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i LOVE this thread, and totally laughed out loud at the disparities in cultural/age references...

i am going to avoid doing what i did earlier this year when working with a group of 21-24 year olds (um...one was born during my freshman year in high school...ouch....)

so there we are, chatting about what we majored in during college....and one guy says "i made up my own major, it was philosophy of blah blah and globalization blah blah"...

so i say,

"wow! that's cool! globalization wasn't even a WORD when i went to college!" [hand clapped over mouth. deer in the headlights look. dammit dammit dammit]

"wait...so how old ARE you?"

oy.

i am torn between being upfront about my age, and just letting people assume what they want. i am 37, but i easily pass for mid-20's. i don't want to look like i was trying to hide something, or like a chump, if people ask a direct question, like when did you graduate college, and i don't answer it as directly. (yes dear, that would be 1990. not 1990-something, just 1990.)

now i can't WAIT for my own orientation to start!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: I am scared!
« on: August 16, 2006, 09:21:47 PM »
you are going to be fine. relax, think about what you are doing before you do it, study smart not hard, make sure you manage your time well, and be good to yourself.

there. that's the nutshell version of the books.

pretty sure i am going to show up and on the first day the dean will take me aside and say,

"oh.... YOU'RE mobo? so sorry, meant to call this summer, we cancelled your admission..." and then over his/her shoulder "good luck...."

USE the fear. EMBRACE the fear. ah....eff the fear.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: August 16, 2006, 08:21:23 PM »
LOL

hang in there - i tell myself that people will eventually get me, they may not like me once they do, but at least they will get me. :D

and don't stop saying what you really think out loud. for all you know, there are a lot of other people thinking the same thing who are too shickenchit to say so themselves.


"eat babies for breakfast" priceless....

LOL

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: August 16, 2006, 10:19:00 AM »
well, if you would have picked Iowa you would already know what orientation was like :) today was especially long and annoying. but it gets better

i almost did pick iowa actually...would have been fun to be classmates with you - now it will be fun to compare experiences...

i suppose at one point we should move over to the students board...but they just seem short tempered - maybe just short on time - over there.


You'll have a great time at Northwestern, though. Trust me, less than two weeks in Iowa City and I'm DYING for Chicago, esp in the food department. Something about the sushi restaurant right next door to the pet store makes me leery :) I cant' wait to swap war stories...

I'll tell you this much--this school is VERY much like high school. There is already a popular clic of girls who refuse to talk to anyone but each other and/or an attractive male. One of them rolled her eyes at me today--yeah, it was pretty bad. What's worse is that I almost wasted a second caring :) There are a lot of REALLY young students--more than I expected.

But I dont' WANNA go to the student's board. I prefer denial :)


you think that i am going to be able to afford to eat out at NU prices?? or have the time to enjoy chicago properly??? :D i have to say though that i have yet to find a bad place to eat, from the local blue collar greasy spoons to the sushi place down the street (my budget starts when school starts), it's been great all the way around, which is such a welcome change from el salvador. you can't imagine.

high school? rolled her eyes? god help me if the nu students are as bad. (and god help you if that *&^% doesn't stop fast.) see, i have a bad habit of calling people on their behavior, and i can see myself, already, leaning back, and saying in a very nice tone, "excuse me, did you just roll your eyes at me?"

i never understood how those girls found each other. i mean, i have a hard enough time with the secret gay handshake (i never get it right and confuse everyone, it's embarrassing)...how do they DO that so quickly?

i refuse to stress about this. (let's see how well that works.)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: August 16, 2006, 12:10:35 AM »
jolie, that reminds me of my first few hours in my new place...

a native spanish speaker friend was helping me move in and do some very preliminary cleaning in my apt. i was scrubbing out the refri while she was working on the stovetop...and every few minutes i would hear this very heartfelt and quiet...

"AY! Que muchachito!!!"

which means

"UGH! What a BOY lived here!!!"

the good news: he really didn't cook, so there wasn't baked on greasy yuck to scrape off.

the bad news: he didn't clean, not once in the year plus he lived here, so there was plenty of negligent grime to deal with.

anyway, it made me laugh. just saying it out loud, with feeling, makes me feel better. go on.  you know you want to try it. ;) :D :D

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: August 15, 2006, 10:32:11 PM »
well, if you would have picked Iowa you would already know what orientation was like :) today was especially long and annoying. but it gets better

i almost did pick iowa actually...would have been fun to be classmates with you - now it will be fun to compare experiences...

i suppose at one point we should move over to the students board...but they just seem short tempered - maybe just short on time - over there.

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tough call.

i think that it is more important to be you than to follow the norms...even though i believe that you have to follow the norms to a point sometimes to have enough credibility so that people will value the real you. that point is a personal one though.

you could always dye over it for school start, and if you miss it and feel like you aren't you without it, dye it back during the year.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: August 15, 2006, 10:30:36 AM »
after reading this board, i am going to get to my orientation, look around and feel better knowing that just about every single person there has been brought to breaking point in the last month while getting ready for ls. way better than picturing everyone in their underwear. (or is it?)

cry when you feel like it is good advice.

saying hi to every single person is critical advice. i have some very introverted friends who are always amazed at how positively most people respond to a simple hello. in fact, i would say that most people are just waiting for someone else to say hello first...being that person pays off in spades in the long run. people really appreciate kindness and friendliness, even if they don't say anything at the time - you make a great first impression by taking that simple initiative...

EDIT: i know that for many, "simple" doesn't equal "easy" in this case.

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this title made me laugh out loud...

and so did the use of craptastic in a following post. maybe it's just the mood i am in...


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Non-Traditional Students / Re: a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: August 08, 2006, 12:30:33 PM »
They have one at school and coffee shops and bookstores, so I am sure I will be okay.  It will probably be better for me to HAVE to sit in my room studying with no distractions. :/

this was my thought too...we shall see how well that works out.

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