Friday, May 24, 2013

Back to the Bend

Hey gang,

I arrived late last night after your typical Akron-Indianapolis-South Bend commute.  I did discover the idea of the audiobook on that 8 hour commute, listening to a series of classic short stories assembled by the BBC.  Major disappointment was that I didn't develop any accent whatsoever.  

Highlight of the trip was a quick trip to the Bates household and dinner with Carolyn.  She is headed to Loyola for psych grad school next year, so I'm doing my best to stay friends with a future celebrity.  We are also planning a pizza-making night in a few weeks, so stay tuned for those saucy details.

Today marks the beginning of my 2.5 month stint as the hall manager of McGlinn.  It is fantastic to be back on campus; still, it is an entirely different experience during the summer versus the school year.  The quiet is almost overwhelming in parts, while construction roars away elsewhere (cough, Morris Inn, cough).  Personally, I love it, as you can sprawl anywhere and read in peace (my current story of choice is East of Eden).  Everything is green, and as you can see from the pictures below, the sky is a perfect blue with wisps of clouds providing contrast.

For all of my fellow graduates who miss ND, I can confirm that the Dome, Basilica, and everything else is still here.  And still breathtaking.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hello, blogosphere

Hey world!

Today marks my entry into the blogging world.  With the suggestion from a few folks, I decided to document my journey and stay in Singapore for the upcoming year. Performing chemistry research at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a Fulbright Fellow, I hope to give some people a glimpse into the unique country of this lively island.

Now, I'll admit I'm cheating a bit, since I don't leave for the Far East until Aug. 9th.  Until then, however, I will be sharing various other thoughts, articles, and photos.  Plenty of photos, especially of Notre Dame (for all you domesick graduates).

Today's picture, two days after graduation, features myself and my folks after the Commencement Mass at ND.  Senior week plus commencement activities was an incredible way to cap off my undergraduate career, and graduation on Sunday was simply magical.

Hopefully, my blogging will improve throughout the summer, so I'm at full speed by Singapore. Until next time.

- Patrick