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MIT student blogger Jenny X. '13

Inside/Outside by Jenny X. '13

words/pictures; I really don't know what to put here... haha

Wow so ………. I’ve been MIA for a whiiile.
In the past 2 months – which is an eternity in cyberspace (sorry ‚òπ), I:

* Finished 1st year!!! Woop woop! It was crazy hard, no lies, but simply the wide/fresh variety of faces and experiences makes it all worthwhile.

* Came home to find my bed upgraded from twin size to full size (!!); makes me scared about the transition back to twin size in September though – heh.

* Drowned in all the sports championships I care about (or in the case of the World Cup – pretend to care about in spirit of global love): French Open (Vamos…); NBA Finals (aww Boston…; next year!); Wimbledon (Rafa!!!); and yea, the month-long World Cup – I don’t have much knowledge about soccer or the patience to watch it, but seeing a goal finally being made and all the fans in pandemonium of national pride is pretty exciting – I like, and want to join, so semi-arbitrarily: Viva Espana!

Let’s just move on from here.

To me, summer has always been the time for some self-improvement in all areas of life – and that includes going through a summer reading list and catching up on a whole list of movies (recommendations?). Basically, it’s the time to become a Renaissance Man! – someone with skills/substantial knowledge in many different fields. So besides reading and watching movies and all the summer bummin’ I can categorize as “catching up with culture and society,” I also have on the list reacquainting-with-French, cooking/baking, paint, budget, and exercising (once again).

But I’m excited to share another project I have for the summer; I bought it as a challenge for myself on my birthday. (It actually extends beyond summer, into January 2011).

It’s called the Sketchbook Project; 2011 Tour. (Tagline: “It’s like a concert tour but with sketchbooks). Essentially, you pay $25 to get a blank Moleskine cahier sketchbook, which you’re supposed to fill up by January and send it back to Art House Co-op, the organization that runs this project. (You pick a theme to somewhat guide the pieces you create.) The nationwide tour starts in February at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York, and then brings thousands of sketchbooks to six other cities including San Francisco and Chicago.

I’ve kept many sketchbooks/notebooks in the past, but to date, have completely filled up none…:( I want to finish one!!! This will be the one:

The theme I picked (from a hat) is inside/outside (which could have strong architectural implications so that’s something to think about…hmm). So far, I’ve only done something on the cover. Like I wrote in my bio, even though I’m probably going to be “Jenny” for the rest of my life, I really want to be a Chlo√©….so see if you see what I did there. :P

Anyways,


so many creamy pages…LOTS. OF. WORK. TO. DO….need. inspiration.

Hey, Hi Inspiration! My parents decided a trip northbound through upstate New York to Niagara Falls and into Canada would be great for “getting in tune with nature and getting inspired”. Off we went for 4th of July weekend.

Some sights along the way:


This was literary my view for hours…….Did not realize these United States had so much farmland…and corn…


Niagara Falls illuminated @ night. Breathtaking…….wrath of nature.


In the daytime. I was on a boat like that. And I felt vaguely like Columbus discovering America.


2x the rainbow. :)

As great people have described before, traveling does wonders. Lots of thoughts are flowing in my head right now…Trying to translate those into words and pictures. And brainstorming for more trips. ;)


2014’s! Hope your summers are going swell – perhaps indulging in some quality r&r before the hectic times @ MIT officially begin? So yea – if in your glorious, final pre-college summer days, you brew up any specific questions about [email protected], feel free to post them here. Same goes for ’15?s ’16?s ’17?s… always. haha ‚ò∫.

22 responses to “Inside/Outside”

  1. VAMOS RAFA says:

    meeeerr almost first.
    you must show me your notebook sometime!!! and what is that, a ram…?

  2. VAMOS RAFA says:

    meeeerr almost first.
    you must show me your notebook sometime!!! and what is that, a ram…?

  3. VAMOS RAFA says:

    now I look dumb for posting twice XD

  4. Zuney says:

    I live very close the the Falls; went there literally about 6 times. First time was…awesome; the huge fall and everything. By the 6th time everything got very boring haha.

    Did you get on the Maid of Mist though? It’s much better than walking on the stair thing (which i though was a rip off because i can take a shower any day). I also soaked hair (and an expensive camera) from the mist

  5. Zuney says:

    I live very close the the Falls; went there literally about 6 times. First time was…awesome; the huge fall and everything. By the 6th time everything got very boring haha.

    Did you get on the Maid of Mist though? It’s much better than walking on the stair thing (which i though was a rip off because i can take a shower any day). I also soaked hair (and an expensive camera) from the mist

  6. Zuney says:

    ahhhhhh! sorry about the double post. I thought the first one didn’t go through…

  7. Zuney says:

    ok last comment i promise..
    My tag didn’t show up because this is not a forum… duh! silly me. i fail at commenting

  8. B1 says:

    Wooo upstate NY! Did you pass through Rochester?

  9. s says:

    ooh very cool sketchbook cover

    i see they’re going clockwise (:

  10. Armin says:

    Haven’t watch Toy Story 3 or SHReK Forever After, but I suggest them.

    About soccer, I say Germany is gonna beat Spain. Spain beat Germany two years ago in Euro ’08 in final, so Germany lost the cup in their hometown. I don’t root for Germany; this semi-final is not anything less than a final for them.

    Your Niagara pics don’t need to be commented, they’re absolutely breathtaking.

  11. Enjoyable post Jenny. Wonderful pictures!. All the best for your totally awesome project!

  12. I would suggest “Taare Zameen Par”.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Spain will beat Germany……
    FERNANDO TORRES IS EXTREMELY UNDERRATED STAR.. ‚ò∫

  14. Jenny'13 says:

    @VAMOSRAFA- it’s probably the same species of genus as a ram. Idurno…
    @Anonymous#2- LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Thanks for the vid?
    @Zuney- Yes, I did go on Maid of Mist – but not the stairs thing. ;P Maid was awesome! I loved the shower; wanted to stay under the Falls forever.
    @s- I think you got it haha ;p
    @B1-Yes! I did pass through Rochester…and if you are who I think you are…I thought of you while passing through it – or at least, a sign that said Rochester.
    @Jewhee-Awww…yea…true….JUHUN!!!
    @Anonymous#3 – I HOPE SO. I don’t think Torres is underrated, but I love him anyway.

  15. Jewhee says:

    You know what else looks absolutely amazing? Boston.

    You know who else should be living in Boston right now? You.

    :(

  16. Ahmad Faiz says:

    Mam,
    I live in India.Can you please tell me the procedure regarding the admissions in MIT? I mean the relevant test scores in SAT and TOEFL and other aspects regarding admissions of international students. Honestly i am quite confused regarding the admissions procedure and will be indebted if u do reply.My e-mail address is [email protected].
    Yours sincerely,
    Ahmad Faiz.

  17. Vinay says:

    I hope Germany will take this cup…

  18. I’m a sucker for exquisiteness that I can only dream of creating. Cheers on finishing the first year grin

  19. haha your WC prediction was right!
    That picture of Niagara Falls at night is stellar.

  20. Fairy says:

    What a cool idea–thanks for posting it!!