I’ve got two background choices. Which one to use?
This happened to me. I was driving at night and an impatient driver tried to cheat their way through by driving on what he/she thought was the shoulder and instead of running into a guardrail, he/she ran straightforward into a curb that propelled him/herself onto the sidewalk, street signs, and light pole. We weren’t even in traffic!
- trying to balance my study abroad, internship, and scholarship applications
- on top of my classes
- and new job
- school started more than a week ago. can’t say that i’m excited to be back from vacation but at least i’m taking some fascinating classes including international development, peace/nonviolence in global society, and a class entitled “the CIA”. three of my other classes (natural hazards, earth’s natural environment, and introduction to physical geography) are basically teaching the same thing. i’ve literally heard climate change, plate techtonics, and forest fires in all three, in one day.
- i received an [unpaid] intern position with the massey herbarium in virginia tech’s biology department. my work is a mix of archival and mapping responsibilities, two areas that relate to my previous smithsonian internships.
- also working with the state department again as a virtual student foreign service intern.
- started teaching last friday! met my new nine or so freshmen and introduced them to undergraduate research.
- i have my own room! my dorm is, in my opinion, situated in the best location on campus: thirty seconds from two out of the three dining halls on campus and behind the academic buildings.
I’m so happy (and lucky) to have the friends that I have. On the top of my head:
- a friend I interned with that’s teaching English in Colombia and then off to start her Fulbright in Malaysia (also teaching English)
- another friend I interned with on Fulbright in London
- a friend who founded The Philippine Globalist
- a Teach for America volunteer in New Orleans from my Arabic class
- a friend who’s volunteering in the Peace Corps in Madagascar
- a friend I interned with who spent her summer interning at the Holocaust Museum in D.C.
- a classmate who has returned from his City Year assignment
- my former SGA president who completed her MBA this afternoon
- a classmate I met while studying abroad in South Korea who recently returned from a trip in Mongolia and China on a research grant
- a friend I interned with who recently returned from Australia and New Zealand on a National Science Foundation research grant
- a colleague speaking at our TEDxVirginiaTech event
Hope to walk amongst them one day.