Hi people. So I didn’t post what I said I’d post on Saturday which, at this point, should not surprise anyone. I mean schedules, deadlines, me….Not. A. Good. Combo. At. All.
But let’s track back to what I need to write about here. I’m only going to talk about important events here so forgive me if I skip a week or two in the process of retelling.
On the 28th of October, I attended an event. Wait let’s backtrack. Drexel’s many departments hosts events each week which is usually inviting distinguished professors and the like to present a talk or seminar on a topic. As an International Area Studies (henceforth referred to IAS) major, my department is the College of Arts and Sciences and there’s usually some kind of culturally significant event happening each week. And I usually try to attend it.
So on the 28th of October was a documentary screening. Which documentary?
How to survive a plague is a documentary about the AIDS crisis that plagued the homosexual community in the 1980s. The whole focus of this documentary is the efforts of homosexual activist groups ACT UP and TAG to try and raise awareness about the disease.
I was very anxious to watch this actually. I’d already seen ‘The Normal Heart’ the tv movie which was based on the events of this documentary so I was basically dying to see the original source material. ‘The Normal Heart’ was so good so when I saw that this was being screened by the university, I just did an internal backflip in joy.
Watching the movie was so different from watching any other movie. Why? Cause this movie makes you feel so many things, so many times. One moment you feel hopeful seeing the formation of the activist groups and the next, you feel horrified at the discrimination against homosexuals. It was an amazing eye-opening movie. But unlike the tv movie ‘The Normal Heart’ which focused on the personal lives of the leaders of the activist groups, the documentary focused more the large scale AIDS crisis so while there were instances in the documentary I felt I’d seen before, it was also a completely new angle.
After the movie was Halloween which got pretty crazy but I’m not going to talk about that. It was just another party on just another weekend, the only difference being that people were wearing costumes. I mean there was guy dressed up as the main character from the Rocky Horror Show.
Then on November 10th I went to another event. It was a talk on how Jewish refugees in the Soviet Union wrote and sang Yiddish songs to express and communicate their feelings about the second world war. It was a talk unlike any other because some of the songs were actually performed during the seminar.
To be fair, I didn’t go into the seminar very enthusiastic. I saw Yiddish and Old and I felt it was going to be boring. I only actually went because attending an event that’s culturally lauded is a requirement our first semester. But then he started singing the songs and I thanked my lucky stars that I’d actually come to the event.
I’ve also being watching Kuroko No Basuke which means Kuroko’s basketball. I’ve been pseudo-binge-watching it (I DO have homework and classes) and right now I’m nearing the end of the third season. Which regrettably is the final season *sad weepy face*.
Overall, it’s been a busy time (granted, that was only three things I wrote about but still) and in between assignments and classes, I’ve been busy. I also discovered Steam two days ago.
Have I been reading? I’ve been trying to. Honest to god, I’ve been trying so hard to make time to read books, and there’s like this duo of books that I got sent from home that’s in Sinhala and I just have been trying and trying and trying but I’ve read like the first 6 pages and that’s it and also I realize that this is one of the longest sentences I’ve ever typed and I ever will and let’s bask in the glory of this moment shall we?
And that is it. Honestly speaking, I’m shocked as to how little time I have for MYSELF. As in no time to read books, no time to listen to music, and the only way I have time to watch anime is DURING my meals, on my small (relatively compared to my laptop) phone screen. *extra sad weepy face*.
So yeah. That’s college. For me. Basically. (I’m dying. Don’t tell anyone.)