It’s that time of year…
When the seasons start changing and Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. Case in point – early last week it was 80 degrees and sunny, then by mid-week it was in the 50s, then it went back up to the mid-70s, and now it’s back down to the 50s. Hellooooo Boston. The way I see it, though, there are two benefits to this kind of weather. 1) It never allows us to take the nice days for granted. When it’s 75 and sunny, everyone is outside lounging away on beach towels in the Quad or down by the River. 2) It gives my sunburns a chance to heal… rough.
When classes start to wrap up. Yes, that’s right, this coming Wednesday is our last day of class and then Harvard students around campus will enter Reading Period. Reading Period can mean one of two things. It can either mean a 10-day vacation if you’re something like a math or science concentrator, or it can mean a 10-day sleep strike if you’re a humanities concentrator and find yourself writing five papers. Luckily, my schedule this year has offered me spread out Reading and Finals Periods. I have a paper due this Tuesday, another paper due next week, and then two finals several days apart.
When stress and excitement levels run high. There occurs this strange dichotomy where while I’m feeling incredibly stressed about major papers and finals, I am also feeling incredibly excited about the summer!!! This summer I will be working for the Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA’s) Summer Urban Program (or SUP). SUP is a series of camps in neighboring communities throughout Boston that helps to fight summer learning loss in low-income children. Just as PBHA is student-led, SUP is too, which means that Harvard students have been working their butts off all semester long getting ready for this summer. I’ll be working Full Time SUPport (get it?), which means I’ll be behind the scenes helping out all of the camps. Get ready for lots of blog posts in the coming months about SUP. One final plug to the incoming freshmen – JOIN PBHA and then WORK SUP!!!! I promise you it won’t be a decision you regret.
When I’m starting to dread the prospect of packing up all of my stuff. It took me long enough to unpack and make my beautiful single look just the way I want, and now I’m going to have to find some way of packing all of this stuff back up and sticking it in Currier storage. I really don’t want to write anymore about it, it’s all too painful to contemplate.
When I begin to desperately text friends to grab a final meal or coffee before everyone leaves campus! It’s that time of year when I’m looking back and remembering all those times I ran into “this person from class” or “that person from my freshman dorm” or “the person that OMG I love but I haven’t seen in AGES” and I’m realizing that I only actually grabbed my promised meals with maybe half of them. This means that I still have a lot of people to go, and not a lot of time left! Ahhhh!
When House formals go on the calendar! Each House has its own Spring Formal, which, depending on who you know in which Houses, can mean a lot of formals to go to. So much fun!
That’s about all I got, folks! I wish everyone a very happy end of April, and to all of the pre-frosh – COME TO HARVARD!