Sorry, but I haven't yet shared the information about myself that would typically display here. Check back later to see if that changes, or if I instead choose to remain an enigma.
On May 17th I had my graduation ceremony, and on May 20th I moved to San Diego. The title here isn't necessarily an expression of relief; rather, it signifies the sudden and complete end of an entire episode of my life - one whose conventions, routines, customs, and expectations enveloped my sensibilities so completely for five years - and the transition to an entirely new one.
When I started my last year of school, I felt like I still had plenty of time. When I started my last semester, I became acutely aware that I didn't. This last year, and especially this last semester, were the best. Some of the new people I met during the year are among the best friends I've made, and I also developed better friendships with people I already knew.
We had another semesterly Marti Gras party at my house, the last one for me since I'm graduating. The attendance was a little smaller than it was in the past, and it wasn't as structured as in the past. It was still crazy though. People sometimes refer to it as a "make-out party," which certainly makes sense, though it's more of a "lots of crazy shit" party. Lots of naked bodies, people doing things they wouldn't do at any other time. It's kind of like having an MTV-style spring break party, but with a real people aesthetic.
About how long does it take you to write a guide? It would actually be nice if you could give me an average, and the two extremes (shortest and longest).
First I would like to thank anyone who provided any input on my last blog. It will help me out a lot. If anyone else has something to add, feel free to do so, as it's not due until the 7th.
I'm supposed to write a paper for a class about technology and work, and I've chosen to do it on a subject we went over in class called crowdsourcing. More narrowly, I've chosen to do it on video game information sites that employ this technique or model, the prototypical example of which is a site we are all familiar with: GameFAQs.
HonestGamers is also an example of crowdsourcing, albeit on a much smaller scale. It does seem that the most prolific contributors are staff, but this site has amassed over 6000 reviews in part because of the open call for users to contribute.
As of today, I graduate in less than a month. My commencement date is May 17th. It's been five years, ten long semesters.
When I tell people this, they congratulate me. They automatically perceive it as a joyful happening and sometimes even vicariously extend their own happiness.
It is a milestone to be sure. A Bachelor's degree will put me in a higher stratum of society. Because college has become the daily routine of my life, I have also become somewhat desensitized to the fact that I am getting my degree from the most prestigious public university in the world, and one of the most prestigious universities overall. This too will offer me an advantage over other people - possibly opening doors that even my intelligence and knowledge won't - one that I am not sure I truly deserve.
I take it for granted that for the past three years I've lived in a place where drugs are accessible and their use isn't exactly out of the ordinary. Drug use is generally recreational rather than addictive, and both house management and members are pretty vigilant about making sure that it is safe and controlled.
At my weekly meeting of Toastmasters (an international organization for practicing public speaking), a friend of mine gave a speech on how he experienced firsthand his roommate's drug abuse, which forced his roommate to drop out of school. For him it reaffirmed his inclination to not do drugs and those slogans about not doing them.