The New SIS Building

The very same Monday mentioned in the last post, Mom and I visited American University’s campus, to see where I work and study, and of course to get some AU merchandise so my family can proudly display that they have someone who attends there. 🙂 That day the parking garage under the brand-new School of International Service (the school my program’s in) had just opened, so of course we parked there.

We cautiously drove down into the depths:

And found a creepily deserted parking garage. Hardly anyone else was parking there – I think I saw maybe one other car that wasn’t a construction vehicle.


Brushing off the creeps, we pressed on and rode the elevators to take a look at the new building.

It seems much bigger once you get inside!


It’s huge – four stories altogether, and full of light. It’s a very modern design, which I love.


The old SIS building is pretty small and cramped – it’s probably a third the size of this building, which is much too small for a school with such a large student body. The Davenport Lounge, the SIS coffee/pastry/hang out place, has been re-located to the new building, and it looks great! Very cozy.


Also Narnia is there.

The building has a great view of the campus, and it makes full use of the view with a huge wall of windows to the buildings northeast.


I think it’s a really great building, and I’m really looking forward to having classes there!


Vote for my Co-worker Bettina!

California Tortilla is having some sort of contest in which the person with the most votes gets to go to a Word of Mouth Marketing Conference in New York City. My co-worker Bettina is one of the finalists, and she needs your help to win! She’s really cool, and has promised to teach us all the stuff she learns at the conference, so if go and vote for her! You can vote as many times as you like until the contest ends on July 11th (my mom’s birthday!). I’ve already voted like twenty times, so you have some catching up to do!

Here’s the link to vote:


It’s official – I’m finished with my first semester of graduate school!

I had my Economics final tonight, and I think it went pretty well. At any rate, I’ve made it through a semester of graduate school, and they didn’t kick me out for being too dumb, and the other students didn’t laugh at me, and I didn’t embarrass myself. Success!

Three Things

1. I got the H1N1 vaccine on Friday. AU finally got a shipment in, and they were distributing it free to all staff/faculty/students who were members of a priority group. I got the LAIV (live attenuated intranasal vaccine). They sprayed some stuff up each of my nostrils, and told me I was comletely vaccinated. Hooray! I’m pretty sure I already had the swein flu a few weeks ago (especially since NPR told me that if you had a flu-like illness, it’s almost certain it was H1N1 since swine flu has crowded out the seasonal flu), but I wanted to be on the cautious side since I’m flying home for Thanksgiving. And what I had was awful, so I want to try and avoid getting sick like that ever again!

2. I went running in Rock Creek Park yesterday, and I ran into my very first horse on the trail! It was kind of exciting. Here’s a picture:

3. Walking to church today I saw two black squirrels. They were really cool-looking – totally jet black. A little creepy, but mostly cute.

Aah! It's looking right at me!

Good news!

The interview I had today went really well I think! I was able to remember examples from my life to answer the questions they asked, and I think I had a good rapport with the four women who were interviewing me. I think it would be a fun place to work, and I’m feeling positively about my chances for getting the job.

Feeling better!

Well, I got the flu or something two weeks ago, and I’m just now back to feeling 95% well. It was basically insane. I had a fever for three days, then a sore throat and cough and unhappy tummy for seven days, then I got some antibiotics which helped clear up the sore throat, but I still have a cough. I really hate being sick! But now that I’m feeling better I’ll start posting more things more consistently. Hopefully.

As a start – I have a job interview tomorrow! It’s for an administrative assistant position at AU, and I’m really excited to be interviewing. I know I still probably won’t get the job, but I’m feeling hopeful! I got my hair cut in preparation. I asked the lady to cut off 3 inches, and instead she cut off 5-7 inches, with some pieces of hair being much shorter than the rest. I was unhappy. But I bought a flat-iron and dyed my hiar blonder, and I’m pretty pleased with how it looks now. It’s passably professional! And hopefully tomorrow I will be too!


Guess who totally aced her Econ midterm! I did! I’m totes a genius.

And speaking of geniuses, OkCupid (an internet dating site) did an interesting survey recently, and one of the questions they asked was “Are you a genius?” The results were interesting, but not surprising. Unsurprising – 46% of men said they were geniuses, compared to 30% of women. Given stereotypes and sexism, it’s not surprising that women would be less likely to think they’re super-smart. Also unsurprising – 39% of all respondents said they were geniuses, which is not possible. As OKTrends said “2 in 5 people (and nearly half of all men!) think they are one in a thousand.” This is something that I’ve long suspected. Everyone thinks they’re above average, that they’re special. But it’s just not possible for everyone to be above average!

OK Cupid broke down the results in a map, which was pretty interesting. Green means more people think they’re a genius, and red means less. Check out Nevada!