The Beginning of the End…of the Week.

November 24, 2008

I realize it’s Monday, but it feels like a Thursday. Tomorrow Kayla will pick me up at Swat and take me back to Bel Air for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait! This has been one damned tough semester, that is for sure. Right now I’m procrastinating on four levels to write this entry. I should be:

1) Finishing (or, more accurately, starting) my works cited page for my poli sci term paper
2) Taking the aforementioned poli sci term paper to the Writing Center
3) Working on my econ problem set so I can go over it with Melinda tomorrow
4) In Lang, trying to hash out a plan for private lessons next semester, or just screwing around in one of the practice rooms

But I haven’t updated in a while, so that needs to get done too.

Thursday became an even better day than I thought it would be, even with the flurries. I finished my fifteen page term paper that has been hanging over my head since getting here. Hopefully it is MUCH better received than my literature review, as it is a huge portion of my grade and took up such an enormous amount of time and energy. It was such an unbelievable relief to write that conclusion paragraph!

From there I went to the Grapevine a capella concert with a bunch of friends, that was definitely entertaining. And, being that it was Thursday and there was no research paper to stop me, I went with Rayan, Rich, Robert, Ted, and Erick (who never comes out with us!) to an absolutely epic Pub Night. It was without a doubt one of the most entertaining nights I have ever had. And even though I woke up with a slight headache at 6:55, I was in a great mood.

My mood improved even more when I got up and went to get some water. I happened to peer through the tiny window on the Willets hallway door, and saw that it was SNOWING outside!! The ground and trees were covered, and snow was coming down like crazy! I woke up Charlotte and made her look out the window, but I was sure it would be gone by noon.

It wasn’t! Campus looked majestic all day. I crunched my way to Econ, then went into Philly with the boys. Rich, Robert, Ted and I missed the train in, so Erick got stuck with Rayan on a shopping trip for an hour and a half. (Erick is our hyperethcial transfer from the Air Force Academy…feel free to stereotype, and then imagine him in the commercial district of Philly with a flamboyant Pakistani prince…HILARIOUS!) But we eventually got there, ate a delicious and nutritious meal at McDonald’s, then hailed cabs to get to the movie theater and see Quantum of Solace. It was unbelievably cool hailing my first cab, Portland was really too small to do that sort of thing, plus my roommate Ashley had a car. Quantum of Solace wasn’t great, but it was definitely a ton of fun anyway.

We came back, watched some Sunny, baked some cookies…it was very relaxing. The next day I slept until a ridiculous time in the afternoon, then got up, went to dinner, and back into Philly! I met up with Esther, my CA from orientation, and a bunch of her friends at Parrish Circle for the free shuttle to Philly. We went to a chocolate place called Naked, very swanky and expensive. Not really my scene, but chocolate is chocolate, so no complaints. And after that, it was over to the Theater of Living Arts on South St. to see Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls do a solo show! She was incredible, and I got to meet her a third time. She is too wonderful for words, and I have posted pictures and video of the insane show on my Facebook. I encourage absolutely everyone to check out her music, and the Dresden Dolls too, they’re great.

And Sunday was uneventful…I edited my paper (my mother the writer sent me a bunch of line-edits that were extremely helpful), and that was it for productiveness. Oh and in the afternoon, I went and saw Greg in selections from “365 Plays for 365 Days”. It was…interesting. Not one of my favorite plays, but Greg was really amazing. The acting overall was very good, I was really impressed.

So here I am on Monday, just waiting for it to be break. I registered for classes at midnight, it was very satisfying. My schedule is great, I’m taking:

  • Macroeconomics – MW – 11:30 to 12:20
  • Macroeconomics conference (it’s apparently a small section of the class that meets every week) – TH – 2:40 to 3:30
  • Comparative Politics – TTH – 9:55 to 11:10
  • Modern Political Theory – TTH – 11:20 to 12:35
  • Greek Myth and Opera – W – 1:15 to 4:00

I’m really looking forward to all of the classes, but especially Greek Myth and Opera. It sounds so interesting, and Rayan, Rich, and Robert are all going to be in my class. It is going to be such a riot. Plus, my poli sci classes are going to be great, I can’t wait.

The light of the tunnel, it’s getting a little brighter every day. First semester is almost over, I just have to hang in there.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Transfer Student


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