Life Update

Life Update: 5/16 – 5/22

This was a pretty big week for me. Besides my second Genetics midterm and fall quarter registration (looks like another all-English term), I WAS ACCEPTED INTO JUSTINA IRELAND’S WRITING IN THE MARGINS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM!!! I’m seriously ecstatic and so, so grateful (have you heard the pitch for Justina’s upcoming series, Dread Nation? Holy shiitake) I’m so excited for the summer!

I also won stuff, which is always fun. Won a (very appreciated1) query critique from Rebecca Donnelly for Ava Jae’s blog giveaway, and since getting a library card at my campus’s Women’s Research and Resources Center last week, another free book in a giveaway! Yay free books!

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Oh, and besides the fact that Her Campus at UCD is now a Pink Level Chapter, this week is Womxn’s Issues Week! In honor of my fabulous doctor mother’s birthday, going to recommend this piece by my fellow colleague on women in medicine.

SCHOOL UPDATE

Started regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes in Genetics. Started SOZABOY by Ken Saro-Wiwa in Intro to Modern Lit and read GOING TO MEET THE MAN by James Baldwin in Advanced Fiction workshop.

Chinese History was the most exciting. Covered a lot of ground: the Republic of China, World War II, the Civil War, the beginning of the People’s Republic of China, and the Korean War. In discussing the May Fourth Movement, we read two enjoyable short stories: “Miss Sophia’s Diary” by Ding Ling and “The True Story of Ah Q” by Lu Xun. We also discussed gender a lot, and we watched a clip from a 1934 silent film, THE GODDESS. I’ve actually seen it before on YouTube and I’d recommend it! (Maggie Cheung plays Ruan Lingyu, the tragic star, in CENTER STAGE).

BOOKS/MOVIES/MUSIC RECAP

Finished Maggie Nelson’s THE ARGONAUTS for Hermione Granger’s Feminist Book Club, as well as Jessica Spotswood’s feminist contemporary YA, WILD SWANS. Good books!

Glass Animals announced their follow-up album, which I’m now hotly anticipating. Their new single is “Life Itself” and it is banging. Also, a certain bromance continues with The Last Shadow Puppets’ new music video for “Miracle Aligner”. It’s the most Alex Turner thing I’ve ever seen. Anyone else getting The Talented Mr. Ripley vibes?

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