Warning: Following is an update (rant) that is totally unrelated to tennis. That's right, UNrelated. Read at your own risk. SideEffects include but not limited to yawning, drowsiness, and boredom.
It's been a while since I have played tennis, I sure hope I can play this weekend. I actually found someone who, if he does play as he claims to play, will be a very good match for me and he is just as anxious to hit as I am, the only conflict being him not being awake till 3 in the afternoon most days and my 7 classes which seem to demand some time at least.
So anyway, I had promised my brohter to take him to a college sporting event .. last september. So I decided its now or never and regardless of how much work I had, I'd take him to at least one this year and that is exactly what I did today. You can't give empty promises to a 6 year old.. that's just wrong, and work can always get done all night. So tonight (i am just coming back) I took him to the first game of Big East Soccer for Rutgers. Thier opponent being #3 team Notre Dame. Needless to say Rutgers, a team full of freshman lost to the experienced champs 0-2. The second sport that I am a fan of after tennis is Soccer, I played for a few years back in 9th grade but that's it.. I don't have too much contact with it since then. It was fun and I think my brother enjoyed his first big-game audience experience. 6500 shouting excited audience under the lights and an exciting game going on (ohman I really do want to see a tennis match like thisnow) was quite fun.
I was actually thinkingof going to Rutgers Tennis matches ... that is untilI remembered they got rid of themen's D1 team
. Don't even get me started.. they can spend millions trying to keep a coach to teach kids to bash thier heads against each other and get a million more seats to that stadium but they can't keep a team that requires almost 0 funds compared to football and consists of people who actually contribute to the school's academic record as well - I believe our tennis team was overall averaging 3.4 gpa and that was thehighest of all sports..thats 3.4 more thanthe football team averages. Whatever.. I could still go to the women's ..its not the same though. I am better than the girl's team (at least I sure hope I ambetter than most of them).
I hope I made up for my dealy to him though. I promised to play with him and be with him more this summer and all I did was work and play tennis and spent notimewith him. Now with school back up, I barely see him as I amstillasleep when he leaves to school and I don't come back till past midnight most nights and I don't evenget to talk to him for days at end. As an elder brother.. I don't know, I feel real bad. I mean he's just now come of about the age to appreciate having an elder brother I suppose, till now he was too young and..and now I am not there for him. I almost start crying everytime I think about this..or thinkabout him pleading with me to play some of his silly games one day and I can't givehim that.
So anyway school's allright. a little busy I suppose.. I have barely any time for anything between classes and studying. besides I need a 4.0 so I am trying to actually pay attention in classes and when needed doing the homework slash independent studying - I know everybody says it but college isnothing like highschool. Highschool I didn't do one thing, not even exagerating, and ended up ranked 3 in a class of 500ish. I shudder to think where I am ranked now among our 5000 or something likethat class.
Oh and I am also trying to get some research time in, you have to do some research for grad school and I am already a sophomore with no real research stuff. I botherd a few professors and I thinkI might be getting one of two projects. One is modeling insect flight.. engineering dept. ultimately aimed to simulate insect flight in a physical model. The other which I am more interested in is part of a large scale project(http://minerva.fnal.gov//
) among quite a few universities which, hopefully if it all goes well, could culiminate in a summer at FermiLabs! Experimental nuclear physics.. close enough to high energy physics which is what I eventually want to do. So with that I will more busier.. about 10-15 hours a week, but I will be getting paid like 12 an hour and its madd interesting work so I am excited.
Anyawy, long update. hopefully I will be able to write about some tennis after this weekend. I still come here a lot even though I might not post a lot. You guys keep me alive.. school and all are just what's to be done and will be done - It ain't like highschool, commuting back and forth and with the workload..lets just say I am far far far from having a typical college student's social life. My definition of a good time is when I finish a lab an hour early and get to sleep one more hour ... my social parties are when me and my friends get together and study for an exam. ok I am exagerating but not by much. I did sign up for Tennis club, table tennis club, badminton club, juggling club.. but I haven't been a to a single one of those meetings or anything.. a lot of them are on another campus and I haveno time to go there nor am I willing to spend the time to do anyofthat. I am however actively involved in SPS (society of physics students - I am an officer here whoo0!!) and Pi club. Yeah, geeky as geeky can be right? Its fun though. We have talks about cool topics every now and then, we have a barbeque coming up for SPS, we have game nights and overall its a lot of fun. Best part? Pizza and drinks everytime we meet. What more canyou ask? Haha,, I know I am being silly, but hey what can I do?
I'm just waiting for college to be over though. I don't know what I will do later as I am in two minds for the future as well but alll I know is I am not having too much fun, and pushing myself like this pays off in the end.
Too long an update, and noneabout tennis. I should put up a note before the start before you guys start reading.