3 finals out of four done.
I have an architecture review tomorrow, there are drawings that need to be done before that, but then afterwards I will be having dinner with Dr. Eric Landers, the father of the Human Genome Project.
At his hpuse. You know, no big.
Ahh, there is this eerie feel to being done and the school being half empty. I honestly have nothing to study, nothing to build, and on top of that, I got my first A in physics. Of all things, physics! I can deal. But it’s weird.
It’s weird to see almost empty shuttles. To see people out of their thousand-year stares as they finish up their finals. Then there is the weird realization that there is a whole city outside of MIT.
Sometimes I forget where I’m at. I forget that Boston is but a ten minute walk away, and that the Charles River is right on campus.
Sometimes I just forget about myself and I let the stress and academics get to me and that is all I am. And it’s weird to not be that, to not have anything but yourself. I guess it begs the question of who are you when you’re not stress and academics anymore?
Oh, and on a different note, I’m getting a poem published in a chapbook. I still don’t know how I feel about that. I wanted to have them publish it without my name, but I think the point is to get my name out. I don’t know if I am truly ready to commercialize my poetry. I want it to stay as poetry; as pure as letters with deep meaning can get. Not print.
But as of right now, I am done.
At least that’s how it feels.
And I’ll stay done as I go home within the next week, and all throughout the summer.
Here’s to Summer ‘13 - for being done.
In his beguiling photo series “Sitting on the Wall: Haikou V,” Chinese artist Weng Fen captures young women and new cities on the precipice of change. The backs of the young women face us, giving no hint of a personal identity, save for their slightly varied school uniforms. Meanwhile, the booming new buildings dominate the background, their postmodern facades signifying an increase of investment and oncoming changes throughout Chinese cities. Read more!
I’ll be spending two weeks in NYC with my future roommate.
Gahh, couldn’t be more excited! :D
it’ll be great; all the buildings to satisfy my architectural needs
Sometimes when I watch Modern Family,
I imagine that they’re my family…
There is power in a tree
In a tree that has stood and endured many years.
Stood, because year after year it continued to deepen its roots.
We can all learn from a tree.
It didn’t choose to be planted in a spot, or to grow in one. But it kept its promise to the earth. To carry out life. And it committed to everything as it deepened its roots and strengthened its branches.
It said, “To hell with storms, urbanization, and everything else that nature or man can do to me”. It grew leaves, it reached towards to the sky, and it grew to love life.
A tree doesn’t know this, but it knows that it has to endure to make life possible for other beings and for other trees to live as well.
A tree also knows that when it gets sick, it must go. Whether that means killing part of the leaf as it gets infected, or simply dying as part of the sickness. The tree understands the yearning of other biological systems to live. It understands and allows this to happen.
But there is power in a tree. In a tree that stands erected from the ground, that has provided shade, fruit, oxygen, and most importantly, life.
In a tree that has grown stronger and stronger, no mater how many years go by.
There is much to be learned from a tree like that.