Week Four Musings and Lists

Things that have happened that need to be talked about:

  • I found out that David Beckham moved back into his Kensington home right around the corner from my building
  • I later found out it was just his family and he’s now back in Paris for six months
  • I’m still crying about it
  • Speaking of, I watched Ronaldinho play soccer at Wembley Stadium for the England vs. Brazil friendly and all my childhood dreams came true and I’m fine it’s fine everything’s fine
  • I really miss playing soccer and I want to start pickup games at Hyde Park on weekends but people tend to not listen to me so I don’t know how I will accomplish this
  • Okay enough about soccer
  • I just really love soccer
  • Alright sorry
  • I went into work on Tuesday after class just to get a head start before the internship period actually starts
  • I spent four hours googling pictures of Josh Duhamel and wrote a feature piece about his career
  • I think I’m gonna like this job
  • There’s a guy that works there named Dany (literally spelled the same way) and it’s really awkward calling out to get his attention womp
  • Making travel plans is exhausting and can very quickly turn into a nightmare
  • But if you’re lucky, you’re in good company and that’s always a guaranteed good time
  • We’ve been here for a month and time is going by really fast and I don’t like it I wish it would slow down
  • I need to stop living by the weekends
  • What am I gonna do this summer?

This week was probably the most uneventful yet with the exception of the England vs. Brazil game which was utterly fantastic. I’m just starting to realize that our finals are in a week and I have three papers due in the next few days. Luckily I already finished one a few days ago. The other two I haven’t been able to start because I need the library for research and of course, it’s not open on weekends. Even in London, BU is totally logical. (/sarcasm). So I’m gonna have to really dedicate a few hours after class this week to get them out of the way as soon as I can. I’m starting to realize why time is going by so quickly. I’m not used to taking advantage of weekdays. For me, things happen on the weekends. Well there’s less weekends than there are weekdays and I need to stop living by the weekends and expecting them to never run out. It’s time to start using those morning classes to my advantage and get outside and soak in the life of this city. Fuck the rain and fuck the cold and fuck the excuses. I can sleep when I’m dead. I get out of class at 1 in the afternoon every day and I’m going to start making those hours count.

But then I realize… I’ve already wasted my time. This is the last week of class. After our spring break, our internships start and then I really won’t have any time at all. Working 9-6 Monday through Thursday with morning classes on Fridays. And then what? Come home exhausted to make a feeble dinner, go to sleep and do it all over. Maybe I’m over thinking it but… I’m scared my time is running out. But like with everything else, this is an investment. They say these internships are only for experience. But that’s a mistake. Everything is an opportunity. I only have a few short weeks to make an impression. I’m determined to dedicate myself fully to my work and show them what I can do. I’m determined to establish good connections in a short amount of time. I want them to look back and think, she was only here for 12 weeks and look at everything she did! Imagine if we hired her full-time! You never know where life is going to lead you and if I end up in London (50/50 chance after graduation between London or LA) I need to know that I will at least have one door I can confidently come knocking on.

Another reason why it’s so easy to fall into the weekend routine is because that’s the only time we can travel. When I take a look at my semester schedule and mark down the trips I have planned or need to plan, I have only a handful of weekends actually left in London. I only have a handful of weekends left in the semester!  Four months isn’t nearly enough time to study abroad. Next weekend, I’m going to Scotland with my best friend Andrew who is studying here in London as well through the Notre Dame program. It will be a short trip and maybe not the smartest trip since I have a final on Monday but it will be worth it. It’s a long ride there and back so I’ll be able to study with plenty of time. And a day and a half in Scotland is better than no day in Scotland. Yesterday I booked my Easter break vacation to Prague and Vienna. I hope it’s everything I imagine it to be. The last two trips I need to book are to visit two of my closest friends, Deepika in Geneva and Mayela in Milan. I also want to book one big Italy trip in April when we have a few days free after our internship ends. After that, I have officially decided that a solo backpacking adventure through Europe is in order. I’ve made a list of the places I want to go to and mapped out a route. Anyone is welcome to join but I learned very quickly that when it comes to traveling, the only person you need is yourself. I would love to go with at least one other person and if our plans coincide then that would be beautiful but if not, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s okay to be a little bit selfish.

It’s going to be strange when this is all over. I’m still in the mindset that this experience will never end. But I already need to start thinking seriously about my summer plans. I would love to be in either Sydney or New York. I’ve been thinking for the past few months of applying to BU’s Sydney Internship Program, which is basically the same thing I’m doing now except in Sydney over the summer. When else am I going to have the opportunity to live and study in Australia?! But at the same time, my rational self is thinking the smart choice would be to try and get an internship in New York which will give me another door to knock on after graduation in case London/LA doesn’t work out. I’ve applied to a few places in New York but I haven’t submitted my application for Sydney yet. I know I need to start working this all out soon. Deadlines are creeping up and I don’t want to end up like last year scrambling around at the last minute. It was pure luck how everything happened for me last summer. I can’t depend on that again.

Anyway, I apologize for this post. I know it’s not as exciting as Paris or Harry Potter. But this week has been a busy one with classes coming to an end and there’s been a lot on my mind. Sometimes a girl just needs to write you know? It’s one of the reasons I was hesitant about starting this at all because I don’t really like telling people I can write. I feel pressured to produce quality pieces like clockwork and the truth is writing isn’t like that. It can’t be forced. It has to be natural. You’re standing in your kitchen making dinner and something strikes you and you need to run for your laptop before the words escape your mind. You feel it and you translate it. You don’t think about writing. You just do it. When you feel it. When it’s right.

I don’t know what’s in store for me this week. But I promise I’ll get my papers done quickly so I can get out there and have some adventures before these hours run out. And there’s always Scotland with Andrew to look forward to. Nothing like the promise of a new place with an old friend. So until next time!

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