This week was a whirlwind, friends.  I’ve been brainstorming and trying to remember how I spent the last seven days, but for the most part all that I can recall is a haze of class, meals, and sleep.

The first week of class after shopping period is always a bit of a slap in the face.  After having a month off from school for break, it can be difficult adjusting to being back on campus.  Since the last week doesn’t really form a continuous narrative in my memory, here are a couple of random moments from the past few days that stood out to me for one reason or another.

Monday, January 30, 2012:

On Monday I had to wake up early to “poster” the yard, which really just means taping flyers to bulletin boards and kiosks.  Since I was already awake and out of the Quad, I enjoyed hot breakfast in Annenberg (the freshman dining hall) with some friends.  It might not sound like a significant moment to you, but hot breakfast is kind of a big deal around here.  Hot breakfast means eggs (any way you want them!), bacon, breakfast sandwiches, etc. as opposed to muffins and cereal. It was a superb way to jump-start my Manic Monday.

Annenberg Hall

Annenberg Hall (the freshman dining hall and proud provider of hot breakfast!)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012:

I had one hour of class.  I don’t think that I need to justify why this was a bright moment in my week.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012:

Wednesday afternoon I remembered that I had BoardPlus credit!  BoardPlus is essentially free money.  Every semester Harvard loads $65 of Board Plus on every student’s Harvard I.D.  You can use BoardPlus credit in place of cash/credit at certain locations on campus.  With the start of the new semester, I had $65 fresh dollars in my account, so I treated myself to a large FREE café americano at the Barker Center Café.

Thursday, February 2, 2012:

Thursday evening I had my first section meeting for my history class on the British Empire.  Section is basically an hour-long session during which a small group of students meets with a Teaching Fellow (TF) to further discuss the readings/lectures for classes with larger enrollments.   I don’t usually have a lot of sections because History and Literature courses tend to be offered as seminars.  Seminars usually have a maximum of 15 people, so there’s no need to breakdown into sections.

That being said, I was dreading having to add an extra hour of class to my schedule.  However, it turns out that section was actually a good time!  The TF is young, spunky, and easygoing.  She’s a History of Science grad student with a focus on madness and mental illness in Britain.  How cool is that? She’s also British, which is a nice touch considering the subject of the class.

Friday, February 3, 2012:

I don’t have class on Fridays, so that’s reason enough to celebrate.  I spent the entire day de-stressing and rewarding myself for surviving the first week of work.  I went to Newbury Street for a hair appointment, and then I wandered up and down Newbury Street and Boylston Street to explore the shops.  I cannot imagine a better way to end the week.  It’s great how it’s the little things that really stick with you when everything is said and done.

Newbury Street Boston by Celia Judge

An oil painting of Newbury Street by Celia Judge

Until next week!

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