Every time the world takes a few steps forward, some sort of tragedy pulls it backwards. Most of you are well-aware of the act of terror at the Boston Marathon on Monday, an act that continues to haunt the entire nation and brings back nightmares of 9/11. Boston is like my second home, and to think of it attacked in that way, to think of its homely environment ruined by bombs, is devastating. That city is as close to my heart as Burlington. Even more, I can’t think of the number of people I know there, people who were nearby when the bombs went off, people who had almost been at the spots. It’s all so unfair. But here is what most people are emphasizing, which I concur with entirely: the attackers have not won, because the good in this world overpowers the evil. Just as the bombs went off, people began to run towards them to help those in need. The world is not perfect, but the universal language of human nature is still kindness. After seeing that, we can only hope for progress from here. For now, I offer my thoughts and prayers to those affected, and, most importantly, those who are currently in the process of hospital treatment. Rest in peace to those who have passed away. Here is to hoping that things will only improve.
On a better note, April has been a compilation of exciting events, but also a reminder of how quickly this year is wrapping up. Dartmouth Model UN was an incredible experience. After I toured Dartmouth, I fell in love with the campus—with the quaintness of Hanover, the amiability of the students, the uniqueness of the education. Though, I realized that this is also probably due to the fact that Dartmouth was the first campus I actually toured. For the rest of the weekend, I spent hours in my committee, arguing women’s rights as the delegate from Spain. While it was fun most of the time, sometimes I began to daze off, and for fun, the other delegates and I would pass joking Model UN pick-up lines. I did realize that I enjoy international politics more than I had thought, as well as debating. I’m not typically an agressive person, but there is something enthralling about a heated debate that I just cannot explain. Perhaps law is my calling? Who ever knows? The most memorable part of the weekend was probably just hanging out with some of my closest friends, and realizing how quickly everything is changing. My roommates and I spent both nights staying up until about 2am and having intimate conversations, all while eating piles of junk food. Amidst a busy life, it was a relaxing weekend.
This past weekend, I competed in the state science fair with my project, The Effects of Aluminum Sulfate on the Aquatic Species Ceriodaphnia dubia (titles are not my forté). The day ended up being successful, though I was slightly disappointed at not being able to advance to any international competitions. However, I just heard a few days ago that I will be representing the state at I-SWEEEP in Houston! Additionally, the state fair coordinators have invited me to return next year to speak about my research and my experiences, and I am tremendously honored. It’s so interesting to see how my perspective on science has changed in the past year and a half. I used to passionately hate it, but mostly because science meant hours of memorization or mundane textbook reading. But it truly is a creative field. The projects at the state fair varied from testing the effect of colors on sheep to complex bioremediation practices to psychological studies. When we think about it, science is this whole new realm that lets us discover the wonders around us. Cliché, I know.
I’m going to Anaheim, California next week for the International DECA Conference (business), and although I’m pumped to spend time at Universal and Disney and get in touch with my inner child (except for the rollercoasters…I prefer to keep away from those), I’m unfortunately committed to Chang, aka AP Chemistry, as my exam is coming up for that. It’s rather unfortunate. In fact, I have a few other AP’s to study for as well, all while juggling I-SWEEEP, a senior solo audition, VYO performances, and tennis. Oddly enough, I enjoy this type of life…..I thrive off of stress.
It’s unfortunate that I haven’t had time to blog in the past few weeks, but I hope to get in a few travel posts during my Anaheim trip (my favorite kinds of posts)! Happy Spring, and have a great break (if I don’t blog before then)!
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