So life after college rolls on! I got a job programming as a web dev for three months. Fun job, then the contract ended. I’ve since been studying my butt off for the MCAT (which I take January 24th, cross your fingers for me). Assuming I don’t completely bomb the MCAT, I should be applying to med schools this summer. Until then, I’ll be looking for some kind of full-time work, maybe more programming, though I’m hoping to land something more on the medical-research end of things.
This past fall I joined the St. Louis Sabres rugby club. Football > Rugby BUT Football Culture < Rugby Culture. The sport is a ton a fun, perhaps my third favorite (behind football and snowboarding). It’s also a hell of a lot of running. Football plays by a different rhythm: sprint-rest-sprint-rest while rugby is more: run-run-run-run. Thanks to rugby (and a bit of off-season lifting) I’m probably in the best physical shape for the upcoming football season with the St. Louis SLAM. Practice starts in January, I’m pretty pumped.
In my spare time I’ve been volunteering at my old elementary school, working with the Idea Lab kids (aka the gifted program). I’d rank Idea Lab pretty high among the greatest academic experiences in my life. No joke. Which isn’t to say that it’s been all downhill since 5th grade (though sometimes I feel that I’m getting dumber, despite having more knowledge). I just really love my elementary school years. I got to help out the Equations teams after school. Equations is a math game that I was pretty awesome at back in the day (3rd place in the regional tourneys!). I had to refresh myself with the ruleset, but as it turns out, those P-flub and A-flub instincts never die. I dominated those little 4th and 5th graders! (Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration… I’m not that heartless, I played really nice with them and only won by a point while teaching them some competitive tricks using fractions for exponents.)
I’m also volunteering at an inner-city tutoring program run by Restore St. Louis. I feel that I’m back in St. Louis for good, albeit, I’ll probably have to leave for med school if I don’t get into either of the med schools here. But the goal is to get back to STL ASAP afterward. A sense of place is definitely a blessing. I feel very committed to helping build the community here.
I’ve also gotten super-involved with this little Anglican church I found in St. Louis two summers ago. It has the same name as my church in Wheaton, Church of the Resurrection. I’m pretty much the only young adult under-35 member, which one could view as less than ideal. On the positive side, it’s like being the only grandchild of dozens of grandparents. They’re so nice! I hope this doesn’t spoil me. ;) A month ago I found myself with a Rwandan bishop in my car, showing him the sights of St. Louis. Totally random. He was entirely fascinated by the red Angry Bird plushie on my dash. “Why are these birds angry? They should be called Happy Birds!”
Oh, and I got a new computer. Figured it was time to retire my five year old Dell XPS 1330. It had a good run. I ended buying a refurbished Macbook Air (i7, 256 SSD, 8 GB RAM). I was deeply tempted to wait for the Dell XPS 13 Project Sputnik, as they’re creating a Ubuntu-based developer ultrabook. After trying out the XPS 13, I decided it didn’t have enough screen real estate (surprisingly low resolution). This is big thing for programming, as I want to have two windows open side-by-side, with as many crisp lines of code displayed as possible. Right now I have my MBA running a triple boot (OSX, Win7, and Ubuntu 12.12 with a large ExFat shared partition). The beauty of SSD is that you can have as many primary partitions as you want! I am a Linux girl, and I have to say, with the direction that Ubuntu has been going, I was THIS close to trying out Mint. After a bit of playing around, I’ve decided that I don’t hate Unity anymore.
Sadly, I have no new art to report. I bought a bunch of linoleum blocks to make some Mass Effect Christmas Cards. I’m almost done with ME3!!! The Mass Effect series, taken as a whole, might pass up StarFox 64 as my favorite video game of all time. Let’s see if this Extended Cut lives up to Bioware’s promise.
Wow, long entry. Hopefully I’ll have some art with the next update.