Monthly Archives: May 2011

Freshman year? Check.

If you’ve seen me lately, you might notice that I’m looking a little older, wiser, gray haired and wrinkly. I might casually stroke my (nonexistant) beard while contemplating philosophical problems, or stare out the window on a rainy day as I ponder the implications of my decisions.

Why do I seem so aged, weathered, and mature?

Because, as of May 14th at 11 am, I HAVE FINISHED FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE AND AM OFFICIALLY A CORNELL SOPHOMORE!!

You read it right, folks–your humble blogger will no longer be the newbie on campus anymore. As I mentioned earlier, I had four finals in a row starting Wednesday and ending Saturday morning; my parents came up Friday night, took me out to a nice steakboat-yard-grill-1 dinner at the Boatyard, and proceeded to pack my room up as I took my French final Saturday morning (thanks, mom and dad).

It’s such a bizarre feeling sitting home and relaxing right now. About a week ago, my stress was at its peak and I was making day-long hikes to Uris and Olin libraries–now, I’m in a completely different state of mind. This whole ‘end of year’ thing is bittersweet–saying goodbye to the people I’ve met this year was as sad as seeing friends from back home was happy (if that makes sense). What was weird, though, was packing up my room:

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Let's see...what can we learn about me from this picture? I'm a big Bruce Springsteen fan, love clean water (hence the purifier under the box), and enjoy my room smelling like Febreze. Guilty on all 3 counts.

Things will be picking up for me, though–I start work and a summer class soon, so I guess I should enjoy my precious time lounging around the house.

Stay tuned next year for my exciting adventures  as a sophomore. Will West Campus be as exciting as North? How will I like my sophomore classes in comparison to the ones I took as a freshman? Is walking up Libe Slope every day going to be a huge hassle? Will I stop using rhetorical questions to conclude posts?

Lastly, before I sign off for the summer, I just want to congratulate Life on the Hill bloggers Cullen, Patricia, Kaitlyn, Evan and Adrienne on their Cornell graduations! Their blogs have not only been a ton of fun to read over the years, but they’ve also been a great inspiration for me.

Have a great summer, and as always, feel free to get in touch!

It’s finals time!

I was warned about this.

Lots of people–alums, upperclassmen, you name it–have told me that the month of May is paradoxical for Cornellians. Why?

Ithaca weather has been at its nicest since orientation week. People are tanning and throwing frisbees on the quads. I’m gettingsummer Facebook invites to end of year barbeques. The sun is shining, and birds are chirping.

And what have I been doing?

…pulling 8 hour shifts in the library studying for the 4 finals I have this week. Yeah, 4.  I have sociology tomorrow, microeconomics Thursday, entomology Friday, and French Saturday..and they count for amounts ranging from 17%-36%. It’s so hard to focus knowing that beautiful weather is here, summer vacation is only days away, and a lot of my old friends have already gotten home…but I’m just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m definitely going to miss life as a Cornellian this summer–namely, seeing newly-made friends, hallmates, classmates, and shipmates (arr!). But, I’m also ready to reunite with family and friends in West Hartford.

It’s weird to think that my freshman year  is coming to an end, as is my time on North Campus. Considering the fact that, as a freshman on North, you have meals at RPCC and Appel, meet at “Nasties” for quick bite, and get study help at the Tatkon Center (though admittedly I’ve never done the last thing), it’s like I’ll be living an entirely new life next year down the slope on West.

Speaking of slopes, let’s talk about Slope Day. Slope Day, the annual end-of-classes celebration held on Libe Slope, was attended by masses of students and guests. In addition to carnival games, Cornell usually Profile Picturesgets a big name artist to perform; this year it was Nelly (with acts by “Ra Ra Riot” and “The Cool Kids”), though in past years Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Ben Folds, and the Pussycat Dolls have come.

For a lot of students, Slope Day involves alcohol of some sort. They sell beer on the slope every year, and you hear talk of frats “pre-gaming” and the like. In light of the tragic death this year, Cornell has gone all out in terms of alcohol awareness and safety; Gannett Health Services essentially turns into a bedroom on Slope Day, EMS teams scanned the slope and cared for highly-intoxicated students, and many-a professor warned us to be safe on the slope in the days before. Heck, even the flyers on the inside of the toilet stalls informed us about the dangers of drinking and talked about the medical amnesty program at Cornell.

Your humble blogger decided to become a Slope Day volunteer, and distribute water bottles on the slope to the students who needed it. It was actually well-worth it, and walking around the slope with a “mission” of sorts was a lot of fun. Plus, I got a free t-shirt!

Photos speak louder than words, so here are a few courtesy of University Photography:

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In other news, because of the stressful time of year it is, North Campus student programming hired a few masseuses to come to RPCC tonight. Needless to say, after dinner I scored a free massage. Woohoo!