Fall semester started and the first week came and went. It gave way to a great weekend, full of pretty (alligator-looking) sunsets, milkshakes, skyline views, and weird frat party things.
The weirdest thing that happened was that we saw a baby pig some guy keeps as a pet in his room. (Weird, but freaking adorable.) Oh, and another weird thing: clouds that look like alligators?
The most exciting and sweetest thing to happen was that my grandparents sent me Insomnia cookies and ice cream. I was with my friend at the time, and I had not been expecting it at all. I went out to the curb, saw the surprise, squealed, and proceeded to run back to her room to dive in/chow down. It was such a nice (and yummy) treat!
All in all, it was another weekend, but the first official one of the school year. It was fun, and I look forward to many more such weekends in the future.
This semester I became an Arts@Tech Ambassador. This is likely my favorite organization that I am a part of; its goals and values mean so much to me, and I love all of the people who I have met through it. We have worked for the past semester to create a more artistic atmosphere on Georgia Tech’s campus. This includes bringing more art to students, developing events that will get students involved and allow them to showcase their talents, even create art ourselves. We have worked on several projects, such as an arts fair and a Piano for Peace, to highlight the creativity that is often pushed to the side or background as students go from chemistry lab to computer science class. We want to do things that are fun, but also things that last, things that will allow future generations of Tech students to feel comfortable and creative and happy here too. I have absolutely loved being a part of this goal this semester, and I look forward to continuing being an Arts@Tech Ambassador for years to come.
As one of our introductory activities at the beginning of this year, we went on a morning-long retreat to the Goat Farm in North West Atlanta, an artsy district that I had never been to before. The Goat Farm itself houses acres of studio spaces, inspiration havens, a really cool coffee shop selling real mate at “however much you think it should cost,” and goats. Real goats and fields, in the middle of urban Atlanta. This outing was a lot of fun, as we not only got to visit some place new and artistically stimulating, but we got to meet our teammates and fellow ambassadors for the first time too. It was such a special experience and a great way to go into the many tasks would would come to tackle during the semester and subsequent years ahead.
I hate running and always have, but I started to do it more this summer. Like, willingly, of my own accord, running.
One thing that helped to motivate me to do it, aside from watching Friends guilt-free of course, was the sky.
The sunsets are typically lovely, but one night the sky was particularly brilliant. Avery and I were running on treadmills inside, but when we saw the sky through the window, we ditched the machinery and took off. We ran outside and all the way up Freshman Hill to better admire the sky.
It was breathtaking. (And not just because we were…ya know…out of breath.) After it ended and darkness decended, we made a couple detours on the way back to the treadmills.