but then I left off for a bit for some reason, and then after that I always felt too lazy to ever try getting into it again. But I want to. Like you said, there are just so many references to it all over the place and some of my friends love it so much that I feel like it must be worth another go.

Good luck with life and college apps and winter and everything, and remember to give yourself a break sometimes, too, and relax a little so you don't get too stressed out!! And have a great New Years! :D

 

 

 

 




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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! can't believe it's actually 2017, like I've seen this number creeping up on me from the beginning of high school but now it's here and I'm actually going to be graduating high school this year. Wow.

Your story concept sounds REALLY COOL, it's something I would definitely pick up and read if I skimmed the blurb in the bookstore. I love the idea of someone taking other people's memories/identities. Sometimes I feel that when I'm talking to different people, I kind of adopt their personality and talk/react differently, so I would love to read a book where someone is doing that more intensely/physically.

I'm more accepting of my deferral right now, but I feel like I'll always be a little bitter. Especially because some of my classmates got accepted and I can't really complain because all of them are nice and smart and have amazing extracurriculars and they definitely deserve it. Also my close friend got accepted and we have really similar interests/extracurriculars except he's won more awards and has more leadership stuff, so it's been hard for me to figure out how to act around him. I'm happy for him, but I also really don't want to talk about college with him and I avoided him the first few days after results because I didn't want to be reminded of my own deferral and he was super understanding about it, but now it's kind of awkward anyway and I feel bad and I don't know how to talk to him anymore ughhhhh. But hopefully we can patch up after break??

Anyway, the good news is that my apps are mostly done! I have some scholarships to fill out, but after January 15, I'll mostly be done?? and I can finally go ice skating and get yummy food with my friends JK I HAVE MIDTERMS AFTER but 2nd semester is coming up and THEN the fun will begin, right? :D

I missed the holiday party, but I did go out to eat with my relatives yesterday and it was relatively nice (aside from the college convo meh) and my cousin gifted me a book!! eep i'm such a nerd when it comes to book gifts. She told me that she remembered I said last year that I really liked short stories (and I was so touched that she remembered omg) and she got me a collection called Paper Menagerie AND I FREAKED WHEN I SAW IT BECAUSE ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS HAD SHOWN ME THE TITULAR STORY A FEW WEEKS BEFORE!! it's online if you want to look it up! (Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, it's a short but sad piece, my friend recommended it to me saying "you should read this I think you'll cry") I love book coincidences ahhh it's like a double present because I adore coincidences and I love books hehe. Did you get any cool presents/coincidences/BOOKCOINCIDENCES? :D

Also I hear you about cherishing the time I have left with my friends. :'( I'm gonna miss seeing their ridiculous faces in the hallway every morning and eating lunch together wahhh. We made this bucket list in middle school of things we have to do and there's like 100 things on that list LOL hopefully we can get through some over 2nd semester and the summer? Also we talked about doing a cruise/vacation together which would be so so so fun, but we haven't planned anything yet.

Wish I could go sledding!! sadly there is a lack of snow this year. I did go ice skating with my brother and my thighs were so sore for 2 days after that I could barely lift my legs up. :( I need more exercise sigh. Also I wanna do more ice skating I love it so much.

I started Lord of the Rings! But I'm on like page 82 right now so I have a long way to go. It's slow in some parts and I don't care for descriptions of hills lolol, but the plot is exciting and I can't wait to get to the famous lines (thou shalt not pass!!!!) and hopefully understand all the references that have been plaguing me all these years. :P

HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT START TO 2017!!! sending you much love <3333




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NO I JUST TYPED OUT A SUPER LONG POST AND THEN I HIT PREVIEW AND IT DISAPPEARED :o I don't really know why I'm posting this instead (I feel the need to vent lolol where did it goooo :'( ) but I will be back and retype it tomorrow (today?) since it's 2am now. :( Or maybe I'll wait and see if it somehow submitted by accident? I'M SO SORRY




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I'm so sorry!!!! 




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Okay I'm back, sorry, I was just feeling super lazy about retyping. :/ But HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! Hope your first month of 2017 has been going well so far!! Ooh and it wasn't when I typed this out before, but IT'S NOW PAST THE 15TH AND YOU ARE DONE WITH COLLEGE APPS SO YAY CONGRATULATIONS! :D And has your second semester started yet because yesssss that should really be so much less stressful, at least as far as schoolwork goes!

Ahh, thank you! I definitely agree with you on the adopting other people's personalities a little bit thing, because I'm pretty sure I do that too. And I feel like I do it even more obviously when I'm like texting or something because the amount of grammar/punctuation I use and just the way I type definitely kind of changes depending on who I'm texting. xD But also, speaking of my story, aghhh, help me find the motivation to continue it pleeeeeaaaase because I actually really want to but I'm just drowning in a complete and total lack of motivation (can you be drowning in lack of a thing? lol) and I can't seem to make myself writtttte. D:

Aww yeah, I get what you mean about your deferral. :( I know that feeling. But you won't always be bitter! Really! You'll just be bitter until you actually get in somewhere else that's so amazing that wherever you applied to early won't seem so important anymore! *So many hugs* But at least all that college stuff's over with for a couple of months at least? (Also aww, I'm sorry about what happened with your friend. :( Has it gotten better by now? I'm sure things will be less awkward once all the buzz about decisions dies down and it's not on everybody's (including you and your friend's!) minds anymore/maybe this has already happened and I'm just late with this. :P But I hope it works out/has worked out!)

Omg I looked up and read Paper Menagerie and it's SO SAD but also so good!! Hehe book gifts/bookcoincidences are the best, but sadly I did not get either of them. My mom did get me and my sister the Hamilton Mixtape though(!!), so I was pretty happy. XD

Your bucket list sounds awesome! What kinds of things are on it, besides a cruise (which sounds super fun!)? Lol a couple of my friends and I have a very vague plan that we've been talking about since middle school that involves going backpacking together after we finish college. xD Sigh, I've been missing my friends a lot lately, though it was great seeing a lot of them in the last month during all their winter breaks. I've also just been kind of missing being around lots of people on a regular basis like in school lol because it's starting to get kind of boring just being at home all the time. Though I've started taking a few online classes which are interesting although ugh it was kind of a struggle forcing myself to do that kind of work again. xD I've also started learning to drive (yes I know, I am really late at driving. :lol: But I've had my permit for quite a while now, I just never...started learning to actually do anything?) But now I am, which I guess is a good thing. Though honestly, driving kind of terrifies me lol.

Anyway, have you had snow yet? All our snow has been melting the past few days, but I think there's supposed to be more soon. And ice skating's so much fun, i should go sometime, I haven't done it in ages!!

Ooh nice about Lord of the Rings!! How's it going? I still haven't started re-trying it, but I just finished Slaughterhouse Five, which I've been meaning to read forever because everyone always says it's amazing, and it was really good! Oh, and remember I told you some time ago about finally reading Cinder? Well, now I've finally also read Scarlet, and I reeeeeally want to finish the series now because it was so interesting!!

Hope you are doing well and sending so much love back at you <3 <3 <3

(Ps I feel like this is shorter than what I'd originally written, but I can't think what I might have left out D:)




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Sorry your initial post disappeared!! :( Hope it wasn't super inconvenient to retype!

I peeked back at our first posts and can you believe it's almost been 3 years since we first started talking?? #june30 #savethedate #3yearanniversary :'D

I'm so happy to be done with college apps (altho I'm thinking about maybe maybe applying to an international school bc I'm masochistic jk in all seriousness, I'm feeling unsettled by the current political climate and I'm thinking about maybe going abroad for the next 4 years? But argh I don't know how I would live by myself in a different country, away from my family, and have to adjust to the customs in addition to coursework. Plus the school I'm looking at is in Singapore and you have to apply directly into a major/program and I'm pretty sure it's difficult to switch, and I'm not that firmly decided on my career plans yet.)

(That was a really long parenthetical note oops I have a bad habit of overusing parentheses)

First semester actually unofficially ended today for me!! I finished my last midterm yesterday, and I have Monday and Tuesday off next week, and then second semester starts on Wednesday! I'm so relieved. After I submitted my last college app (last American college at least), I had a week before midterms hit and so instead of being stressed about apps, I became stressed about keeping my grades up and doing well on my midterms. But after calculating and recalculating my grades lol, I'm feeling relatively confident for my report card. 

I'm not sure I'm the best person to get writing advice from, since I haven't written anything for fun in ages, but reading always inspires me to write? I've started borrowing books from my school library again -- I just finished Hillbilly Elegy which was really really good and I'm reading Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid right now, which I actually started about a year ago but never finished before I had to return it to the library. I also read a lot of really powerful, well-written essays in my Advanced Essay Writing class (which was very fun despite the boring name), and reading good fiction always inspires me to try out other people's techniques/styles and develop my own story that can emotionally connect to others the same way I'm connected to my favorite stories. Also, something that helps me when I have writer's block is to re-outline my plot/characters again because I find that when I'm unmotivated, it's because my plot is starting to drag or I'm bored by my own characters, so maybe try playing around with plot points?

Btw I GOT INTO MY FIRST COLLEGE! It was one of my targets, and my parents weren't that impressed lol, but I really like the school and I would feel happy going there. I'm also really relieved that I have an acceptance hehe. Also things are going back to normal with my friend! I feel like he's being a little more careful than usual not to accidentally upset me with anything lolol, and I tend to dart out of group convos about college with him, but I feel like we'll be okay. :)

Omg Hamilton!!! Did we ever discuss this?? I've listened to the whole soundtrack multiple times with just pure awe at Lin-Manuel Miranda's genius ahhh. I don't even like rap that much, but I love the soundtrack, and I love how it's making history as basically the first Broadway musical successfully incorporating hip-hop/rap.

Lol the bucket list contains realistic stuff like karoake and prankcalling and having a sleepover/movie marathon...and then it also has things like having a tea party?? Making a lemonade stand??? Going to a FARM???? LOL Backpacking sounds so fun omg! Think of all the good/bad/funny memories you could make with your friends :')

I haven't even gotten my learner's permit ahaha, even though I should for college because who knows whether I'll end up in a city or the middle of nowhere.

There was a proper snowfall about a week ago! But since then, nada. :(

Omg my friend was just telling me today about how she wanted to read Slaughterhouse Five because it was such a classic!! I hadn't heard of it before today lol. Was the plot fast-paced? I should also read Winter, the last book of Cinder, but I barely remember the characters anymore, sadly (although I do remember the romance between the protagonist and the prince heehee).

This post is so long/scattered sorry!




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hi whats up my name is birdart




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Hi birdart! Do you like to paint/draw/sculpt bird art?




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So what you said inspired me to look through the first page of this and awwww :') I can't believe that was almost three years ago!!  I overused smiley faces even more then than I do now. :lol: Also lol I love how our posts used to be, like, paragraph length and now they're these super huge blocks of text. Ahhh June 30th, 3 year anniversary omg <33333

OMG CONGRATS ON GETTING INTO COLLEGE!!! Hahaaa, I remember that happened for me, too, where when I got into the first college I got into which was a safety (albeit one I liked quite a bit), I felt so relieved like, no matter what, I will go to college now and my parents just didn't see it as a big deal because it wasn't anything they hadn't expected lol. Also yay, I'm glad it worked out with your friend!

Ooh I super admire you if you're considering going abroad for college! Like, I'd never be able to do it because ahhh I'm feeling really nervous about leaving home even just for a neighbouring state, I don't think I would be able to handle being that far away, especially in a country that I didn't know anything about. But it sounds like such a cool thing to do, and I'm sure it would be an awesome experience! Though yeah, I feel like having to apply directly into a major would be a problem for colleges in a lot of countries (at least in Asia??); some of my cousins in India had to kind of choose programs/tracks all the way back in eleventh grade and I could just never do that because I kind of have no idea what I want to do with my life. :lol:

(And haha, I used to have this habit of nesting parentheses inside parentheses--even though I think you're supposed to use brackets and other thingies inside, if you have to, right? maybe?--and i would just have these gigantic paragraphs that ended with three or four parentheses)

Yay for finishing first semester!! I hope you have a really relaxing and enjoyable second one! :grin:

And yeahhh, reading is pretty good advice to get inspired to write, so thank you :) Ooh what is Hillbilly Elegy about? I enjoy that title lol. I've also been reading a lot because now I actually have time for it, and I feel like I will have no time to read anything not for class once college starts so better get as many books in as possible while I still can. :lol: My favourite book I've read recently is a fantasy novel called The Rithmatist, that I expected to like, but kind of surprised me by how much I ended up absolutely loving it. I've also been reading The Pickwick Papers, which is funny, but sometimes how outright stupid almost all of the characters are just reaches ludicrous levels. I mean, I know they're supposed to be, but at times it just gets a bit much. Also, like basically every book I've read by Dickens, it has parts that just seem unnecessarily long and dragging and meh. :/ But still, all in all, I think I like it, at least so far. Oh, and someone recently gave me Infinite Jest, which yay because I've really been wanting to read for a long time, but also kind of not?? This quite possibly makes absolutely no sense because I do want to read it and it sounds interesting, but also it's supposed to be super unreadable and hard to understand and just thinking about it makes me feel lazy lol.

Slaughterhouse Five was good! I guess it was kind of fast-paced? It certainly wasn't slow--Kurt Vonnegut seems to have a really kind of pared-down writing style, like there weren't any extraneous or flowery words at all. I guess the thing I found most interesting was the way it played with chronological order to such a huge extent while still somehow making the transitions seem almost seamless. I still need to get my hands on Cress, it's always checked out at the library, argh! But haha, Cinder and Kai's romance is one of my favourites, though i guess it doesn't get a lot of time in Scarlet so i'm mostly going off what happens in Cinder. :razz:

Aaaah, Hamilton <3 I don't think we've discussed it already, but even if we have, I am always ready to discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda lol. I agree with everything you just said about it so much!! I don't usually listen to rap at all, but every song in Hamilton is just such pure brilliance ahhh, and I've definitely listened to the soundtrack many times over. I wish I could see it so badlyyyyy!

Ha, your bucket list sounds siriusly amazing. I want to have a tea party! Or a lemonade stand! That's just one of those things you feel like a lot of people do/hear/read about people doing (even though I don't think I've actually ever seen many lemonade stands around lol) and they always make me want to. :lol:

Haha, that's why I'm learning to drive right now too--even though I'll be in the middle of a city and also probably won't have access to a car, it just seems like a skill I should know before leaving home.

Wow sorry for the long book rant up there, I hope it's not too long! What's going on in your life now that it is no longer taken over by college apps??

 




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I'm on February break right now, but can't believe it's almost halfway over. D: I got to hang out with a lot of my friends though because a lot of their birthdays are in February and it's been so nice relaxing and trying new food places with people. Today we went to this restaurant that specializes in brunch and got yummy blueberry pancakes, tomorrow we're going to a sushi buffet (love sushi!!), and Saturday my family and I are going out for Korean bbq! my belly is happy :P

Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir, which I usually don't read, but this one was recommended to me by two different people so I felt obligated to read it. :P It presents the values/tradition + struggles of the poor white working class in rural America and even though I feel like I didn't learn anything factually that I didn't know from reading the news + history class, I felt a lot more empathy after reading the book. I want to read more nonfiction in general, but I also already have a long reading list that I need to make my way through. D:

Ooh, I also have been meaning to read more fantasy. Have you heard of the Three-Body Problem? It's this sci-fi/fantasy novel written by a Chinese author (translated recently into English) and it won a bunch of awards and a lot of my friends have been buzzing about it.

I definitely know what you mean about Dickens being unnecessarily long/dragging sometimes. I remember reading the abridged version of Great Expectations in elementary school (like you know those editions for kids where all the hard words are taken out and you basically just get the bare bones of the plot) and I enjoyed it so much that I borrowed the original from the library...and after forcing myself through half of it, I finally gave up. I did end up reading all of it later for an English class, but I feel like I prefer the abridged elementary school version tbh because the plot was more fast-paced lol.

Wow, I've definitely heard of the infamous reputation of Infinite Jest...good luck. :lol: It does sound appealing as a challenge, but I feel like I would also give up after a page or so.

My friends and I have been talking a lot about starting a book club and I think we might actually do it. We already agreed on a book (Eviction by Matthew Desmond) and I think it'll be really fun to read together because there's only four of us and it'll be informal/cozy. I've never actually had a book club before :')

I watched my first Korean drama this break hehe. My friends have been obsessing over Descendants of the Sun for the longest time and I figured since I had the time, I might as well check it out -- it was really good in a trashy TV sort of way :P Definitely a good way to relax after college apps. I also like how Korean dramas conclude in about 20 episodes generally -- so like equivalent to 1 season of an American show -- which makes me less hesitant about starting and finishing one. Have you watched any dramas before?




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Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:42 am

HEY! So I'm really sorry, but I just figured out how to read your post!! I don't know if the same thing's happening for you, but I can't click through pages of this thread anymore? Or any thread with multiple pages? But I have now figured out that clicking reply let's you see the last few posts, so um that took me a while to figure out but yay now I can see things! :P ANYWAY...

Ooh your February sounds like it was super fun! Though I never got any February break (how long was yours?), which is true injustice lol. I love going to new food places! I've never actually had sushi before, but I have recently been told that some sushi place nearby has vegetarian sushi so I really want to try that.

Ah, I haven't actually read very many memoirs besides maybe a few for classes in school, but that does sound pretty interesting. I should read more nonfiction, too, but SAME, my to-read list is so longggg. And Infinite Jest is so long and has been taking up so much time, I haven't been able to get through too many books in the past couple months since I started reading it. BUT I am almost done with it now! I'm on page 800ish, and it's been actually way more interesting than I expected it to be! Like you said, it was mainly the challenge that interested me at first. But (while parts of it were definitely draggy/boring/WAY-too-detailed) it actually turned out to be super engaging, for the most part, and even really funny at times! I am rather awed by the way different things have come together throughout the book so far, even though I'm still not seeing what on earth the complete picture's going to turn out to be. Especially since the part I'm on right now is ultra confusing.:P

Ooh, I haven't heard of the Three-Body Problem, but upon googling it, it sounds very interesting. And omg, I feel like an abridged version of Great Expectations was the very first thing by Dickens I read back in elementary school, too!! Ahaha, I actually used to read so many of those abridged books when I was little without knowing what abridged meant and then I was kind of outraged when I found out they hadn't been the originals. :lol:

Omg a book club!! I've always wanted to be in a book club!! My friends and I kept trying to form one last summer, but we took way too long picking a book and then it kind of fell apart and everyone forgot about it. Twas sad. How's yours going?? Also, how's Eviction? I don't think I've ever heard of it, either.

I haven't watched any dramas. I never actually watched any TV either until last summer, when I suddenly discovered that TV shows existed and are actually really good lol. So maybe I'll try a Korean drama sometime before I get sucked up in the busyness of college? Speaking of which, how did everything go with college admissions madness??? It's mostly over by now, right?

I have been relatively not busy lately, but I did get a job!! It's my first job so that was pretty exciting! I've also been doing a lot of Indian classical music stuff lately because my music school's going to be performing later this month, which has been fun, but also pretty intense because it involved learning a lot more than we're used to learning in kind of a short time lol. And a couple of my friends came back home recently for spring break, so it was lovely seeing them. But so many of them didn't come home for break and aren't coming home for the summer either! D: I don't know how they do it because I feel like I'm going to be the extremely homesick person who comes home for every break, but I guess we'll see. Sigh, missing people is so harddd. :/

Anyway, I hope second semester has been going well and not too stressfully! What have you been up to lately?

 

 

 




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Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:28 pm

Heeey! The multiple page clicking thing isn't working for me either, and I'm using the same diy technique to reply. :P

I finally got off the wait list for The Three-Body Problem and I started it yesterday. I'm still in the beginning, but the plot is pretty fast paced which I love! I'm so excited for this book but this is the worst time for reading because I have to study for AP BC calc and I'm also leaving for a science competition in San Diego later this month. D:

The book club is a very loose concept lol because everyone is reading different books right now and no one has actually picked up Eviction yet LOL. But I can't wait to talk about Three Body Problem once I finish it and I actually had a conversation today with my friend about the differences between the original Chinese version and the translated English version and how the sentence syntax is a little strange sometimes because of translation, but it works pretty well. :o

My college admissions process is basically over! Basically because I'm 90% sure where I'll be committing and I'm happy with it, but I also accepted waitlists for two other colleges and so we'll see if anything happens with that. The only thing that makes me a little salty is that I was waitlisted by the same college that deferred me early which is kind of annoying because I've been waiting for forever for a decision and now I'm still waiting. But other than that, the college process was pretty smooth and I'm so happy that my friends are mostly satisfied/happy too and we made it through. :D :D :D Graduation is in less than two months omg!

Congrats on your job! I just came back from spring break a few days ago and I went to Disney World for the first time!!! It was pretty fun and even though I feel like it would've been a little bit more magical if I went when I was younger, I still had a good time especially fangirling over the Wizarding World ahh!!! #potterhead4lyfe

Second semester is still a little stressful because I'm trying to figure out logistics for committing to a college right now and I'm also missing 3 tests next week for my science competition even though I'll only be gone for 3 days ugh and then I also have to study for my AP buuuuuuut once all of that is over, hopefully life will settle down. I've been getting lunch more often with my friends and we went to a Thai place today that I never knew existed in my school's neighborhood lolol. So excited to try new food during my last semester!!!

Keep updating me on your life! :D




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Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:34 pm

this is a new website, right? this darn thing isnt working




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Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:11 pm

We did have some issues but they should be fixed now. What problems are you having? Thanks




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Thu May 11, 2017 6:35 am

Heyyy!! Now there are no multiple pages, so all our posts are back, yay! Though all the ones in which I'm celebrating reaching a new page no longer make any sense lol. Also, shout-outs are gone!! I thought that was kind of sad (even though I literally almost never check my profile anymore or do anything on here except reply to this thread, so idk what I think I'm complaining about), because I don't know, those always used to make me happy when I saw them?

Anyway, ooh, how's The Three-Body problem going? Done with it yet? Yay for fast-paced plots, which I've been kind of devouring since finishing Infinite Jest last month, which was actually so gooood, but also SO slowwww! And oh, are you reading Three Body Problem in the original Chinese?? That's so cool!! Whenever I read a really good book that was originally written in another language, I always wonder about what might be different and stuff, but then I don't know any of those languages well enough (and am kinda too lazy about learning languages for becoming good enough at any of them in the near future to be looking at all plausible :P ) to actually find out.

Ahh, I remember AP BC calc, I had a very ahem "interesting" teacher who had a weird habit of deciding not to teach us if he was annoyed with the class before us and anyway that class was an adventure. :lol: But I remember the AP test as being not too hard! Good luck! (or is it over now? I know APs are going on right now, but I don't remember how they're scheduled) And with all your APs/other classes' tests! Also omg, your science competition sounds cool, you participate in so many! What kind of competition was it and how did it go? Also speaking of calc BC, lol I've actually just started re-learning it because I want to take honors calc in college and considering they only let you take that class if you got a 5 on the BC AP test, I'm assuming I actually need to know calc again before I take it...I haven't done a proper math class in so long (stats senior year doesn't count, it was hardly math), and this is such a struggle. :lol: But also kind of fun in a weird way? Like, I didn't realize I missed doing math, but I feel like I maybe sort of did?

Ohmygryffindor, congrats on deciding on college (I'm still holding out hope that it's the same one I'm going to and we'll get to meet in person :lol: ) and making it through the whole mad process!! <3 Ick, yeah, waitlists are very frustrating. :/ Though you seem to be handling them better than I remember doing at this point last year, so congrats on that too? :lol: Much love and also virtual strawberry shortcake (I had this AMAZING strawberry shortcake at an international festival last weekend and adfljhgkas;' it was so good) <3

Thank you! Oh, I love Disney World!! I used to live in Florida when I was really little, so we used to visit it all the time back then, but I don't really remember it that much from then, haha. We visited again sometime around six or seven years ago, though, which was so much fun. But I actually have never been to the Wizarding World park!! We only went to Disney World and not Universal (whyyyyy, anything Harry Potter is basically my life, why didn't I go there??). Tell me more about it ahhhhhh. :D

I had my first actual driving lesson today! (I've finally started learning how to drive) And ughh, driving's so scary, and I feel like I'm just so bad at it!! I mean, I guess that's not awfully surprising considering it was my first time, but it was so stressful!! (Like, if I mess up, instead of just me making a fool of myself, the car could crash!!!!) And the instructor who I was driving with today was not very encouraging and kept acting like he thought I was really stupid every time I messed up and I feel like such a mess right now. I don't know, I keep feeling so weirdly sad/anxious about things at night nowadays. Everything's been changing this past year, and when college finally starts it'll all just change even more, and I don't really know what I want to do with my life in the future, and most of all I feel scared of losing things (people, places, I don't honestly even know, really) as things change and sometimes it feels like too much to handle. :/ Wow, that really segued from driving into something much longer and messier that you probably didn't need to hear, but thank you for listening. <3

Anyway, it's super late, so I should probably go to bed now. Goodnight! Tell me about San Diego and school and your life! I hope all those tests you missed worked out alright and that life got calmer for you!

 

 

 




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Thu May 11, 2017 6:47 am

Okay, so I already clicked submit, but I just have to add that earlier this evening, I found user control panel, and was scrolling through this list of all the past posts I've ever replied to on here, and I found some threads of yours from back before we really knew each other, and I had a sudden urge to bump them by replying with something really random. :lol: But maybe I'll save that for June 30th :D <3

And now I should REALLY go to bed, so hopefully that was at least somewhat coherent (it's past midnight, so I feel like maybe it wasn't, oops...) Good night!




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Sun May 14, 2017 10:53 pm

yeah i'm so confused where my profile even is now?? and rip shoutouts, they made me happy too :( also tbt the golden days of the stacks, when there used to be new posts and new users every day...now I just log on to reply to this thread too. <3

okay this is embarrassing but I read like 3 chapters of The Three Body Problem before I had to return it, but in my defense, this was during the last few weeks of April/first week of May when I was gone for my science competition and then I had a ridiculous number of tests and then APs. D: So now i'm back on the library's waiting list lol and hopefully I'll get it either before or after finals season so that I actually have time to read it. I WISH my chinese was good enough to read the original but sadly I am practically illiterate in Chinese. :'(

The BC calc test wasn't bad at all, probably because I crazy studied for it the week before so I was well prepared. My science research competition went well and I got 2nd place in computer science in nationals! It was an oral presentation competition, so I basically just presented a Powerpoint presentation of my research. My strong suit is definitely oral presentations--versus research papers, which I always hate writing because how many technical details do I include?? How do I stay within the page limit??? Also formatting graphs/diagrams for 4 different competitions with 4 different guidelines took 10 years off my LIFE okay I still have nightmares ;_; Aside from the science part of it, I had been originally excited for the trip because it was in San Diego, but the trip itself wasn't actually that fun because we had to spend most of our time indoors in the hotel and listen to boring speakers. The hotel was suuuuper nice but I wanted to visit beaches and go snorkeling and fun stuff. Also, I made two new friends, but I didn't like the other ppl in my group and there were some bad vibes going on. I know I sound really bratty right now making my list of complaints, and I'm happy that I placed well, but the trip itself could've been more fun. :/

Thanks for the love and strawberry shortcake (ahh I want) and I'm sending love and empanadas (lol my lunch) back at you!! It would be so awesome if we could meet in college but if not, I would just settle for meeting once in life :')

I was scared that Disney World would be super hectic and crowded and hot, but our trip was actually super structured and also since we went during spring break, the weather was warm but not too hot. I thought my favorite park would be Magic Kingdom, but I liked all of the parks equally well honestly. The Twilight Tower of Terror was my fav ride (oh the joy of free fall!) and my favorite attraction was Soaring, this 3-D simulator ride where you ride a hang glider over different continents. The animation technology is insane and it felt so real and beautiful and joyful :') I loved the fireworks night show at Magic Kingdom of course and I also liked this night water show at Hollywood Studios where they set the lake on fire and you could totally feel the heat from the flames in the audience but it was so well-controlled. As someone who does research, I have great appreciation for risky things that manage to pass safety regulation guidelines for large scale audiences. :P I would say Universal Studios was a bit weaker in attractions in comparison to Disney World, but I basically went just for Harry Potter lol and I LOVED just the feeling of walking past brick walls into Diagon Alley and seeing people in robes with wands and Quidditch brooms and Gringotts and everything Harry Potter. I didn't buy a wand or robes because it was so expensive, but I did buy the butterbeer and even if some might say it's an oversweetened milkshake, the Harry Potter nerd inside my heart squealed a bit. :')

Omg I still need to get my permit lol. I don't exactly need to learn how to drive because I'm going to be staying in the city for college, but I kind of just want a permit as a government issued ID because I just use my passport right now for airport stuff and official stuff, but it would be weird if I was using a credit card and a cashier person asked to see identification and I brought out my passwort lol. Your instructor doesn't sound like a nice person :( would it be possible to switch teachers? And don't worry, I'm sure there's a learning curve and you'll get much better and feel better about it once you go a few more times!

I'm scared about this year and college too, but mostly about making friends lol. It's weird because last year, I was complaining to my friends about how I'm so sick of the people in our school and I want to meet new people. But then I realized how I'm so used to having this group of friends that I can always fall back on and who understand inside jokes and I don't have to overexplain myself to, and now I feel nervous because even though one of my close friends is going to the same college, we're going to be different majors/classes and I'm so scared I no longer have the social skills to make new friends?? ahhh you and I are in the same boat, and at least we'll go through it together!

OMG I remember one time my friend was cleaning her email inbox and forwarded me some weird photos/chats/email chains that we had back in eighth grade and it was sooooo embarrassing omgggg I'll have to hunt down your old threads too!!!! ;))) <3




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