Being a senior is not easy. Whoever said senior is for kicking back and relaxing was lying. I have been interviewing like crazy – it’s never ending. I have interviewed at so many places and now all I can do is wait. Waiting is for patient people and I am at the opposite end of the spectrum! And it’s excruciating. I had to wait like a 3 weeks for my acceptance letter to graduate school and this new wait! “Sigh”
I am one of those people who likes to know what they are doing a few months from now! Ahh, I guess I would just have to wait it out and divert my attention to something else – like pick up a hobby or something, catch up on all the oscar movies etc.
Waiting for the World to change!
Hmmm Sadly Spring Break is over…but man it was an awesome break. Nope, I didn’t go anywhere warm like some people I know (cough Lynlee cough) but stayed in Buffalo and just relaxed. I shacked with my boyfriend for a week and it was the longest that we have lived together – so that was pretty interesting. It was really nice to be in an actual apartment than being in a dorm room. The apartment had a kitchen and all that – fancy ain’t it? (Trust me after 4 years of dorming, a kitchen seems fancy). I discovered my love for cooking. I cooked a lot over the week and my boyfriend got to eat lots of Indian food. Rip off Indian food that is, since I cooked curry and served it over pasta!
I also took time out to hang out with my pals from freshmen year. Your freshmen year friends are forever! It was amazing to catch up and see what everyone is up to. This was the first spring break that I spent in Buffalo and it was the best one I have had. It was nice to just relax and do nothing. But now its back to go-go-go mode.
This weekend, I went on a retreat to Angola NY with a group called Unity and needless to say it was a phenomenal experience! My boyfriend has been talking about this retreat since December 2009 and the amazing experience he has had in the previous years as an attendee. This year he was one of the team leaders. Let me give you some background information about the retreat. This event is under “Always Our Children” initiative for LGBT students, their allies and parents. It basically is an educational retreat where you interact with other members of the LGBT community and learn from their experiences.
This year we had 30 retreatants and a couple of guest speakers. The speakers talked about a varied number of topics like relationships, having gay siblings, being LGBT allies etc. My favorite talk was by a same sex couple who had been together for 17 years and got married recently in Massachusetts. It was amazing to hear about how they met, their families’ reacti0n, their wedding and their journey together. The other favorite part of the weekend was my boyfriend’s talk on relationships. He highlighted the key events of his life and the people he has met through the course. Strangely enough I feel so close to him even though I already knew about the events and people he was talking about.
Going on this retreat helped me realize that even though things are not perfect, there is hope for the LGBTQ community. Even though we don’t have equal right we have come a long way from where we were a decade or two ago. This weekend has given me so much hope and so many new friends that I really do feel optimistic about the future.
A few days ago, we witnessed the best hockey game since the 1980 Olympics when the underdogs USA beat the former USSR. This year, in the Vancouver Olympics, USA hockey team beat Canada 5-3. This was one of the greatest moments in the history of US Hockey since Canada hadn’t lost to the US in Olympics hockey since 1960! Yeah, so needless to say it was a great game for the Americans. I am a Canada hockey fan, so it was a grim day for me. I was pretty enthusiastic and optimistic about Canadian victory but alas! I guess every underdog has its day. Though I am not terribly disappointed since the US is my adopted country.
I don’t know if you guys are following the Olympics or not but the US is doing pretty well (needless to say!). We always lead the medal tally – in EVERY Olympics! So why should this one be any different! Here is the website in case you want more details about (read: aboot) the Olympics – http://www.vancouver2010.com/
Spring Break is almost here, its so close I can smell it! A lot of my friends have bought their plane tickets and made hotel reservations. This spring break is a big deal for a lot of my buddies since it is going to be our last one. I don’t think I have ever done anything exciting for spring break over the past four years. One memorable spring break was when my maa was flying into Chicago from New Delhi and I surprised her at O’Hare. I had told her I won’t be able to see her since I couldn’t afford the plane tickets from Buffalo to Chicago but I already had the tickets and it was one big reunion at the airport. Yep, there were tears; we were seeing each other after a year.
So this spring break, I will be working! Yes, I will be spending my toiling away in a cubicle. Now that is going to be a blast while my friends bore themselves on a sunny beach in Ft. Lauderdale! But if you are not the beach kind, and would like to do something fruitful during your spring break consider visiting the UB Alternative Spring Break site. Here is the link
The wait is over ladies and gentlemen. Yesterday, I got an email from UB School of Management, saying that I have been accepted to the Master’s Management Information Systems program. Phew! I was really getting worried but now that I know my next move, I am so relieved! Yeah, I am that guy who likes to make plans, likes to know what is next and hates surprises. I can’t wait to get my acceptance letter in the mail. I have been obsessively checking my mailbox (like every hour!). Once the acceptance packet is here, I have to do some paperwork, then I am all set.
Today I stopped by the department to talk to one of my professors. We had a long chat about what to expect from the graduate program. It’s intense and advanced course material compressed into a few semesters. But I think I am ready for it. I have finally found a subject that I am actually interested in and going to graduate school will definitely open lot of doors. I am super excited and can’t wait to begin apartment hunting!!!!!
I utilized the Christmas Break to draft my personal statement, tweak my resume and fill out applications for graduate school. When the semester started, I was busy with class, assignments, work and other activities. I finally had some free time at the end of January and submitted applications to all the schools I wanted to apply to – including UB. It has just been two weeks and usually admission decisions for graduate school take somewhere around three to four weeks, but I am so desperate to hear back from them! I check my email and mailbox obsessively! Patience is definitely not my forte. I have also started to apply for Graduate Assistantships but everywhere the applications are under consideration. It’s almost grueling when you have to wait for something like an acceptance letter or a job offer. All you High School Seniors, waiting to hear back from colleges, I understand your pain! We are going through the same thing. I am sure a lot of you who applied before December 31st, have already received a decision. The rest of you who are waiting, you’ll hear back from colleges soon. This time of the year, they are swamped with admissions request and it takes time to process the applications. I know I should be telling myself the same thing – but when you are on the other side of the table, things are so different! Oh well, I am sure I will hear back from them this week. And I hope those of you who waiting, get into your dream colleges. Until then all we can do is wait…
It’s that time of the year – stores are full of heart shaped candies, store fronts are ostentatiously decorated in red and hearts everywhere. Usually, I wouldn’t be able to keep my food in the stomach at such sights, but this year I decided to give this “holiday” a shot.
My boyfriend and I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday instead of Sunday. I have too much work due this week and therefore needed Sunday to work on assignments. Our V-Day celebration started out with dinner. I made reservation at Kyoto Japanese Restaurant – which is our favorite place to eat. They have an amazing Hibachi section and the chefs put up an entertaining show for the public. Seriously, if you ever visit Buffalo or go to school here, I would highly recommend eating at Kyoto at least once. Next was the movie Valentine’s Day. Yep, we followed the rule book – dinner and a cheesy romantic flick. Hey, might as well go all in right? The movie, which is a mosaic of story lines, is as predictable as any romantic flick you have seen. All in all, it was cute and it was mindless entertainment. We ended the day after the movie and just spend quality time with each other. So that was my first Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, y’all had a good day too.
Last week, my IT Project Management professor assigned the class our group project. This is the last “first” project of my undergraduate career! Sounds a little surreal to me. But anyways, going back to the project – we have to identify a problem in an organization and come up with a software to solve that problem. We don’t actually have to make the software, just come up with an idea to solve the problem and make a business plan to execute it. I know it sounds boring to all you non-IT people, but I think its pretty interesting and I am very excited about it. What makes it more exciting is the fact that my group zeroed in on my project idea.
Crazy week starts for me this Monday – assignments, exams, papers etc. It is going to be a fierce battle considering I did not get any work done this weekend. You can’t blame me, it was the superbowl weekend. And what a disappointing one at that. As all of you know by now the Saints won beating the crowd favorites – the Colts. Us, Colts fans, are going to be licking our wounds tonight while New Orleans celebrates!
While everyone else was relaxing this weekend, I was busy interviewing potential candidates for the Resident Assistant/Academic Assistant positions for 2010-2011. Yes, my friends interviewing – behind the desk, all dressed up, asking question and writing comments. Oh, the joys of not being in the candidate seat for a change. Though I will be in the candidate seat in a few months when I enter the job market. But on Saturday I was the interviewer along with another member of the University Residence Halls and Apartments.
To apply for the RA position you need to have a good GPA, be in good judicial standing and must have lived on campus for at least a year. Sorry incoming freshmen – you guys can apply at the end of your freshmen year and join the staff during your sophomore year. I would strongly encourage people who are interested in acquiring leadership, inter personal and time management skills to apply for this job. It has been a great experience for me and I am sure you will have a blast doing it too. So if you are articulate, personable, like to help people and a leader – this might be the best on campus job for you!