The Vengeful Polyglot

Archive for the ‘Post-Grad’ Category

So, real life kind of snuck up and bit me in the butt the past few months. I apologize for the lengthy and unexplained absence — it must have been confusing for all four of my readers who aren’t related to me! This post will hopefully serve as a quick catch up of what my past few months have been like. In absolutely-not-chronological order:


I got into grad school!!!

Starting this Fall I will be enrolled in USC’s Interactive Media MFA program — my dream school, and my dream program. I am so lucky I still can’t believe it. (See above picture for evidence of my enthusiasm.) FIGHT ON!


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I found myself back at my high school. This year I was in LA again, so I went to see the fall musical. I took a break in the middle of grad school application essays about “emotional moments” and “interactive experiences” to go have one myself. This year it was South Pacific. The opening strains of the overture washed over me in a wave of nostalgia. The memory of saying to our drama teacher over and over, “please, this one,” is strong and close, despite four years gone by.

I’ve never had a firm grasp on time. My memory is always spotty and blurred, and sometimes I have difficulty remembering events in the correct order. Facts, I remember. My life, less so. When I think back, high school is a bright period in my mind. It seems so close, just out of reach, just beyond my field of vision. Like I see the motion, but not the color. The striking thing about it for me is that it seems so much closer than college. Maybe it’s because I lost all the friends I made in college and I’m back seeing all the same people. I’m back home. You can’t escape Buckley in the Valley. They don’t remember me, but I remember them. Hazy, maybe, but always there. I walk past them, like a secret.

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Well, at least one. I return to you, bloggy blog blog blogosphere, having conquered (or at least, had an adequate “range” for) the GRE. Huzzah! Now to wait for my actual scores, because I always wind up taking tests right after they’re completely changed.

I’m also in the middle of getting my essays ready for my grad school applications. You know, I can write over 2,000 words on the most inane stuff for this blog, but when it comes to personal statements and the like, I freeze up. I guess it’s because I want it so badly that I’m afraid I’ll mess up. Still though, seems pretty silly given my general pedantry!

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It’s looking just about that realistic right about now.

In other news, looking at job listings is only slightly less frightening than starting my grad school applications and taking the GRE. Graaah.

The Plan

Posted on: June 17, 2011

I do most of my “serious” thinking while driving. This is probably because there’s nothing I can distract myself with. Commuting from Irvine to LA, and even just driving across the city to see Matteo, I have a lot of time alone in the car with just myself, and I usually wind up zoning out and thinking about all those icky existential things I generally don’t have time for when there’s something else I could be doing. It’s like I make myself a captive audience. Fun!

Lately I’ve been thinking about “the plan.” My plan. After you graduate, this is all anyone will ever ask you about. “Do you have a job? What do you want to do with your life? What’s the plan?” So, I’ve been thinking about my plan, because there’s only so long you can stare back at an inquisitive family member or acquaintance feeling nauseous and saying, “Uh… grad school?” Also, I don’t do well without a plan. For largely control-freak reasons.

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