This weekend was one of the most eventful and exhausting couple of days I’ve had in a while. As I said in my last post, Friday, December 9 was the CS50 Fair, which was just as epic as I imagined it to be. There were final projects from over 600+ students on display, along with several corporate sponsors: Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox, and Bridgewater, just to name a few. They were all giving out free swag, including iPhone cases, t-shirts, and sunglasses. My final project partner, Lina, and I presented our website to so many people throughout the course of the fair, and we got some great feedback. We also hunted down David Malan (CS50’s famous instructor) and showed him our project! I actually didn’t care if he was impressed with our project or not, as long as we got a picture with him. And we did! You know, he’s such a celebrity…I don’t think he realizes what a big deal he is. Before I took the class, I’d see him walking around campus and was tempted to ask for a photo, but I’m super glad I waited until he was actually my professor. It’s crazy to think that we’ve talked in person at office hours and exchanged email after email. I sound crazy. He’s just a normal person, I know. But he’s still a big deal and I’m glad I can cross him off the list of people I have to meet before I graduate. Perhaps I’ll write a post sometime devoted to all of these people…but I bet I’d sound even more crazy. How embarrassing. To wrap the conversation about CS50 up, Lina and I agreed as we were leaving the fair that it had given us an unusually strong feeling of accomplishment that other classes haven’t quite given us thus far.
I spent Saturday sleeping and studying so I didn’t wear myself out before the Five House Formal at the House of Blues in Boston on Sunday evening. Reid’s band, The Nostalgics, was awesome and you can see pictures from the stage in her post from a few days ago! I had a +1 to the event, so I brought my friend Marianna, who lives in one of the houses that had their own separate formal on another evening. It was incredibly fun to see so many familiar faces all in one place. Typically, house formals are either independent of each other or occur together with one other house. Each house’s House Committee (HoCo), comprised of elected student representatives, plans each semester’s formal. Talking to my house’s outgoing Co-Chair, I learned that the communication and planning about the Five House Formal started all the way back in January. I think all the hard work was reflected in how much everyone loved the event.
All of the fun stuff is over for now because exams have begun. I actually had a final this morning. All that separates me from vacation and the second semester of my junior year is the Organic Chemistry exam! I have an entire week to devote to it, so I’m hoping all goes well. It’s eerily quiet on campus this time of year. People take longer to respond back to texts and emails, and some even go missing for entire evenings. In the midst of all the free time shelves being empty, I was able to snap a nice picture of the John Harvard statue without anyone else in the frame (a rarity!). Check it out below…it’s a nice change of pace, especially because I feel like I’ve been posting way too many pictures of myself lately!