Hey there, Dear Reader.
Welcome back to my slice of the universe pie. How ya doing? Busy? Cheery? Sick and immobile like me? I wanted to take advantage of my current state to whip up a good old fashioned update post for you. Please enjoy the latest quick n’ dirty rundown of the most important tidbits from the last few weeks of my life!
1. I met Dear Readers at Admit Weekend!
Last weekend was Admit Weekend here at Stanford! For three days, the prospective members of the class of 2020 came to The Farm to wear red lanyards, make all the current students feel really old, and get adorably lost.
In a mildly hesitant and most certainly low key fashion, I invited any ProFros (prospective freshmen) who would like to come say hi and/or hang out to come to The Oval on Friday of Admit Weekend from 3 to 5 pm. I was expecting a small handful of people to show up– mostly just those who had reached out to me directly– and was absolutely stunned and simultaneously humbled to my core when I was greeted by this group of lovely people.
I was chugging full mugs of tea later that evening in an effort to revive the voice I had lost after talking nonstop to so many awesome people. Needless to say, it was well worth it. Meeting these kiddos was an absolute pleasure, and I cannot WAIT to see them all in the fall 🙂
2. Sharyn, Jose, Nick B, and I dropped everything to go see Jack Ü a couple nights ago
3. Classes! Academia! Learning! Fun!
I recently posted a video on my YouTube channel called “I Actually Do Study Sometimes.” (See below.) I’m happy to say that after a decently turbulent winter quarter in which I pretty much failed to take any classes that excited me, I’ve returned to my true academic passions. (And so we meet again, final papers…) Here are some of the things I’ve been studying for recently…
- I’m currently creating a paper and presentation on the differences in the ways the Western and Arab media portray Islam. My working thesis is that Western media overwhelmingly portrays Islam as a violent, extremist culture while complex social forces cause Arab media to struggle to reflect an identity of Islam that challenges these harmful stereotypes. This paper is for my PWR class: The Rhetoric of Cross-Cultural Communication.
- I’m taking COMM 108: Media Process and Effects. In each lecture, we talk about different theories and approaches to Communication as a discipline, as well as the implications of the findings of the past 50-60 years. This stuff is my jam diggity, so jump over the next two bullet points if you don’t want to hear (read?) me geek out.
- Cultivation Theory was created by George Gerbner in 1976, and proposes that viewing high quantities of television programming gradually leads to the adoption of beliefs about the nature of the social world which conform to the stereotyped, distorted and selective view of reality as portrayed in television fiction and news. In other words, the heavy consumption of TV– or, more broadly, mass media– directly shape the way you perceive reality. REALITY. YEAH. WHAT.
- Before Social Learning Theory was created in the 1960s by Stanford (heyyy) professor Albert Bandura, it was popular to believe that the process of learning occurs via a system of punishments and rewards– You learn if something is good or bad based on what happens when you try it out. (This theory was encapsulated in a theory called Behavioralism, created by a crazy-looking dude named B.F. Skinner.) But then Bandura was like WAIT– I don’t need to stick a fork in an electrical socket to know that it’ll hurt! What if I can learn not just by doing, but by observing the world around me and making inferences about what I see? (The fancy term for this is “vicarious reinforcement.” I call it not being a dumbass.)
- I’m taking a 3-unit class at the med school called Globally Emerging Zoonotic Diseases. It fulfills my Scientific Method and Analysis WAYS requirement and is actually totally fascinating. The class has about a dozen students, and our professor worked on the front lines of all the major endemic outbreaks over the past decade, for zoonoses like H1N1, Bird Flu, and Ebola. In almost all his lectures he speaks from the first person. (“When I flew to Iran and stopped Avian Influenza…”) Sometimes he comes to class in his scrubs because he just finished up dog surgery right before, and he also bought us Chinese food on the first day of our midterm presentations. What a bro.
Here’s that video.
4. GUS IS GOING TO USC!
YEEEEE MY BABY BRO IS GOING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THERE IS NO EMOTION FOR THE DEGREE OF EXCITEMENT/PRIDE I FEEL FOR HIM RIGHT NOW.
This is my baby brother. He gets me like nobody else on this planet earth and I can’t WAIT for him to have his dream college experience in beautiful Southern California, just one road trip away from the annoying big sis. (Still f*ck USC, though.)
5. We won!
Now I am officially one of the Junior Class Presidents for the 2016-2017 academic year 🙂 Here is a pic of all the other lovely JCPs. We can’t wait to make Junior year rock ❤
6. Wow. Being sick really does suck
I just wanna run around and go to my classes and work out and be lively and joyful but instead I just cough up phlegm and mope around the suite, wishing I had the energy to bike to Tresidder Express Market and buy myself a Cup O’ Noodle. I also have the WORST taste in my mouth. Eugh.
7. Are you reading Lianna Holston’s Morale Boosts?
The girl’s got one of the healthiest approaches to college/life I’ve ever heard. She does an incredible job of balancing a tell-it-like-it-is attitude with an open-minded approach to pretty much every subject matter, from Greek life to social media to boys.
Here are some of my favorites:
- You’re more than the likes on your Facebook post – “Social media has crafted these convoluted windows into each other’s lives that, while great at getting the word out about that Sigma Chi party on Saturday (lol rip), can also be extraordinarily detrimental to our own emotional wellbeing.”
- A guide to rush – “You don’t have to agree with their policies or their dress code or the volume at which they scream when they see one another, but take a second away from your cynicism to recognize that not everyone fits the Greek life stereotype we’ve grown up seeing in movies.”
- How to survive a DARTY – “[Darty workout routines:] Where you wear a bikini made out of yarn then drink a boatload of beer but still look Insta-gr8 in all your pix.”
8. We went to Santa Cruz! It was cloudy!
Check out the video. (I’ve been making a lot of videos lately. The next one is going to be about how Calli, Marissa, Quina and I went skinny dipping in Half Moon Bay at 11 pm. Maybe that’s why I’m sick…)
9. Finally, here are some things I’m looking forward to
Never a bad idea to make this list.
- LILY IS COMING TO STANFORD. Now that she’s a free lady, i.e. not in high school, she shouldn’t have to worry about getting in trouble with the Deans office again… (Check out #60 on my list of “100 Lessons, Quotes, Stories, Photos, Questions, Thoughts, Experiences and People that have Shaped my Life Since I Became Cath in College“.)
- I can’t be sick forever! (Oh god not jinxing that)
- Dinner is in 45 minutes. #CureMeCaroline
- I’m going to be a freshman RA next year 😀
- The weather is going to be S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. next week
So all in all DR, despite the slight vegification I’m undergoing thanks to whatever bug I’ve caught, things are really, really good. I’m studying the things I care about, I’m spending more quality time with my friends, I’m eating better, I’m going to the gym more consistently, AND to top it all off, the CiC community is larger and stronger than ever before. Boy oh boy, if this is how good today is, just imagine what tomorrow has in store! ❤ (I hope some goddamn cup o noodle tbh)
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