Delusions of Grandeur
Little frum girl moves to Southern California and imagines she can have it all—life devoted to Torah, education, Ph.D., family (eventually), career, and then some ...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Deep Thoughts: The 2 a.m. Class Edition
Week 12 in L.A., but who's counting?
- Community colleges are apparently gaining lots of popularity (for two economy-related reasons: People are losing their jobs and so are going back to school, and people can't afford four-year colleges). To accommodate this popularity, community colleges are adding late-night classes, the NYT tells us. Class that lasts until 2:30 a.m. This seems bizarre but at least somewhat sensical for classes like literature and psych. Two a.m. welding, however, sounds more than slightly dangerous.
- Being grown-up means making yourself chicken soup when you're sick.
- Grade inflation. It exists.
- The great thing about ice cream parties is there is often a kosher option (ice cream bars!). Also, fun fact learned at said ice cream party: Snickers is the most popular candy bar. Who would have thought?
- "We're all sort of off—because we're here." —A Professor
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Vote Early, Vote Often
Vote for my apartment's story here. We could win a new Billy, which would pretty much be the best thing that has happened to me since I moved to L.A. (That's not entirely true, but I'll take pity votes as well.) To vote, you need to register for the site here, then log in through the e-mail they send you, then you should see a voting widget on the post here.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
On Bad Kiruv
[I've been mulling this post for a while, partially because I haven't had actual time to write (not that I do now either) and partially because I wanted to make absolutely certain that I say this right. So, here goes, but I just want to make sure on the outset to clarify that I do not mean to offend anyone who reads this blog, that this post does not refer to anyone who I know reads this blog, and that I would love to hear from those of you who have more informed comments on this topic. End disclaimer.]
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Deep Thoughts: The Over-Reaching Edition
Student1: Yeah, the West Coast should have two Ivy Leagues: Stanford and USC.
Student2: Our generation is like the craziest generation.
Student3: Eh, you shouldn't sleep; it's a waste of time.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Happy Birthday, Billy
Why I Shouldn't Be Perusing Cafe Press at 1 a.m.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
On Open Cabinets and Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
I have lots of bloggy things to catch up on (and lots of actual people to catch up with), but right now I am suffering post-yom tov/post-amazing-friend-visit work overload, so I will just say this:
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Deep Thoughts: The Terrifying Experience Edition
- Professor comments: "Graduate school is a series of terrifying experiences" (yup); "You're approaching this paper like a journalist" (well...); "You are in the process of becoming world experts" (I feel more like I am in the process of failing statistics, but...).
- It is cold. In L.A. I am wearing a sweater. I put on the heat in my car. I did not bargain for this. I'm feeling sort of duped: I didn't move to L.A. to wear sweaters in October. If this continues, the only good thing about L.A. will be Coffee Bean (which is a really good thing, but I'm not sure it can justify the move).
- Having friends visit is fun. Hint, hint.
- People keep asking me what is the one thing I miss most about New York, and I feel sort of pathetic but the honest answer is that I miss feeling in my element. A friend in my program called it having her support network. It's sort of lonely to have to make Shabbos and yom tov plans every week, to know that when you're getting antsy at 10 p.m., your friends are on their way to bed, to be asked by your little brother, "Are you ever going to come see me?" <End feeling sorry for myself>
- Tar pits. They're smelly.
- Statistics. It's hard. I have stooped to ordering Statistics for Dummies books. We'll see if they help.
- Just about nine weeks in L.A. But who's counting? (I just looked at a calendar and realized it will be more than nine weeks before winter break. And then I freaked out. Time to look for cheap flights and a weekend I can leave for without failing school.)