Posted by Joe N.
Those of you who watch LOST immediately understand the title of this post, for those of you who don't it actually doesn't matter. I chose the numbers for the title of my post because right now as I'm writing this the premiere of the last season of LOST is on. Normally I would be watching it but I have plans to watch it with one of my friends who is just as obsessed as I am in full HD tomorrow night (if I were to watch it tonight it would only be standard definition). So let's get to the numbers and how they're significant to this post.
4 - 4 weeks ago was the beginning of the new year. For me this is going to be a big year. It's going to be my first full year as a college student, my first year where I'm away from home for the majority of the time, the first full year that I'm legally an adult, so on and so forth. Looking back at 2009 I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and even though I'm sorry that the year had to end, I'm excited for this new year and new decade.
8 - In approximately 8 weeks regular decision notifications will be sent out to all of the people who applied to Hopkins. This may not seem like a big date for me right away but I assure you it is. The project that I am working on for SAAB right now is nothing short of the biggest project that I've ever taken on. It's taken up and will take up a LOT of my free time, but it's something that I love doing and I know how amazing its going to end up. I originally started organizing and planning for this project in October (the original deadline was the ED Notification date). Over the last week of intersession I spent probably 10-15 hours working on what I planned to show to the other people involved in this project so we could hit the ground running this semester. 8 is also significant to me because just about 8 weeks ago my classes for the first semester ended and the reading period began. As you may have known from my post reflecting about that semester it wasn't all that easy for me, but I passed all of my classes and my GPA ended up being a little bit lower than my target GPA, but I was still very happy with my grade.
15 - I woke up 15 hours ago and realized that it was the day of the LOST Season Premiere. I wouldn't have known this if it weren't for one of the public announcements that I receive in my inbox every morning reminded me of this fact. Normally I would use this post to rant about LOST and everything that I like about it but as I said I'm holding off all my emotions about Lost until I watch it tomorrow night. Don't worry, my next blog will most likely be about LOST and why it is one of the greatest shows on TV.
16 - If you add up all these numbers you get 108. If you divide 108 by 16 you get 6 with a remainder. 6 hours ago Lauren and I finished up a HUGE portion of the project that we're working on. I know what you're thinking, with all this talk of this project when are we going to find out what it is or be able to see the results? Good question! If everything goes according to plan you'll know what the first portion of this project is in just under a week and you'll be able to see what Lauren and I have been working on. As I said before the second part of it (which is far greater than the first in magnitude) won't be revealed until the Regular Decision notifications are released. Expect two blog posts from me around these times that explain everything that the project entailed, how much time was spent on it, why they're so awesome, etc.
23 - Almost exactly 23 weeks ago I packed up pretty much everything that I owned and prepared to move into my dorm in McCoy Hall. It was tough because I had to leave all my friends behind even though I knew I would make new friends here. In many ways it seems like this was an eternity ago, I've been through so much but at the same time I can remember the last few days I spent with my friends like they were yesterday. It's funny because I looked forward to being able to spend time with all my friends on winter break, but at the end it just seemed ... well boring. I was home for a total of 5 weeks and if I weren't so bored on the final week I wouldn't have accomplished anything for the project that I'm working on.
42 - Approximately 42 weeks ago I was notified of my acceptance to Hopkins. If you haven't already you should read my post about my feelings about my acceptance and the thoughts that I had in the following weeks. This was another huge milestone in my life and as my last few days in high school went by I was ambivalent once more. I was more excited that I had ever been in my life to attend Hopkins and yet I didn't want my high school days to end. My feelings were nothing but positive after summer of last year as it was nothing short of the best summer in my life, and it left me without any regrets. I have no doubt that this summer will be just as fun, if not better. For those of you high schoolers who are reading this be sure to do everything you want during the summer after your senior year and during your last days of high school, there's nothing like being able to look back and say that you accomplished all of your goals.
I have to admit when I first decided that I was going to write my post like this I didn't think that I'd be able to get it to work with all of the numbers. If you add all those numbers up you get 108 and approximately 108 weeks ago I became obsessed with the show LOST and found out that I loved web design and worked with some of my HS classmates to redesign our school's website (http://www.hths.mcvsd.org/). Up until now this was the biggest project that I had taken on, but there were 5 of us so that wasn't a big deal.
As for my video for this week, it's called "How to Not Make Bread," but to tell you the truth everyone that I know makes bread like they do in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHK0uFb6Vzw. Thanks again for reading, see you in about 2 weeks!