So, I'm back in New York, made it alright. Summer was pretty rough, and if you really want to know I'll tell you personally. But that's over and done with now, so moving on.
Or moving in, I should say :) My new dorm is Greenwich Hotel, a mere two blocks from the river. I absolutely love it. I was kind of wary going into the whole eight-person-room thing, but it's not bad at all. Especially since we have two bathrooms, two fridges, a huge kitchen and common room, a dartboard and TiVo. Not that I watch a whole lot of TV anymore, but still. Plus, even though I'm in a triple, my room is still huge. I've got my own little corner all set up nice. And we get maid service, which is incredible! And it's once a week. And we get free HBO. Awesome. Well, for what I'm paying it had better have all that. I should also get chocolate mints on my pillow, but hey it's New York.
So let's see, my roommates are Sasha, Amanda, Alyse, Caroline, Becky, Hyun-Jin and Anne. Whew :) But they are all so nice. We all get along great, which is a huge relief after last year. Plus I get to actually cook this year. No more dependence on a meal plan for me. And I can go running in the morning along the river, which is fantastic. Though the gym is a lot farther away this year. But I've got my schedule down pat. Oh, and I got a job! It is the easiest job in the world. During the interview, the woman who hired me told me there isn't a whole lot of work for me to do, so most of the time I'd just be sitting around. Which is absolutely fine with me. I've gotten a bunch of reading done at work, getting paid $9 an hour to study. I can deal. Plus when there is work it is easy stuff like faxing or stuffing envelopes. I am so grateful for this job because I need food money this year.
My classes are great.
Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion:
Lovely. The reading is so... deep, meaty, intense. All these philosophers debating the question "what is religion?" Yikes. I didn't realize there were so many answers. This class has tons of reading, like 200 pages a week. So it is most definitely keeping me busy.
Science Fiction Cinema:
Incredible. Today we watched Forbidden Planet. And last week we watched The Day the Earth Stood Still. This class has a lot of papers (four 5+ pages during the year, and one 15+ page paper at the end of the year). No exams, though, thank God. But I'm a sci-fi junkie, so it will be good.
Last level of French, thank You Jesus. I'm almost done with the required stuff. But actually the class is getting better. Meaning I can actually understand stuff now. It's finally not all gibberish. Plus the prof is very nice.
This class is great. The prof is incredible. I heard so many great things about him, and they were all correct. He makes the class interesting, and he really helps us out a lot with notes and stuff like that. He's so organized.
Oh, and the big news for the day: I'M GOING TO PARIS NEXT SPRING!!!
Yes, I have been accepted to NYU in Paris for Spring 2007. I paid my deposit today, and I am so excited! I think this will be such a good experience for me, especially since I'm going into it with the mindset that it is a semester-long mission trip. I'm really going to focus on doing God's work in France. The cool thing was, in the same batch of e-mails where I got my acceptance letter, I also got an e-mail from this group called "Pray4Europe" and the prayer for this week was "Let's focus on France." Ha! Isn't it amazing how God works?
By the way, He has been so incredibly good to me. I love being back at Remnant. Worship is incredible because I can really feel God there. I feel so free there and so clear. But the most important part is I know I am truly worshiping Him there. He knows my heart, and my heart is completely focused on Him. Honestly, this summer really showed me that fact. I trust in Him for everything, for He is faithful and He will always provide.
I bought some posters at Kimmel yesterday. I couldn't take the bare white space anymore.
Last week when I bought a croissant from a street vendor, the guy I always went to last spring before my Einstein class, he actually remembered me! Which was so weird, but cool because I felt like now I'm a part of this city. Even if just one random person remembers I was here, it's still pretty cool.
I had a dream last night, and I'm still working it out in my mind. I feel so content right now. I'm glad I have a journal to write down my dreams in, and I'm glad I have a journal where I can talk to myself about the dream.
Je suis contente.
"I love my Father/My Father loves me/I dance for my Father/My Father sings over me"
I love You Jesus. You are my everything.
Have a lovely night everyone, and here is the quote of the day:
"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway."