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January 20, 2013

Ready, Set, Snow!

The view from my halls. Photo by Joel Rosen, LSE ’13.

It’s snowing in London.  Not much, mind you – there’s only about a half-inch on the ground – but it’s certainly been enough to make the Brits nervous.  The BBC news has been putting together headlines like “Heavy Snow Around UK Causes Travel Disruption.”  Classes have been cancelled.  Banks have been closed.  And meanwhile, the heater in my room has broken, not for the first time.  It’s been an entertaining first week back :)

Without a doubt, though, I’ve enjoyed the heck out of this first week.  Because we’re not on a semester system, there’s no feeling of renewal or new beginnings: we’re just picking up exactly where we left off before break.  If you were behind, I guess that’s a bad thing.  I’ve been pretty up-to-date, so I’ve enjoyed the confident feeling that comes when you know exactly where all your classes are on the first day of term.

Plus, it’s been nice to come back to the people here.  They’ve been talking, and I’ve been listening.  As I’ve mentioned before, the folks here are uniformly fascinating, and it’s been a real pleasure to sit down at the dinner table and listen to zany and wonderful stories of winter break, old friends, or family members.  A sense of community has really developed – I’ll admit, much slower than it would at Clark – and it’s a pleasure to be a part of.

Look, a flag cab! Photo by Joel Rosen, LSE ’13.

What else have I been up to?  I’ve been working nonstop on my application for the Truman Scholarship, which I’ve mentioned in this space before.  Applications are an exhausting combination of self-reflection and self-promotion, neither of which wear particularly well on me when I’m sitting in my room in a sweater, jacket and gloves because of a broken heater.  But I have enjoyed the result of some of the work, and will certainly appreciate the opportunity to be considered by the Foundation.

I also had a chance to see my friend Liz in London yesterday (she’s here on a two-week program) and thoroughly enjoyed that experience.  Some days, it feels like my entire life has up and moved to London.


This last week, a friend of mine from high school got engaged.  ENGAGED!  That’s not something people my age should be doing just yet.  Oy.  It’s been the talk of the day on Facebook, to be sure.  But I don’t know if I’m ready for weddings of people who I sat at fifth grade desks with just yet.

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