I haven’t blogged for a while now. It has been a hectic two weeks of starting my internship, packing, continuing with my research project, moving out of my old apartment, and striving to maintain a reasonable level of routine to my life. Summer Orientation is officially over. I am thrilled to have heard wonderful things about orientation from the new incoming class via personal feedbacks and tweets. Thanks to New Student Services, we succeeded in welcoming over 7000 incoming freshmen and transfer students to the UT campus. I am beyond excited for them to come at the end of the month to embark on a new chapter of their life here in Austin. I made new wonderful friends during orientation. I look forward to keeping those relationships strong throughout the upcoming year.
Summer Olympics in London this year has hit it off with a strong start for Team USA. Though I was puzzled by a few minute details during the Opening Ceremony, and frustrated by the absentminded point-out-the-obvious, with at times, unnecessary political commentary by NBC, I thought London has put forth a great Opening Ceremony show for the world to see with memorable moments like the Queen parachuting out of helicopter 007-style, the music through the decades showcasing British cultural evolution, classic Mr. Bean segment, the always emotional lighting of the torch, and the unforgettable sing-a-along with Paul McCartney in “Hey Jude.” Firework lit up the London skyline in a perfecto ending signaling the start of yet another true international sporting tradition cherished by all nations.
When I checked this morning, Team USA is currently in lead in medal counts with 26 medals, and second only to China in gold medal count. The gymnastic team has outdone itself last night and delivered gold for the whole country to see. Those girls have shown grace and confidence throughout the whole competition. Their much deserved champion status last night is a triumph shared by all Americans as we were all riveted to our television, rooted and cheered for Aly, Gabby, Jordan, McKayla, and Kyla. And Michael Phelps, now an Olympian legend, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 19 medals to show for, is a favorite among all Americans. When I was scrolling through my tweets last night, I saw President Obama’s tweet to Phelps, “Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. — bo.” Now for political nerds like myself who follow a whole host of politicians on Twitter, I know that “bo” means Barack Obama himself tweeted. Regardless of my disagreements with the President on policies, that was pretty darn cool.
Look forward for Team USA to further deliver and make us all proud for the next couple of weeks! TEAM USA!!!