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
- 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
And thus, my senior year begins.