Hey! I'm Ari Markov. I was at CTY 16.2-19.2. Forevermore.
EST 16.2 Inductive and Deductive Reasoning B (INDE-B)
Instructor: Alexa Kottmeyer TA: Bailey Falk
RA: Allison Mullin
Roommate: Natalie Huang
LAN 17.1 Logic: Principles of Reasoning A (LOGC-A)
Instructor: Clinton Castro TA: Jojo Lovejoy
RA: Clarisavel Garcia
Roommate: Joanna Grimsdall
LAN 17.2 Mathematical Logic A (REAS-A)
Instructor: Jake Pichelmeyer TA: Alyssa Liu
RA: Sara Merg
Roommate: Joanna Grimsdall
LAN 18.1 Astrophysics A (ASTR-A)
Instructor: Maria Niland TA: Henry Cornel
RA: Clayla Carruthers (adopted by Meg's hall so that's also cool)
Roommate: Sneha Anand
LAN 18.2 Creative Nonfiction (WRT3)
Instructor: Derek Gray TA: Mary Kamitaki
RA: Emani Terry
Roommate: Robin Gupta
LAN 19.2 Number Theory A (THEO-A)
Instructors: Pomm and Dimby
RA: Lucy Groves
Roommate: Grace Lim
I’m just your average nerdy queer bean. Pronouns they/them
Squirrel Mom was Laura (17.1)
I always bring wayyy too much food. Stop by my dorm if you want some. Please. I can’t finish it all.
I listen to canon all year because I enjoy crying. You can usually find me with my head in a book or stabbing people (a.k.a. fencing) because I have no life.
Everyone who made my squirrel year so great: Clarisavel’s hall, Suzy, Anne, Chloe, Sara’s hall, Harrison (tysm for letting us braid your hair), Kannon, Samhita, Sasha, Isabella, and Esha
Everyone from GLOW
SKL for too many sugar highs
My wives: Suzy (#1), Joanna (#2), Sasha (#3)
Clayla’s amazing hall 18.1
Clayla for being amazing
The Gayble™️ 18.2
Wife #3 in the Talent Show being a queer icon (18.2)
Emani’s Hall 18.2 (I CTY every single one of y’all, how tf are we still in touch)
Gayble 19.2, you gave me the best summer
Stuff I Did
- Chugged an entire bottle of SKL (the big one) until I had a sugar rush (but then crashed immediately)
- Brought more pocky than I could fit in my drawers to every session
- Attending every GLOW in 17.1, 17.2, 18.1, 18.2, and 19.2
- Member of the Gayble™️ 18.1, 18.2, 19.2
- Gayving: raving but with pride flags (18.1)
- Adopted Leah Seignourel and Sophia Tsoulakas (19.2)
- I was that one person who was always running around with too many pride flag yelling "I'm straight" or "hubris shall be my downfall" if y'all remember that? Yeah I'm like really queer but CTY is the only place I can be queer so y'know,,
Duct Tape Rope
I started the duct tape rope in 17.1 and finished it in 19.2. When I passed it on (to Lee Block), it was 42 feet. I have no idea if this will continue or die immediately, but either way, I guess I left something behind?
Passionfruit I Never Said
I didn’t know that my last session would be my last session, so I never said this. I wrote it, though. It’s horribly angsty, I’m aware.
I went to CTY for 4 summers, 6 sessions.
What is CTY? It’s too glorious, too alive to be defined. But I’ll try. It’s a cult or it’s 600 nerds in summer school, it’s nineteen days in the summer but it’s generations lost in space, it’s friends and it’s family, it’s a camp. It’s a home.
And I loved it here. Because this place is more a home than where I live the rest of the year. Because this is where I met my real family - a community I couldn’t have even dreamed of. Because - this is the closest to heaven that I'll ever be, and I don't want to go home right now.
I remember my first dance, the first time I heard those words and listened to people scream “DIE, LIVE, SEX, MORE” and watched a whole room dance to Tunak Tunak Tun. I remember doing the Mario dance for the first time and learning how to scream “WHAT’S A CIRCLE?” (and defining it perfectly) and seeing my first rave. I danced with a girl for the first time here, to Stairway To Heaven and Iris and Forever Young, and although we didn’t have some epic love story I did fall in love here. With myself and all of you and this glorious place we call a home.
To summarize CTY: a slice of american pie in this house that’s falling apart but damnit, we’ll hold it together with duck tape and love and caution tape and old plastic spoons, because this is the place where a little glowing friend always watches over you, this is the brightside of the world, this is where nobody loves you but we do.
Shoutouts- To my halls: Allison’s, Clarisavel’s, Sara’s, Clayla’s, Emani’s, Lucy’s. To the Gayble. To my wives: Suzy, and Joanna, and Sasha. To my dad. To my roommates. To SKL and American Pie and KIVO man. And to you.
To not being as straight as you thought you were, to not knowing what circles are, to not taking off our clothes. To fires at midnight and sleeping at one, to awful food and instant ramen, to KIVO falafel and accidentally keeping Kosher. To awful improv and even worse Star Wars knockoffs. To GLOW, to silent football, to Mao.
To the next generation lost in space, may you always find your way back home.
So long, and thanks for all the fish. I like you, I love you, I CTY you. I love CTY and I love the Passionfruit.
Friends (Which I Don’t Have) Say Stuff Here
YO ARE YOU LAURA'S SQUIRREL CHILD IT'S LOGAN HEYYY ~ lmao hey Logan
hiiii remember how to simplify fractions - your astro table partner ~Yee I can do sqrt(8/9) thanks for asking
Heyyyy childe miss me?-Leah ~hiiii
Look! I wrote something! -Avery ~Wow! I can now fully judge you as well!
Heh. Guess who’s on the internet? -Your fav logical turtle (Nina)
heeyyooo! It's your local sewer gremlin- Felix
HEY SPOUSE HAPPY LOVE TAPE DAY FROM UR THIRD WIFE <3