Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Day 9: mental snapshots

Like I mentioned earlier, on Monday Steven, Victor, Serafin, and I (MIT SigEp) all went on a road trip up to Stanford to meet up with a buddy, Alex, at Stanford. (He's Stanford SigEp.) It was a great trip and I got to look around their d.school (design component of the MechE dept. for grad school) as well as talk with some grad students about what is involved with the program-- pretty neat stuff they have there! (Side note: I already feel out of place. I was walking around and everyone was so damn good looking, happy, and tan. *shakes fist to sky* Not to mention, the design stuff was wicked artsy! They're going to spot me from a mile away as outsider! Heh, meh. I'm still going to apply and put my best foot forward, haha. Here's to trying!)

I'm going to have to say that the highlight of the trip (and possibly one of the coolest memories I have of my college years thus far) was "playing the drums" in the Stanford band. In case you think it's just your average marching band, click on the link above and while you're at it, youtube some other videos because that band be CRAYon (like the term? crazy -> cray -> CRAYon??? I think I'm onto something here, guys...). It was-- invigorating. Dare I say, EPIC. Truly awesome. I felt so nervous at first because I have NO sense of rhythm whatsoever, but as soon as I strapped on my football-helmet-made-into-drum and saw how much fun everyone else was having, I soon forgot many of my inhibitions. While at first I was nervous, I quickly saw that there was no need. Alex advised me to do the choreo at least if I didn't know how to follow along (mind you, choreo, that is, jumping and kicking your feet about and doing random-ass moves, with a "drum" strapped to you was a new experience in itself!). I soon found myself rid of all the cares in the world just jumping around and doing my best to keep with the tempo. Can you picture it? Me with a helmet strapped to my waist sorta, two sticks in hand, all the while flailing about like a dork. It was golden. Some pictures were taken, however I did my best to occasionally take a moment to let it all soak in and take the best data collection of all:
memory photos. 

I don't know if you've ever seen Elizabethtown, but there's this scene that has forever stuck with me where the main actress takes a mental picture. I think it's a beautiful concept. Obviously I want to be able to capture all special moments of my life via film/tangible means, but all too often, I get caught up in adjusting the aperture settings of my camera and forget the most important fact: to appreciate the moment through my own two "lenses" first and THEN an external one.

Needless to say, so far this summer I've tried to take at least one mental pic per day (I've failed to even keep that up sometimes, but it's a start at least). The Stanford band was certainly an unforgettable addition to my every growing memory book.

I'd like to give a huge shout out to Alex, thank you dude, that was an amazing memory for my collection. Sorry we crashed your place the week before finals! We all thank you tons!

Thanks for reading!

Much love,
Chacha