Song of the Day: NASA feat. Kanye West, Lykke Li, Santogold- Gifted
Happy Post Halloween! I hope everybody had a safe and scary haunting. This has been a pretty busy week (in the activities sense, for once not so much in the work sense)
Friday afternoon I went to a luncheon held by our Career Center with Elliot Easterling '93, an alum who now is the CEO of a media company. I'm considering advertising as a career path, since I had a lot of fun at my summer internship at an ad agency. The luncheon was very interesting, he talked a lot about the different types of agencies, how digital is now the way to go, and the differences between large and smaller boutique agencies. He lives a pretty exciting life, now also working with offices in Asia, and it makes me hope that I can one day have some semblance of a successful career. Only a small group of seniors, about 8 of us said we'd join which is a sharp contrast from the amount of seniors that are applying now to banking and consulting jobs. One kind of frustrating thing about the job hunt, for me at least, is that it seems there's only 4 career paths that people talk about at Amherst: Doctor, Lawyer, Banker, Consultant. With this luncheon (and the career panel he did later in the day) it sheds some light into other industries that Amherst students can break into but its just not as emphasized as the big 4, which is unfortunate in my opinion.
Friday night I went out to dinner with some friends and Jen and her family who were up shopping at the Holyoke Mall that day. There is the strip malls down Route 9 about 5 minutes that have some shopping but if you realllly want the shopping experience, the closest place is the Holyoke Mall (they have a huge H&M). It was also a semi birthday dinner as we haven't actually given Jen, nor Carrie their gifts. At dinner, I decided I really wanted to go to Hampshire Halloween so I texted a few friends who I heard were getting rid of their tickets and by the end of dinner I was going. Hampshire Halloween is a huge party that is held by Hampshire College, one of the 5 College Consortium institutions. This was my first year (and last...sadly) going. It was great!!! They had set up tents outside with djs or bands and just had platforms to dance on, strobelights, and awesome music. They also had a icecream truck selling waffles nearby...delish! Some of the costumes that people came up with were hilarious, like the jellyfish. I think by far the most popular was Max, from Where the Wild Things Are. I was a lumberjack.
Saturday I decided was going to be a work day so I went to Rao's Coffee to do some reading for my exam next week. Much to my surprise and delight, Mike Hudak ended up joining me and we had a lovely study session. I also wandered around town and found this quaint little garden behind one of the churches in town to photograph. This week's assignment is "A Place I've Never Been". Later in the night my dorm threw a Halloween Party and some people had some really inventive costumes. Some of my friends were Smurfs, pirates, 80's aerobic instructors, and some were infomercial people wearing Snuggies and even had a book w/booklight! I was Thomas the Tank Engine, a throwback to my childhood. If you don't know about Thomas, I refer you to this.
Today I went to support Haley at her fieldhockey game for a bit. Unfortunately they lost but hopefully they will still get a bid to NCAA's as they've had a pretty good season. Afterwards I needed to finish my photo assignment as well as get some more work done. I had heard many things about this cafe/bookstore in Montague, MA called the Book Mill so I decided to drive there. After getting lost for about 20 minutes I found it.
Despite my initial frustration it was such a cute place that I couldn't stay angry. It's right next to a rushing river and also connected to a cafe, a dinner restaurant, a music store and an antique store. There were many nooks and crannies within the aisles for people to sit and work and also a cafe to get some food and coffee. It was also such a beautiful day today that people were sitting outside, the sunlight was gorgeous and the photo ops were abundant. Definitely will be going back at some point when its less crowded.
This week on deck, I have a Bio exam on Wednesday, an art lecturer (a photographer) Tuesday afternoon, and an ACPB event, the comedian Johnny Cardinale who seems hysterical on his webpage Tuesday night. Ill keep y'all updated!