Summer!!!!!

*takes a deep breath* It’s finally summer!! :D I’m officially a junior! I know, I know…I haven’t posted since March but school has been the priority the past few months/weeks. And now that I am rid of lovely horrid Algebra 2, or Intermediate Algebra as some call it, I can sit back, relax, and update you (my wonderful followers whom I love so dearly) on what’s been going on with me.

Where to begin? Hmmm…

April was pretty uneventful for me if I’m remembering correctly.

The last three weeks of May were extremely busy. I went to Seattle from the 17th to the 20th with the music department for their annual trip. It was so much fun! All of us were exhausted when we got home though. The following Friday I had a “bonding” dinner with my fellow Journalism editors from this year and next year. I really enjoyed it! After the dinner, I went to see The Great Gatsby with Lindsay (instead of going to see Hangover 3 with the Journalism crew). Leonardo DiCaprio has REALLY blue eyes…like, seriously. My final Jazz concert was on the 29th and, luckily, I knew all the words to the songs. I hadn’t been to the practices because I was working with a tutor to help bring my math grade up, so I was worried that I wouldn’t know what we were singing. But I did AND I brought my math grade up!

Finals started on June 7th and ended on the 11th. As you can imagine, the first week of June was a bit stressful. I had my Jazz final on the 6th and it went extremely well! I sang Use Somebody by Laura Jansen as a solo. It was my first solo ever in front of a group! My other finals went pretty well too. I’m just happy it’s finally summer!

My summer plans include relaxing, working on my Girl Scout Gold Award and National Charity League hours, and interning at the La Jolla Blue Book. I know! I’m going to be an Events Blogger! My first day is next Wednesday, but I only have to “go in” to the office once a week since I can do my work from remotely anywhere. I’m so excited!

At last: an update!

Since I haven’t posted a full update since December (almost four months!), I am going to do each month separately and make each event a bullet point. That way it will be easier to follow!

January

  • 17th: My parents and I got interviewed by Gary Robbins from the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper. It was very interesting to be the one being interviewed and not the one writing the story, like in my Journalism class. I have now experienced both sides of the newspaper writing process which, in my opinion, is pretty neat!

February

  • 15th: My parents, my best friend (Lindsay Crowe), and I had our first photo shoot with James Gregg, the photographer from the Union Tribune, while I was getting my monthly IVIg infusion. Lindsay and I went on a walk around the block so that he could take some pictures of me in my *says in an Australian accent* “natural habitat”. I felt like I was being followed by the paparazzi, even though James was the only one taking the pictures!
  • 19th: Okay, everyone who knows me should know this one. But for those who don’t, February 19th is my birthday. However, this specific birthday was a big one. I turned sixteen!! :D I had my party on February 17th since I had a four day weekend that weekend. I had a blast! It was an amazing night!

March

  • 5th: I made a compromise with James after he left on the 15th that he could come take pictures at my birthday party, if and only if he’d come speak to my Journalism class at school. And he agreed to do it! He came to school right before lunch ended and I went down to the main office to meet him. I took him to my class where everyone was anxiously waiting. James talked about how he got started, shared some of his photos, and answered questions. A few of my classmates were very interested in his cameras/different lenses he uses. All in all, I think everyone enjoyed having him speak. 
  • 7th: I attended the first day of the annual genomic conference reception with Lindsay. While I was at school, my parents presented my case to the people attending the conference. I arrived at 5pm and presentations were still going on, however my parents’ presentation was over. After the presentations ended, the people who attended went out to the reception and mobbed me. It was weird being the center of attention. Everyone was coming up to me and talking to me. It was overwhelming. It was also really loud so I mostly just nodded and smiled. Later in the evening, I met Matthew Herper, an online reporter from Forbes Magazine’s website, and the former head of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Yeah, I guess you could say I’m a big deal. ;)
  • 8th: The second day of the conference was a lot more low key for me. I didn’t have tons of people coming up to me which was somewhat of a relief. I mean, I liked getting to talk to all the scientists, doctors, and reporters, but it was nice just to only talk to a few people that night.
  • 9th: I GOT A PUPPY!!!! I named her Allie. She’s a white Malti-Poo (Maltese+Poodle). She was 11 weeks old when we got her, but she’s literally the most mellow puppy in the world! She’s perfect! That night, I went to my school’s ASB Ball with my friend, Graciella Bragg. We both had so much fun!
  • 10th: The Union Tribune article on me was published! Everyone who read it loved the pictures! I was so excited that a lot of my friends read it.
  • 11th: The National Geographic article was posted online and the author linked my blog to it. I got 670 views in one day! It was cool. I also got views from all over the world. At school, everyone complimented me on the Union Tribune article. In Journalism, my teacher analyzed both articles with the class. It was so nice to see everyone so interested in it.
  • 15th: My application essay for becoming a page editor for my school newspaper was due. I was so excited. We edited a mock page and had fifty minutes to finish it. It was so nerve-racking! That night was my school’s annual talent show. I performed with the Jazz Choir. It was so fun but I don’t love being on stage. I would much rather be an editor or a writer than a performer.
  • 27th: I emailed my original accessibility article that was published in my school newspaper to the La Jolla Light. In the school newspaper version, the editors edited it so it was different. I heard back within twenty minutes of sending it. The email was from an editor saying that my article was wonderful and that they are going to use it in an upcoming issue as guest commentary. I sent my article in response to two articles; one about safety evacuation planning apps and the other about my school principal. That was very exciting!
  • 28th: Yay! The last event I have to write about!! Anyways, I went to a meeting where the Board of Education for my school district make decisions about ADA necessities for schools. I thought it was very interesting, but by the time it was 11am, I was chomping at the bit to go to school. I wanted to get to school before lunch ended and find out if I got the editor position. And I found out I’m going to be a copy editor next year!! Plus, an article I wrote on the economy was published on the FRONT PAGE of the school paper! That means I have had three articles published just this year!! I was so stoked!!! :D

And THAT is the end…for now.

Happy (almost) New Year!

I’ve had a VERY busy month so sorry for not posting sooner!

I had five holiday performances with my school’s Jazz Choir this month. I think all of us had so much fun! I had a blast singing holiday songs…even though we started practicing them in, yes, OCTOBER! It’ll be nice to sing some non-holiday songs when school starts again.

I’m writing a story/book. No adults are allowed to read it. Sorry! Everyone else who reads it LOVES it. I’m so glad it’s such a hit!

On the genome study front, my parents have a meeting with Scripps on January 16th or 17th to discuss the national (yes, I did say national) publicity campaign about my results and stuff. We aren’t sure which news organizations are going to be involved yet, but, we’ll probably find out on the 16th or 17th! I’m excited…I guess. I hate being the center of attention but hey, I’ve become a lot more braver in the past year or two.

I probably won’t post again until the new year (man, I am SO glad the world didn’t end on the 21st!) so have a happy new year! My next post will be in 2013… That’s cray cray (crazy) right there. ;)