Yesterday I officially moved into my room in DC! I started the day by waking up at 4 AM, yes 4, and going to the bus station. Then I rode the bus to the airport and waited until my flight left. While in the airport I got a breakfast sandwich from Potbelly’s that was delicious.
After the plane ride and waiting for my luggage, I noticed that a girl was wearing a Butler shirt near me. I approached her and it turns out she’s here for the internship program too! So we ended up catching a taxi together to our apartments since we live in the same building and luckily got to split the cost.
I was the last of my roommates to arrive but I’ve yet to meet them but I’m excited to nonetheless. Now my main focus is figuring out how to navigate the city! I forgot a ton of stuff at home so I’ve been trying to find my way around to a Target. I’ve only found my way to a CVS so far but I’m still hunting. Wish me luck!
My stash of food on my first day! I refuse to go hungry in a big city!
I leave for D.C. in less than 24 hours and in regular André fashion, I haven’t started packing yet. It hasn’t hit me yet that I’ll be living there for the next few months. I guess it’ll probably seem real once I’m there. I don’t even know who I’m living with yet so that’ll be fun meeting my roommates for the first time!
I’ve already downloaded a D.C. metro app already for my trip. Everyone who has gone before claims it’s oh so easy to navigate but I’ll believe it when I see it. The app is tailored so it tells you where to go based on your location and it has gotten rave reviews so I’m sure it’ll work its way out once I’m there.
I hate to cut this blog short but I have to get started packing…. It’s hard figuring out which clothes I’m bringing with me immediately and which clothes I plan on having mailed to me in a week. It’s hard because I want to bring everything!
The totality of my packing so far….. Not very much….
I can already tell my presence on campus is being missed profusely. Since I’m going to be in D.C. this semester, all my friends stuck on campus have been trying to find a way to fill the holes in their hearts. Even my residents from when I was an RA texted me telling me how much they missed me. I definitely felt
like a celebrity the love.
On a more serious note, I have been missing everyone on campus and it has been weird seeing the semester start and me not going to class/being with everyone. I don’t think this semester will hit me until I finally move into D.C. My pals Lisa and Elissa took a photo with my RA photo that’s still hanging up in the building. Looks like my legacy is still living on!
Currently I’m a ball of nerves and excitement for my new adventure this semester. I’m hoping I don’t somehow get lost and end up in New York City. Although, now that I think about it, that would be kind of fun.
I’m still on the board!
This winter break I’ve invested in Netflix, as I’ve previously discussed. It has saved me from extreme boredom and has been entertaining me as I continue to fill out law school applications during break. Unlike all my friends, I don’t move into my apartment in D.C. until next week. The abundance of movies and tv shows at my fingertips is astounding!
The newest show I’ve gotten into is Orange Is The New Black. It’s a show about a woman, Piper, who gets thrown in prison after a crime she committed like 15 years ago. She’s not what a viewer would consider the typical jail type which adds to the humor. It’s a dark comedy so while being funny it also has more serious elements at times. The show also goes into the backstories of various inmates as well. It gets risqué at times so it might not be for everyone.
I have gotten so addicted to it that I’ve gotten through the whole season in two days. The second season is supposed to be premiering on Netflix sometime this year so I’m excited for it to get started back up again! Ellen Degeneres did a funny skit involving a scene on the show fairly recently that I enjoyed:
I decided to make a post today discussing some of the reasons why I decided to come to Butler. I originally heard of Butler because of its successful basketball program and did a little research on it and ended up deciding to come! I’ve always gone to small private schools my whole life so seeing that Butler only had a couple thousand students was really appealing to me. Another good thing about Butler for me was that it’s still in a big city so there’s always stuff to do and always plenty of opportunities to get involved or find employment.
Overall, coming to Butler has probably been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made not only because of all the awesome people I’ve met, but also because of the knowledge I’ve gained and opportunities I’ve been part of that I would have never had if I had gone to another school.
I’m not a big fan of snow and cold weather so I was in for a treat when the local weather man said there’d be a blizzard over the weekend followed by something he described as an “arctic blast” of cold air. I was jumping out of my seat in excitement….. More snow to shovel! The media have been going crazy talking about and analyzing the snow which has been entertaining to say the least.
Butler even announced that the university would be closed today because of the weather. Normally that news would make me ecstatic but considering there are no classes I was indifferent to it all. And to add salt to the wound, I found out that my high school was closed today even though we never got one when I was there! It’s like the world is taunting me with this weather! Ahh, I miss my childhood when I craved the snow!
Happy New Year! First blog post of the year!
It’s so weird thinking about entering a new year! I didn’t get to know 2013 for all that long! My biggest struggle this year will be remembering to write 2014 on everything instead of 2013. Heck, I was still writing 2012 on things in December of 2013! Instead of going out on New Year’s, I just laid in bed reading. Sure it’s a nerdy way to ring in the New Year but it was relaxing nonetheless.
While watching the news I saw that Dubai set the record for World’s Largest Firework Display on New Years. I’ve always wanted to visit Dubai and I’m sure it would’ve been quite a sight to see in person. I’m not usually a fireworks person but I would’ve made an exception this time.
So in my previous post, I talked about how I’ve been reading Pitchfork on a daily basis. Just to briefly recap, Pitchfork is this site that reviews independent music. One of the artists I discovered because of Pitchfork is a singer called King Krule.
King Krule is an artist from the UK and his stage name is inspired, ironically enough, by my favorite Elvis song “King Creole.” His music style is very indie rock with some downtempo and electronica elements as well. I first heard of him after the singer Lorde tweeted about him but I didn’t pay him much mind until I saw a good review on Pitchfork that made me decide to check him out and I found that I really like his music! Pitchfork strikes again!
It all started a couple months ago when Atherton Dining Hall started replacing its hot sauce with Siracha sauce. I reluctantly tried it and instantly fell in love. It had such a spice I never tasted before and it soon became my newest obsession. I started putting it on all my food! Heck, if I could put it in my water I could but don’t worry I haven’t gone that far yet. According to the Huffington Post, it’s the newest trend in healthy eating sauces so it looks like I’m on to something. Who knew Atherton would get me obsessed with something!?
Speaking of new obsessions, so I’ve previously chronicled how I’m a hipster now and one of the ways I’ve been doing it is by reading the website Pitchfork. Pitchfork is a snooty website that reviews new independent music and is like every hipster’s Bible and I love it. I read it every day for new hipster music news and reviews just to feel pretentious when I like the music they like. So basically this break, for me, has been full of nothing but Siracha and Pitchfork.
The Siracha sauce I bought the other day! Delicious!
Merry Christmas! And Happy Holidays to those who don’t celebrate!
I guess it wasn’t a white Christmas this year,
which I prefer because I hate the cold. It’s pretty early right now so I haven’t gotten to go downstairs and open presents and such but it’s coming and I can’t wait! I also haven’t gotten time to go through my contacts on my phone to text everyone Merry Christmas but I’ll get to that as well!
On another note, for some reason I just can’t get into Christmas music. I can’t explain it but I just can’t sing along to it. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Christmas season, just not the music. Well, I don’t really like holiday themed music in general. However, I do happen to enjoy one Christmas song and it is “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. It’s probably everyone’s favorite Christmas song and it happens to be mine too.