Monthly Archives: August 2010

Nerd Things

So, I was just at Youtuber Kristina Horner’s blog and she was talking about fandoms. It got me thinking – about all the fandoms I’ve been into, and how each one has changed me just a little; how they’ve affected me.

It blows my mind. That something so simple as a TV show, book, or movie can become so important to someone just because…. Well, who really knows why?

And then, I started thinking about how many Nerd Things I’ve loved – still love.

  1. Sailor Moon
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Pokemon
  4. Naruto
  5. Fruits Basket
  6. Full Metal Alchemist
  7. Disney
  8. Doctor Who
  9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  10. Youtube
  11. Blogging

These define at least a piece of my life, which is surprising even to me. I’ve never thought about it, but without these fandoms I would not be myself. They’ve all contributed to who I am, and I really happen to like that.

And…it’s just so amazing that my interests have changed, yet stayed the same. I still love these things, even if I’ve moved on from many of them. I still love Pokemon, although I barely play the video games anymore. I still love Fruits Basket even though the series has finished. I still love Full Metal Alchemist, even if I’m done with the show and fanfiction.

Interesting fact, Full Metal Alchemist was the first time I ever completed a Work-In-Progress piece of fanfiction. It was horrible, but every spring I remember that time when all I thought about was writing my next chapter, was looking out the window after writing a long paragraph. Even the scent of some of my lotion still reminds me of that time.

Now, however, I’m really into Harry Potter, Youtube, and Blogging.

I constantly read Harry Potter and/or listen to the audio-books. That last one? I can honestly tell you that it’s gotten so bad that every second I’m in my room, I have a cassette playing. As of yesterday, the cassette player even started making a screeching noise – I think it’s going to break soon.

Youtube…I’ve got a channel that I share with my friends and we’re slowly learning just how awesome posting there can be. Vlogs are fantastic, and I can’t wait until I become better at editing videos, better at talking about interesting things.

And blogging? Well, here I am. Enough said. 🙂




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For Esther Earl

I never knew Esther. I never met her and never talked to her, but I knew about her. I voted for her. The Harry Potter Alliance, in the Chase Community Challenge, was sponsoring her.

I didn’t even really understand it, but I voted for her because that’s what was right. I wanted her to get better. No one deserves cancer.

Unfortunately, Esther is no longer with us. This girl I knew almost nothing about is gone, and I’m very sad that I never got to meet and get to know her. We are both a part of the Nerdfighter community, but we had never truly crossed paths. I’m very sorry for that because honestly, I’ve heard so many great things about her. I feel like we would’ve been good friends.

Rest in Awesome, Esther. And tell Dumbledore I say hi.

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So, I’m watching Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix on ABC Family, and despite how insanely in love I am with Harry Potter and his universe (I still listen to my Jim Dale audiotapes every night), I will be honest and say that I do not usually watch the movies or the Harry Potter Weekends. What makes today different is that I have to read a book for school, which starts in 4 days, and I’m a procrastinator.

Anyway, since I don’t watch these HP Weekends very often, I am discovering all these scenes that I have never seen before, and I so-very-much wish I owned these versions.

Google search: Harry Potter Extended edition on DVD.

I have found out that last year both Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets got ultimate edition copies which include the theatrical version of the HP movies, but also an extended edition, and extra stuff like interviews and commentaries.

Merlin, ultimate editions! Inside, I have died. Obviously not enough to keep me from searching for the rest of the ULTIMATE EDITION!Harry Potter movies, but died nonetheless. (I have a few Horcruxes out there, if you were wondering.)

Unfortunately, it seems that either both the third and fourth movies don’t have extended editions, or just the fourth doesn’t have it. This has killed another one of my Horcruxes.

All I really have to say in response is this:

Dear Warner Brothers,

If you get proper ultimate editions (with the extra scenes!) for all seven of the Harry Potter movies, I will freaking let Cedric Diggory bite me. Okay?



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CommonApp.Org – Part 1

So, with the help of my dear friend Isabel, I learned how to work the CommonApp website. It’s safe to say that I had made using it a lot harder than it actually is. Honestly, I love the website. It makes it so much easier to know which college needs what forms, as opposed to having thousands of papers sitting in a folder at home, getting cluttered and mixed together.

Here are the steps you’ll be taking:

1) Make your screenname

2.)Add your list of colleges

3) Look over the specifics of each college – Do any of your colleges require payments? If so, which ones? For how much? Which ones require supplements? I suggest creating a table and writing all this down (with boxes to check off when something specific is completed). It’s always nice to have a hard copy of it.

4) Look at the subheading Future Plans (under the Common App heading) for each college and fill it out. You have to fill this section out separately for each college because each one has multiple deadlines that you’ll have to decide between.

  • Early Decision – sent in early and is binding. If you get into a college under this deadline, you’re obligated to go here.
  • Early Action – sent in early, but is not binding.
  • Regular Decision – is not sent in early, and is also not binding.

Now, with all these different deadlines to choose from – and with multiple colleges – it can be a bit daunting to decide which one you want to send in when. You don’t know how busy your senior year will be, and you definitely don’t want to overload yourself. So what I did was write down each college with all the different deadlines next to it.

  • Kenyon – Nov 15, 2010(ED1)/Jan 15, 2011(ED2)/Jan 15, 2011(RD)*
  • Butler – Nov 15, 2010(EA1)/Jan 15, 2011(EA2)/Feb 15, 2011(RD)
  • Denison – Nov 15, 2010(ED1)/Jan 15, 2011(ED2)/Jan 15, 2011(RD)*
  • Hanover – Dec 1, 2010(EA)/Mar 1, 2011(RD)
  • Miami – Nov 1, 2010(ED)/Dec 1, 2010(EA)/Feb 1, 2011(RD)
  • University of Dayton – Dec 15,2010(EA)/Mar 1, 2011(RD)

I know that I want to go to Kenyon if I get in, so I obviously picked an Early Decision deadline (which also meant that I only had one option for Denison’s deadline, Regular Decision.)

  • Kenyon – Nov 15, 2010(ED)
  • Denison – Jan 15, 2011(RD)

But after that, it was mostly about preference. It all depends on what kind of person you are, how you live your life, and how many colleges you’re applying to.

  • Kenyon – Nov 15, 2010(ED)
  • Butler – Nov 15, 2010(EA1)
  • Miami – Dec 1, 2010(EA)
  • UD – Dec 15, 2010(EA)
  • Denison – Jan 15, 2011(RD)
  • Hanover – Mar 1, 2011(RD)

*Both Early Decision II and Regular Decision had the same date.


At this point, I’m going to mention that two of my colleges – University of Cincinnati and University of Pittsburgh – are Rolling Admissions. As far as I can tell, it means that you can apply at any time, but they don’t accept if you don’t qualify or if the class has filled up. Now, because of this, many applicants are often wait-listed. I don’t want this to happen, and I’m sure no one else does, because you can never be a good judge of whether you’ll get into the other colleges or not. So, the best bet is to get the applications in early. For me, I’m going to try to get those two applications in around the same time as Kenyon and Butler. Although, if I find I really need to, I can always push it back.

Last note – neither UC or U. of Pitt were a part of the Common App website. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re Rolling Admissions, but this means that you’ll have to go to their own website and make an account there and apply. It’s basically the same as the Common App website, so far as I can tell. I’ll make a post if anything of importance comes up with these two applications.

Stay posted for the next installment – and feel free to leave a question or comment below!



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College Visits – Junior Day at Kenyon

Hey, remember this list?

  • College search
  • Applying to colleges
  • Denison visit
  • Hanover visit
  • Miami visit (added after the last post)
  • Overnight at Kenyon
  • Scholarship search
  • Read Angela’s AshesThe Kite Runner
  • Do homework that corresponds with above books
  • Work on a poster for Freshman mentoring
  • Get a physical
  • Tennis conditioning & practices
  • ACT Prep
  • ACT – Sept 11
  • SAT – Oct 9
  • Sign up for online college classes
  • Start volunteering
  • Shadow at a library
  • Write a 2500-word story

Basically, as soon as I have a definite date and time for something, I cross it off. It doesn’t matter if I’ve haven’t completed it yet because the task is as good as done if it’s made its way into my cell phone calendar. Or, at the very least I’ve done the first date that it requires. For example, both the ACT Prep and the Tennis practices have multiple dates. I’ve gone to the first ACT Prep class and the first tennis practice a while ago, so I got to cross them off.

So, now onto the actual interesting part. I’ve set up all of my college visits – Kenyon, Denison, Hanover, and Miami. Kenyon is the only one that I’m doing an overnight stay at and I have to say that I’m just ecstatic about it. This is my chance to see what it’s really like on that campus. The visits to Denison, Hanover, and Miami are just tours – Denison and Hanover being individual visits. I think that means it’ll be just me and my mom being led around, which is awkward but worth it. If you have the chance I think it’s best to just get as close as you can to your guide – whoever that may be.

When I had been at Junior Day for Kenyon, I was fortunate enough to get a guide all to myself. I got to talk one-on-one with the guide and get a deeper look into the students at Kenyon. Since it was just me, my sister, and my mom, the guide got to talk to us while also interacting with his campus the way he normally would when walking with a friend.

I’m almost positive that the wave he had given to a professor wouldn’t have been done if he had twenty teenagers and parents squabbling around him. Many will say that the wave doesn’t mean a thing, but it does. If he hadn’t waved at the professor, I wouldn’t have noticed her. And if I hadn’t noticed her, I wouldn’t have seen her and her bright smile walking with two other students, chatting as if the dismal weather that day meant nothing.

For many, a big campus is okay and maybe that wave would’ve been pointless for them. For me, however, I thrive when I know every single person I’m around.



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Journey in the TARDIS – End of Series 5

I’m not sure if anyone watches Doctor Who – and if you do, when. I’ve been following the most recent season on BBC America, but I feel like a lot of my friends had finished the season long before me – as in months ago.

Whatever the rest of the world was doing, I’ve just finished it. I was away on vacation, as everyone who reads this knows, and I had two episodes to watch when I came back yesterday. So far as I can tell, both were the last two of the season and were supposed to act as one epic episode.

I barely felt it – the epic part. I realized that showing a lot of the characters from the other episodes and being foreboding with van Gogh’s painting was supposed to make that hit home, but like the rest of the season, I felt as if the show was lacking in the usual impact and emotion.

I’m not saying it was bad. The episodes were good and I think both made a good end to the series. The cracks in space and time – how they all played together? Fantastic. I’m not going to give anything away here, but I liked this season.

I just wish we still had David Tennant and Russel T. Davies. I believe they were less about the effects, and more about the characters – which is obviously different from Matt Smith and Steven Moffat’s portrayal of the show.

And because of the way it’s portrayed with the new Doctor and producer, I feel like the show loses the emotion and impact it’s supposed to give people. That why it was such a popular show – it wasn’t about the Doctor, the aliens, and the fantastic TARDIS. Doctor Who was more about the characters – specifically the Doctor and why he risks his life to constantly save the humans. Those dull, ridiculous humans who keep messing up – but keep fighting.

Plus, his connections with the companions he picks up along the way. Seeing how the Doctor interacted with the companions made it even more obvious as to why he loved humans.

But, what’s done is done. I have high hopes for Matt Smith and Steven Moffat in the next season – maybe Matt Smith will find a way to change the Doctor so he’s different from the others. Maybe Steven Moffat with go deeper with the characters.

I’ll watch the next season.



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Online Applications

Any current student applying for college knows doing so online is probably easiest. Online applications are free, and my generation is computer savvy and obviously knows how to fill out an online application.

Wrong. I do not have the slightest inkling on how to fill out an online application – and everything is so confusing and frustrating that I might as well just pay the 50 dollars and send in a paper application.

First of all, I’ve signed up for an account on the Common App site…and I’m definitely confused. I added Kenyon to my list of colleges on the website, and I started filling out the stuff it told me to but I’m still lost. Is that all I need to fill out? What about the supplement application – is that going to be on the website too? If not, how do I send them together? Where do I send them to?

And then, there’s more questions. I downloaded the complete first-year application off the Common App website. Did I even need to? If I did, how am I supposed to be filling it out? I don’t know how to work Adobe or any similar program.

So, are the Adobe version of the application and the pieces that I’m filling out on the website the same application, or not?

My brain: WTF?




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