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Holy Hurricane in Rochester Batman!

Clarissa Baston on Thursday, 12 February 2009. Posted in Life After RIT, Rochester & Monroe County, Student Life

It's been a little while since I've last blog, but last weekend was crazy and week 9 is totally kicking my behind.  So let's start with what I did this weekend:

Since everyday is one day closer to graduation day, I've been thinking about what I might do after RIT.  So I went to my old hometown of New York City to get some ideas.  In my profile, I mentioned that I like to bake cakes and such so I went to visit the French Culinary Institute.  When I got into their office, the experience was so surreal.  I am so used to being on the other side of the desk, checking people in that I completely forgot how scary it was entering into something completely different.  I felt like I was in dorky high school kid again.  My heart was in my stomach. 

Then I met with one of the counselors and I tried my best to speak clearly and not shake so violently.  But all the nervousness went away when he showed me all the work of all these famous chefs who actually teach there!  I was so inspired.  I then went on the tour of the school.  I swear every inch of that place gave me goosebumps.
"This is where they shot Top Chef"
"Bobby Flay graduated here."
"You can eat your homework..." (he didn't really say that, but that's what I was thinking)

My favorite part of the place was this wall of handprints on cement (like the one in Hollywood.) of famous chefs.  Chefs like, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Jacque Papin!!! (If you do not know who these people are...GOOGLE THEM!)  And my second favorite part was the tour guide was able to snag some treats from the kitchens (yummy)

Anywho...the rest of the time spent in New York City was in restaurants that I used to go to when I was a kid, so it was a good trip down memory lane.

As much as I loved every second in NYC, I had to return to Rochester and finish out the quarter.  I guess I loved NYC too much because I could not focus in any of my classes!  Thankfully I don't really have any final exams, just final projects.  I have a paper for my art history class, a drawing for my heads, hands, and facial expressions class, a "creative project" for my arts of expression class, and my favorite....a performance for my Shakespeare class.  It's kind of overwhelming when I list it out like that.

Today, however, just threw me for a loop...I looked out the window this morning and it did not look like Rochester anymore.  It looked like something you'd see in the news when a hurricane is blowing through a town!  I did not want to go to class, but being such a good student :P I lugged myself out of bed and dragged my feet out the door. 

But when I got to class...Nobody was there!  I then went to the library because we sometimes have class in there...but no one was there either!!!  I was totally bummed out.  So I sat at Java's for a little bit until I mustered enough energy to face the weather again.  This time it was snowing...SIDEWAYS!!!  It sucked.  My pants were socks were squishy...and I looked like a wet dog.  I think the weather was Abraham Lincoln's way of saying that we shouldn't have had class being his birthday and all...

So hopefully tomorrow will be better.  This weekend I plan to go see Othello, (mentioned in Amanda's blog) try to get my papers done, (keyword "try") and I also have an audition for a spring production on saturday which I am super nervous about! 

Well...that was my weekend and week 9!