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January 17, 2014

15 Fridays

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.

A beautiful phone I helped construct for a school play–not too fancy, but from a distance it works.

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.

I typed “melting eyeballs” into Google and found this neat illustration by artist Bill Connors depicting exactly what my eyes will feel like after reading hundreds of books this semester.

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.

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