3:15 PM Monday
I write to you from a mostly lateral position on my couch (I like saying “my couch.” It makes me feel grown.) on a perfectly-tempered October afternoon in sunny Northern California. This post will be coming to you from several locations because for the foreseeable future, my life will consist of approximately not enough 30-minute chunks of down time during which to write. This is closely related to the reason why I have not posted a “Life Update” post on the blog recently, which I shall aim to do here and now.
Jk in 2 hrs 45 mins– gotta run to English class, then getting my flu shot at the student health center before they close. I’ll be back by 6:30.
7:24 PM Monday
HAHA just kidding. I got my brows done after I got my flu shot, then I ran back to Cedro, dropped my camera off, biked over to Durand for a lightning-fast dinner meeting with the other Junior Class Presidents, then biked back to Cedro to let in the fabulous SAVE (Stanford Anti-Violence Educators Program) coordinators for a sexual consent workshop with the babiez.
Okay, so the reason I have been MIA lately, both on the blog (cathincollege.com) and the vlog (Cath in College on YouTube) is because I have been totally and completely up to my NECK in life. By life, I mean living and breathing in fully every moment of every day, sprinting around campus from one thing to the next thing, and soaking in the moments between sprinting around campus like a crazy person.
So here is a totally not comprehensive list of everything filling up these days of mine:
1. I’m taking classes! Woo!
ENGLISH 90: Creative Fiction Writing
My goal is to take the entire English 90 series before I graduate, which consists of classes on nonfiction, poetry, and (currently) fiction. It has nothing to do with my major, but I’m here to learn cool sh*t and get my brain juices (gross) flowing in new directions, so I don’t really care. We start every class with a ten minute free write. One of my favorite prompts so far was to write a letter to someone for whom we feel great sympathy. (I wrote to Allan for being such a lame-o and not rolling out to the football game last weekend. I feel truly sorry for the kid.)
PSYCH 30: Introduction to Perception
The class takes a neurological approach to perception, which is cool because it means we get to talk about stuff like how signals propagate within and between neurons, but is also severely uncool because we have to do stuff like measure hit and miss rates for different diagnostics using standard deviations and normal distributions and z-tables. (Do you know what z-tables are? I didn’t. Pro tip: Take STATS 101 or equivalent at some point in your academic career, preferably sooner rather than later.)
MS&E 107: Interactive Management Science
The professor is Spock.
SYMSYS 1: Minds and Machines
OKAY POSSIBLY COOLEST CLASS EVER. (Tbh every other day I go back and forth on whether I should have been a SymSys major, but oh WHALE who cares anymore not me lol.)
The class is in many ways an introduction to artificial intelligence. (Woof.) It’s taught by a linguistics professor, but we talk about contributions to the field from disciplines as varied as computer science and philosophy. Have you ever heard of multiple realizability? It’s this idea that the basic notions of mechanical computation do not necessarily depend on the medium we use to compute. In other words, we can imagine computational machines made of silicon, neurons, swiss cheese, or breakfast burritos. The theory is important for theories of computation because it allows us to imagine both the human brain, which is a meaty, fleshy organ made of cells, and metal and silicon computers as both computational machines.
2. Cath in College merch is at the Student store!!
WOOOOO!!! The Cath in College t-shirt, hat, and stickers are all now available for purchase both online at store.stanford.edu and in retail at the Stanford Student store on Stanford’s campus in Tresidder Memorial Union.
This has certainly been the most surreal opportunity I’ve achieved with Cath in College thus far. For crying out loud, my and my friends’ faces are on a t-shirt for sale in our own flipping student store. I am forever grateful to the kind folks over at the Student Store for reaching out to me with this incredible opportunity, and to all of the HOT Dear Readers who have sent me pictures of them with their new CiC swag. Lookin’ good, chicas! 😉
Use coupon code CATH10 to save 10%, and if you spend $30 or more, you’ll get a signed card from moi in your package! Here’s the merchandise video, if you haven’t seen it yet…
3. FedEx Office’s campus grand opening is tomorrow 🎈🎈
I’ve partnered up with the homies over at FedEx Office to share all the deets about their grand opening (which, yes, will have free food) with my fellow Stanford peers.
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 12 noon – 2 pm
Location: First floor Tresidder, between the bike shop and Treehouse
What: Support the free market and get lots of free stuff
When you’re there, use the hashtag “#FedExOfficeOnCampus” on your crazy millennial tech gadgets, show me (I will be there), and I’ll be able to give you some free swAaAag.
To ensure that your packages get sent to the FedEx Office and not the post office, change your shipping address to:
FIRST_NAME LAST_NAME – SUID
459 Lagunita Drive (Address 1)
FedEx Office Tresidder – P.O. Box # (Address 2)
Stanford, CA 94305 (City, State, & ZIP)
For more info, check out https://psg.office.fedex.com/stanford/
4. We’re going to a Chance the Rapper concert on Friday
Excited? Maybe just a little.
5. Stanford is winning again
Thank God, I might add.
6. Smile! You woke up this morning 🙂
Inspired by lil Chano himself, it’s the quote I most recently wrote on a sticky note to carry around with me. Life is a miracle. Don’t forget how special you are!
While life is immensely crazy right now, Dear Reader, I feel blessed to be at a point in my life when I feel like all the craziness—er, most of it—is all due to things that make me crazy passionate. Today I woke up, ran the dish, went to class, had a two hour long Junior Class President meeting, sprinted back to Cedro, said hello to my residents, grabbed my suitcase, and hopped on a plane to Boston with nine other SWIB members for the Harvard Intercollegiate Business Conference where I’ll be presenting on the women in business ally program I started at Stanford last year. My hair is knotted, my jeans are baggy, and my eyes are tired but they are open and alive.
If I could live the rest of my life with days as jam-packed with soul-fulfilling activities as I do now, I would probably live one of the happiest lives there ever were.
And with that–
Here’s to these restless, these hectic, these crazy passionate lives of ours,