OHHHHHH HELLO YOU BEAUTIFUL READER YOU. Gosh. It is so good to see your beautiful shining face. You are beautiful. You know that, right? I don’t even need to see you to know that’s true. But boy, do I wish I could.
For the slim minority of you who may actually give a mouse’s bum what I’ve been up to for the past three months, here’s what’s up:
I finished Junior year!
That’s a wrap on my third of four short years at good ol’ Stanny U. I finished all my classes, moved out of Cedro, completed my last tasks as Junior Class President and VP of Stanford Women in Business, and shoved all my stuff into cardboard boxes for the summer. (Huuuge shoutout to Gabriela and company for helping me move all my crap into a storage unit. A1 team.)
Skip this if you hate knowledge
I’m super hyped about two of my final papers, and I thought you might be interested in them too. They were for ENGLISH 814C, Data and Knowledge in the Humanities, and HISTORY 5A, The History of Information. My English paper looked at what has been deemed the “third paradigm” of knowledge production in which large-scale problems that would be too dangerous or expensive to replicate in real life could be tested in simulations in old 1960s supercomputers, like the CRAY T932 and IBM 7030 “Stretch.” And by “large scale problems” I mean nuclear bombs, which changed the definition of war. Simulations saved us from blowing up the world! Yay science!!
My History paper was alSO SO COOL, OKAY. So we had to base our (8 page single space, rest in peace @me) paper off of findings that we discovered in Special Collections. Special Collections are archives of primary source material that are housed in secret, temperature-controlled storage facilities under universities and other institutions across the country. At Stanford’s archives, for example, I flipped through Steve Wozniack’s writeups in red pen on the first draft of the Apple II owner’s manual and an one of Mozart’s original handwritten compositions. Yeah. Cool stuff.
Anyways, my paper was inspired by this journal I had found from 1894 by this young freshman at Stanford. Her entries inspired me to look further into what life must have been like at Stanford in the early days, specifically with regards to its boasted non-denominationality and co-education. (Indeed, Stanford today boasts about how they were one of the first in both departments.) But what did religious and gender equality look like in the late 19th century? (Spoiler alert: Nothing like they look today!)
We had the biggest CiC hangout yet at Admit Weekend 2017
In the second annual Admit Weekend hangout, I got to meet SO MANY amazing, smart, loyal, happy, youthful faces of yours. Some of y’all said that you had been following Cath in College since you were juniors in high school! Others said that you truly would not have applied to Stanford were it not for having stumbled upon our little YouTube channel a few months before… It was an absolute pleasure meeting each and every one of these amazing DRs and DVs, and I feel so blessed to have them in the CiC community!
I endured the hardest week of my life
Lowkey highkey. The only thing worse than moving out, or taking finals, or moving across the country, or starting a new job in a huge, scary, foreign city, is doing it all at the same time within a one and a half week period.
One of the things that sucks about the quarter system (3 quarters in a school year: Fall, Winter, Spring, with Summer being the 4th bastard quarter) is that spring quarter ends after the summer has begun. For most schools, classes get out in late May. Gus, my baby brother who goes to USC, was taking finals when I was prepping for my midterms. That means that most internship programs begin in early June. And guess whose final exam period is at the exact 👏🏼 same 👏🏼 time!
I’m living in New York! (wtf)
Yup. I’m living in a 4-room apartment with 7 other Stanford students in Midtown. We’ve got a little kitchen and two really little bathrooms, and my bedroom is only marginally larger than the bed inside it, which I share with another large human. It’s a squeeze. But being in such a great location makes it all well worth it! (NY CiCers: Let’s do a meetup in July. Please standby and keep checking here and YouTube for updates.)
I went to Madrid 🙂
Yes yes. Last quarter, I made a last minute decision to fly out and visit Conner who was studying abroad in Madrid. In short, it was the best decision I’ve made so far since coming to Stanford.
We visited the Santiago Bernabéu, which has been on my bucket list ever since I became a fan of Real Madrid in high school. At the Santiago Bernabéu tour they let you walk onto the pitch, sit in the players’ dugout (or whatever the term is in soccer), walk through the players’ tunnel, and go into the players’ locker room. I have absolutely no idea how this is allowed–but I was nearly in tears at the sight of all of it. Best. Day. Ever. Another highlight from the trip: Conner and I officially started dating! Yay. 🙂
And some thoughts I’ve had recently
In case you’re interested.
- Why do we have jobs and why do we just accept that we have jobs?
- How can I become CEO?
- Disorganization breeds creativity, doesn’t it…
- Is love something you choose, like a commitment, or does it just happen to you?
- Say things in French!
- Say things in Spanish!
- Say things in Portuguese!
- Will AI engineering eventually become to mainstream that any random Jane can plug her data set into a user-friendly AI platform and get the download on how she can better run her business, or study more efficiently for exams, or get the best workout?
- Cami Arboles’s (DR) bullet journal is one of the most creative, inspiring works I’ve ever laid eyes on. (You HAVE to see this.)
- What’s the extent to which I should try to be the kind of person who can put her nose to the grindstone and do something miserable for the sake of not giving up?
- My hair is getting longer.
- Rich people say the most ignorant sh*t.
- What if I worked as a bartender in Rio for a little while after college? Who would come with me?
- I don’t ever want to stop being romantic.
And that’s where I’m at. For now. Stay tuned for the My Junior Spring Quarter at Stanford video coming up soon, and check out some of the latest videos I’ve done on mi YouTube! Love y’all lots. Thanks for sticking around ❤