If you’re an undergrad at Cornell reading this post, you might hate me until your finals are over. Just saying.
To be blunt, I’ve had it good these last couple of days. Really good. While the rest of campus is stressing out over organic chemistry exams and final papers, I’ve had very few worries. Why? I had three papers due before classes ended, and one project due shortly after. This has ultimately resulted in me only having one final exam, on May 17th, which I believe will be fairly straightforward and not too impossible.
So what have I been doing with my completely free days? Attending Camp Cornell!
At least, that’s what I’ve been telling my friends. Essentially what this means is that, because I have no worries, I’ve been taking advantage of all the fun activities on campus that I’ve never done before.
- Taken a West Campus-coordinated tour of the Synchrotron.
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but
under Cornell’s athletic fields is one of the most powerful particle accelerators in the world. Now, I don’t really know what a particle accelerator does…but I really wanted to see the underground, semi-secret facility. So when the Alice Cook House offered a tour of the place, I didn’t want to pass it up. Honestly, it was really cool
. The control room had all these buttons and looked like a spaceship, and the circular ring itself–where I guess the particles fly–was awesome to see. I have to admit, though, that I was a little on-edge when we were down there; our tour guide said that if the machine had been operating, we would all receive fatal doses of radiation instantly. No thanks…
This one’s kind of self-explanatory. If you’ve ever been, you know the joys that a steak burrito
with pinto beans, cheese, salsa and lettuce can bring. It’s kind of hard to get to…but hey, the commute isn’t that big of a deal once you’ve mastered the TCAT
. Ever since it opened up in Ithaca, Cornellians have been patronizing the place. Everytime I’ve been, I’ve recognized at least one or two classmates. Cornellians, if you wish to go: Take the 10 or 30 to the Commons, then take the 15 “Southside Shopper,” which comes hourly. Plan in advance…but this faux-Mexican food is definitely worth it!
- Taken advantage of “regression dinners”–West Campus’ attempt to cheer students up during finals periods.
A poster I saw in an elevator advertised regression dinners as “taking you back to a time when you didn’t know final exams existed,” and I’d say they do a good job making us feel young. The dinners consisted of all our childhood comfort foods–grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, you name it–and they even added legos and paper tablecloths to write on . My inner 5 year old definitely showed itself when my dinner table suddenly broke out into a game of Hangman.
- Slept in, and just all around relaxed!
This has been an interestingly hectic/stressful semester, and I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend just waking up whenever I feel like it. As I’m writing this, though, I’m on the Campus to Campus bus heading to NYC, where I’m meeting up with my mom to head home for a week before my last final on the 17th. I like Cornell, but there isn’t that much to do when all your friends are studying and you have few obligations…