L’élection américaine

At the start of this renewed blogging effort I definitely didn’t think I’d blog for a week and then stop for 2.5 months, but the transition was (is?) hard, and I didn’t want this to become a daily rehashing of all of my thoughts running in a circle. Because many of the issues (especially the academic ones) took weeks to sort out, they preoccupied me, and they would’ve bogged down any post I tried to write, so I opted not to. Was that the right call? I don’t know, but it’s the call I made so it has to be.

In any event, I’ve got another month left to my first semester and I feel like I haven’t really done anything here. I haven’t really travelled (I took a day trip to Lille and a weekend trip to Marseille, both planned by Smith, but that’s been it), I have barely visited museums (the Louvre twice and the Picasso), and I tend to find myself in the same areas of Paris over and over again (I’m a creature of habit). My “spend as much time as I feel is necessary on work” mentality hasn’t shifted, while many other’s have, and that’s been difficult. Add to that the challenge of studying a science where you’re missing many of the prerequisites and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a lot of homework time.

I don’t want to say much about the election. Every year if I go back and look at anything I’ve written/thought/posted, I question what I was thinking. I know this year will probably be the same; maybe the base of what I’m feeling will be unchanged, but the manner in which I’d phrase it would be vastly different (and future me would argue, superior). Sometimes my positions change drastically. For example, until last Tuesday evening (read: before any results had come out as polls were still open everywhere in the US), I supported the electoral college. We had been talking about it in my science and society class, and someone else was staunchly against it. So when I got home, I watched a few videos that convinced me that I was wrong and that she was right; the system may have been put in place for a reason, but it does not serve its purpose any longer. Little did I know those feelings would certainly be multiplied come morning. Had I rammed on about the importance of the electoral college the night before on this blog, I’d feel pretty stupid coming out and saying “just kidding”, even though I shouldn’t. All that being said, as of today/last week, I am very, very, disappointed in the results of the election, and that’s all I really want to say on the matter.

Song of the Day: Lone Digger by Caravan Palace

2 thoughts on “L’élection américaine

  1. Hello, Mairead.
    Good to hear from you (as I’ve only been getting bits and pieces from my occasional correspondence with your busy mom).
    “I am very, very, disappointed in the results of the election, and that’s all I really want to say on the matter.” Ditto. Nothing much more to say; although my closest family and friends certainly heard from me and know my feelings, it does no good to dwell on it. Short of moving to Canada, we’ll move forward and hope for the best…
    Having the crew over there (SOON!) will give you the excuse to get out and about a bit more. FYI, getting to The Louvre twice is far more times than the average American! 🙂

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