Former lives

As I lurk around campus on Matriculation day pretending to be a freshman so that I can obtain all the free food, I cannot believe that my first summer home from college has come and gone. Here I am, all settled into my new room/house, officially a sophomore. When did this happen?! It feels like my own freshman orientation – in all its awkward glory – was just yesterday.

All in all, moving in to Tufts again is a bittersweet ordeal. I am absolutely thrilled to be back at school, yet I know that I’ll miss my beloved Los Angeles. I have a little under a week left before classes start, and I plan on using this time as a final wind-down before the “storm.” I’ve already gotten a slight taste of how hectic this fall semester is going to be; the Matriculation issue of the Tufts Daily came out today, and as the executive news editor, I was in charge of curating and editing content for the news section. Needless to say, I’m incredibly honored to take on this position. There will surely be hiccups along the way, but I’m basically too delighted to be the exec to even care about all the stress it may bring.

On another note: Besides assembling a bed, a desk and a chair in a stuffy room, my mom and I have had a rather pleasant few days in Boston. Yesterday we took a break from moving me in and decided to venture into the city. Because our original plan of travelling to Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard for a day proved impractical, my mom came up with an idea: A GRAND TOUR OF BOSTON, RECORD STORE EDITION. No tricks here; it is exactly what it sounds like. We roamed the city with the addresses of record stores and stopped at each one. Guys, can I just note that I have a mom cool enough to accompany me into eight record stores, one of which was in a dingy basement and we were probably going to get mugged by seventy-year old hippies? I finished off the day with a couple purchases– Endless Summer by the Beach Boys, Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon and the second season DVD set of Twin Peaks. A successful day of record digging, I must say!

Since I just finished off my new room (at school) today, I snapped a couple pictures of the decor. I was going for something along the lines of “Explosion of everything I love,” and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. My room at home isn’t really conducive to a put-your-crap-everywhere method of decoration, so it was exciting to try that out for the first time.

SHELVES. A haven for miscellaneous items that are visually pleasing when placed together. This is just a bunch of stuff that is meaningful to me in some way or another. Do notice the vinyl on the top and bottom shelves.   

A classic poster wall with a dollop of originality in the bottom right corner. Clearly I cannot leave a concert without buying a poster; I have accumulated way too many and am LACKING THE APPROPRIATE WALL SPACE FOR ALL OF THEM.

Here is a closer look at my nascent crown collection. To the left of the crowns is a cool slip that came in some record I bought. At the top it reads: “Capitol ’66: Sounds great!” For some inexplicable reason, that is entertaining to me. 

Some DIY posters I made over the summer, a Wilco poster, a fraction of my bedspread, and a secret door! That’s actually not the entrance to my room; it leads to a staircase that’ll take you to the second floor of the house. It’s really not meant to be used, so my bed is pushed up against it. 

Well, that’s all I have for today. Wish me luck as I embark on my second year in college!