Cabin Fever

I was going to save my blogging for later in the week, but since the first week has failed so utterly (and I’m trapped out of New York City for a third straight day), I figure I shouldn’t count on anything. And I’m starting to get a little bored.

Starting on Sunday, I was supposed to be volunteering for the Pinstripe Bowl. I need experience with these kinds of things to put on my resume if I want to do anything with my life, and it’s the first bowl game in NYC in 50 years. So I signed up to volunteer the entire week; the Syracuse welcome rally on Sunday, street teams on Monday through Wednesday, and Good Morning America on Thursday.

But then it snowed. A lot.

The blizzard started on Sunday, and I’d have to come home during the worst of the storm, so that wasn’t going to happen. The LIRR was shut down all day on Monday, which ended up being okay, because all street team stuff was cancelled anyway. But it’s happening today, and I’m not there because the LIRR’s service is STILL limited. I watched the news and have checked the website, and can’t make heads or tails of train times. I don’t even think the Baldwin station has been plowed yet, if I’ve heard correctly.



Come on. This is NEW YORK. It’s not like it’s never snowed here before! This much of a fail would be expected in, say, Miami. But we’ve gotten worse storms in fairly recent memory. So why can I still not get into NYC a full 24 hours after the storm stopped?

So maybe I’ll get to fulfill my commitments starting tomorrow. MAYBE. I feel terrible for emailing the guy in charge every day saying “uh, sorry, can’t make it” … but what else can I do?


And this is now the third day in a row where I’ve had nothing to do because my plans have been made impossible. I mean, I like doing nothing as much as the next college student, don’t get me wrong. But I was supposed to have things to do! Grrr.

*Deep breath*

That being said, I’ve had a pretty nice few days being stuck inside. I’ve watched a lot of Castle (new episodes start again on January 3rd! YAY!), and found some new obsessions. First, Bath and Body Works’ winter candy apple scent. Every now and then I sniff my hand because it’s just so delicious. Equally as delicious is Trader Joe’s peppermint hot chocolate (or any peppermint hot chocolate, really). The regular stuff just isn’t as satisfying anymore! And finally, Street Corner Symphony. Has anyone else watched The Sing Off on NBC? It’s an acapella group competition show, and it’s only on for five episodes once a year, sadly. But I’m in love with it! Street Corner Symphony was one of the groups on the latest season, and they’re AMAZING! They’re basically all I’ve listened to for the last week or so. I sat here for literally 10 minutes trying to figure out which performance of theirs to link in this post, because they’re all so epic.

But I haven’t just been sitting around. Well, yeah, I have, but some of the stuff I’ve been doing while sitting hasn’t been a total waste of time. I started searching for summer internships today! And I’m scared out of my mind! :P So far, on my list is: the USOC, MLB, SNY, NBC, and ESPN (even though their presentation at Miami a few months ago scared the hell out of me and destroyed my self confidence about being good enough to work there). I’m thinking about applying to Time Inc. (for Sports Illustrated) as well, but that application is due on January 14th, so I wouldn’t even be able to get help from Toppel (the on-campus career center). Would it even be worth it? And I cannot, for the life of me, find ANYTHING about internships with either the Mets or the Yankees. So if they exist, and you know about them, please tell me!

Oooh, actually, I’ll ask the volunteer coordinator for the Pinstripe Bowl about Yankees internships. BAM said the lady!

But Mets? Anyone? Bueller?

Oh, and I fell in love last night. With the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. I spent about an hour on its website, completely not paying attention to the rerun of Castle that was on… and for those of you that know me, that’s a big deal! Haha. I’ve wanted to go to Denmark since my group did a project on it in PAG in fourth grade :). I still want to go to Oxford, but I checked their website and didn’t see any journalism classes (or “tutorials”). If I go through this program, I’d be able to take journalism classes, and have at least one trip built in! God only knows if I can afford it, but that goes for pretty much any study abroad program. Now all I have to do is figure out if I want to go in the fall or the spring, go to the study abroad office to see if everything transfers okay, and… do many, many more things. But having a destination that’s actually feasible is a good first step! :D


But for now I guess I’ll just go stalk the LIRR website some more and hope that I’ll have some fun volunteering stories to tell on Friday.

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