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13 September 2009 @ 08:14 pm
These are the videos that I WANT to win, not necessarily the ones that will PROBABLY win.

Video Of The Year: Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Best New Artist: 3OH!3 - Don't Trust Me

Best Male Video: T.I. Feat. Rihanna - Live Your Live

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

Best Pop Video: Cobra Starship Feat. Leighton Meester - Good Girls Go Bad

Best Rock Video: tough decision! Although I like Green Day's song, 21 Guns, better...I have to go with Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care because after all, it's about the video and not the song.

Best Choreography: Beyonce - Single Ladies (DUH!!!)

I didn't really care about the other catagories so I didn't put them up year.

I haven't posted here in a while so I thought I might as well post this! Ya know...to keep it alive etc.

By the wayyy The Academy Is...'s show last night at Valparaiso University was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better show! Front row, no roughness, and I got William's set list. A little far of a drive and my left ear is still ringing but sooo worth it!
09 August 2009 @ 01:19 am
Just the thought of it is really scary. This year determines everything. I know that life goes on well beyond college but the reality is that college really sets you on what path you’re going to go down. Lately, I’ve been looking at the websites of colleges that I want to apply to.

From my top college’s website: Tell us your story. Show us what’s special about you. Tell us how you would seize the academic and non-academic opportunities and contribute to the community.

I know that it is important that I should not try to fit some sort of perfect mold. To be “the perfect applicant” is very difficult. In fact, the image of “the perfect applicant” might not even exist because everyone is so different. Everyone has their strengths and colleges admire diversity.

Getting accepted to Phillips Exeter, Choate, and Hotchkiss is totally different from getting accepted into college all together, although going through that experience has made me feel a bit more comfortable with the college apllication process. I’ve noticed that people have been trying to do new things in hopes that it will pad their resume better. Although I always encourage trying to do something different, I believe colleges can see right through what is fake and what is real. During this summer, I tried to think of things that I can do to make an acceptance more likely. What I came up with: do what I’ve been doing already, except better. For instance, I want to take my community service to a whole different level and not let it be just “monkey work”, as a good friend of mine once called it. Although I am already exceding my requirement, I need to actually make it matter. Wait, I need to make every single day beyond today matter.
30 May 2009 @ 06:38 pm
...Although I'm not sure if I like the result completely.

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Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
09 May 2009 @ 08:15 pm
So, I didn't have service during the meet last night. Here are some highlights:

-we arrived a bit before 4pm and field started almost right away and I headed to the high jump area.
-there was a bit of bad sportsmanship on Latin's part. As I took a practice jump and hit the bar, a girl competing in high jump for latin said "oh...it's THAT girl..." to my own team mate.
-my best jump was a bit disappointing. I really wanted to PR and jump 4 feet or over. Instead, I met my PR of 3'10''.
-My name and Rosie's last names were totally butchered. Guiang was "Gwong" and Cuneo-Grant was "Kwayno". They also called Sarah "Spira" over the loud speaker.
-Mitch jumped over 18 feet for the long jump...amazing! Kuo was also stunning jumping more than 15 feet.
-Ben disqualified the boys 4X800 team by getting mad about second place, throwing the baton, swearing, and then kicking it. Nice going.
-my 4X100 team got disqualified for a bad hand-off out of the first exchange zone. The hand-off to me in the second exchange zone was also scary
-Leah kicked people's butts. What else is new. She won both the 100 and 200!
-Alexandra made a lot of friends on the track team.
-my 4X200 team came in third! We were looking to place this year and we did it! This is my first ISL event medal. I have one from last year but that was for the whole team's win.
-Robert didn't get to run due to an injury. Kinda sad because I wanted to see him run with Peter Callahan (last year's state champ in the mile with the fastest time in Illinois this year) from North Shore. But it was a good idea to take it easy because we want Robert to qualify for state in two weeks.
-Andrew Palmer was a trooper during the 300 hurdles. He took a bad fall in the beginning of the race...he didn't get up for a bit and it worried me. However, after a bit, he got up and finished. Amazing finish, especially because the hurdles are super high for someone his size :)
-we weren't allowed to do our cross-field AAHHHWWOOSSHH cheer for the 4X400. However, we lined up and Phil set up all of our cheers and both the girls and boys teams won!
-as it turns out, the girls took an uncharacteristic 2nd place as a team last night. We were a bit disappointed because we were the defending champions. Ah well, we still did good and we'll just have to get them next year.
-the boys also took 2nd place! An improvement from last year!

I'm still tired from last night. This weekend is soooo busy and next week I have 2 tests, a quiz, an AP, and track sectionals.
I think it's time for a nap...
25 April 2009 @ 06:55 pm
What an unforgettable night.

Last night's track meet at Ridgewood High was one I will never forget. Everyone is still talking about it. People on the team have facebook statuses about how much they love the team. It was truly something, really!

Not only did most people PR, win, and just overall run amazing races, but the team spirit was incredible. I have never in my life had my heart pound so fast as I cheered for my teammates. My absolute favorite moment was the 4X400 relay. It was the last race of the evening. While our four runners ran the race, the rest of the team ran across the field each time to cheer on our team mate at each straight-away going "aahhh wooooshhh!!!" as our running went by. Mind you, we were sprinting across the field really fast and it was tiring but it was all worth it. We won the race and broke into chants of "U-HIGH! U-HIGH!" hugging our team mates and high-fiving. It was epic. At the end of the night, we headed back to school with a the 2nd place title. We were in all good moods and I swear, it was one of my happiest moments this year, definitely a highlight. After we got back, it was really late, approaching midnight but we went to the Medici and ate anyway.

I have so much love and respect for this team. I don't want this season to ever end. In the words of one of our captains a few weeks ago, "embrace it".

I definitely am and won't let go.

19 April 2009 @ 04:19 pm
It might just be me, but things are so much more enjoyable this time of year. The school year is winding down quite quickly and it's getting warmer outside. Although stress levels are high with APs, SAT subject tests, last chances to raise grades, I've been having fun lately. It might be because of my frequent track meets or the concerts I've been to. I'm not sure.

I have so many things I want to do this summer. I want to do a lot of traveling, fencing, Warped, plus more. I don't know how I'm going to fit standardized test studying in. I also want to play violin better. Lessons might be an option.

So much to plan!

But for now, I have to focus on the rest of the year.
We're almost there.
Current Mood: awakeawake
12 April 2009 @ 01:40 pm

Last night was really great. I've never seen an actual acoustic set live of any band before. So, this was a first time experience. My mom is always like, "do you have to see The Academy Is... AGAIN?!?" (because I've seen them manyyy times before). However, it was nice to say "Mom! This is different! It's an acoustic set!"

Anyway, the night went well. I arrived at the Bottom Lounge around 5pm. The security guy searched my bag and was like "do you have booze, drugs, gun? You better tell me right now" I was confused because I thought he said "gum" not "gun" (I'm an idiot) so I pointed to the pack of gum in my bag. But hey, at SWG, security threw my Sharpie away, so I don't know what they're looking for!

The venue had really cool lights by the merch table. The person I went with (a friend I played in an acoustic duo with: Alex) had a hard time deciding what shirt he wanted because the lights distorted what the colors of the shirts really were. I tried to help him but he didn't believe me! Hahah.

Finally, Evan Taubenfeld (Alex had been pronouncing it "too-ben-field") came on. He was so funny, a great opening to the show. He's definitely quite a character. I think one of my favorite things that he said was "which ever side is louder, all of the people on that side will get this one, ONE of a kind pick...I don't care how it's one of a kind, don't get into the technical details!" I liked his music but I liked his personality even more. I wouldn't mind if he did stand-up comedy for his set, I would watch it.

Empires was up next. They actually took the stage faster than I expected. Me and Alex were standing in a good spot near the side but after a song or two, I had to use the restroom. As I was walking back to our spot, I spotted Tony and asked about the meet & greet / signing. He told me that SLH would have priority. He asked if I was in SLH and being in it, I said yes. He then asked if I could do him a huge favor, which was photocopying my membership card. I only have the old one, but he said it was okay. He then sent some guy to make a copy and I just waited there with him, making small talk. After a bit, I told him that I was going to go back into the crowd and watch the show and he said he would get my card back to me. I went back to the crowd and after the set, I went back and he wasn't there. Instead he left it with one of the merch guys. I saw Tony a bit later and he asked if I got it back. Seems like everything ran smoothly!

Next, me and Alex went to meet Sean. He was really nice and we talked for a bit. We actually missed William's first song but that was okay. We then went to watch William set which was incredible. His voice is amazing live, a trait many people cannot pull off. However, he seems to do it with ease. Although I like Remember Maine, during Eastbound Traffic, I decided to go meet Tom Conrad. He was actually really nice! I said hi to him and stuck out my hand for a handshake. He fumbled around to free his hand and said "sorry, I'm kinda nervous" which was cute, I thought. To be honest, from the stories I've heard, I didn't think he'd be nice, but he was. I told him that Empires is great and that I wanted to come back and see them on May 22nd. He mentioned his "return", which I'm guessing is his return into the music world after TAI. I said that I was very happy for him blah blah blah. He then asked if there was anything he could sign for me and I gave him a bandana that I get all bands to sign. I also asked for a picture and of course, the settings weren't right. It was on ISO so I apologized. I took another but the flash wouldn't go on, so he decided to help me. Finally we figured it out and he was like "you see that lightning bolt icon? You know what that means" DUHH. I don't know why my camera went weird on me. I haven't had trouble with it before. Finally, I got my picture, gave him a hug and ran back into the crowd.
William ended with About A Girl and all hell broke loose when he said that he would be signing by the merch table. There was pushing, shoving, and people heading towards the other direction. Finally, Alex and I found out that they had changed the signing location so we started headed the other way too. There was a small table for him to sit at but in the chaos, he had to stand. He came in escorted by Tony and it was madness. So much for SLH priority! No pictures is technicqally allowed but William let the first group of people. I lost Alex so I pushed forward. When it was my turn I held out my MONDAYEYES bracelet for him to sign. They were getting strict about photos but I pressed. Then again, my camera malfunctions! I was so angry and flustered, I tried twice and it didn't work. William, for some reason I don't know, said to me "when you're ready" and turn to some other people. Guards didn't push me out or anything, I was almost shaking from this luck. In a bit, he came back to me, it worked and I thanked him. I was so thankful, you have no clue. I don't know what happened. Had I been pushed out, I would have understood. I don't know, I was speechless. It was probably the worst of my TAI encounters but I am so happy and thankful that I even got to meet him again. I wanted to tell him how my 3-year-old cousin know the lyrics to "About a Girl" word for word and how I ran at a track meet against Barrington High earlier that day (true facts, Barrington was fasttt. They either got first or second place at the Illinois High School State competition last year). However, there was no time to say such things. No heart-spewing. Nothing. I understand the rush though, because there was another show at 10pm.

In all, everything went well and I had a fantastic night :)
04 April 2009 @ 02:35 pm
Please, don't mind this post.
Just move right along!

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Hah. Wrong.

Twilight. Loved the movie, loving the book so far. I just started the series last night. Already was a fan of Pattinson in Harry Potter but as Edward Cullen, my appreciation for him as been revived.

The end.
29 March 2009 @ 01:43 pm
Spring Break 2009 has been quite a roller coaster. For the first week, I was very ill and had to make up a chem test: definitely not my idea of fun. However, for the second week, I had an amazing time in Paris. As much as I wanted to do live updating via LiveJournal and of course Twitter, I couldn't because my Blackberry. There wasn't a special card I could buy to get my phone to work and plus, it would have been expensive. Although I feel like my phone is a good connection to my friends, news, dictionary, maps, etc., I did fine without it. I just used it to take notes and write comments about my trip when I was bored in my hotel.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you my travel notes and breakdown of my trip!

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So, those are the outlines of my trip. I will hopefully have photos up on Facebook soon! Pardon my incorrect French, I don't know how to make accent marks on my phone.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break, whether you traveled the world or stayed at home. We all know that after today, it's full steam ahead. This is the last quarter to make our hard work count and pay off. Two more months. That's it. It may sound long and stressful (and it probably will be the latter) but start the countdown until summer! I strongly encourage everyone to work hard because after finals, there are three months to relax and enjoy.

Toodles for now