Last week when I talked to my brother, I asked him how his classes were going. He didn’t think it was very valid question–I’d forgotten how late quarter system schools started, and he’d only had about two days of class. Here’s it’s completely different. We’re in the middle of Week 6, meaning most people are done with the first round of midterms in classes with several midterms, and just getting ready for the first round of one-midterm-only classes. Some version or another of a cold seems to be sweeping campus, and we had a few days of coat-worthy weather this weekend
With all of that going on, it should be a pretty bleak week/month. October’s never that much fun, I’ve been living on apple juice, bread, matzoh ball soup, and cold medicine for the last three days, I’ve got deadlines ahead and tests to worry about, but this October’s still managing to turn itself around and still be full of happier moments. Here are some of the things keeping this month happier!
1) WICKED. Prior to last week, I’d never seen a Broadway play or a touring Broadway play. Wicked is currently playing at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, and I had the chance to go last Friday night with some friends for my friend Abby’s 21st birthday. The show was absolutely amazing–I’ve had the soundtrack memorized since middle school, but seeing it live was incredible. It’s one of my favorite musicals, and I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to see it! To make things even better, Kate, who volunteers at the Hippodrome was our usher!
2) The Young Alumni return! This past weekend was Young Alumni Weekend, meaning that (most of) my friends who had graduated last year/the year before were back in Baltimore! It was a lot of fun catching up with everyone and being able to pretend that no time has passed.
3) Fall Fest. It’s definitely not the same as Spring Fair, but Fall Fest has grown considerably since my freshman year, and this year had a variety of fun events (and free t-shirts!) including a Haunted House (which I worked in and enjoyed scaring people in!).
4) Fall Break Adventure! I’m going on a road trip through the Shenandoah Valley with two of my friends this upcoming weekend. We’ve been researching fun/ridiculous things to do, and the contenders currently include a potato chip factory (with free samples), Luray Caverns (there’s also a maze there!), every single waterfall in Shenandoah National Park, and canoeing. It’ll be a much-deserved escape from school work, and we’re all incredibly excited for it.
5) Room decorations. I’ve been adding to my room decorations, and my living room decorations are approaching completion. Highlights include strings of lights EVERYWHERE and hundreds of pictures from old calendars and a printing frenzy the summer after freshman year.
6) My pot of fresh matzoh ball soup just finished cooking right now. And hot soup makes everything better.
7) Political Science nerdiness in the form of Supreme Court obsessing and thesis planning. This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, which deals with affirmative action and precedents like Grutter v. Bollinger. I’ve been following this issue for a while now, and I’m very much waiting the Court’s opinion (and definitely considering going to the Supreme Court again when they announce the decision!). I’ve also been enjoying initial thesis research and planning–so far I’m very satisfied with my choice to write one!
8) Working with my new mock trial team! I’m captaining one of the development teams this year, and so far I’m really happy with this decision and experience. It’s really fun working with people who are new to the program (which I didn’t do last year on a team with returners), and I love our new set of freshman (and a few upperclassmen!) who are joining us this year. Our first tournament is pushed back this time too, which gives us more time to prepare (and be ready to WIN).
9) Getting to know all of the new SAABabies! We have ten wonderful new freshmen, and it’s been fun getting to know them in person at the meetings/Open House and through their blogs!
10) I’m really enjoying all of my classes this semester. I was genuinely sad that I couldn’t go to class for the past two days, and I’m interested in all of the reading. I’ve got an amazing mix of professors, which makes the class time enjoyable and interesting, but I’m also really interested in the subject material (even for political theory, more on that later!).