So in an attempt to get back to normalcy, here's what's been going on with me...I've been looking at the Watson Fellowship recently. Of all the study abroad fellowships, it definitely looks coolest. There are 60 Watson Fellows selected annually from 50 or so colleges that participate in the program. These fellows can go almost anywhere as long as it's outside of the US and study whatever they've been dreaming about. It doesn't have to have any relevance to their major or career choice, and they can't study at a school abroad. So you're basically plopped down on your own in a foreign land and live your life from there. I'm not sure if I'm strong enough for that, but it would certainly be an experience I'd never forget. Here's a journal by a recent Watson fellow from Caltech. So we'll see what comes of that...the deadline is pretty soon, so I might not make it in time anyway.
I don't feel like talking about the events of last Tuesday, even though I definitely have opinions about lots of things. Basically, I don't think we should go to war...we need to figure out why somebody hates us so much and work from there. I don't know...I'm not much for hating others based on their nationality and randomly killing innocent people in other countries. It seems pretty counter-productive and just perpetuates the hate and violence. But I also wasn't directly affected by the attacks, so that could be why I'm not too emotionally involved.
My way of dealing with unpleasant things is usually just to ignore them and hide them in the back of my mind and pretend they don't bother me. Not healthy, but at least it's back to life as normal (mostly) for me. I hope everyone else can return to their normal lives with as little pain as possible. My heart goes out to everybody involved in this awful ordeal.