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Worst of the Best

Life is good, but it doesn’t always feel that way.

Last week, in CSS junior econ tutorial, transitioning economies, we investigated the relationship between stabilization and economic growth.  I argued that the two are necessarily tied.

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Stabilization didn’t guarantee any specific results, but growth doesn’t come without stabilization.  It’s a painful process, but one that pays off.

See, pain comes before growth. You know, like…

1. When exhaustion tunnels through lethargic legs and I can barely lift my head— and I still make it through 8 1/2 hours in food service.

2. When the part of my schedule out of my hands self-adjusts— to fit my needs (academically & sleep-wise).

3. When I bust my tail, write with all I got in me, and screw up— and the professor patiently meets with me (every week).

4. When people who usually yell at me— start calling me by name and saying thanks.

5. When post-semester abroad bank account— starts to look like a financial-savvy, broke college account again (emphasis on the starting).

6. When amazon saves the day—again.

7. When people I was waiting on—-email me back.

8. When I needed more hours— and the librarian gives me an extra 20 hours during finals week and agrees to take me on as regular staff (for next year).





If your gonna dust, spray the floor and dig out the tube socks.

Tonight, I was walking back from small group and a thought hit me.  I’m actually going to miss this city.  We might have gotten off to a bad start.  I might have had one too many quiet nights, but still, I’m finally starting to figure this place out.  I was throughly lost tonight, and it didn’t even phase me.  I knew that if I walked far enough in a certain direction I’d find my way home.

By the way, despite messing up my java chip frappacino, my Starbucks at 53rd and Lexington remains my favorite location New York.  There are three Starbucks between the nearest subway stop and that one, but I wouldn’t trade my Starbucks for anything.  Yesterday, piles of young business interns filed in and out all afternoon.  The activity and continuous presence of people my age-ish helps me feel connected, and today I was chatting it up with a very endearing elderly gentleman.  We discussed everything from Broadway shows to Manhattan real-estate and the Koch Brothers.  It’s one of the few places I’ve been in the city where people actually make eye contact, let alone strike up friendly conversation with a stranger.

My Starbucks is right by the Chrysler Building (which is infinitely prettier than the Empire State Building)

I love how coffeehouses have been the places for conversation, work, and hanging out since coffee hit Europe in the early 16th century.

Due in large part to my ideal work location and delightful conversation, today was a model of productivity.   I love it.  Want proof?  (I did other stuff too)