Sonia Su

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Day 325: Peter Thiel

by Sonia Su

I AM SO EXCITED (IN CASE THE CAPS DIDN’T GIVE IT AWAY) TO ANNOUNCE THAT PETER THIEL—CO-FOUNDER OF PAYPAL, FIRST OUTSIDE INVESTOR IN FACEBOOK, AND BILLIONAIRE INVESTOR—WILL BE SPEAKING AT BU.

I made the announcement on Facebook as soon as I could, and my excitement seems to be in infinite supply.

What’s even more exciting is that we had more than 140 registrations within a few hours of the announcement. Excluding our newsletter and posting on Facebook and Twitter, we did no marketing, which is ridiculously hilarious given how we spent hours today working on marketing strategies for this event—AS IF IT WOULD BE A PROBLEM TO GET PEOPLE PUMPED FOR PETER THIEL. (How’s that for alliteration? …and how many times will I use variations of excited in this post?)

#excited

Marketing plans for Peter Thiel

The marketing strategies that now seem completely unnecessary. Is this insulting to Thiel? He’s selling himself. No need for us.

For dinner, I finally got a chance to catch up with Kayla with my roommate at Fish Market in Allston, a small sushi restaurant that is particularly known for its avocado ball.

Famous avocado ball from Fish Market

Famous avocado ball from Fish Market.

Fish Market Sushi

“Sustainable sushi set.” Not sure I understand the sustainability aspect, but it was good.

Yellowfin truffle maki sushi at Fish Market

Anyway, the buzz (I’m surprised I’m not sick of this word yet) I’m feeling every time I get an email (even at 1 a.m.) about another Eventbrite order is enough to keep me happy forever. Okay, at least for the days leading up to this insane event that I’m so grateful to be part of.

#thielatBU

By the way, this event is open to the public, so my fellow Boston-based readers, register at bit.ly/thiel ASAP and make my day. We are literally a few registrations away from 200 at this point.

Day 324: The Buzz

by Sonia Su

Went to BU ASU’s screening of Jubilee Project’s “Save My Seoul”—a rough cut of the film to be finished and released globally early next year.

I couldn’t help but think how genius Jubilee Project’s pre-release tour is. Hundreds of college students show up to these screenings at colleges, including Harvard, Brown, and Northeastern. Immediately after the film, Jason of the Jubilee Project prompts everyone to fill out a brief feedback form via bit.ly link to a Google form. Just like that, they receive hundreds of comments, suggestions, reactions, etc. Plus, once they actually release the film, you just KNOW that these students will willingly provide so much free advertising in the form of social media and word of mouth. I mean, we got to see the advanced, rough version of the film and potentially will have influenced the final version—how do we not feel the hipster-like desire to make that known to everyone?

Oh, and you know, free Insomnia Cookies at events is always good, too :)

Jason of Jubilee Project at BU to screen "Save My Seoul"

Jason of Jubilee Project at BU to screen “Save My Seoul.”

Jason from Jubilee Project at BU!

After being one of the first few people to get a photo (we would have been first, but OF COURSE some BC jerks cut us, using the lame excuse of having to “go back to campus.” Like, you don’t even go here. I’m sorry your ASU was too lame to host a screening), I rushed to the Buzz magazine’s fall 2014 launch party at Agganis Arena’s Burke room. It was so nice to see the a cappella performances, because it took me back to my freshman and sophomore years when I would go see these performances, like, every weekend. I was a cool underclassman.

The Buzz Magazine fall 2014 launch at Agganis Arena Burke Room

Don’t mind the SH*T quality.

BU Study Abroad at the Buzz magazine launch

BU Study Abroad advertising their programs at the Buzz magazine launch. Oh, China <3

As if the day hadn’t been long enough, I returned to my apartment with a strong desire to eat some good ol’ Asian food. With Inaka (ramen) and Super 88 closed, we made our way through the freezing chill to BonChon, which, to our surprise, was open till 1 a.m.

Oh, how I missed bibimbap and Asian food, in general. My first thought when I got this? A bibimbap Instagram photo is LONG overdue.

Tofu bibimbap from BonChon

IT’S BEEN WAY TOO LONG. Tofu bibimbap from BonChon.

Day 323: Cupcakes

by Sonia Su

While doing laundry, I stopped by the lobby to pick up a cupcake for myself and my roommate, who, despite having just returned from a gluttonous meal at Sweet Cheeks, still wanted a cupcake (“might as well go all the way,” she said).

And I’m so grateful I did. Not only were the 300 cupcakes impressively and beautifully decorated, but they tasted just as good as they looked, if not better.

I grabbed the Nutella and Oreo cupcakes, but I also saw Guinness cupcakes. Should have went back for more.

Seriously, I was so amazed. Too bad I didn’t have my phone with me, so I could only take a pic of them after I returned to my room. So much tastier than Georgetown Cupcake.

Cupcakes from StuVi RHA

Thanks, StuVi, for actually the best cupcakes I have ever had.

Day 322: Beantown Throwdown

by Sonia Su

Even around 2 p.m. today, I had already felt as if I had been working nonstop all day.

From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., I occupied myself with schoolwork and BUzz Lab duties. Once I was home, I accompanied my hungry roommate to Infusions Tea in Allston (we would have gone to Kung Fu for better boba but the chill was hurting my ears). It wasn’t until around 11 that I finally got some time to myself, only to realize I desperately needed to study for my Chinese grammar quiz the next morning. But after such a day, I deserved to delay studying till the next morning. I wake up pretty darn early anyway.

Covering #BeantownThrowdown for the BUzz Lab went well. I tweeted, took photos, networked, and had a pretty good time. It was great to check out the beautiful space at District Hall, but man, am I glad that Thanksgiving Break is next week.

Downtyme wins #MITEF's #BeantownThrowdown

Downtyme takes home the championship for BU at Beantown Throwdown, beating out 8 other colleges.

This week is only going to continue being jam-packed with events and work, but I’m particularly excited about work at the BUzz Lab. I can’t quite make the exciting announcement just yet, but let’s just say that I am so, so grateful for working at the BUzz Lab. :)

Day 321: CampusTap

by Sonia Su

All about that #startup networking :)

Trudged (aka took an Uber) through the cold rain for CampusTap’s Global Entrepreneurship Kickoff at MassChallenge! Had an awesome time and am glad I went!

Harpoon Brewery beer at CampusTap's Global Entrepreneurship Kickoff 2014

Harpoon Brewery beer at CampusTap’s Global Entrepreneurship Kickoff 2014.

Wall art of the featured companies

Wall art from a CampusTap intern of the featured startups.

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