ITE: I blog. [ITT is so much catchier. Screw you, forums]

In this entry: I blog. I haven’t done much pure blogging for a while, and I’ve actually done little else but post my weekly assignments here. And nobody’s going to come to a blog to see the blog owner’s weekly assignments, right?

So here we go – a new post full of life updates, drama, and maybe even gossip. I don’t know where this entry is headed towards. I have a few updates I have to make after this though. I’ve taken to carrying around the (amazing, lovely, awesome, useful, and COMPLETELY SENSATIONAL) notebook that  gifted me on my birthday last summer. In it, she undertook the difficult and lengthy task of writing every single piece of work I’ve posted on this Livejournal Account. It totals to just under 100 pages right now, isn’t that amazing? Words will never express how much I love you Nabila, for giving me the most meaningful presents I have ever received in the history of my life!

Those updates will be tagged as my subway ruminations 🙂 They are writings that will have, of course, taken place while riding the subway to and from New York University on the weekends that I choose to go home. 

Other than that, I’m really REALLY excited for Spring Break. It begins soon – March 10 for me, since I have no classes on Fridays and I have the day off of work as well – and I can’t wait to go with my group on an NYU Alternative Break to New Orleans, Louisiana, where we get to work with an organization called Relief Spark. There are 10 of us – a few really cool sophomores who I’ve become friends with over the meetings – going on this trip along with 2 site leaders (RA’s Samara and Mark from Third North and Brittany) and 2 site advisors (RHD’s from Greenwich Hotel and Second Street). The 14 of us are driving down to Louisiana – a 2 day adventure – in 2 minivans. We’ll be stopping over in Tennessee and I’m really looking forward to this trip. 

I mean really, a whole week in New Orleans – it’s going to be EPIC. AMAZING. BALLER. YESSSS ❤

I also recently (read: yesterday) found out that a friend of mine, Jonny, is ALSO going to be in New Orleans for a portion of my trip there. He told me he booked a flight and I was like…NO WAY I’M GOING TO BE THERE TOO. He’s really chill – he’s an International student (and loaded) from Singapore, born in Indonesia, and he has his own apartment right in Greenwich Village. I’ve chilled with him at his place a few times with his friends and he’s become a really good friend since we took The Politics of Administrative Law together last semester. 

We’re actually in Law and Society together and discovered that we can now hang out with each other during Spring Break yesterday while studying for our midterm together. I’m not interested in him romantically or anything, but I’m glad that we’ve become such good friends! I love having good friends hehe.

Having written that last epiphany, however, I’ll move on to other things! Such as…well…the WEATHER. It is finally starting to get nicer outside, and I’m really looking forward to beautiful Spring days where I can sit out at Columbus Park (Right in the middle of where all the Federal Courts are), walk down the West Side by the Hudson Piers, and walk blissfully (instead of miserably) to campus, not caring in the slightest when the next shuttle leaves. Life will be so glorious without having to worry about shuttle times. Also, I won’t feel guilty eating Froyo or sipping on chilled bubble tea. I looooove the summer. I am SUCH a summer person, you have no clue. I’d rather summer than winter any day.

I’ll update you guys about how Spring Break goes as the date gets closer. I will not, unfortunately, be bringing my laptop along to the trip. I’ll bring my notebook however, and take tons of pictures! Expect some scrapbooking in the future, and I’ll definitely try to write at least a little bit every day.

Starting next year, I’ll be moving off-campus! NO MORE DORMING, YEP. Right now, I’m not sure what this means for me though. My original plan involved studying abroad in London for Fall 2011. However, due to monetary reasons, that plan is no longer feasible (Let’s just say…1 semester in London for me would cost about the same as 2 semesters here in the city. ICKY), I will either commute or move off-campus for the beginning of Junior year. Ideally, I want to rent a studio or a 1-bedroom apartment in the city with a friend of mine. If that works out, that will be AMAZING.

  and I would have an AMAZING time living together. We’re basically twins, you see. We’re both from Long Island. We’re both Politics majors. We’re both taking Power & Politics in America together next semester. We both have the same budget and want to live in the same neighborhood. Tons of mutual friends, we took a Freshman Honors Seminar way back in the first semester of freshman year, and have been cloooose friends since. I love her ❤ And really hope that everything works out and we get to rent a place. 

However, if, for whatever reason, that doesn’t work out as well….

Commuting + Unlimited Metrocard, here I come.

Midterms have been going on since last week, and I have my last one the Thursday before Spring Break starts. It’ll be sort of nice in that I’ll get that midterm over with and then I am FREEEEEEE like a bird. I need to go home this weekend, do all of my laundry, and pack! I’m really really really really excitedddd, but I think I’ve already said that a few times in this entry! We’re actually leaving on Saturday, March 12, at 5AM. The brilliant people that we are, we’ve decided to have an all-night sleepover/slumber party at UHall the night before. We’ll all head over as a group and make sure to avoid a situation where there’s this ONE person who oversleeps and misses the trip.

I think I’ve ranted enough for now. Enjoy the read, comment and let me know that you love me!! Byefornow ❤

Assignments: Week 6 [February 28 – March 4]

British Literature
[X] Rebels and Romantics – Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience (165-188), Prefaces to Lyrical Ballads (394-406), Expostulation and Reply, The Tables Turned (387-389), Sonnet: England in 1819 (824), Ozymandias (823) – Due Feb. 28
[ ] The Egotistical Sublime – Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey (390-394), The Prelude from Books 1, 2, 5, 7, 100, 11, 13 (439-502), Frost at Midnight (563-564), What Do We Mean by Literature? (1017-1019), Letter to John Woodhouse (957-958) – Due March 2
[ ] Midterm: March 9, 2011 @ 12:30PM

Comparative Politics
[ ] Read + Outline Chapter 6 of book RGME4 (Voters, Social Cleavages and Political Competitions) 
[ ] Midterm: March 10, 2011 @ 9:30AM

Law & Society
[X] Readings – BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION [Court Case – Majority + Dissenting Opinions] – Due March 1
[X] Readings – SCHEINGOLD [The Politics of Rights: Lawyers, Publikc Policy, and Political Change (pp. 81-148)] – Due March 1
[X] Readings – ROSENBERG [The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? (pp. 81-148)] – Due March 1
[ ] Midterm: March 3, 2011 @ 3:30PM

Quantitative Methods
[ ] LAB Assignment – Due March 2

Assignments: Week 5 [February 21 – February 25]

British Literature
[X] Pastoral and Empire – Winter. A Poem, Rule Brittania, Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, The Deserted Village – Due Feb. 23
[X] Revolutionary Prospects – Reflections on the Revolution in France, A Vindication of the Rights of Men, The Rights of Man, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano – Due Feb. 23

Comparative Politics
[X] Read + Outline Chapter 5 of book RGME4

Law & Society
[X] Court Cases : Bowers v. Hardwick, Lawrence v. Texas – Due Feb. 22
[X] Rimmerman – The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation? (pp. 1-30, 97-128) – Due Feb. 22
[ ] TushnetThe NAACP’s Legal Strategy against Segregated Education (pp. 21-48, 105-37) – Due Feb. 24

Quantitative Methods
[X] Homework 3 (Available on BB) – Due Feb. 24
[X] Midterm – February 24

Assignments: Week 4 [February 14 – February 18]

British Literature
[X] Response Paper 1 (4-5 Pages) – Close Reading Due 2/16
[X] Satire and the Role of the Critic – A Modest Proposal, Political Arithmetic, The Rambler No. 4 & 5, The Idler No. 31 & 32, Preface to A Dictionary of the English Language, Imagination and Judgement, Preface to The Plays of William Shakespeare – Due Feb. 14
[ ] Pastoral and Empire – Winter. A Poem, Rule Brittania, Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, The Deserted Village – Due Feb. 18

Comparative Politics
[X] Print + Read Lectures 7+8
[X] Read + Outline Chapter 4 of book RGME4

Law & Society
[X] Read – Lochner
[X] Response Paper 1 (2-3 Pages) – Summary + Opinion Due 2/18

Quantitative Methods
[X] Homework 2 (Available on BB) – Due Feb. 18

Valentine’s Day

I skyped Dan for over six and a half hours (Yeah. 6 hours, 37 minutes to be exact) last night because it was his birthday yesterday, it was Valentine’s Day today, and we ended up on Skype from 9ish until 3:30AM this morning. Crazyyyy. He makes not falling for him so hard 😦

With a relatively warm breeze,
And a relatively easy day,
A sort-of romantic morning,
And a sort-of-nostalgic evening,
An almost-perfect Valentine’s Day
Was born.

Missing true love, true,
There was also an admitted lack of Cuddling.
Again walking the border of fantasy and probable reality,
I found myself on the brink of happiness,
Closest than I had been in months.

But enjoy this festival of love,
And let the starry skies, partially covered
By perfectly woven clouds,
Blanket lovers with their bliss and joy.

Valentine’s Day Sucks, and other such depressing thoughts

Dear Diary,

Today has been the shittiest of days. It started off atrociously early with a boring 9:30AM lecture on Comparative Politics, and only got worse from there. 

At my quantitative methods lecture, students asked several very stimulating questions. I felt like such an outsider. I really miss belonging, but this is once instance I think you’ll be glad I felt left out and isolated from the group. The most invigorating questions were –

1. What does ‘mean’ mean?
2. Wait, Professor, what’s the backward E? (∑)
3. So if an outlier is less than 14, do you mean that the values between 27 and 14 aren’t outliers? (NO SHIT. DUMBASS)
4. I’m sorry, I’m still a little confused. Is 14 an outlier?

And here, I am afraid I must interject with….YOU ARE FUCKING STUPID. YOU ARE A BRAINLESS PIECE OF SHIT.
if the rule claims that any number LESS THAN (NOT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO. NOT GREATER THAN) 14 is an outlier, then GUESS WHAT, I HAVE SOME NEWS FOR YOU.

14 isn’t an outlier. Neither are any numbers greater than 14. Big shocker right? But I digress, back to the ravishing questions.

5. But what is an outlier? (After having spent the past 10 minutes explaining) UM HELLO, THIS IS A MATH CLASS, NOT A PHILOSOPHY LECTURE.


But back to the social life thing – still don’t have one. Still feeling really unhappy.

Really hoping that I’ll get a bid from Kappa Psi Delta.

Really praying that this bid and the sisterhood & community that comes with it will lift my spirits some.

Still think Valentine’s Day is completely crappy. Still poor. Still dateless.  Feeling jilted. Ignored. Upset, hurt that Tuan didn’t even try to work through our first distance/relationship problem and just cut off all contact with me so easily. 

Hating college this semester. Hating myself for doing things with people on the rebound. Shunned by my close friends.

Not really shunned. Just…ignored. Everybody makes plans and nobody really keeps me updated or asks me to hang out with them. Or do anything, really. 

Still just wasting away the hours in a computer lab. Without a laptop. Still have no music on my iPod. Still having battery charge issues with my phone. 

Seem to have lost all my backup CD’s and flash drives at home because God knows who picked them up and moved them because when I needed a file, it was not there.

Depressed. Feeling the raincloud pouring over my head. 

Fix my life? Love,

Justin Timberlake Mashup

Hey boy, is she everything you wanted in a girl?
I gave you the world, you know you had me in the palms of your hands.

Why’d your love go away? 
I just can’t seem to understand. Just can’t understand.

I thought it was me and you.
Me and you until the end.
But I guess I was wrong.

I don’t wanna think about it, don’t wanna talk about it.
I’m just so sick about it, and I can’t believe it ended this way.
I’m still confused about it, still feeling the blues about it,
I just can’t live without you. 

Is this fair? Is this the way it’s really going down?
Is this how we say goodbye? Just on the phone,
Not even a frown?

I should’ve known better when you came around,
That you were going to make me cry,

It breaks my heart, watching you walk around,
Smiling, laughing, acting,
Because I know that you’re just living a lie,

But that’s okay because in time, you’ll find
That what goes around comes all the way back around.

I remember what you said.
You said you were moving on,
And I should do the same.

Funny thing is, I was ready
To give you my love.
Thought it would be me and you, and now it’s all just a shame,
And I guess I was wrong.

Don’t  want to think about it.
Don’t want to talk about it.
I’m just so sick about it, so confused about it,
And I can’t believe it ended this way –
Just over the phone.

Feeling the blues about it,
And it’s not fair to me at all,
That this is how things went down.

Because this isn’t how we say goodbye,
And I should’ve known better
When you first came around
That you were gonna make me cry.

You’re just living a lie,
And what goes around comes all the way back around.
And I don’t want to think about it,
Don’t wanna talk about it.

I guess I just still can’t believe it ended this way.

So it goes without saying boy, 
That you left me feeling heart.
Just a classic case, just a scenario.

Tale as old as time, but boy you’ll get what you deserve.

You left me, sure.
But boy, you’ll get what you deserve.