While I know I said I was going to talk about the holidays at Brown (and they were wonderful!), holiday spirit before and during finals period has a fair amount of overlap with the other colleges, so since Graham and Roxana already talked about it, and we’d like you to hold interest in the blog and keep reading, I figure I’ll share my list of reasons I’ve been counting down the days until I go back to Rice. These aren’t in any particular order, and occasionally a little trivial, but suffice to say that I am very excited.
1) The Weather- Those of you from actual cold weather probably think DC is not very cold, but I am a wimp when it comes to weather. I have been bundled up for three and a half weeks now and am ready to head back to balmy Houston. In case you’re wondering, the Houston forecast for Saturday is high 67 low 47. The DC forecast is high 37 low 25; Houston wins.
2) Classes- Ok, I’m a dork, but I’m really excited about the classes I’m taking next semester. I’m taking Spanish 202 with the same awesome professor I took 201 with. I’m taking Logic which sounds really fun. I’m taking statistics, I’m actually a little nervous for this, but it’s a requirement for my major. And, I’m taking an econ elective, I’m not sure which one yet, it’ll probably be Game Theory or World Economy and Social Development. Either way, I’m really excited to take my first elective for my major. To round things out, I’m taking Intro to Fencing and a 1-credit neuroscience seminar called Art and Science in Dialogue. It’s a bit of a random mix, but it should be really fun.
3) Internship- I’m a social science major, which makes me especially lucky that Rice has its own think tank on campus, the Baker Institute of Public Policy. The Baker Institute provides a ton of cool opportunities for students from bringing in interesting speakers to having scholars teach classes in their area of expertise. They also have several student interns throughout the year, and this semester I will be interning for the Baker Institute Energy Forum. I don’t exactly know what I’ll be doing yet, but I find out Monday and am really excited.
4) Residential Life/ Friends- It’s not until you get home for a break that you realize how unique it is that in college at any given point in the day, if you want to hang out with someone, it’s as easy as knocking on a door and 30 seconds later having something to do. Sometimes it’s even easier, you’re in your room doing work and you hear people hanging out down the hall and join the party (and your productivity declines substantially). I’m not saying you never need, or can’t get your alone time, but whether it’s groggily walking to your first class on a Monday morning or having a dance party at 1 AM right before you go to bed after a long day of studying, it’s great to have your friends so close by.
5) Spring Semester- As you will figure out over time if you keep reading this blog, spring semester is amazing. With Impact, Willy Week, Brown Day, among others, there is so much to look forward to in the coming semester. Last year second semester blew first semester away. I can’t imagine that happening again given that my first semester this year blew freshman year away, but maybe I’ll be surprised.
There are plenty of other things I’m also exciting about going back to, but 5 seems like a good number. So, happy new year, congrats to the seniors on presumably finishing your college applications, and I hope you’re as excited for your second semester as I am for mine!