Brains over Beauty, Beauty over Brains, can we find some balance please?
Me and my friend Maria recently had a lengthy discussion over deciding which college she wanted to go to and after a while of talking about courses and the like, the subject turned to the student body. She mentioned that one of her school's student bodies was ranked among the top in terms of physical fitness and overall hotness/attractiveness and jokingly said that may just make her go there. I then retorted that while I love the occasional piece of eye candy myself, I wouldn't want to go to a school where everyone was gorgeous and constantly image obsessed, plus if if I was constantly surrounded by gorgeous guys, I would become desensitized. Heck, the joy of seeing a really hot guy just walk by is like getting a letter from a long lost friend, it's great in small doses but much of the novelty wears off if it happens all the time. She conceded this but then we both had a laugh and decided that it would definately be really tempting.
But what is the ideal mix of beauty and brains?
The perfect mix for me is the nerdy-jockish guy who straddles the brains-beauty line just so. You know, the one who plays football or rows and has the body to match but also wears glasses and is just as at home reading in the library. Unfortunately that's hard to come by, especially in my school where it seems guys fall into one category or the other. My school has its fair share of pretty boys and an equal number of brilliant guys but few that carry the best of both worlds. Maybe it is asking a lot, but sometimes you need to rummage deep to find what you want.
Anyways, I hope life has treated you guys well. Allergies have been killing me recently but a storm recently passed by and that helped somewhat. I wore a pair of shorts for the first time this year which I rarely do. On Wednesday I'll be flying out to Portland, Oregon for a journalism conference (and missing three days of school!) which should be really fun, I haven't gone there since I was 4 so I plan to make the most of this experience. I'll be sharing a room with three other guys including one from crew and we decided we would be working out together each night. I only wish I wouldn't have to get up at 4AM to catch the flight to Portland, I really am not a morning person.
The college decision choice is close to being made and I'll be sure to let you guys know as soon as it's been set in stone, but it seems that I will staying local ;)
My college journey is coming to an end, and so far, things seem to be pointing to me a choice between three schools: University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary and Georgetown University. I didn't get into my top pick of The Wharton School at UPenn and I got rejected from Columbia University and I haven't heard from Harvard yet. All of these schools were my reach schools so I'm not devastated that I didn't get in.
But now that it seems the field has cleared up a bit, I need to get decision making. All the schools had their pros and cons and I want to make a firm decision and not end up playing college roulette or anything and make my decision based on chance rather than where I actually want to go.
Here are some pros and cons:
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
-Arguably one of the best schools in the South
-Comparatively affordable (but at roughly $40K, it's hardly cheap. -Not too far from home
-Lots of friends are going here
-Not the nicest campus in the world (too big, spread out)
-Has a reputation of the people being preppy and stuck-up
-No financial aid
-It's in the middle of nowhere, nothing to do that's close by.
The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
-Beautiful campus, rural without feeling detatched
-Historic location and area and right next to Busch Gardens Europe!
-Relatively affordable (about $43K) -Nice, warm, welcoming people
-Lots of friends are going here
-More expensive (no word on financial aid offers yet)
-Farther from home
-The climate is a bit too warm and humid for my tastes
-It felt a bit....Southern
Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
-Felt most comfortable, I could actually see myself going here
-Best campus and location. Felt like a separate world despite being in D.C.
-Close to home
-It's in D.C. so there's so much to do!
-Again, close to home
-Holy student loans Batman! ($52K!!)
-I only know of two other people who got in/might go here
-Students admit there is a homophobia problem but that it's also getting better -No financial aid
Notice that I didn't include Harvard on the list; I doubt I will get in and it's also hella expensive. Really, Harvard is a lot like a BMW or Mercedes, you buy it for the name first and foremost and everything else plays a minor role. Anyways, the campus felt old and stuck up and the people were much the same, it was really overrated in my mind.
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Maria - My best friend since kindergarden, I know almost everything about her and she about me. She was the first person I came out to and has been the rock ontowhich I go to when things get rocky in life. She's the only person I can actually speak completely open and frankly with. I don't know what I would do if I never met her all those years ago.
M - A girl I became friends with freshman year of high school, we've become very close friends and continue to be to this very day. We are surprisingly similar personality wise and value each other's opinion very highly. I can talk freely to M almost as much as I can with Maria. She currently attends an ivy-league university up north; I'm really glad we met all those years ago and can only imagine how my high school years would have turned out if we never met.
Miss X- Foodie, blogger, photgrapher, one of my best friends, and someone who can have a delightfully dry sense of humour. We met early on in high school and have been friends ever since. We often go on adventures accross NOVA with our little circle of friends which are occasionally recounted here on this blog.
Christine- Friends since we could barely ride half the roller coasters at theme parks, Christine is a magical being who is one of the few people I could and would talk about anything with for hours on end. She's currently spending much of her time in NYC though we still see each other very often. Her dramas sometimes make my drama seem like childsplay.
Mark -A former dorm mate, and now former crush. He came out as bi to me and Maudry one night which he has been increasingly comfortable with. He's tall, has short brown hair and used to play football. He's ambitious and looks to make a big impact in the world of Politics in the future. I have had a crush on him and we've gotten together a few times. I thought our relationship could have been something more, but in the end it will end up staying as a friendship. I hope only the best for him.
Liz - One of best friends at school. She's funny, charismatic and is someone who I can tell almost anything to. She's friends with Maudry, Mark and is part of the first floor crew who I love and frequently visited during my freshman year, we're still great friends today.
Matt - My now former love, hate, drug, everything. I met him back during my Sophomore year and the crush I developed on him that stuck for the longest time. He's tall, has brown blond hair and the rare but desirable "serious but funny" personality that makes me melt. He also has probably one of the best smiles of any guy I know. He was one of the captains of my high schools cross country team. For quite some time I've tried to end this obsession over him but everytime I seemed to make progress, I'd relapse. He's a great guy but in all liklihood he's straight.
Southern Charm (aka SC) - A guy on the crew team who had moved up from Florida during my senior year. He's charming, tall, and slim with brown slightly wavy short hair. When I first met him I got the thought that he might be gay, a thought I quickly suppressed. Since then, we had become pretty good friends. My friend Jess has a crush on SC. One evening on a car ride home, my friend Dutch told me she thought that SC might be gay, something I had repressed in my mind for months, but was pushed to the front of my mind again. He's now a freshman and is study engineering and comp sci in university.
Ben - A guy I had the pleasure of knowing for one of the best weeks of my life during a cruise over the summer. He's a bit shorter than me but was also a senior who runs cross country. We got to know each other pretty well and had many conversations during that week that I will probably never forget. He has brown hair and the most beautiful light brown eyes. I'm pretty sure he's straight but i couldn't help but get the feeling he could have been bi. He's mostly in my summer 2009 posts.
Dutch - My friend who I met during my junior year on the crew team. She's a fun great person to be around and is someone I could talk about anything with, especially during the private car rides back from practice. We both know of all the crew drama that goes on.
My Family - A network of people who I love with all my heart despite their nuances, quirks and often ridiculous practices. Apart from my mom, I haven't told anyone I'm gay and probably won't for a while. They're not ready for that and don't need the added stress.
Various Single Lettered Friends (L, T, K etc)- Friends I got too lazy to actually come up with an alias for (I gave up after five, how sad haha). They are usually someone from my close group of friends some of which I have come out to. We have a very mutually supportive relationship that fosters great bonds between us as a group.
**Names Changed to Preserve Anonymity**
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