Thursday, February 21, 2008

NYC housing is finally confirmed!

After constantly calling the housing office for the Brandon Residence for Women over the past two weeks and sending a heartfelt letter to the Housing Director about how much I need the housing, I'm finally approved for my eight week stay in New York City!

I feel so relieved because now I just need my airplane tickets to New York City, and then I'm finally set for what could be one of the most interesting and eye-opening experiences of my life. I'm so excited to do everything from exploring Brooklyn as suggested by Gabrielle and Keely to having coffee with Casey from teenfashionista.com, who will also be interning at a magazine. I've admired Casey since I was a wee little eighth grader, mesmerized by the idea that a high school girl could be such an accomplished writer like herself.

On the other hand, I receive a lot of comments and emails from lovely readers who are in doubt of my integrity. I also get a lot of comments and emails about my grammar and spelling mistakes. Without further delay, I would like to tell you about myself, to prevent further backlash and to humanize myself in front of your eyes:
My name is Noel and I'm a high school junior at a prestigious and incredibly competitive prep school in California. Indeed, I am interning at Seventeen with the fashion department. I also make a couple typos or grammar mistakes, as many of you have pointed out -- but usually I don't have time to reread my blog entries thoroughly as I scribble these musings and thoughts straight out from my heart. I don't have time because I'm also a straight A student taking 4 AP classes and 3 honors classes, Last Look Editor and fashion writer for Shut Up!, E-business editor and writer for Nolcha Metier, Contributing Editor for doesthislookstupid.com, officer for a community service club at my school, officer for the high school leadership council for the March of Dimes (my favorite non-profit in the world!), Varsity cheer captain, member of an outside-of-school competitive cheer team, staff member of my school's award-winning yearbook, and a participant in lots of other minor activities (such as fashion writer for the Spanish Honor Society newsletter).

It's not easy being a junior. In between studying for SATs (I'm retaking the SAT Reasoning Exam in a week, and I'm going to take a total of 5 SAT Subject Exams in order to show colleges that I do take my academics very seriously), studying for APs (I will be taking 4 AP exams this May), visiting colleges, excelling in academics, devoting myself to extracurriculars, working out my family life, finding time for a social life, and making time for my faith -- Miss Couturable has become an outlet for me to say whatever has been on my mind and hear from lovely readers like you in return.

On a less serious note, I love baking cupcakes and my friends have begun to expect cupcakes for their birthdays. I usually personalize the cupcake's flavor to that particular friend's personality. I have an unhealthy addiction to online shopping and watching runway videos during class -- which I need to correct, pronto. I relax by dancing to Spice Girls in my underwear at night. I'm a huge country music fan, and I'm disappointed when classmates write "EWW1!! iHATEcountryMusiqqq" on their facebook profiles because contemporary country music has a lot to offer to our young generation.

As you can tell, I love to stay busy and I work extremely hard. As a 17 year old, I have a lot to prove to the world (not just the fashion industry) -- but I'm not frightened at all. I know what I want and I will fight for it. I have the most amazing and supportive friends in the world, who are also extremely busy but still make time with me to have dinners at fancy restaurants and stick out like sore thumbs among the young professionals and corporate figures at these eateries.

Oh, and you can see a couple photos of me here.
So cutefaces, hopefully some of you will understand my life more fully after reading this. I must admit, I am a little hurt when I receive attitude on my blog because I love each and every one of you and I do believe in every single of you. As a devoted long-term volunteer for the March of Dimes, I've learned just how special and precious each individual is -- no matter how small, no matter how uncertain his or her future may seem.

When I turned 17, my mommy told me how I was continuously sick for the first year of my life -- so much so that I lived at the hospital. She told me that she expected nothing from me for the rest of my life -- all she wanted from me was to stay alive. I'm hoping to exceed her expectations.

As I believe in you, I hope you believe in me too.

ex.oh.ex.oh
Miss Couturable

P.S. I'm sorry for the lack of daily updates and slow responses lately. With SATs coming up and the flu, I'm very busy and tired. Expect regularity after March 1st!
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