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.
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.
Until next week!