This last week has been a whirlwind. I attended the US Universities National Open Debate Tournament last weekend in Claremont, California. This may be my last time representing the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in competition, and I was stoked with the results. Hawai'i Pacific University sent two teams, and UHM sent two. Of the six Hawai'i teams, my partner and I ranked first, 17 of 36 teams overall. Individually, I was the top ranked speaker from Hawai'i, placing 43 of 72 speakers overall.
That is an awesome result for me, but the week was just getting started. Sunday night, I flew to Boston to attend an open house and sit-in on a class at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The director of the Arts in Education Program, Steve Seidel, gave me advice for writing my statement of purpose, and I am convinced that the program is the next step in my educational progression. I can't wait to be in Boston next year.
Now, I'm in Poughkeepsie, with my girlfriend, touring Vassar College. The past week has been amazing, and it's nice to sit down and relax. There's a lot of work I need to catch up on for class and various extracurricular commitments, but I'm in a good place with a person I love, and I'm feeling really fortunate.