It’s been over four months since I’ve officially written a post on this blog. Where did the time go?
Let’s start with January…
January at Princeton means finals, but I was able to squeeze in one fun thing…
One of my best friends snagged two tickets to the Inauguration. How could I turn down such a priceless opportunity? It wasn’t easy to stand in a crazy crowd for nearly 12 hours (with no restroom in sight), but I have to say that the Inauguration was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
In the middle of Obama’s Inaugural Address, I realized that it was Obama’s 2008 campaign that sparked my initial interest in politics. There I was, four years later, just a few hundred yards from him.
It’s funny how things turn out. It feels like it was just 2008, I had just entered high school, and thought I was going to be a doctor or something. Now it’s 2013, I’m studying public policy 3,000 miles away from home, and hoping to establish a future career in public service. It was Obama who got me fired up about politics, and I haven’t looked back since.
I wonder what the next five years will bring?
As soon as finals ended, my best friends and I flew down to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a week-long vacation.
No readings, no deadlines, no meetings. Just the sun, the beach, and some good ol’ mofongo.
It was an amazing vacation :)
Second semester started off with a bang with bicker for Princeton eating clubs…
I am now a member of Tower!
The following weekend I flew out to UC Berkeley. I coach a high school speech and debate team, and my students were competing at a huge competition that weekend.
It was such a nice change of pace- California never changes!
The last weekend of February was regionals for mock trial- basically our big “playoff” competition that starts the national qualifying process.
The weekend was not free of drama, but we came together in the end, had a great weekend in Boston, and performed well. It’s been a great season, and we are already looking forward to next year.
And after a week of midterms…spring break!
Laura and I spent the first four days relaxing in Rockport, Maine…
…and then flew to my home in LA for the remainder of our break.
As soon as we returned to school, we were rudely forced back into our busy lives.
For the last 10 months, I have been planning an event for Whig-Clio with Chen Guangcheng. A lot of my energy during the week was directed at putting the event together, and making sure it ran smoothly on the day of. Luckily, all the pieces came together well, and 250ish people came out to his lecture!
One of the highlights, though, was walking around campus with him and his family after the day’s festivities, and playing with his kids (and practicing my Chinese). It’s funny to see how even celebrities have very normal lives.
Most of my April was spent working on Ban the Box NJ, but we’re going to save that entire story for another post…
And all of a sudden, it’s May! Which means Houseparties..
The first night is formals…
The second night is semiformals…
And the third day is lawnparties!
After a weekend of fun that really seemed like a marathon, we are now in the middle of reading period preparing for finals. This year, I don’t have a really crazy schedule (luckily), so I’ve finally had time to sit down and write this post!
Wait, summer vacation starts in less than 2 weeks?
Insert mid-college crisis here.