guess who just got out of homework prison

Yeezus I haven’t updated this website in months and months, but I can promise you that I’m still alive. Here’s what I’ve been up to in the interim, besides, y’know, going to school and traveling over the summer and working and the usual expected stuff:

  • I got four more tattoos, which brings my total up to six. They’re all black line work—it’s my favourite style.
  • I won a writing award at my uni, and then the piece I won it for was published in Glass Buffalo, the school’s literary magazine.
  • I published a cultural commentary piece (my first big cultural commentary feature!) on BuzzFeed News about asexuality/the lack of it in Riverdale~ it actually went viral for a few hours with the badge and everything, which was super cool!
  • I did a Money Diary for Man Repeller, which was fun!
  • I was hired as the Arts & Culture Editor at The Gateway, my university’s campus-wide media source!
  • I published a longform feature about oysters with The Gateway that was included in the November print edition, which I’m really proud of (๑・̑◡・̑๑)
  • I’ve been doing radio work with The Gateway for a while, but literally today the first episode of a little mini-series I’m creating was launched! It’s called Watch This Space, and it’s a project I’ve always wanted to see transpire. Credit for the dope-ass header image you can see above goes to Alex Patterson, The Gateway’s incredibly talented Art Director.
  • One of my essays is slated to be published in a major college writing textbook soon! Get ur analysis skills ready.
  • And last but not least by a long shot, I’ll be in the upcoming Rookie On Love book that’s coming out January 2, 2018! I was asked to write one of the essays in the anthology and I’m so excited to see it in book form.

Eff yeah, it’s been a time. Lots have happened since May—and it makes me wonder what other developments are in store in the future. The end of the fall semester is coming up; in the winter semester I’ll be starting my first co-op term as a consultant intern at an accounting, tax, and consulting firm downtown, which I’m super psyched for.

Okay, that’s all for now. It’s, like, 12:12 AM and I should sleep because I’ve been running myself into the ground lately. Curse you, school. But also, like, not, because school’s most of my life and I’d prefer to continue convincing myself that I am fine and this is all fine and I am that little hat-wearing dog in the flaming comic. Also, I mainly updated this blog for my friend Morgan, who is probably my most dedicated reader. Hi, Morgan! I will publish again here some time in the indeterminate and infinite future. Here’s a song to listen to as a token of my appreciation:

K gnite.

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an incomplete update from the desk of zhāo wǎn tíng

I feel very worn out right now.

Business school presentations have been gutting me recently, what with all the work and effort that goes into prepping the 25-page written document, and all the market and industry research, and all the calling of firms and editing of wording and financial calculations and figuring out if your four-person group is on schedule and writing analyses and gathering visuals and charts and graphs and determining market strategy and IT NEVER SEEMS TO END.

And then it does. One hour and 36 minutes ago, in fact. The deadline approached, we did the best we could, and sent it in. Now we have 24 hours to prepare a full PowerPoint presentation, rehearse our parts for the spoken performance, and, at 2:00 PM MST tomorrow, we will walk into our examination room with a couple other groups and some senior student judges and give the presentation 40% of our total mark for this particular course relies on.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I seriously can’t wait for Friday. Also, if you ever want to send me mail, feel free. I love reading messages. Thought I’d put that out there, since I’ve been getting a few messages lately and they’ve all been very sweet. ❤

Love you and wish a stress-free week on you. And now, back to business.

Also, a gift: I always, always listen to this when I study or do homework:

And here it is looped, which is the version I actually listen to:

It’s one of my favourite songs ever. I love all of Joji’s stuff.

P.S. I entered a few case competitions at my school since I last wrote here. The first was AICC, at which I didn’t place (lol), the second was the UAHRMA Case Competition, where my team placed third (!), and the third was EDGE Internal, where my team took first. WHOOOOOO! EDGE was right before the last week of work on the Big Business Plan Project, but. We won. Internal. It was totally worth.

(A case competition is a timed competition where multiple three- or four-person teams are all given an identical “case” about either a real-life or fictional company that details a specific problem the company is facing. Teams have a set amount of time to come up with the best solution they can for that problem, along with backup information to support their reasoning. At the end of the time period, all teams present their solutions live to the judges with accompanying PowerPoint presentations; the best teams, in the opinions of the judges, are moved through to finals. I quite like these competitions.)

yes, i wore this exact same outfit two days ago

Peep that snarky af headshot of yours truly.

Life update time.

First, the writing dealios: I was published in my campus newspaper, The Gateway, in the latest edition. I mean, it’s pictured above in print, but if you so desire you can also read the thing in full online without having to squint on the paper’s website over here. It’s about sweatpants, I didn’t pick the title (the editors choose those), and incidentally today I did not wear sweatpants. 

I elected instead for what’s obviously the pinnacle of structure: leggings. LOL. This printing makes me an official OPINION WRITER, so I can now say that I Got Opinions. A joke that only I understand thinly alluding to Charlieissocoollike‘s “I got opinions” t-shirt. 

Also: I wrote a bit about Rihanna’s new “Work” music video for the last Screen Time column installment over at Rookie, which you can read here. Watch the (v steamy) vid below:

In other news, I’m still waiting on my stats midterm mark return. Which I’m not patio lady looking forward to. No matter how many times I go through the whole do-a-test-and-wait routine, I can never seem to completely digest the feeling of waiting for the proverbial axe to fall while I’m uncomfortably shifting from foot to foot in place for the marks to be revealed. Dramatically. 

Short post, but there’ll be more soon. Stay lurrrvely!