Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Wow, so this is what it's like- to achieve one's goal of 7 years. I'm here. I did it. More accurately, we did it. I know I put in the hours of work, but it was you, the supporter, Mom, Bro, Mike and Myla, Nancy and Keith, everyone- you all made it possible for me to feel loved when overwhelmed, safe when scared of failing, and at ease and constantly aware of God's glory.

So a quick update: I'm here at MIT, first of day of classes were today! Man, I'm pooped. I've got some math reading to do still! It's going well thus far, but it's been a long day, 10-5 with an hour for lunch. And while that may not seem like a lot for a normal job, I think being mentally aware is much harder to maintain for such a period of time. It still hasn't fully sunk in that I'm an MIT student....I'm an MIT, Chacha, Jacqueline Nicole Durazo, an MIT student. That title has always seemed like such an elusive mystical one, one too exotic for a girl like me. Yet here I am. And what am I doing?! DIVING IN AND THEN LEARNING TO FLOAT! So, I came here early to do a "camp" for freshmen. I chose the Freshmen Arts Program, since I"m not that artsy, I thought the group of kids would be interesting! I did music, and I LOVED IT! I felt so motivated I tried out for 5 a cappella groups! AND GUESS WHAT?! I got into the Christian group called MIT Cross Products! I was so proud of myself for trying out. Man, that first solo, having to sing by myself, it was intense. I was nervous. And regardless of getting into an a cappella group, I was SO proud of myself! :) Auditioning is serious business and I've never sung by myself infront of anyone...I guess I did practice in front of Tommy (a group leader for FAP, my camp) but other than that, nothing! In any case, when I heard I got in, I was out front of Target, and I literally screamed and jumped up and down. It was a fantastic day! We have a group retreat the weekend of the 17th (mom's birthday!!)! I anticipate many good times with these people!

So here I am, pondering what am I to do here!? I barely started school, am already involved in an a cappella group, an MIT documentary of student life, and a full courseload! I'm not even taking any intensely advanced classes! Oh yeah, the documentary, so starting with my year, there is a film and production crew that will be filming and following eight freshmen over the course of our four years, in an effort to personally understand what MIT life is like! They gave me a little video recorder, and I"m supposed to record things as I see fit! It's quite an honor in my book, I'm one of eight! In any case, I've already met with them and had a 45 minute interview, filmed with the stage makeup and all! Haha...and now they'll just poke into my life every 4-6 weeks to see how things are going. Meanwhile I'm recording away! They'll eventually have a website where they post these things. As soon as I know, I'll pass it along!

Man, it's getting late, I should go to bed, but I still have reading to do! Ahh...I don't know. Maybe read a little and then get up early? Hmm...class at 11am. Then at 1. Hmm...Oh yeah, mom is leaving tomorrow. Not going to be fun times. Nevertheless, I'm really busy, in a good way, and I've got lots of good people (LIKE MY BRO!!) to surround myself with, so the homesickness, though it'll be strong, will be conquerable. Furthermore, anytime any of y'all want to send me a card, email, phone call, feel free! If you want my address, just let me know, I'll get it to you! Love you all very much. Thanks for the love, support, and prayers! Keep it coming, okay?!

Sorry if this is just a bunch of jumble...I'm just getting down what I can. Nighters!


  1. What an incredible beginning to an even more incredible life of an incredible person.

    Even though we're on opposite coasts, technology will lessen that divide. We're rooting for you! :)

  2. You'll be great, Cha-Cha. Just remember to sleep and eat. The rest will happen. (Oh, yeah, and one of the things you "learn" as an MIT student is what reading is actually required and what is just "recommended" - as in, no one gets around to it.)

  3. :) Aw, Mike. You guys are a constant source of support and love! I really do appreciate it all! Also, we need to have another video chat next weekend or something. Also also, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU! :D

    Haha, Kim. I think i've already started to discover that hidden/not-so-hidden truth about the reading! I find going over past quizzes for 3.091 is all that I need to be prepared for the quizzes we have this year! I might not be learn all that I would learn if I read the book, but it's working fine for me so far...We'll see. :P