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Wow, what a week – I can’t believe I’m leaving already! It feels like a few days ago when I found out I’d be studying in London in a Fulbright Summer Institute. But it has always seemed like it was so far off. And now today’s the big day – I think I still feel surreal about the whole thing.

Quick blog on the week. Doing more on the internship. Got to sit in some meetings regarding some online shows they’re developing. I’ve also been looking over the internet for some possible talent, brainstorming some ideas for a summer web series, and looking at some possible locations for one of the shows they’re consulting on. I watched a live webcast for an store that sells natural products (natural/organic foods, non toxic household cleaners, etc), which is cool, because they do webcast with the makers of the products. They’ve interviewed people who make organic coffees, nut mixes, belts, and this week…naturally made lubricants. Yeah. Made for an interesting webcast, especially since that woman was quite a personality. There’s a clip on YouTube I believe, which I may post or link to eventually. But I’ve really enjoyed my time there so far, and am looking forward to once I return.

I’ve made initial contact with my Cornell in Hollywood mentor, and I felt like we had a good, and very informative conversation. As part of the program, I got to go to a screening of “Friends with Benefits” last night (a month before it opens!) which was really cool. I enjoyed it, and thought it was a fun couple hours. It helps that it was made by the same guy who made Easy A (who’s also a Cornell alum!). I’d see it again (maybe when I’m back?). It was also a great opportunity to see the other interns again, and catch up a little bit – one of the few downsides of the Fulbright program is that I won’t get to know the other interns as much as I’d like to, and explore my internship as much as I could have. 

As for the rest of the week, I visited Mrs. Phillips to talk some stuff (and ran into some old friends from ASB). Then there was some fun with the high school friends – 11 of us. Watched bridesmaids (I’m watching a lot of these kinds of movies this summer, aren’t I…) with some of them, and then we got together. Some fun doing Pictionary again, Apples to Apples, and food!

And now getting ready to leave. There’s a feeling I get when I’m feeling, it’s strange. At first I’m with friends, then it’s just me and my parents for a while, until the end, when it’s just me by myself. Like the journey the protagonist has to make on his/her own. Not that I’m an epic hero or anything. But there’s a certain fear and sadness and excitement of being isolated and undergoing a new experience by yourself. But there’s going to be a whole bunch of new people to meet soon!

So some notes for while I’m gone. I’ll try to update the public blog once in a while. You can follow my Twitter updates @throughthegate, hopefully I’ll be able to update that too. And I will try to upload pics to Facebook as often as I can (though I have the feeling that I’m going to be quite busy), but I’ll try to upload as I can. Remember UK time is 8 hours ahead of the US west coast.

Time for some time travel!

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