As my first ever blog entry, and as somebody who has not really gotten much sleep for the past three weeks, I must first apologize for the unstructured writing and wandering ideas that follow:
After making a quick, 14-hour stop back home in San Francisco a week and a half ago I am preparing to finally get back to the city and let summer get under way. After finishing my last final of spring quarter, I packed up my apartment and drove back up home with just enough time to unload everything, do a load of laundry and get a few hours of sleep before waking up at the ass-crack of dawn to catch a flight to New York.
Why New York? I had won a scholarship to participate in the GIlder Lehrman History Scholars Finalist program. It ended up being one of the best weeks of my life, and I met some truly amazing kids there. We spent all day studying the American Revolution and got to travel all around the city along with meeting and getting the opportuinity to talk to some of the top American history scholars around. As a UC-student, I had never really been able to interact with kids from outside of California, so this program, with its 46 other students from all over the US really was a new experience for me. Let’s just say that the night life of New York was more than enough incentive to want to return to NYC for graduate school; the academics are a pretty sweet icing, though.
I am in Philadelphia right now spending some time with my mom and grandpa and will hop on a flight back to my beautiful city by the bay tomorrow night with only about five weeks to enjoy it before starting my abroad experience. Blogging seems fun, although I can’t shake the feeling that I am a narrator in a movie, simply describing what I already know has happened. Now if only I could get Morgan Freeman’s voice to narrate what I write to the occasional person who accidentally sumbles across my blog…