aria_san (aria_san) wrote,

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What I actually did this summer

School starts tomorrow and so will the myriad of "How was your summer?" questions.
Since I'm terrible at ad-libbing, I prepare my answers beforehand.
Q: How was your summer?
A: It was really nice. I was able to really relax this summer. (<-- 100% truth.)
Q: Did you go anywhere?
A: No, I had relatives over instead, so the farthest place I went was San Francisco. (<---also truth)
Q: Did you do anything this summer?
A: Nope, not really. I did nothing. (<--not necessarily a lie)

But before I go around delivering the watered down version of the truth, I decided I should at least write down the full truth somewhere so that I don't start believing I really did nothing. To most people at school, I did nothing worth mentioning.

This summer I...

  • spent June organizing various robotics events (county fair exhibit, corporate visits to Intel and Intuitive Surgical)

  • emailed various neuroscience labs at Stanford in the hopes of getting a lab assistant position for the summer, to have them all fail

  • wrote my first ever resume and cover letter and sent it off to a translation start-up company because I was desperate for any sort of internship (also fail)

  • spent a good portion of my summer in despair because I spent every day at home feeling sorry for myself that I never had the time to apply to a cool summer program or couldn't get an internship...I assume this is how the unemployed feel except thankfully I had no bills to pay

  • hung out with friends a little bit but most of them were travelling/enjoying their summer internships and programs

  • told myself I would start looking at colleges and never did

  • went swimming once

  • mourned my grandfather's passing

  • started learning how to program in Python and JavaScript

  • fangirl-ed over Furukawa Yuki and the new Itazura no Kiss drama in general

  • spent an agonizing amount of time blogging about the ItaKiss drama in Japanese for my summer homework (which I finally finished on Sunday)

  • spent longer than I should have finishing my other homework (which was really just to read the worst novel I've ever read and slowly kill my soul practicing kanji)

  • created a gif/image folder of Furukawa Yuki in the midst of doing my homework

  • suddenly got really into Japanese dramas and started watching a ton (Itazura na Kiss, Rich Man Poor Woman, Seigi no Mikata, Watashi Renai ga Dekinai Riyuu, HanaKimi, Atashinchi no Danshi) but only finished the first 4 listed

  • tried out a couple K-dramas too (Playful Kiss, You're Beautiful) and decided I enjoyed Nippon more

  • watched some Japanese movies as well (Closed Note, I Must Buy New Shoes) and affirmed that I enjoy Japanese movies a lot more than dramas

  • fell in love with Osamu Mukai

  • read countless shoujo manga

  • became obsessed with Shingeki no Kyojin (the anime)

  • became even more obsessed with its first opening, Guren no Yumiya, and all of its parodies

  • spent my evenings lurking Tumblr for Shingeki no Kyojin gifs but never actually getting an account

  • got my driver's license

  • took my first trips on BART and MUNI and became a fan of public transit in general

  • attended the J-POP Summit Festival for the first time

  • volunteered at the J-POP Summit Festival

  • met the Youtube famous beatboxer Daichi while on my volunteer shift and helped him create his routine (my greatest contribution being Guren no Yumiya)

  • saw Kyary Pamyu Pamyu perform live (along with Daichi, Kylee, and Reina Tanaka's new band Lovendor)

  • completed my Cardcaptor Sakura manga collection

  • started watching Free!, FMA:Brotherhood, The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyousuke, Kaiba, Senyuu, and Natsume Yuujinchou and the only ones I got farther than one episode were Free!, Natsume Yuujinchou and Senyuu

  • started marathoning Area no Kishi

  • bought the first light novel for Chihayafuru because I somehow convinced myself I know how to read enough Japanese to make it a worthwhile purchase........still a worthwhile purchase regardless

  • had a reaction worthy of being filmed when I recieved an email from a neuroscience lab friend asking if I wanted to help perform an experiment (which ran into complications before my help was required so this has been postponed) but this effectively cleared away all despair and self-hate

  • stuck to the ruinous sleep schedule that developed over the course of last school year (bedtime was approx 3am and I woke up around 1:30 in the afternoon yeeeep)

  • made plans to join Marching Band which will require me to wake up at 6am

That's quite a sizable list, so to save people's time and ears, I've conveniently condensed it down to "Nothing much."
And thus, my senior year begins.
Tags: anime, books, clamp, fun, manga, marching band, movies, music, musings, robotics, san francisco

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