Archive for July, 2007

Monday July 30, 2007

July 30, 2007 - 12:52 am 3 Comments

Lauren Zarzar is an amazing cook. This evening, I downed:

1) Vegetable and Chicken Sausage Stew – Fresh ingredients include: Okra, peppers, onions, chicken sausage, kidney beans, rice, and a variety of spices

2) Blueberry Cake – Quite possibly the best I’ve ever had – crammed with delicious fresh blueberries with a hint of banana, lightly sugar-glazed

3) Chocolate Protein Shake – I’m trying to help Lauren reduce down the 160 servings of protein powder she bought…

Ahh, food coma…

Monday July 23, 2007

July 23, 2007 - 12:58 am 2 Comments

It’s quite late and I have to go to work tomorrow, but I thought I would record my thoughts, considering that so many exciting events are waiting to unravel! My internship ends this Friday, and I intend to return home promptly the next day. As many of you may have heard already, I have a chance to participate in a FINCA/USAID project to go to Mexico and conduct 800 client surveys in a span of 4 weeks, utilizing two different microfinance performance assessment tools. When I come back, I will finally have first-hand field experience under my belt! Then, coordinating the launch of Youthbank will be so much easier. I’m contemplating taking all my earnings this summer and channeling it into the aforementioned venture instead of depending on the slow disbursement of grant money. Alas, I never had a penchant for passively waiting…

So much has happened in the past nine weeks – I’ve met plenty of incredibly talented and interesting people. I really like the natural resources industry, and have enjoyed tracking the markets and learning about the different financial instruments. I’ve also gained some substantial modeling experience, which will prove useful for next year’s finance cases.

There is so much I’m looking forward to – I feel it is my prerogative to pack senior year with all the things I’ve wanted to accomplish, but never had the chance to. Although my fellowship applications will certainly constrain my time in the fall, I have plenty of exciting adventures planned! I will ensure that next year will be one to remember, filled with the fond memories of an extinguishing youth. 

When I was riding down the elevator a few days ago, I read the following quote, which I find truly inspirational.

“When one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior” – Henry Link

I think the message is one that I will strive to remember, especially since I do strongly believe that our own inhibitions limit our potential more potently than any external force. The existentialist notion that we see ourselves from behind our eyes is a powerful reminder that the anguish of choice – the difficulty of decision – is one we must conquer. No one else can see the hesitation and uncertainty that goes behind our every movement, speech, and thought. Only the individual himself can recognize his nature as a complex being.

Inherently, man is a lonely creature. Perhaps he will indulge in the solace of company to insulate himself ephemerally from the recognition of his own solitary existence, but eventually, we all must face the truth. Polite, trite conversation – the rules of social interaction – a mere game we play to pass the time.   

Saturday July 14, 2007

July 14, 2007 - 2:46 am 6 Comments

I must capture this moment of lucidity. Life is but a dream – the present is a meaningless flicker of compressed infinity. Do we live to die? Is happiness just a numbing sensation to alleviate ourselves from the anguish of impermanence?

Tuesday July 3, 2007

July 3, 2007 - 1:05 am 1 Comment

To be the best friend of Lauren Zarzar is to be privy to a series of odd exclamations:

“Hurry up Joyce, you’re delaying my date with your toilet”
- Lauren Zarzar