Spring Break Refreshed

That’s precisely how I feel right now. I’m totally and utterly calm and content and refreshed, eagerly awaiting driving back to school on Sunday to meet the best part of the Bates academic year: SHORT TERM.

After four wonderful days spent in Puerto Rico snorkeling, swimming, and sitting in the sun, I’m a little sunburned and missing Bates for sure. I was staying on the Southwest Coast in a little town called Guanica, but despite the beautiful weather, bright blue oceans and numerous palm trees (seemingly a paradise) I was craving Range Pond, Popham Beach, the Puddle and all my other favorite places to spend short term.

I’m taking “politics in theater” which, actually, is an English class! There’s only 6 students or so enrolled, so I’m really excited for a great discussion-based, intimate classroom environment. It meets three days a week from 10am-12pm, so I’ll have lots of time to do other fun things! I keep thinking about how wonderful everything was last year; I hope this year is just the same! (or better, even).

Good luck on all final admissions decisions, potential Batesies! And keep an eye out for my dispatches from SHORT TERM 2010.

Bye Bye, Second Semester!

Finals week is finished! Everything is done, everyone is happy and relieved! I’m sitting at home relaxing, looking forward to Spring break and then Short term!

I did succeed in finishing all my¬†assignments on time…(I’m still in awe that I remained so on-schedule!) And now I’m just waiting until Sunday when I’m headed off to Puerto Rico! I’m incredibly excited to spend some time in the sun… the word I’m thinking of is “rejuvenation.”

Can’t wait for short term!

Stress, and how to deal with it

Today is the last day of classes for the Winter semester! I’ve only got one lecture left, and then finals, between me and spring break! Already there’s this concentrated feeling of stress among the students on campus. The library is packed, Pgill is packed, the school printers are in a continuous state of printing, running off final senior theses and essays and lab reports alike. And while this environment may sound unpleasant to say the least, I happen to absolutely adore finals week. There’s this wonderful “we’re all in it together” feeling; no matter how many late-nights you spend in pgill, there’ll always be someone spending it with you. I find that with this end of the semester increase of stress, so increases the sense of community and¬†camaraderie.

On top of my fond feelings towards the idea of finals week, this semester, for me, seems to be even more do-able than normal. At the beginning of the week, I made a list of all the things that I needed to do. I only have one exam, on Tuesday; all of my other classes have final papers. So, in my organizational frenzy, I created a “getting work done” schedule that accomplished everything in advance. This means that I already have created a draft of my final french essay, passed it into my professor for corrections, made those corrections, and passed in a final copy of it today. The best part? It’s due in a week. There’s this incredible feeling you get when you realize you’re on top of your game. I mean, I’m not saying I’ll stay with my extremely ambitious schedule that allows me to go home on Tuesday afternoon following my final. But it means that I won’t be stressed about my work, because I’ve planned out my time in a way that gives each assignment it’s due attention. Here’s to a successful finals week, and end of the semester!

PS. Tonight is the opening of the Senior studio-art majors honors theses at the Bates College Museum of Art. Check out a preview of the 16 students’ work here!

Gala 2010: A post in pictures

Kit and Me

Mike and Me

Remy, Nancy, Jordan and Me

Kate, me and Lindsay

Greg, Eliott and Tom – the boys on my floor all in pale blue!

Me and Andrew

Me and Meredith!

Gala was wonderful and beautiful and lovely. I hope you like the pictures!