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Saturday, July 28, 2012
So this is going to be pretty straightforward because it's something that I think more students should educate themselves about. There comes a time in a young scholar's life where s/he must decide where to live. Believe it or not, you have a choice beyond whether or not you want to live in the quads, terraces, or towers. While all freshman are required to live on-campus, and all seniors are required to live off-campus (unless your request to stay on-campus as a senior is approved), you still have options.
Anyway, that's all, folks.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
So, in the spirit of Samuel Johnson's quote, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," I'll be honest and say that I'm not a huge fan of Independence Day. Don't get me wrong, I think it's way cool that people a couple hundred years ago fought for and won rights they totally should have already had. However, nothing says "misguided patriotism" like grilling burgers and watching stuff explode in the air.
Fortunately, Ithaca celebrates Independence Day pretty tastefully, if I do say so myself.
The main 4th of July event of the area happened in Stewart Park (which is a really nice place to take a stroll by the water) on July 2nd. They had some live music and food, as well as vendors and other little things. They also had fireworks (duh), and even though fireworks are a thing I have trouble getting behind because of how wasteful and harmful they are, it was a good show that even I could appreciate. While I was snapping photos throughout the day, I had one of the most profound things said to me:
A performer there (featured above) pointed at me, "young lady," and said, "How do you know if you're halfway done doing nothing if there's no focal point to your nothingness?" Having just completed my sophomore year of college, being "halfway done" with "no focal point" was pretty relevant. I'll tell you, though, your sophomore year of college is really poignant in figuring things out. I don't know anybody who has gotten through their sophomore year without having some kind of huge mental crisis, but, you know, after getting over it I must say that I definitely have figured out what I'm doing (academically, anyway).
Which is another reason why being in Ithaca this summer has been great. A lot of IC and Cornell students are staying here in the off-season this year, and I've been spending time with and meeting people who share similar interests and ideas with me. Having the summer to think about those things rather than trying to focus my creative efforts during the hectic school year has definitely been wonderful.
Anyway, back to Independence Day. It ended about 2 hours ago, and it was a very nice day. Like I said, Ithaca's classy about it. Most places in the commons were closed, but there was still plenty to do there. I found myself at New Delhi Diamonds eating some of the tastiest food ever. Not quite the traditional July 4th meal, but I digress. I made up for it and America'd it up by then going to Purity Ice Cream (just outside of the commons) as the sun was setting. There were random blasts of fireworks going on all around, but they didn't seem to be the most well-orchestrated (or legal) fireworks out there. I tried to get a shot of them, but it was a pretty futile effort since all of the sparks found themselves happening very intermittently and mostly behind buildings.
I was invited by a few of my friends to go to some parties for the holiday (which happen quite frequently if you're in Ithaca over the summer, if that's your kind of thing) but I decided to keep it relaxed and learned how to play Stratego (keeping to yourself in a nice and quiet environment is also definitely possible if you're in Ithaca over the summer; it's like the best of both worlds, or, rather, the best of Ithaca).
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It's June 12, meaning that summer doesn't start for another 8 days, but I don't think Ithaca got the memo. Aside from some cold rainy days (as Ithaca is wont to have), it's been rather warm and sunshiney, giving me lots of time to take photos (but not much time to blog). See! Look!:
Ithaca's been preparing for "dinner," too (getting my jokes yet?) with events like the Ithaca Festival, which ended the other day, and that was pretty cool, too:
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