“Break a leg!” my friend’s mom told me as I shuffled the multi-colored index cards in my hands, trying to bring the edges completely even. I didn’t pay much attention to the innocuous comment. I paid little attention to anything other than this presentation, since it was one of the final goals of my year.
The Undergraduate Research Conference is held once a year at Butler University, and features the scholarly work of students from several other universities. At my own panel, I would be presenting with three other students from different universities who had also completed works of creative writing.
I was presenting my honors thesis, a project in two parts. First, there was the piece of science fiction called Kala, focused on a girl who has been torn from her home by a group of terrorists and turned into a cyborg, all to battle the an oppressive government. The second part featured a research paper that synthesized cyborg theory with thought of Romantic writers in the 18th century and examined how these forces were at play in my fiction.
The presentation went off without a hitch, and I didn’t have anything else to worry about for that weekend. In fact, I only some ultimate Frisbee to look forward to that night…
TO BE CONTINUED.
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If you exist, then you’ll know that I haven’t posted on my blog in quite some time. You may be distraught. If we follow this little fantasy of mine, maybe you’re demanding a refund, and then feeling bad at the realization that you’ve enjoyed all of my writing at no charge. So you’re considering throwing a little extra money my way.
The truth is I was swept away by an injury to my leg, after which I was busy finishing the work of my senior year. To be honest, I’ll use the leg injury as the crutch of my excuse (Buh-dum. Oh and expect many more of these jokes to come).
So, over the next few blog posts I’ll cover the last two weeks of school, the joys I have to look forward to this summer, and my preparations for my coming year in Japan.
Also, thank you for existing,
After getting home from work through my inter-dimensional transport through which I travel to Mars everyday to mine for the special mars gas that makes such travel possible, my robot dog comes running at me with his metal tail wagging and its almost realistic voice yapping away First it tells me that i smell good, then that it’s hungry. I sit down in my floating chair and close my eyelids to watch some TV (because by now most certainly we will be able to install screens into our eyelids and at the very least receive basic cable).
I’m considering taking another flight to the moon, but I’ve done that so many times it’s almost mundane, and is really touristy now anyway. I’m considering the less frequented but more reference-prone Journey to the Center of the Earth which opened last week. But who knows? Maybe I’ll just go into my gaming room (an empty, white room that will transform into a computer game and that I will interact with).
Why am I imagining my possibilities for the next five years? It’s a cliched interview question to ask “Where do you see yourself in the next five years?” Anyone who would tell me: “But that’s ridiculous!” I would promptly ask why is it ridiculous to be optimistic about the future? Sure there’s a limit to it, but…should there be? If there are young people today who are too optimistic then I believe we’re heading in the right direction Attitude plays a bigger role than the depressing, soul-crushing numbers that will be spouted at you on the news. So chill out. Don’t bother worrying about things you have no control over. It’s a well known fact that throughout history people have imagined the past to be a golden time, and the future to be full of dreadful possibilities. Owen Wilson will teach you that in Midnight in Paris.
Besides, the economy and government won’t be a problem by 2018, given that the robots will have taken over by then and promptly fixed all of our human errors.
When you first enter into a room of any college student, you’ll see that very rarely is there variation between the normal items: beds, desks, dressers, futon, TV (if the roommates are lucky), etc.
As classy as it is useful.
My pride and joy of this semester has been my coffee table. I got it this summer for free (an instant winner in my book) but in poor condition. So I fixed it up. I learned how to strip the finish, then I sanded it down and re-stained it. I really learned how to Do It Best.
Now it sits in my room, a monument to my hard work and a great place to sit around while recounting the day with my friends or roommate. This is what any college student will experience: the need to differentiate. As a (semi) independent individual, the desire to separate oneself from the pack is strong. Competitions have even taken place on campus. Check it out.
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For a campus with a relatively small number of students, it can be surprisingly difficult to find a good study space away from one’s room. We can chalk this up to Butler’s studious and dedicated body of burgeoning scholars. For those of you wondering why I needed to study away from my room, it’s because there’s absolutely nothing worse than studying feet away from a bed. I have learned this through many a study-time turned nap-time.
Look! Over yonder! The Butler Observatory.
Over the summer I happened upon a wonderful study room in the recently renovated Pharmacy Building that was both well equipped and had a fantastic view, a prime panorama of the Butler Observatory. Getting here early in the morning was a struggle, but once I was up, this room helped me focus more than any amount of caffeine could.
The comfiest chairs you'll ever sit in. I guarantee it.
The reason I was on campus over the summer was for BSI, or the Butler Summer Institute. This is a chance for the scholarly and self-driven students of Butler’s campus to engage in research over the summer with a professor . Needless to say, I saw more fluorescent rays this summer than I did sun rays.
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