Sorry that I’ve been missing in action the past few weeks! I’ve been all over the place mentally (Physically I’ve pretty much just been here in Cambridge…). Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess.
Here’s a brief overview off what’s been going on in my life since my last post.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th: Harvard-Yale
As always, Harvard-Yale (H-Y) was an unforgettable experience. Just to be clear, H-Y is the annual football game against Yale. It’s cryptically referred to as “The Game” here on campus. This year, H-Y was at Yale so there was a huge exodus from Cambridge. Most people made their way down to New Haven to take part in the festivities.
I look forward to H-Y without fail because it is one day a year when school spirit reigns supreme. H-Y is evidence of the thriving Harvard community. Students, Alumni, friends, family, and football enthusiasts all come together to share in the experience. This year was no different.
I’m not much of a sports fan, so I prefer to shift my attention to the student tailgates. I dressed up in my best Harvard apparel, ate hot dogs and hamburgers, and kicked back with some of my closest friends and fellow classmates.
Oh, and Harvard won the game 45-7. Go Crimson!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd: Home Sweet Home!
After Harvard-Yale, I went back to campus and powered through the last few days of class before Thanksgiving break. By Tuesday evening I was sitting at the Starbucks in Logan Airport, waiting to board my flight home.
I love traveling to and from school. As I mentioned in my Blogger Bio, I’m from Virginia, so I usually fly into one of the Washington, D.C. airports. Travel from Boston to D.C. is a breeze! Tickets are almost always available, and the flight only lasts about one hour. Plus I can take the T (Boston public transportation) to the airport, instead of spending a ton of money on a cab.
The best part about coming home for breaks is the warm welcome! My mom treats me like a soldier returning from war.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24th: Turkey Day
Thanksgiving is one of my top three favorite holidays (the other two are Halloween and the Fourth of July). I look forward to it each and every year, and this year did not disappoint! The spread at my house included everything from honey baked ham to corn soufflé. I especially love Thanksgiving now that I’m in college, because I don’t have to ration the leftovers. I’m only around to enjoy the food for a few days, so I don’t worry about saving anything for the next week, so I just enjoy the food recklessly.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27th: Back to School
I flew back to school on Sunday morning. I decided to get to Cambridge early in the day so that I could get ready for the LAST WEEK OF CLASS of the semester. The light at the end of the tunnel had never been brighter.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd: School’s Out! (But not really…)
Last day of class! Actually, I don’t even have class on Friday, so Thursday was technically my last day but we won’t worry about that silly little detail. Regardless, I decided to reward my hard work this semester with an evening of appreciating the arts.
First, I stopped by Memorial Church (Mem Church or MemChu) in the Yard to see the Kuumba Christmas Concert. The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College are just one of the many amazing choirs here on campus. I went to support a few friends and hear some great music. The energy at the concert was fantastic. People were on their feet, clapping to the beat, and swaying back on forth. One highlight of the concert, at least for me, was when the group sang the Boyz II Men arrangement of “Silent Night”.
After Kuumba, I made the short walk of to Sanders Theatre to catch the second half of “Twas the Jam Before Christmas”, which was a joint-effort a capella concert featuring the Harvard Krokodiloes (Kroks) and the Harvard Opportunes (Opps). Unfortunately, I missed the Opps because I was at the Kuumba concert, but the Kroks were out of this world. They must practice in their sleep, because they seemed so comfortable on stage. The jokes between songs genuinely made me laugh, and the soloists were incredible. There was even tap-dancing involved in the show! I think the best word to describe the performance is “cheeky”. They do a great job of making sure their bits are fun and carefree, with just the right amount of sass.
Okay, I think that just about catches us up. You’ll have to excuse me now, as a hide away in my “Reading Period Cave”.* Also known as the Harvard Library System (especially Widener, Lamont, and Houghton).
*Reading Period is the week or so before final exams. Most students spend the time writing final papers and studying for exams.
Tags: arts, exams, Harvard-Yale, music, reading period, Thanksgiving Break
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