This isn’t the first post I have written concerning a countdown of some sort, and it probably won’t be the last, considering I have three more years of my undergraduate career after this one ends. That sentence sounds a touch more depressing than I intended–I am content here, but I am fond of countdowns. Thinking of how much time I have left in my first year of college in terms of Fridays provides a view that is not only extremely manageable, but quite short. Now, after slowly settling back into shared living space, classes, and perpetually puddled bathroom floors, I have to figure out what I want to accomplish before summer vacation.
1) “Extracurriculars”: Unlike what appears to be 98% of the undergraduate student population, I did not dive headfirst into the pool of clubs and activities that Clark offers. Part of me wishes that I took the hypothetical plunge in the beginning of the year. In fact, the desire to join something grew particularly strong over winter break. I do think I made a tiny mistake not finding something to do–not big enough to intensely regret, but significant enough to warrant change. I had a couple of ideas about things I could do, but I am not sure whether they’ll come through. I would love to help the theater department with set design. I’ve done it before (on a limited scale) and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, by the time I saw the Facebook post advertising it, the deadline for inquiries/applications had passed. I suppose I wouldn’t lose anything by sending an email offering an extra pair of hands, but I felt so disheartened by the whole ordeal that I haven’t got around to it.
I also thought it would be fun for me to start playing my flute again. However, I haven’t played in front of people for quite a long while, and I haven’t practiced seriously in ages either. While I don’t think it would require too much work to get semi-decent again, the thought of practicing in my room, and therefore disturbing everyone on my floor and the next, deters me. I have heard there are places for such activities on campus, but again, I haven’t looked into it.
2) Reading: My goal for this semester is to read as much as I can before my eyeballs melt out of my skull. Yesterday, I finished About A Boy, a book I felt compelled to complete because I spent money on it at the airport on my way back from Ankara, and this morning, I read Billy Budd, by Herman Melville. I have seven novels to read (or reread, for some of them) for my US History through the Novel class, and I aspire to continue reading my own books, too.
3) Next year?!: I have to figure out housing for next year. I do not understand the housing lottery, but I will by April. I do not know where I want to live other than ‘on campus’, nor do I know who I want to live with. Hopefully, as the semester progresses, I will find the answers to my questions.
There are, of course, other things I want to do and see, but it would be tiresome for me to list them all. Until next time, let’s all be thankful that today is the end of a very long first week back at school.