Hello! I apologize for not getting back to your message sooner.
The student body here at Antioch is, first and foremost, remarkably small. We’re currently less than 200 students. However, the atmosphere here on campus is really community-oriented. We have community governance, in which we have representation from students, faculty, and staff, in contrast to what you may be more familiar with as student governance at other institutions. The students have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds, but lots invest so much time and effort in the endeavor that is the reopening of Antioch. Antioch admissions narratives would sway you into thinking that there is some sort of a “right-fit” student. The right-fit student is one that is willing to accept the challenges and frustrations at being at such a tiny, young college but also is willing to take the initiative on their own to address those challenges. It’s one thing to complain about not having enough classes, faculty, or resources, but it’s another thing entirely to take the initiative and pursue that, working with faculty and staff to implement change. And that opportunity to make a valued contribution is so unique here. For me, choosing Antioch over well-established, more “prestigious” universities was like choosing to do big, important things at a small college rather than to do small, unimportant things at a big college.
Hopefully that surmises as a description of my Antioch experience! I enjoy answering questions about Antioch on Tumblr! Feel free to send some more if you’d like!
So it’s come to that point in my life that my cell phone becomes non-functional. (I haven’t given up on fixing it yet. Repair’s still pending.)
I feel like a Doctor without a sonic screwdriver. I feel like I’ve lost an old friend.
Hello, world. It’s been ages (Probably about two or three months) since I’ve given any concrete update on my whereabouts. I really have been meaning to get around to this, so apologies for the long delay, but better a high-quality, well-invested, late delivery than a hasty, effortless one.
Yes, yes, it’s always the generic “I’m busy with the usual stuff” remark that I tell everyone who asks me how I’m doing, but you might be wondering “what exactly are you busy with? Surely there are people far, far busier and more stressed out than you are. You know, we’re all busy with something.”
Well to that I say, yes, there are definitely more people in the world who are in a far more stressful and trying situation than I am in, so I’ll give credit for that. But I’m more than just busy. As I’ve come to believe, I’m multiple things. The typical “I’ve been busy” card that I use on anyone who asks me how I am is just one of many facades I hold up, to shield my many layers that you (if you really are interested) can peel off like an orange. Or more like those silly surprise Christmas presents that’s wrapped inside a box wrapped in another box wrapped in another box and so on.
Life is so energy-expensive. It’s sapping so much out of me.
So it is Labor Day 2013.
Feels so strange that seasonally, summer has ended, and yet I still have one month left in the quarter, so my summer’s technically not yet over.
Tomorrow, my sister and millions of other public school students in the United States begin school again. My sister is starting in her senior year.
I have three weeks remaining in my academic term. Going to be packed straight through with final projects.
I’m craving some ice cream. If only I had a car.
My school awaits its incoming class, and much remains to be done in preparation for October.
I’m still waiting patiently for the release of the fall roster of classes so I can register. (I’m intent on registering for advanced Japanese, the Global Seminar on Governance, and Principles of Economics, with at least 2 other classes up for grabs)
A few days ago, my school’s Humans vs. Zombies game reached a conclusion. In the final mission, we all died. All the humans died.
And then the Air Force came and bombed the whole place. (Actually fireworks at the local park)
I am so hungry.
Kind of feel like writing a poem on how hungry I am, and how lazy I am to get food.
And that’s all for now for this “status update.”
how have i not seen this, gosh YESYESYESYES!
So it’s a Sunday night at the end of August. Seasonally, summer is almost over. Academically, the quarter still has a month to go. Environmentally, it feels like the summer heat’s just got here and it’s late.
In the last few days, I reluctantly joined a week-long, campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies at Antioch College. This is going to make my week and navigation hellish. (I’ve managed to stay alive as a human for at least 24 hours now, since signing up)
Also, it looks like I might be staying in Yellow Springs, Ohio for my 2-week break at the end of the September. I’ve got mixed feelings about it.
And in reading about recent pork barrel legislation in the Philippines, I thought about how much my inner nostalgic self has been really missing San Diego and Filipino food. Strange connection, isn’t it?
(The following was typed up and saved as a draft late last night in my dorm common room, and I ended up crashing and sleeping in there for most of the night. I woke up at 5 in the morning, gathered my stuff, and returned to my room - not realizing that I forgot to post this publicly.)
So it’s midnight on an August evening. One month from now, the summer quarter’s done. I’m trying to get a paper done for political science, but I can’t seem to have creative juices flowing for it right now. However, the creative juices that I do have reacted to produce a solution: Blog on Tumblr about stuff that’s been boggling my mind lately. And I shall make an attempt at my own free association, so to speak.