Dead week haiku
Trying to be productive
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So it’s past midnight, which means that it’s Tuesday, which means that it’s Earth Day!
GT Earth Day. We had a really great Earth Day last week (we had it last week due to this week being Dead Week). There’s always an office supply exchange, a clothing exchange, a lot of booths, and just a great amount of support of green things. The only unfortunate part of the day was that it was unforgivingly cold and windy. I was also in shorts, which was an incredibly terrible decision on my part. But I still enjoyed it. I managed to refrain from taking things in the office supply exchange that I didn’t need, and I went to all the booths and talked to a lot of people. I have realized that my chatting and networking skills have significantly improved since last year, and it was a small little thought of achievement at the moment. But I had several really great conversations with people in Atlanta who work in the Green movement. It wasn’t just them talking at me about their product, but I was able to reply and maintain a conversation, talking about similar things and findings that I’ve made. It was really great and enjoyable to be able to talk to other people (adults! Working adults!) about my interest in being environmentally friendly. I wish I was warm enough to look at and admire the electric vehicles, but I didn’t have the warmth to. I did see the gorgeousness (and expensiveness) of them from across Tech Greens, though.
HK Green Initiatives. One thing I love about Hong Kong is that we allocate a lot of money and resources to becoming more green and sustainable. It seems really odd that a massively dense city would be going “green”, but we’re getting there. We’ve been much more aggressive with it then the US, at least. While we don’t really have the architectural infrastructure to have solar roofs, we do have a great water collection system that collects rain water and filters/cleans it to be drinkable. Same with sewage. Everything is clean, and the government has a lot of money dedicated to finding greener and more sustainable ways to process our water, power, gas, etcetera. We also had a really big initiative a few years ago, where we put a tax on plastic bags. Essentially, whenever one went to the grocery store, if they wanted a plastic bag to carry their items, they’d have to pay HK$0.5 per plastic bag (US$0.06). It seems appalling that we’d do this, but within a few weeks, everyone owned a reusable bag that are tiny when compressed into another tiny bag and really light/convenient to carry. I clip one onto my backpack. But this ban on plastic bags cut 75% of plastic bag use in major stores. There are many other initiatives, but this one has by far been the most obvious and visibly impacting.
This week has not started nearly as badly as last semester’s which is a humongous improvement. I think it’s also helped that I’m actually getting help and that I’m responding the my treatment the way I should be responding (yay! for things going according to plan!)
I also don’t have nearly the amount of work to do like I thought I would. So another yay.
Though I did have a small freak out session this morning when I woke up. I had the sudden realization that there was only one week left of classes before finals week, which also means taking on the bulk of studying for five finals. It’s quite a large and disgusting amount, and it really started to scare me this morning. But I’m proud to say that I have gotten my mind under control and that I am not going to over-think it, but keep it very objective, so that I can actually do these things and put effort into studying and pass my classes.
It’s also really helped to promise myself to be accepting of whatever happens to my grades. It’s a scary predicament to be in, especially in this kind of school, but it’s become a necessary step for me to take in order for me to help me accept myself, accept what has happened and accept what may happen. So this means no straight-A’s this semester, but I’m okay with it. I’m very certain that I will pass all of my current classes without too much effort, which gives me time and energy to focus on relearning the classes I have to make up. It really is just one class that I’m seriously worried about, but I’ve also accepted that there’s a chance that I won’t get a high enough grade to pass the class, meaning I’d have to retake it, but it’s okay. I’m okay with it. I’ll be okay with it. I won’t have an incredibly high GPA, and I’ve never been aiming for one. I just want one that will get me to the interview, where I can actually explain and show my strengths, which I have always known to not be in hard-cut academia. Therefore, I’ll survive.
I was installed as my fraternity’s Vice President of Membership. Yay! I love having leadership roles. Not because it’s my being a leader, but it’s a really great chance for me to develop my skills as a leader, but also to utilize my talents for the good of the group. I know that I have great ideas, and I have a lot of passion and drive for APO, and I am excited to be able to give back to my fraternity in the form of leadership. Unfortunately, I won’t really have the time to actually do anything until after finals. While it makes me anxious (like a dog that really needs to go to the bathroom) I’m also relieved that my duties don’t start right at this second in a full-blown whammy. Dead Week is still Dead Week, no matter how devoted I am to my Brotherhood.
Physics lab was great. We finished in under an hour (it’s a three-hour lab block) and so I got to have lunch with my friends and APO brothers, study for CS, and eat/spend some time with my boyfriend before I went off to my research meeting. I also really really like gyro, and it was so yummy.
My boyfriend and I had a heart-to-heart today. I can feel all of the happy hormones and the connection emotional hormones. I am really happy and I love him and I’m so glad and blessed to be with him. We talked about a lot of things and it’s so completely mind boggling that someone trusts me so intimately. It seems so surreal.
All in all, I had a really great day. I hope this motivated mood keeps going for the next two weeks. :)
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It’s only Saturday night and it’s already been a pretty heavy weekend already. Tomorrow’s not going to be any less free and relaxing and while it worries me slightly, it’s comforting to know that I can maintain my grades and responsibilities and all of this madness at the turn of Hell Week.
I’ve been doing a fair amount of heavy thinking lately; much more than I intended to do. I feel inexplicably drained from the heaviness of my mind but I’m glad that it happened. Uncomfortable that I’m making these changes, but I think I’m making progress with myself and everything else.
Only 23 minutes! But I’ll be asleep before then (ahhhh glorious sleep!)
Thanks, anon. The thing is, I like the act of baking more than eating what I bake. It isn’t that my baking isn’t good (I think I bake well) but I appreciate what I do more when other people can appreciate it. Plus, I don’t like eating really late and I usualyl bake in the evenings, so I’m never hungry by the time they’re done. So I’ll only eat like three.
I have been doing copious amounts of baking this semester. It’s pretty well known. I’ve baked for every APO bake sale, a bunch of APO events, and a bunch of times in between. I’m pretty impressed with myself that I haven’t gotten sick of baking yet.
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