Ten things I learned from my year in FSU :)

It’s hard to believe that there are only two more weeks left in this semester and only three more till I get back home for summer break… Though at times I find myself feeling nostalgic about leaving FSU for three and a half months and leaving my whole ‘being independent-doing what I want’ part of life, going back home is my priority right now.

The President of FSU, Eric J. Baron, is hosting an ice cream social tomorrow, Thursday April 14th on Landis Green. It is apparently an annual event where students, faculty and staff come together to have free ice cream and cookies. In addition to that a live DJ would be there to provide entertainment along with a Jousting Arena, a Bungee Run and the FSU Flying High Circus.

Once again today I find myself hit with a serious dose of writers block, and therefore instead of writing about mind boggling philosophy or the secrets of the universe, as I usually do… I am going to write about the ten things I have learned during this year at FSU.

1)      Sir Cecil Beaton said, “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the common place, and the slaves of the ordinary”.

2)      Procrastination and being bad with time is a disability but it is also extremely gratifying.  It feels amazing when you are just sitting around doing nothing, in a way I feel almost rebellious and there is a slight feeling of adrenaline which hits me when I waste time. It’s like Steve Hobbs says, it’s like freedom in a bottle.

3)      Silent movies are amazingly entertaining. It should be remembered that they were the first forms or the beginning of film and at times they are

very sloppy with a tadbit overacting with bad makeup, but they were a brilliant start. Nosferatu, which I saw this weekend, is one of the creepiest characters in movie history (according to me). Nosferatu is in essence Dracula. The makeup was weird and at times comical but his blank stare and his figure gave me a chill. One of the striking shot was a scene in which he rises from his coffin. When he opened it, it was not bats which came out but rats…

4)      People in America love causes…especially if stuff they buy is for a cause for example everyone on my campus is after TOMS shoes. An organization which would donate a pair of shoes to a child in need in third world countries, every time you would buy one of their shoes. So people want to get them more so because they are for a cause… wouldn’t it make more sense just to donate the money that they would use to buy the shoes instead and let the children in those countries have two or more pairs of shoes?

5)      Girls here have the biggest desire to look like Amélie.

6)      Americans know absolutely nothing about Football…yes! Football the actual kicking the ball with the foot game (I hate calling it soccer)…all they know is that… England, Brazil are good.

7)      Americans love world music. I should point out that most of my judgments are based on my observations of my friends and people that I interact with. My roommate, Laura, has a huge collection of artists from all over the place from Beirut to Sigur Ros to the compilations of Fleck, Hussain and Meyer… which is fantastic!

8)      Organic food and items are very much in here. Americans would do anything for organic Food,. However I just weirdly realized now that we are so dependent on agribusiness foods that if the world was to switch to 100% organic food tomorrow, almost half the world would die from starvation.

9)      Paler than White :                                      

from left to right: Chicago (first two), Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Santa Fe, Toronto, Boston, Seattle, and New York.

10)   Ramen is the best investment. Ever. You can cook it in the microwave or over the stove :O

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Pictures..

When I was coming to Florida State I technically did not have any legit pictures of campus, therefore I had no idea what it would be like. Google does not come up with adequate pictures and neither does the actual website do justice, picturewise. I am therefore dedicating this post completely to pictures of Florida State University. All pictures are courtsey of my amazing photographer friend Stacie Vandhana Balkaran!!!

         

                      

Thoughts during spring break

I have been very random with my postings…my apologies.

I woke up today to the news of the earthquake-cum-tsunami in Japan. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake was one of the largest recorded anywhere in the last century. The death toll reported till now is 400 but it is expected to rise. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are recently affected by the major earthquakes and tsunami flooding in Japan within the past couple of hours. Those in the United States of America can donate to help with the disaster relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

This week also saw the celebration of women’s day. No, I am not going to make this a blog about the complexity and trials that women face world over. I just wanted to share a video that I had run into. It is a 2 minute, specially commissioned for women’s day video in which we see Daniel Craig and hear Dame Judi Dench.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkp4t5NYzVM

I read a blog today by Earl the butcher on having his dad on Facebook and being friends with him on it and I remembered how my brother had called me a few months back complaining that my father had ‘friend-ed’ him on Facebook. The blog was hilarious and was titled “DAD: I’m on MyFace! EARL: It’s Facebook, Dad”. I remembered how I had felt when my father had added me on Facebook, I had laughed a lot at that and though I scanned my whole profile for any things I might not have wanted him to see, I ended up leaving my profile as is, not just because I happen to be a saint of a daughter and have nothing to hide. I figured if there was something on my profile I didn’t want my father to see, I probably shouldn’t be doing that thing, also I probably wouldn’t want anyone else to see that thing either. Turns out, my dad is cool enough for me and does not comment on my statuses and pictures.

There are only two more days left for spring break to end and I am trying my best to make the most out of my time left…48 more hours later I will be once again heading back to Tallahassee and into the humdrum of what is called college life.

So I have decided to finally work on my term papers and the assignments that are due as soon as I get back. I know I should have worked on these earlier but instead I spent a whole week shopping and exploring Houston. No regrets about that. Even though the downtown has nothing going on, there are many tiny interesting crevices and nooks that escape attention. I found myself in many tiny interesting vintage shops. I discovered that I am not that much of a mall person; I like personalized singular shops instead. Rice village, the small shopping district for Rice University students located behind Rice University, was like a heaven for me because it was full of small shops with interesting collective items (which were overpriced for college students).

As interesting as Houston has been and as much as I loved living alone, cooking alone for myself and doing whatever I wanted to do whenever I wanted to, I miss Tallahassee and my dorm room a lot. I can’t wait to get back to my room and sleep in my own bed and gossip with my roommates. I miss my roomies a lot too 🙂 I surprisingly miss studying in the library, which is exactly what I would be doing as soon as I get back, given that I slacked off so much and avoided doing all my homework.

Monday blues…

Monday’s *sigh*….*yawn and sigh again* I can’t wait for Friday… 😦

I had an organic chemistry quiz this morning which I bombed in a bad way. On an optimistic note it was a bonus quiz and therefore not graded and further would not affect my grade in any way. On another optimistic note it showed me where I was lacking and what to expect for the exam which is on Friday so I can prepare….belch that’s a very sad attempt at optimism…..

Then in my English class I realized that I had forgotten to charge my laptop and therefore right in the middle of a reading it decided to hibernate. Of course today is also one of those days that I forget to carry my power cord on.

AND it’s raining on top of it

However despite these minimal setbacks I am in a very good mood. We have French musician and composer Yann Tiersen playing at Club Downunder tonight at 930!!!He is best known for composing the score on the French Film Amélie, which my roommate btw is completely gaga over :D. His music is supposed to be a mixture of French Folk mixed with street music and pop/rock which give an amazing unpredictable mix so I am really excited about going. Secondly the show is going to be opened by S. Carey a drummer from Bon Iver :O

The best part of this all is that the show is free for all FSU students 🙂 good things come in free packages!

THEN Washed Out plays on Wednesday, February 9 in Club Downunder. I heard them last semester when they opened for Yeasayer and they were pretty cool.The lead singer started composing songs and producing them from his bedroom studio and technically started gaining recognition through his MySpace page. The style of music is sometimes identified with the chillwave movement ( according to Wikipedia this is a genre of music in which  artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and hypnagogic, heavily filtered vocals with sun-drenched, simple melodic lines.) so I am extremely excited about this too and I am just going to push the fact that I have an exam on Thursday morning  to the back of my mind.

I have also been oddly healthy, food wise, today.  I had milk this morning (good for my bones) and then a salad for lunch. My body hasn’t been craving carbs either so I am happy. My biggest problem is that I end up giving my body all the junk food it ends up craving and that is not good as it makes me tired all the time.

On another note, my roommates and I have been house searching for Fall 2011 and onwards and they spotted an awesome house which is about 10minutes walk from

campus  and its newly remodeled, actually its being remodeled, so we called them up. However they don’t want to unfortunately wait till Fall to let it       out and want to give it off immediately. However if they can’t let it off to someone till the end of March we might get it so here’s crossing our fingers that   nobody else likes it 🙂

do svidaniya for now! (  and yes I used Google translate )

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