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Fall Break Aftermath

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So I just wrote a paper on Calvin and Hobbes. That felt amazing.

I’m kind of buried in homework at the moment, but that’s because I decided to take the day off homework and have a late night having fun. Totally worth it. I needed a break (after fall break). It’s odd how taking a break from work makes it so much harder to get back into the flow of things.

Over the weekend I went to visit my grandparents and their sheep. Long Greyhound bus trip, but I was happy I did it. Had some withdrawal symptoms there because they had no cell phone service or internet. It’s scary that places like that exist, right? Anyway, it was good to see them, and it was much better than sitting in my room with nothing to do all break. I got about 300 pages further through A Game of Thrones.

I have a Calculus midterm on Monday that I am (or should be) studying for. Kinda worried about that. It’s all stuff that I think I get, but it’s just going to be hard to remember all the formulas. Memorization is my least favorite thing in the world. Y’know, besides genocide and mass starvation all that stuff.

I got my first paper back on Thursday. Got an A-, and I’m pretty happy with that. I’d love to be getting solid As, but it was my first paper, and I would have been disappointed if it had been that easy.

I’m actually really not sure how well I’m doing in my classes. I feel like I’m doing well, but I have yet to see a single numerical or alphabetical representation of my grade in any of my classes other than that paper. I think I’m going to go ask my professors how they think I’m doing.

Anyway, I’m ¬†pretty busy here, and I can’t wait for the week to be over. I know, it’s only Saturday, but I usually pretend like Thursday and Friday nights are my weekends and do my work during the day on Saturday and Sunday when there aren’t any particularly exciting events happening.

It feels good to be productive though. I like being busy, whether it’s with social life or work.

It’s October Already?

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Where the hell did September go?

I’ve been really busy here at Bard. I can’t really remember the last time I experienced boredom. The days are just packed.

Anyway, I had my first two Calculus quizzes and my first Physics exam. The Calc stuff I did pretty well on, and I got a 96% on the Physics exam. I was really pleased with that. Our FY-Sem class is wrapping up Plato’s Republic, which generated a lot of really great discussion, and is making me think a lot about what morality really is. I’m also editing a paper for FY-Sem as I type this on Milton’s Paradise Lost, about how Milton’s depiction of Satan is a more morally just figure than Milton’s God. It’s really interesting.

My nonfiction class is really amazing. We’re doing workshops for the first time, and I’m getting a five page piece I wrote critiqued tomorrow afternoon. I’m kind of nervous, but I’m also really proud of the piece, so I’m hopeful that no one will hate it too much.

As for the social life, my friend groups are becoming better defined. I now have a regular crew that I eat meals with almost every day, and I made a bunch of new friends from Keene (a dorm on campus) through my girlfriend, Angela, who lives there. There’s a bit of a party scene at Keene, which is cool to an extent. Apparently vodka is the drink of choice on this campus. (Side note: I discovered on Friday night that chasing vodka with water does not work.)

My friend Sofia and her band also had a performance at one of the on-campus venues the other night. We all came and danced and had a great time. They were amazing.

Fencing is also going really well. I’m having a lot of fun. I was worried that I’d be really rusty, but I’m actually winning most of the bouts I fence. It’s pretty satisfying to fence against a junior who’s been part of the club for a long time and crush him in pretty much every match.

Anyway, I should probably stop procrastinating and edit this damn paper now.