R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

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i've noticed a lot of people posting about this recently...
Dear 2006 Summer Program Participant,

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CTY Registration Office
sorry if you got your hopes up, right?

It was meant to be...

I'm sure we all agree that CTY is a magical place, and that things happen there that change your life forever.

I have a story.. things are still in the making, but I really wanted to post the first part before I forgot anything (as if it's in danger of being forgotten! HA!.. but oh well, here it goes, it has three parts, sorry it's so long)

I was planning on not putting any names, but I forgot, then was too lazy to go back and change it, so "J***** B********" is "Joey".. but hey, you're CTYers, you could figure that out! =P
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Hi everyone...I'm new...I just wanted to join because nothing is more amazing than CTY and I want to somehow be a part of it all year round. I'm trying to keep my CTY persona, but we all know that's not quite possible, because at CTY you become a different person; you put on an irretrievable mask, or rather, you climb out of an otherwise inescapable cage. You become who you really are instead of who everyone expects you to be. I want to keep some part of that throughout the year.

I love you all, even the ones I don't know, because you're CTYers.

I'm very sentimental today...


in general, five year freaks who go their last possible year are 16 years old and going into their senior year of high school. this translates to being able to be an RA two years after your last cty-as-camper experience.

it's possible that in your first year as an RA, you work with someone who was an RA when you were a student.
now imagine that you get romantically involved with that coworker.

your world sort of explodes.
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We had a beautiful night, we went to bed, we touched, we drew on each others skin with our fingers. it feels so tingly. i could feel my heart bursting love.
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update, kind of.

if you ever read this entry, you might be interested to know that as an added twist, we ended up at the same college.

weird shit.

some people, you lose touch with, and you never hear from again, and they completely disappear out of your life.
some, you really make the effort, and you never lose them because you just care that much.
and some, you just can't get rid of, no matter how hard you try.
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Kermit, Firefly, Geekdom

How CTY Led Me to my College

For any of you who are currently high school seniors...here's a little bit of hope for you.

In my no-more summer of CTY, I had an incredibly shiny roommate named Natasha. Now, I was a two-year tragedy, but Natasha went to CTY for about as long as a person humanly can (five years and nine sessions), so she told me a lot of stories about events and people that came before me. In the course of all those stories, she kept saying that I'd really get along with her friend Norma.

That winter, I started emailing and IMing back and forth with Norma, who was in her first year at Bryn Mawr. Just like Natasha said, we got along really well. So well, in fact, that we decided to meet up in person that summer. When we did meet, one of the first things she said to me was "I don't recommend my school to everyone, but I think you'd really like it here."

I was flattered beyond belief. I'd come to respect her opinions a lot over the past couple months, so hearing that instantly made Bryn Mawr sound appealing. Plus, I was planning on looking into Swarthmore anyway-why not check out two schools on one trip?

You can probably guess the rest from here. I did an overnight with Norma that fall, fell in love with Bryn Mawr, applied, and hoped for the best. When the decisions came back that spring, my choice was fairly easy.

I'm a first year here now, still madly in love with my school, and still good friends with Norma. I hope I can do for another CTYer what she did for me.
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Hey kids. I um... this is my current livejournal; I was using illscientist when I started this community, but I decided I'd rather be a girl than a boy, so I got a new livejournal and kind of ignored everything about my old one for a while. It's all very complicated- or, actually, it's pretty straightforward. whatever. A non-trans community run by a trans person! Ack, it is crazy! Almost as if transsexuals1 were human beings...

Though of course that's not really what I'm posting about. I am your humble community maintainer. I haven't really paid much attention to this little monster in a long time, which sucks because while it's rarely updated, I just blew through a bunch of what's been posted in the last year or so and it totally broke my heart. In that good way. And a ton of people joined while I wasn't paying attention! You guys are friggin' great, and CTY's still the weird, beautiful little world for me that it was for you, so I'd like to read about it more.

Meaning, one, there's room for fifty-three more interests on the info page, and I was just making stuff up when I put the current ones down. And I only went to Lancaster. Do you want to suggest interests? The more obscure/un-underlined, the more awesome.

And two... as an exercise, I guess, I am going to post about a kiss. And then I want you to post about a kiss. It's easy and quick and everybody loves smoochin'! Go!Collapse )

You know what's funny? I'm certain I muffed up all the details, who took whose hand and who bought who what, but in the end I don't care at all. Humid summer night, fifteen-year old kiss- that's it, isn't it? And god, I swear this is the only subject in the world that gets me this maudlin.

Now you should tell ME about a kiss. Er, us- tell us about a kiss.

1. Here, read up. Wikipedia does a pretty good job with it.
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