With the start of classes came the end of the fun and games.  Mostly.  I still took the time to go to homecoming and went to AAIV’s fall retreat for the first time since freshman year.  And I also had to take the GRE, which was the most fun I’ve had since taking the SAT.  By which I mean, it wasn’t very fun at all (okay, fine, I admit it; the math was kind of fun).

I have to confess that I’ve never seen an entire homecoming game.  Freshman year, I didn’t go to homecoming at all.  Sophomore year, a friend and I sat through half the game while the sky cried at the awful portrayal of football being demonstrated at Schoellkopf.  Actually, we won that year, and we got to witness the start of Cornell’s comeback after going down early.  Junior year, a different friend and I sat through half the game while the sky cried at us and winter decided to start edging out pre-winter.  This year, I sat through half the game with a whole group of friends and then had to leave after halftime to go grocery shopping.  We were hanging in the game, but it turns out we lost on a last minute touchdown, which I didn’t see because I was busy buying broccoli and milk.  I have, however, seen the halftime show all three years.

Homecoming.  People in the stands, because it wasn't raining or freezing.

Homecoming. People in the stands, because it wasn’t raining or freezing.


Right after homecoming, I took the GRE.  I guess I thought I had studied enough in the previous week to go to homecoming?  (I hadn’t.)  I didn’t study a lot, but I did review more than I had for the SAT, which I showed up to take having skimmed through a single practice test the night before*.  What I found useful was doing practice problems from a review book just to get back in the habit of answering multiple choice questions and reading and pick up a couple tips.  Then, I did a couple tests from the GRE test program that you can download from their website.  When you launch the test, it looks exactly like it’ll appear on the computer screen at the testing center.  Anyway, it turned out okay this time.  I didn’t fail, and now my scores are valid for the next five years.

No cameras allowed in the testing center, so here's a picture from the arboretum.

No cameras allowed in the testing center, so here’s a picture from the arboretum.


In terms of classes, our capstone lab class was starting to get intense.  The first full week, we just had to go into lab for a safety orientation, which, while important, only took about twenty minutes.  The next couple weeks, we had quick labs that we only needed to write a 1-2 page memo about.  After that, we moved into a schedule of lab, prelab, lab reports, and sometimes additional memos just for the heck of it for the rest of the semester.  And that’s where my life went for the next two months.

*I had also taken the PLAN test twice by then so I wasn’t completely clueless.