The following takes up 4 parts. I talk about my MUN experience this weekend, the complication it involved when I saw successful eloquent policy people who didn't do it simply because of ineptitude in math, my recent thoughts regarding my lack of interest of suburban america, and continued choices in pocketknives.
Summary of my weekend:
So I spent the weekend at Stanford for Model UN. I'm president of a club of 32+ people.
Because of SATs we took the noob bunch. By noob I mean indian freshmen.
In any case, my committee was odd. People yelled, then ended up winning for diplomacy. However our club came in second overall to Gunn High School. But they meet 4.5 hours a week and we don't
I collected the Outstanding Large Delegation award for California High School. (Short kid who walked up front to get plaque)
Also notable was an epic panel. Former US ambassador to Afghanistan. Martin Hellman. Of web encryption. And nuclear policy.
Stanford does have great faculty...
However, there were shittons of problems that lead to me being sleep deprived, and ill looking. (almost on the level of the former US ambassador to afghanistan, man the guy looked worn)
We arrive at the hotel. Some girl who helped organize it (but is probably the least self-confident person...) tried to get us checked into the hotel. However, when I showed up with the check, they tried to say we had half the rooms we had a contract for, for half the time. And we had half the money... wtf.
So after arguing for over an hour and a half I finally managed to get a manager. He literally said oops.
Oops. Well thanks for wasting my time. In the mean time I met some really nice advisors for another school.
So we go to the conference, and get back, and we have a bunch of single bed rooms. So we moved 4 rooms and got some other cots. By the end of it I had worn a suit for like 18 hours, and then just collapsed on bed. Repeat twice......
In terms of the conference itself for some reason France started yelling. Then never stopped .Dumbshit didn't realize that China would veto more sanctions on North Korea.... w/e
After listening to the keynote speakers I was like "Look, these people are competent, got graduate degrees, and now do highly interesting research." And have jobs. Good jobs. But there are only so many of them...
Well I'm going to be honest and say I'm probably primarily interested in business/finance/policy but I probably am capable of doing engineering but everywhere I'm applying I need to declare and really you need either a good high quality grad degree to do that kind of thing, but if I do engineering it might be better, but what if I go to a national merit school so then can afford grad, but what if I don't get in anywhere good. Should I just suck it up and apply useful engineering or do what I'm more interested in at cost of future.
If you look at grades I'm scoring mid of class in Calc BC, but like top 99% in AP Gov/history.
So... I went to Europe this summer. I promised to blog about it but epic failed. Anyways.
Recently I've been increasingly pessimistic about where I live. Perhaps that is because.
1) I don't go out much with friends.
2) Not near cities, nothing to do.
3) Fucking idiot americans
4) It's just so... suburban.
5) Europe and Asia are different. I like different.
I'm probably wrong because
1) Grass is always greener on other side of fence.
In any case, I've been thinking "why was it so awesome taking a train from norbury into london. Then taking the tube and doing all sorts of wonderful things. And why was the countryside so nice. And why was france shit, but nice at the same time. So I will post a series of images, and describe what I think of each. Admittedly these are pretty and tourist trap places, because I didn't take a picture in terrible looking places.
if you are living in Europe and asia how does it compare to boring suburban states? Man, I really want to study abroad or move overseas...
Deciduous forest is nice
Stone building. Not made out of concrete or terrible wall material. Oh yeah.
White cliffs. Wewt
Really nice public park in, I think, York.
Trafalgar square. Under an hour from the epic smokestacks of outer London. London is so cool like that.
Old Buildings. Grand boulevards. What is not to like?
Older buildings in edinburgh.
In any case. What is it REALLY like to live in Europe. Asia. What is it like to not be a tourist. Would be especially great if you're from the States, or have lived here.
TLDR: Europe is cool. Asia is cool. USA is annoying.
Finally. Does anyone have a Leatherman Juice, or a Delica, or a Skyline. I'm choosing between those three. (I just have cash on hand for one atm, and it's either Delica/Skyline vs Juice.)