Monday, April 21, 2008

A new hope

This is the last week of classes for me ... ever. It's really exciting to know that I'll be graduating soon. Plans have begun to move my stuff home and tie up some still-loose ends as far as final projects and papers go.

I'm also really excited about this weekend. Darren found a way to go with me to Washington, D.C. I'm travelling there after classes on Thursday for interviews I have on Friday. Darren's friend, who lives in nearby Montgomery Village, Md., has agreed to let us stay at his place until Sunday. One evening we'll be going out to dinner with him and his girlfriend. I imagine it's going to be a really great weekend. I've seen the sights of the U.S. capital before, but that was a long time ago. I'll also get to visit Gaithersburg, Md., about 30 miles away. I just hope nothing bad happens to my car ... thank God for AAA.

There's been an unexpected outpouring of (monetary) support from my family for this trip. I'm really grateful for it all, especially since I honestly hadn't expected any of it at all. It's good to know I still have the love and support of my extended family. I wish I could say I can easily support myself, but being a soon-to-be recent graduate without health insurance and nary a penny to my name, it's impossible for there to be any truth to that statement. I'm also really thankful I have Darren, who promises to take care of me no matter what. I can only hope I can contribute at least a fraction of my income to our needs.

Mayfest is tomorrow. I know, you're wondering why they call it Mayfest when it takes place in April, and honestly, even I can't answer that question. Since classes end April 29, I suppose the Syracuse University holiday originally took place in May, when classes probably ended sometime that month. What do I plan on doing on my day off? There's a poetry reading from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that I'll be taking part in. I submitted three poems, "Malady, Milady," "Autumn" and "Gravity, the Villain" -- three of my favorites that I've written -- to the English department, and I was just contacted and told I'm wanted to participate. It's really exciting, and somewhat nerve-wracking. I've never really read my poetry in a crowd setting before, much less I doubt that many people have read them.

Additionally, I plan to possibly get together with some fellow Syracuse for Obama members to watch the returns for the Pennsylvania primary. I've probably been anticipating this primary longer than I had Super (Duper) Tuesday, which is kind of sad, considering that was when we New Yorkers cast our ballots. I know Clinton's up in the polls in Pennsylvania, but I'm hoping she doesn't win by that big of a margin so at least Obama can scrape up some delegates and superdelegates. The more I watch her, the more Clinton angers me.

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