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Wonderful Week


I’ve been having the best week ever, and it’s been so busy that I haven’t had any time to post on this site, so sorry for the delay! This is going to be slightly shorter, because I have a meeting at 3 with my Peer Advising Fellow (PAF) to talk about blocking (aaahhrrggg, deciding on my suitemates is so complicated), classes, and my summer plans. Also, I just applied to be a PAF next year, so we’ll see how that goes, and maybe one of you class of ’16 readers will be my PAFee! (That’d be so exciting.)

Yay random picture I took of Harvard Hall yesterday!!

So: a quick synopsis of what has happened since last Thursday. On Friday, I passed in my official study card (yippee!) and had a meeting with my slam poetry team. Later,  my mom came to visit and we watched the Harvard-Yale men’s hockey game, which I covered for the Crimson. Harvard won 4-3, and we beat Yale in the women’s hockey, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball games. Woohoo! Then I went out to a really fun party with a few of my friends and saw some a cappella people whom I hadn’t seen in a while, which was great. The next morning, my mom swung by for a little bit in between my auditions of common casting through the HRDC. Basically I tried out for  a lot of musicals and got some minor roles that I decided to drop, because I have a million things happening already. (Check out the link above for more information about theater, another addition to my Quest for the Arts!)


Go Harvard!

Sunday wasn’t too busy, but I ended the day with great news: I was appointed Arts Photography Exec with my friend Dean for The Crimson! Now I get first “pitches” (really cool events to cover) and I lead a crew of Junior Editors and Compers in their journey of photography this semester. I couldn’t be more excited.

Monday was my first Photo Exec meeting, in the newly designed photo-lounge of the basement. The basement holds design, video, and photography (really, the best part of a newspaper in both online and digital editions), and within that group there’s a great sense of community. I was alerted on Monday that I needed to give a gift to the Exec I am replacing, so that’s been my weekly project (keep reading).


Cast Lists are Posted!

Tuesday was my first day of Expos! I was sectioned into Contemporary American Theatre, a course with a very high Q Score and an amazing prof. I’m really looking forward to it, though it’s going to definitely be a difficult course. Later, I had an all-photo meeting with the Junior Editors and Execs, which was great. I pitched The Arts as a beat (translation: I gave reasons to people for why they should take pictures primarily for Arts), in the form of a song! It was very classy and very fun. Later that night, I started drawing up sketches for my gift to the ex-Arts Photo Exec (who is now the Editor-At-Large of Photography), having decided on a shirt as a gift. The design is of a pug puppy (the cutest, obviously… and photo has a bit of an obsession with baby animals) reaching for a soda bottle with the word “AHT” on it. (The ex-exec has a thick Boston accent.) Then, I had a few more late-night meetings and finally went to bed.


Oh So Cute

Wednesday, I interviewed Dean from Dean & Britta, an alternative music duo, for the Office of the Arts. Now all I have to do is write up the article, and I will post the link next week! I had my printmaking seminar again, which was amazing, per usual, and continued to work on the project I’d started on Monday. We were asked to create a visual representation of our favorite word, and I chose “noodle.” Okay, I’m not sure if that’s my favorite word, but there were so many to choose from…so I just chose my favorite food-word. Also, there are tons of alternative definitions for noodle (such as brain, or fool, or Mr. Noodle from Elmo’s World), which means I can be very creative. Next week I’ll be pressing my page, framing that bad boy, and maybe gifting it (or keeping a copy for myself). This has definitely been one of the best artistic outlets I’ve found here at Harvard.

Later that day, I met up with my friend Cynthia to work on a few songs for Freshman Formal, which is tomorrow night. Of course I’ll be going, but we’ll also be playing music during dinner, so we met up in Wigglesworth basement to practice. The practice rooms are really big in Wigg, so we had enough space for her piano and my guitar/uke. We’ll be playing some sweet songs (such as Janelle Monae and Adele), and afterwards we’ll be dancing it up in the Night Under the Stars, as it is so aptly named. Yippee!

No Stars in the Sky Yet


Then I had to cover a Flashmob for The Crimson. CityStep, a program that teaches children to dance and other valuable skills, went into Ticknor Lounge (a gorgeous room) and busted out some moves. I was lucky enough to experience it, in all of its cuteness/awesomeness.

Haha, Flashmob!

A few hours later, I realized that couldn’t stop working on my gift for my friend, so I went to Urban Outfitters to buy a blank T-shirt ($5), then to Utrecht Arts to buy some fabric paint ($8). I cut out the stencils I’d created in record time (okay, like two hours), ironed them onto the shirt, and painted away. Today, I finished it up, and I couldn’t be happier with the final product! It turned out infinitely better than I had expected, and I’m sure the gift will be well-received.


Yay Puppies and Pop!

Now I’m off to my meeting, then some more practice for Formal, homework, dinner somewhere in there, a run-through of some spoken word that I’ll be performing with a group next monday for a belated MLK celebration, and finally an Exec event later tonight. Wow! This semester is going to be awesome. (Plus, it’s cold today–bonus!)

Happy Thursday!




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So sorry for the crash in energy I had last week… there was just SO MUCH WORK that had to be done!  But the good news is that I have just experienced one of the most relaxing weekends to date, AND I managed to complete my Plan of Study!  What is a Plan of Study, you may ask?  Read on… but first, you’ll have to read about my weekend.

I would first like to take this moment to thanks all of our veterans who have served in our armed forces to protect our livelihood, our freedom, and our proud nation.  Their sacrifice has guaranteed that I get to go to the AMAZING school that is Harvard, and that I get to have the 11th of November off.  To celebrate both America and our day off, my friend Patrick and I decided to devote a portion of the day to making Freedom Toast (aka French Toast… but considering the day, we decided its sporadically used, patriotic name was more appropriate).

The original plan was to meet early (11:00 am… don’t judge me) and cook up a delicious breakfast!  Unfortunately, 11:00 am was feeling a little too early for me (hey, I had a hard week, I deserved to sleep in!), so after detouring to Starbucks I finally made it to Patrick’s room somewhere around 2:00 pm.  Patrick lives in housing called Dewolfe, which is overflow for a number of River Houses including Lowell, Quincy, Winthrop, and some Leverett (I think?… someone can correct me on that one).  But before you go feeling sorry for these kids who are outcasts of their houses, let me explain that they are gifted with MAMMOTH common rooms, large private bathrooms, spacious sleeping quarters, and kitchens.  Still feeling sorry for them?  I didn’t think so.

After cooking and eating copious amounts of “Freedom Toast,” I proceeded to crash on Patrick’s futon and go to sleep again (if you are beginning to see a theme to my weekend, you would be correct).  I awoke around 5:00 pm to meet my roommates to go out to dinner at the fabulous tapas restaurant called Dali.  We proceeded to eat a selection of yummy Spanish foods before returning as a group to Currier where I changed into my jammies and took a quick nap… that turned into another three-hour sleep fest.

Ok, so maybe our Freedom Toast didn't look this perfect, but it was pretty darn good

But lest you think I slept my entire Friday away, I will say that my marvelous blockmates woke me up to celebrate the second 11:11:11 of 11/11/11 (I slept through the morning one… I know, shocking), and from there we proceeded to go take a trip to the Pfoho Grill, grab curly fries, and return to my room to watch reruns of Glee – I could not have asked for a more perfect Friday night.

Saturday was much the same – I slept in until 1:30 pm, got up and did some work in my jammies, finally got dressed to grab dinner in Pfoho (a different Quad house) with a friend I hadn’t seen in forever, later flipped back and forth between the Notre Dame vs. Maryland Terrapin game and the Oregon vs. Stanford game, and finally watched Saturday Night Live.  I’d forgotten how great TV can be!

But I wouldn’t be a Harvard student if I were this unproductive all of the time.  Among a plethora of other things I did on Sunday, including a Theta officer meeting, and completing the Women in Business comp process, I also wrote my Plan of Study.  A Plan of Study is a form that every first semester sophomore must complete in order to declare a concentration (aka. major… we just call them concentrations for some unknown, probably pretentious reason).  To compile my Plan of Study, I had to tentatively declare all of the classes I would be taking for the rest of my time here.  Note, that this is tentative and shopping period is still completely valid.  While most students spend 1-2 hours on their Plans of Study, I devoted… many more hours (I don’t even want to count because the number would be embarrassing).  But after pouring over course selections – Harvard offers over 3,500 courses every semester – I have developed my Plan!

Here's a copy of my Plan of Study!

So ladies and gentlemen, I am officially a History concentrator **cue loud round of applause!** For those of you who have been following my blog from the very beginning of my freshman year, you know how many ups and downs I’ve been through to get to this point, and you know what a big deal this is!!! I’m sooooo excited!  Thanks for hanging in there with me.

And that’s all for now folks!  A special shout-out to Mohammad who left such a nice comment on my last post!  It really meant a lot to me, and I haven’t forgotten your questions.  Also, to anyone who was wondering, I ended up doing really well on the Math midterm I was freaking out about last week!  I may have been totally sleep deprived and overly hyped up on caffeine, but I pulled through.  Only time can tell with that History paper, and Psych went… averagely – I actually scored the exact mean score.  It’s funny how my academic standards have had to adjust since I arrived here… potential blog material?

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Hey everyone!  I unfortunately do not have much (read: any) time to post today because my life is CRAY-ZAY!!!!

I’m currently studying for my Math 1a midterm, and in the spirit I thought I’d break my life down into a (basic) math problem:

  •             This weekend = a friend coming into town to visit
  •             Monday =  8 page British History paper due at 10:00 am + 2 page Literature and Sexuality thought paper due at 12:00 pm
  •             Tuesday = 2 math problem sets due at 10:00 am  +  1 math midterm due at 7:00 pm + 1 Harvard Model Congress interview at 11:30 pm (no, that is not a typo… my interview is actually that late).

Problem:  This weekend + Monday + Tuesday

Result:  LOTS of work and VERY LITTLE TIME!!!


This picture pretty much captures my feelings

If I were in the mood to get creative, I might also factor in the amount of sleep I’ve accumulated over the past four days = 20 hrs.

Meaning the average amount of sleep I’ve had each night = 5 hrs.


The good news = after tonight, my life goes back to normal, and I am happy + Friday we have off of school!!!!!!!


If someone would like to take the time to actually compile all of this data to come up with a full equation, I would be SUPER impressed.

So I promise that you all will get a better post next week!  So sorry!

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