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Productivity zero

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

Yet it’s not even a problem 🙂

This weekend I went to the Formal, watched netflix, went to the gym, read that philosophy/aesthetics book I took out of Lamont because it looked interesting, saw Harvard Idol, went to Jorian’s cocktail party, went to church, went shopping, took naps and sang at three Dins gigs.  And ate about 1 real meal (Friday dinner), but a lot of finger food, and snacks.

I really should try and get at least a little bit of work done tonight.

Oh, and scroll down and tackle my music meme!

One week till Winter Recess

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

And I can’t wait.  Only 3 problem sets and a lab stand between me and that 30 hour trek home.

In the last couple of days, I’ve had:
1) A one hour breakfast meeting with my house co-Master
2) A 20-minute chat with my BS 51 professor
3) A 20 minute chat with my seminar professor from last year
4) An hour and a half consultation with one of the program coordinators from last year
5) A half hour discussion with my Senior Tutor

And I’m in the midst of arranging a meeting with my academic advisor.  Let’s hope something comes out of all this.  If nothing else, I’m still totally loving this feeling of being free to think and relax.

PS: Guess who I ran into at the swish private Christmas party we sang at tonight?  My academic advisor and his wife!  Hah!
PPS: That was a *great* party.

Another monday morning

Monday, December 6th, 2004

And just like that, my glorious, fleeting weekend of relaxation is over.  In just two weeks I’ll probably be headed home though.  Now that’s a happy thought.

No more chem 17 midterms!

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Creative black tie opening of The Pirates of Penzance at the Agassiz Theatre, co-produced by Xin Wei, programs by Adrian, performed by Wojtek and Matt.  A fun night out, and I got to sit in a swoon of orchids for two hours.  Sweet.  Hard to believe I had a chemistry midterm the next morning.

From left: Xin Wei, Adrian, Joanna, Wojtek, Christine, me

Opening Night of Pirates of Penzance (2 Dec 2004)


At just past noon today, my quality of life shot up by a ridiculous amount.  Yay end of Chem 17 midterms!  Whew.  Not that I did well or anything, but at least its over.  It was even gloriously sunny and everything 🙂

And then I had a biology lecture that made me realise (kind of sadly), that on some level I’m truly missing out on the intellectual challenge part of the college experience that I came here for.  Professor Holbrook was far too technical and lingo-y for this course (as compared to the first two thirds), but her lecture is the first time I’ve ever heard plant physiology convincingly portrayed as an exciting field with many fascinating questions being investigated that could impact our lives!  EPS is vaguely interesting but frustrates me with it’s maddeningly simple-impossible syllabus, Chem 17 is challenging (really shouldn’t be) and kind of invigorating but not that exciting intellectually (arrow-pushing??).  Ec 10 is useful, but very, very, very basic and sedately-paced.  French 170 is intruiging and has moments of brilliance, but is unlikely to leave a lasting impression (ask me again after I somehow write fifteen pages of French for my final paper).

Which leaves me wondering if I should be hunting out at least a couple of really challenging/exciting classes for next semester (which would involve a major study-plan overhaul), or for next year (ditto, but maybe a bit less so).  And just when I was getting comfortable with taking the easiest classes I could get away with, too.

We got back our midterms in biology today.  I think my final grade is pretty much stuck in purgatory now, which is better than it was before today.

At my very first tailgate during the Harvard-Yale game, and very first football game too.  The Din alums had their very own tailgate, complete with G&Ts and lime-green balloons.

From left: Jon, me, Gary, Jay, Evan, Adam

Dins tailgate at The Game (20 Nov 2004)



Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Unbelievably blustery today, to the point where it almost got difficult to walk.

Thanksgiving was spent quietly, and quite productively on campus.  I got a fair amount of sleep, and saw The Incredibles (everyone has to see this!  So much better than Finding Nemo in terms of plot, emotional core, sountrack, special effects, style… and hilarious.  Go see it!), did laundry and made four trips to the gym over five days.  On Friday a small group of us Dins drove up to New Hampshire to sing at a lovely little wedding in Portsmouth, where I got my first shaky chance with Shanandoah.  It was a fun gig though.

So now its December.  H-Y weekend is over, Thanksgiving is over.  I have my last chemistry midterm on Wednesday, and then an Ec midtem on Monday (where’d that one come from??).  So. much. work.  Sigh.  But there’s the Pirates opening tomorrow, the Winter Formal on Dec 10, and then a week and a bit till Winter Recess.  The semester is coming to an end, before I feel like I’ve learnt enough to take final exams, before I feel completely moved into E-12, and before I’ve figured out what I’m going to do next summer.  I’m still happy though, even as I half-consider not taking Chem 27 next semester, dropping premed, and taking just four classes next semester.

In other news, my French paper got a good grade, no small thanks to Christine, who must have corrected well over a hundred errors a page.  Now if I only knew what I’m going to say on the longer (is that even possible?) final paper.

All right, must go work on getting a C on that midterm on Friday.  Ok, so maybe I exaggerate.  I’ll probably get a B-   :/

Counting down, continually

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

7 days till Thanksgiving break
2 days till The Harvard-Yale Game (is it sad that I have neither T-shirt nor ticket?)
1 day till the freeDins concert (Friday, 9pm, Leverett Dining Hall) with the Yale Dukesmen
24 hours till my Chem 17 problem set deadline
20 hours till my BS 51 midterm (yipes!)

Speaking of BS 51, I watched 7.5 lectures over past two days, and I have another 4.5 for today (as I write a lecture is playing on the side – Prof Farrell is talking about endocrine control over behavior right now).  Which in a sense is really the right pace for this class, given that it’s really just a loose summary of A-level biology.

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving.  As I’ve been telling people – at this point I’m very glad that I’m not American.  And I’m not talking about the recent election results either…  rather, I’m glad that Thanksgiving will be completely obligation-less for me.  Which means I can fully devote myself to resting, reading, going to the gym, working on schoolwork, watching netflix…  Four days is really not enough.

How did this happen?

While I was sitting in French today and thinking about the reconceptualisation of urban spaces, of interiors and Certeau’s rhetoric of walking (which hopefully I will understand by next week), I was seized by a very strong urge to visit the newly reopened MoMA in New York.  Some day soon, hopefully.

A shocking number of people already know what they’ll be doing, not just next semester, but next summer too.  Thus spurred to action, I’ve been thinking, rather unsuccessfully, about what I want to be doing next summer.  Nowhere seems particularly interesting right now.  Unfortunately, exotic locations are far too often accompanied by hardship, or at least inconvenience.  Laurel, I’m thinking of your time in Kenya, but I’m also drawing on my most recent summer in South Africa and especially Bangladesh.  I’m not sure I want to be in South Asia anytime soon (although I certainly do want to go back at some point).  It seems absurd that I’ve become just about as blas

As the first snow falls

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Argh chemistry, argh.  Urrgh!

We had our first significant snow today, though it’s still wam enough that it has all melted.

As of now I want to go home for Christmas.  I’m even hoping to leave a couple of days early.  After all, I don’t have Ec that week and no biology lab, so it looks theoretically possible.

And now, back to French.

A breather

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Hopefully this means those prayers are kicking in.

I didn’t fail Ec, which surprises me, considering how much stuff I half-made up during the test.  Turns out the mean was 49 and the median grade 49.5.  Which means I’m quite pleased.  You could even say very pleased.

And the Chemistry midterm today?  Well, it’s over, and that’s all I can say about that right now.  Excuse me while I pray.

I feel as if I can take a little break, except I have two untouched problem sets and an unstarted twelve-page French paper all due on Friday.  Thank God there’s no school tomorrow.  If I can just make it to the weekend I’ll be fine, until I think about preparing for next week’s midterm by watching those six biology lectures I missed.  Never a dull moment, eh?

PS:  Winter is now clearly upon us.  brr.
PPS: I love Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames

Next, the world!

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Taken in the coutryard of Adams House, during one of the many long rehearsals leading up to the concert.  This photo shoot was for the concert program, but this picture didn’t make the cut.  I quite like it, though.

Dins being silly (31 Oct 2004)


Thanks to everyone that came to the concert, and especially to everyone who came up to me after the show.  That was so much fun, wasn’t it?


So now I can focus on getting my room, my work and my schedule back together again.  Whew, that’s going to take quite a lot of work.

PS: Today’s been unbelievably warm and pretty.  And it’s November!

Going under, in style

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

It’s three days to the concert.  Wow.  I’ve missed three consecutive chemistry *and* biology lectures.  I bombed my economics exam today (argh!), and I have just under a week till my next orgo midterm.  And just to recall the last disasterous chem midterm I took (less than a month ago!), my chem tutor ominously warned me today after section: “Don’t screw *this* one up!”.

I can only pray that my EPS midterm is ok, and that my very underwhelming biology midterm grade can be rescued during the rest of the semester.

And then there’re the three problem sets and the 12-page French paper, all unattempted, that I have to turn in within the next week or so.  Sigh.

Yet it still seems well worth it.