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It’s been two weeks since my last blog post, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting every other week from now on. Lots of awesome things have happened. I went to NYC, came back to campus, had a celebratory finish to my freshman year at the College, and moved out of Canaday the next day and into Lev a few hours later. It was a crazy trip (I completely overpacked, underestimating the enormous pile of clothes that hid within my dresser drawers), but my new residency was worth the wait, because I have a super cozy single in Old Leverett. Check out some pics!



My room went from this…


…to this ):


My New Room in Lev!


NYC, World Trade Center



Funny StarWars Kids in NYC




It was awesome to have a little break in NYC before starting my difficult week. I was assigned to DeWolfe, which probably isn’t talked about a lot on the Harvard Website; it’s the overflow housing for Dunster, Leverett, Lowell, Kirkland, and Winthrop (five of the upperclassmen houses), and is a great alternative to sophomore housing, which can frequently be a downgrade from freshman housing in the Yard. DeWolfe is set up in pretty big suites, commonly with two large bedrooms that are doubles, a kitchen, bathroom, and a common room. With all of those different types of rooms, it was very difficult to clean throughout the week. It’s pretty exhausting work, but I came out of it with quite a bit of dough (almost 500 dollars) and slept very well each night! Here’s a picture of one of the rooms during final cleaning, when we had to go around and redo all of the work we’d done throughout the week in order to ensure that these suites were immaculate.



Empty, Clean Room.




I also worked at The Crimson during commencement, which was very fun! I set up the Year in Sports newspaper with a few other editors, which was great fun. Also, I socialized with a lot of other boards, not just Photo, and made a lot of new friends while eating FREE food! Hollah! Friday night, on a whim, I decided to go home for the weekend! Work started yesterday for Reunion jobs (babysitting), and so I had four full days to go home and relax with my family. I jumped on the Greyhound early Saturday morning and rode to Montpelier, which is close to my house, and drove home to spend time with the fam in the hot, hot sun. We went swimming in the river (my, my, it was cold), I saw my little sister’s baseball game, I made a pie, casserole, and sushi (on different occasions), slept, saw my best friends from home, and generally enjoyed myself profusely. It was incredible to be home, and I missed it this year! I’ll be going back soon (two weeks) to spend time until I’m off to Paris.



Strawberry Rhubarb Pie





My Kitty Emily on the Right


After my awesome mini-vacations, I’ve started working for the Harvard Alumni Association as a babysitter, with 16.5 hour days, as a day and night sitter for little kids. The Reunions have totally transformed the Yard, and it’s teeming with people of all ages, which brings a new level of excitement to campus. It’s nice having this influx of alumni after the regular floods of students have cleared out, because Harvard is completely different.

If I last through these upcoming weeks, you’ll hear from me soon!





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One of my favorite parts about being a sophomore is that you get to pick exactly who you’re living with. While there’s something thrilling about being placed randomly in housing as a freshman, and I certainly loved getting to know my roommates last year, it has been such a comfort to come home at night to three of my best friends at Harvard. Our blocking group grew close around this time last year, bonding over many holiday traditions we were missing at home – we went to see the Nutcracker together, celebrated Hanukkah, and built snowmen in the Yard. As such, we’ve been super excited for the holidays to roll around, both because of our general love for hot chocolate and snow and because it marks the unofficial one year anniversary of our friendship.

We made a pact at the beginning of the year that we would have a Christmas tree in our room for the holidays, so the day we all got back from Thanksgiving, we headed to Allston (right next door to Cambridge!) to buy our very first tree together! My roommate and I had stocked up on supplies at Target over break, so we were fully prepared to deck it with lights and ornaments when we got back to the room.

The best part of the night was getting to decorate our room together – we were blasting music and chatting while hanging lights and making cutout snowflakes. It was so nice to be able to relax and catch up on how everyone’s breaks had gone! I was especially grateful when one of my roommates suggested a cookie study break. We headed to the convenience store across the street and bought cookie mix, frosting, and food dye. Only about half of the cookie dough actually got baked into cookies, but we ended up making an impressive collection of holiday cookies (if I do say so myself).

At the end of the night, we took a holiday photo and sent it along to all of our parents – I’m pretty sure my mom still thinks we’re crazy for having bought a 6 ft tree for ourselves, but everyone’s families were happy to see we had decorated our room for the holidays! It’s so fun to come back to all of the lights!

As I’m writing this, the five of us (four roommates plus one more of our blockmates) are sitting around our common room checking email, chatting, and helping each other pick out formal dresses. So nice to have a bit of downtime together!