Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

 

And what she said is exactly what I meant with that last post about my university. I feel in such a similar situation as in the one she explained.

Dear first-year going to Clark University:

Please don’t be a piece of shit racist. You’re there to get an education and expand your mind, not to fit people into the race stereotype and make subtle racist jokes and other things like that. It’s not funny; it hurts people and has made many of the ones I know want to transfer.

Be more sensitive of other people, because a lot of you tend to be prejudiced assholes and don’t even realize it. Get some perspective. Thanks.

By this time tomorrow, I will be back at Clark.

I’m gonna miss home and my family, but I want to go back at the same time. I want this semester to be better than last.

So there’s an annual Drag Ball at my school where everyone at school cross-dresses. I’m going to dress up as Lady Gaga.

Yeah, even jocks and bros do it and it’s very interesting.

I already have similar pants and a wig for my regular costume. I’ll just wear it differently so it looks longer lol.  This should be interesting…I wonder which one of her clothes I should make/be. I just have leather pants and some shoes that are the color of the McQueen ones haha.

A guy skating at my school:) lol.

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A guy skating at my school:) lol.

Early morning outside my dorm hall.  Sanford on the left and Dodd to the right. 

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Early morning outside my dorm hall.  Sanford on the left and Dodd to the right. 

Taken August 23, 2011

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Taken August 23, 2011

I FUCKING LOVE CLARK UNIVERSITY!!!!

And today I won $50!!! lol.  I’ve been up from 7:50-midnight like every day and I love every single part of it lol.  My pre-orientation program is awesome and we’re all getting along.  The international students arrived today and there’s like 70 of them.  Some are from Nepal, Turkey, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Norway, Iceland, etc etc etc.  I am having the best time of my life so far:)

Today is my last day in the Valley.

Thursday, August 18, 2011:

I don’t know how I feel about this.  I feel kinda nostalgic, but it’s only because of memories and this being a part of my life.  I know I’m going to a better place and a great school.  Sigmund Freud lectured there and he refused to do so anywhere else in the U.S. The founder was also the President of the A.P.A.  I already talked to my roommate and it seems like we’ll be good friends:)




I feel bittersweet, but I’m going to have so much fun going to Boston on the weekends!  I’m also going to grow as a person and get out of my comfort zone to get a different perspective on things.  In my opinion, travel is the best thing to see life from someone else’s point of view.  But yeah, I’ll be gone tomorrow morning.

The Purposes of a Clark Education:

  First, you should know that Clark is a small research university that values liberal education. We want every student to develop a love of learning, a respect for inquiry and imagination, and a spirit of engagement with the world in all its complexity. Our educational approach is called “Liberal Education and Effective Practice”, (aka LEEP). At Clark, you will be active in the discovery and creation of knowledge and honing your skills to make a difference in the world around you.

Watching all these martial arts videos made me feel like joining Aiki-Jujitsu again!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I would have never quit but I was going through major depression.  I hate how it took away things from my life I could have done better.
I used to be in Karate and Aiki-Jujitsu :/  I’ll probably join Capoeira and Karate when I go to Clark though!  I wish they had Aikido or Ninjitsu somewhere though; I love those.

Well anyway, goodnight

I am going here next year:)

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I am going here next year:)

I just applied to one of the best research Universities in the U.S., whose President founded the APA.

It only has like 2,000 people though:/  Oh well, it’s close enough to Boston:)  Next comes UT Dallas, and some places in Portland, OR, as well as more New England and New York ones:)

Any more suggestions on where I should apply?

I am applying to Clark University.:)