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August 20, 2013

The Road Trip Continues

San Francisco, CA.  Rights reserved by me.

San Francisco, CA. Rights reserved by me.

Well, here we are.  Back again.  Let’s skip the preliminaries, you and I.  If you don’t know who I am and want to, check out my bio here, and all my old posts dating back to August 2010, which are on the right hand side of your screen.  But then come back to this space.  It’s time to get started.  It’s another year in my life, and much more importantly, you’re trying to work out what the heck you want out of your life (and, more specifically, college) and I’m here to help, at least a little.

Now, since I’m guessing that you didn’t actually go read my bio or any of my old posts (Why would you?  We just met!), here’s the short and skinny: I’m a senior at Clark, I’m from Chicago, and I’ve spent the last year living in London, studying at the London School of Economics.  I’m back on Clark’s campus already, re-training to be an RA, but before I came back to Worcester my brother Dale (he’s also a blogger here!) and I went on a month-long road trip from Chicago to San Francisco and back, camping in national parks along the way.

It. Was. Awesome.  If you’d like to, you can see a whole bunch of pictures of the trip here.  We went everywhere: Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bighorn Canyon, the Badlands, Craters of the Moon, Vegas, San Francisco, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe … everywhere we could think of.  And we had an absolute blast doing it.  It was, for me, a wonderful counterpoint to my year in London.  More thoughts on that later.  For now, go look at those pictures! :)

Death Valley

Death Valley, 3 pm. Rights reserved by me.

As those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while know, this trip was also an opportunity for me to escape (albeit only for a month) from the enormous amount of responsibility which has descended upon me now that I’m back on campus.  The short story is that I’m (1) Student Council president; (2) writing an honors thesis; (3) working for Admissions; (4) being an RA and (5) trying to live my life.  So, you know, things are pretty relaxed around here.

Like the trip, there’ll be more on all of that later.  We have a whole year to talk to each other, back and forth (email me at rwatt@clarku.edu if you want to talk to me!), and you’ll be hearing lots more about all of those lovely items soon.  The point of this post is just to say hi, and start a conversation.  For now, let me say only this: We have a superb crop of new Diarists this year, so go read their stuff as often as you can!  And also, because you’re trying to plan the rest of your life and you’re only seventeen, stay sane.  It’ll all work out.  Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year!

In'n'Out

My first In’n'Out. Rights reserved by me.

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