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This is How I Procrastinate.

Posted in london calling by bluewellesleyblue on November 8, 2008

Though I managed to do a little bit of academic work today while sipping on yet another Gingerbread Latte, I spent most of my afternoon ogling planners for the year 2009. Due to severe sophomore slump for the first part of the year, I’m admittedly more than a little ready to put 2008 behind me, though my summer ended up being low-key but productive and study abroad here in London has been eye-opening. The only sad part of rushing through the last two months of 2008 would be leaving London, but I think I’m finding that one semester away from the land of Wellesley is enough. I’ll miss my wonderful, lively, and diverse group of flat-mates, but I’m also re-energized and fully prepared to take the year 2009 by storm. Anyway, I’m the type of person who needs to write out and plan everything, hence my fondness for planners. I ended up splurging a bit on a day-by-day planner even though I wasn’t able to effectively use one in the past. I’m hoping it’ll inspire me to be intense enough to fill most of its pages.

butterfly-diaryI ended up buying a very plainly designed one though there were many classy and colorful ones available at the local bookstore. The Paperchase line from borders offers a lot of cover options, and both their weekly planners and day ones are quite nice. I really liked this weekly planner with a sort of Asian-inspired embroidered butterfly print.

Ultimately, though I went with the slightly hefty Moleskine day planner. My attachment to the cult of Moleskine grows every time I need to buy a notebook. Admittedly, it was a bit pricey – I paid 15.50 GBP which is a bit more than the Paperchase equivalents were going for – but it sure feels as if you get what you pay for when you write in any Moleskine. Since the planner starts with January 1, 2009, I won’t be using it much yet, but I’ve been happily filling in next year’s vacation days, reading period start and end times, and so on so forth. All of this is so that I can procrastinate just a little bit more.

But hey, I deserve it. It’s reading week, which still kind of counts as a vacation.

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Hells to the Yeah.

Posted in fashion and society by bluewellesleyblue on November 5, 2008

So I woke up to find out the good news. Finally, a presidential election outcome that sits well with me, that’s all I have to say.

California election results on Prop 8 (gay marriage ban) and Prop 4 (parental notification for abortion) have not been called yet. It looks like Prop 8 is leading, which is not good. Prop 4 looks like it’ll be defeated, but it seems too close to call right now.

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The Obligatory Election Day Post.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on November 4, 2008

election-day

Photo from New York Times.

I sent in my absentee ballot a whiles back. I’m not too worried about whether my home state goes unambiguously blue when it comes to the presidential election. There are a few ballot measures in California that I’m worried about since I’m a little out of the loop on the political situation back home. If I haven’t made it obvious already, my politics are very liberal. I was a Hillary supporter originally, but I gladly voted for Obama. I will, however, admit to initially being very skeptical of Obama’s actual capacity for generating change. This despite less knowledge of Obama as a politician than I should have. Maybe I will be proven wrong. Regardless, I know he is the best candidate in my mind, given my political views, and in general. (You’ll find that I regard the argument that Democrats in general are better for the economy with considerable glee. This is least among my reasons for pretty much always going blue.)

That being said, even if I’m a political science major, my specialty is still comparative and international politics. My knowledge of the intricacies of each candidate and the difference between what they will likely be able to do and what they or my favored news sources say is… not as perfect as it could be. Outside of some very unpleasant verbal gaffes McCain made during the debates on the one hand and a fair amount of knowledge on his political history as a moderate on some issues on the other, I don’t know that much about McCain. One of the main deciding factors in my vote, whenever it applies, is the issue of what is better for the right to choice. It just so happens that the right stance on that also tends to coincide with the right stance on everything else important to me. McCain’s choice of running mate made my choice very easy. Pretty much everything about Palin is anathema to me, given my political views, and I could never vote for a ticket with her on it.

Oh, but enough of my ponderous, cynical, and rather self-indulgent musings on American politics. I’ll be keeping a close eye on election coverage as I work on amassing research for my papers here in central London. Hopefully, a few hours after I wake up (election results will be fully confirmed around 11 AM London time, apparently), I’ll soon find that I have considerable reason to celebrate.

EDIT: Candidate, not client.

Yes, it’s Called the “Fuck Truck.”

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 29, 2008

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very fond of Jezebel. I check it several times per day, usually when I should be working. That being said, their blogging team does fumble sometimes, and their commentary on a brief New York Times piece about a small group of Wellesley College republicans campaigning for McCain really annoys me. That part about the “Fuck Truck” is just gratuitous.

Yes, guys, it’s called the “Fuck Truck” and us Wellesley ladies use the term as well with a generous eye-roll or a chuckle. During the week, it runs into Boston primarily for students who are cross-registered at MIT. During the weekend it stops at Harvard Square, the MIT student center, and one end of Newbury St. Admittedly, the latter two stops are in close proximity to MIT’s fraternities, but it’s also the most affordable way to get into centrally located parts of the city. Or do you expect all students to spend nearly ten dollars per round trip into the city via a Commuter Rail that stops running around ten on weekend nights if they don’t have a car?

Maybe I sound like someone who takes themselves and their home institution too seriously, but I just hate the way Wellesley and women’s colleges’ social aspects in general are regarded differently. Other suburban schools have city shuttles too, many of them stopping at similarly central locations. Coed schools actually have frats. They also have parties and students who prefer to spend some weekend nights there or in out in the city generally instead of on campus. Naturally, so does Wellesley. It just shouldn’t have to come up especially in discussion somewhere like Jezebel where people are pretty rage-y liberal feminists, which I’m all in favor of.

I Feel Your Pain Guys…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 28, 2008

To everyone applying early action for college: I am feeling your pain so much. The State Department internship application is due on November 3rd. Only, they will not likely be responding in any way until long after the passing of 2009.

EDIT: Silly me, 2500 characters and not 2500 words, which makes it a fairly conventional sized personal statement. I then had to cut down a fair bit since I was going on 750-800 words rather than the roughly 500 that is then permitted. Haha.

I am writing a personal statement right now, and it is great fun, except that it’s not. It’s also maximum 2500 words, which is odd to me, given that an average personal statement for anything else is one page or roughly 600 words at the absolute most. 2500 words is longer than some of the academic papers you’ll do early in your undergraduate career. Do they actually read every 2500 word opus to an applicant’s qualifications?

Who even knows.

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Can’t Say Much for the Lyrics…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 25, 2008

… But I love this video and BoA’s dancing. My study breaks for the next week or two will probably consist exclusively of me trying to imitate her moves in this version of the music video for “Eat You Up.” I’m a little hopeless when it comes to dance, but it’s something I’ve always enjoyed.

BoA, for those of you less familiar with Asian pop culture, is basically the queen of Korean pop and has a strong presence elsewhere in Asia as well. Her record company is preparing her U.S. debut, and while her music isn’t to my usual tastes, I’m still hoping it makes quite a splash since I obviously wouldn’t object to people of Asian descent having more of an impact on American pop culture.

BoA: Eat You Up

There’s an official American version for this video that’s substantially different in a very bad way. I’m hoping her record company goes with this one in the states.

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What’s Your Story?

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 15, 2008

I’m getting a gigantic taste of application-process related stresses lately, between assisting my younger sister with her Early Action application to MIT – wish her luck! if she succeeds we will be a brief bus or commuter rail ride away from each other, which might be too close and will hopefully allow me to poach her older male friends as a dating pool (just kidding!) – and doing some applications of my own. Again, this is going to be a kind of self-indulgent, and very off-topic (relative to fashion) post.

Fun fact for those of you with an academic interest in international relations: the State Department application comes due at the end of October the year before you want to intern. That one is particularly difficult unless daddy dearest is an ambassador, but oh well, I must do what I must. Formatting and writing up my resume is one of my least favorite tasks in the world, even if it’s pretty much only done once a year. This begins my application season for next summer.

My personal strategy for applications in general is not a particularly lofty or exciting one, but then again, when it comes to schools and larger programs I’m always in a position where I can only really hope to be one of the under the radar candidates who rounds out the general group. (more…)