Last Friday, I mingled with friends from undergrad while taking in one of my favorite annual events. While at the University of Chicago, I was a member of MODA, a fashion platform on campus that catered to students’ more creative and stylish side. My fellow members and I wrote for the fashion and lifestyle, interviewed style influencers for the print magazine and designed pieces for the big annual event–the spring fashion show.
This year, I attended the fete as a guest and was met with a sea of familiar and new faces. I took in the runway show from the VIP section with a fellow MODA alum. The event took place in the Great Hall at Union Station and drew a huge crowd from both the university and the community. Over 70 designs were presented on student models. These looks were designed by a wide range of talent, from students who’d picked up sewing within the past year to established professionals like Lidia Wachowska of Evil Kitty. My favorite designs included beautiful and ultra-feminine dresses, and one look that was positively desert chic.
Design by Concetta Cipriano for Cettina Designs
Design by University of Chicago student Joy Mao
One of my favorite places in the city is the Art Institute of Chicago, on Michigan Avenue in the Loop. The Art Institute’s vast inventory–the permanent collection is one of the largest in the country at more than 260,000 works–is housed in eight buildings that total nearly one million square feet. The museum also hosts hundreds of gallery talks and lectures each year, and it’s home to a terrific research library for art and architecture. I’ve been to the Art Institute countless times–due in part to my complimentary membership from the University of Chicago–and I always appreciate the art I’m immersed in. Among the 30 or so special exhibits at the museum each year, there are always a few that make my must-see list.
Our winter quarter came to an end this past Saturday and brought with it a week-long break from studies. Whenever break time arrives, I’m always excited to head home and spend time with family and friends. Some colleagues of mine traveled to Honduras for a Fellowship of Christian Optometrists mission trip, while others went down to Florida for some fun in the sun.
Last weekend was the last exam-free weekend of the quarter, and of course, it was also Super Bowl weekend. On Sunday, several of RC residents came together to watch the big game in the second floor lounge. Game day snacks were abundant and good cheer was universal as the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens faced off. I took a break from studies to join my colleagues and enjoy the excitement. I watched the second half, after that unprecedented 34-minute blackout, as the 49ers tried to close the gap the Ravens had established. The Niners fell short in the end, but between the plays, we all were amused by the over-the-top, $4-million-per-30-seconds-of-air-time commercials. One of my favorites was the Taco Bell ‘Viva Young’ ad, featuring a group of older friends having the time of their lives.
Photo by Jonathan Dong
I attended my first Chicago Bulls game this weekend with a group of friends and colleagues from ICO. Though I’ve lived in Chicago and cheered on the Bulls for years, it wasn’t until Saturday that I actually saw them live at the United Center. The possibility of attending the game came as a perk of living in the ICO’s Residential Complex. Students frequently have the opportunity through the RC to attend fun events together like this Bulls game, Broadway in Chicago theater events like Les Misérables, and comedy shows at the Second City.
About fifty of us received tickets to the game and ventured to the United Center on the CTA Green Line. When we entered the stadium, we trekked all the way up to our seats in section 325. We took our seats and sat down to enjoy a gripping showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies.