Whirldwind transition

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
Trip End Sep 18, 2009

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Before you proceed, I must warn you: this blog may not be as entertaining as last summer's blog, simply because I travel to fewer and closer destinations.  I hope people read and enjoy it anyway!  The first half of my summer consists of my life and internship in Charlottesville, Virginia, as I try to survive in a southern collegetown.  I escape to Washington DC a couple times.  Then I recuperate in Atlanta before traveling to an awesome place that is Peru.  So really, I am all over the place this summer, and please feel free to jump around my posts as you wish.

And part I begins here...

Last few weeks went by like a whirlwind.

I successfully wrapped up my junior year in college (!) two weeks earlier than scheduled.  This week is actually the week before finals.  Yesterday, I had to take 2 finals, give a presentation on my research proposal, and move out of my room-- all in one day!  What was annoying was that the biggest event of the year at my university had to take place over the weekend.  It was really festive with lots of free food and performances by N.E.R.D., The Decemberist, and Estelle.  The Chicago Turkish Festival was also going on last week (you know how much I love everything Turkish), AND it was one of my closest friends' birthday on Friday.  I should have been studying for my finals, but I mean, a star student like me can juggle all those things at once, right?

And now it is now all over. I did it.  I had to leave in such a haste because my summer internship at the University of Virginia is starting today (yes, they say THE University of Virginia.  The one and only.  The finest).  Despite the time crunch, I chose this internship because I wanted to check out UVA's graduate programs and spend the summer in a new place.  And most importantly, UVA offered a fat package including housing, travel and meal expenses, and a big stipend.  Whoo.

So, Charlottesville, Virginia is where I will be spending the next 8 weeks.  It is a small town with less than 50,000 people.  My friends who will be interning in DC, NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago expressed some mock concerns about Charlottesville.  I have always been a big city person, so I can't say I'm not nervous.

It should be an experience.
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