Posted on January 7, 2011 at 11:18 am
After spending five hours snowed in on the Grapevine, four hours driving to the 101 in the pouring rain, spending a night in Santa Barbara, and driving another seven hours northbound, I’m finally back at PUC.
The dust is finally settling from a typical hectic first week of the quarter. The scrambling of students around campus to take care of scheduling that is characteristic of the first week seemed to be greater than ever, perhaps because a large number of seniors (including myself) may have accidentally put off dealing with the tedious process of finding all the necessary classes to fill that final batch of hours with anything and everything. Judging by the looks on everyone’s faces, we’re all already missing Christmas break!
Some of my fellow senior history majors decided to continue a bit of break-like behavior by going to town every day this week, taking full advantage of the free time we have before we’re completely inundated with reviews, précis, and research projects like our theses. Pretty soon, the sun will cease to shine and we will once again become hermits in the library writing our little souls away.
Since I, along with a number of students from Southern California, missed the first day of instruction due to unfavorable weather conditions on the I-5, it took a few days to get back into the groove of things. As of the end of this week, I’m taking 22 units, eight classes, and working 12 hours a week this quarter. Looks like my hermit-dom will arrive sooner rather than later.
Some of these classes are on subjects completely foreign to me, like literally learning another language. I attended my first Mandarin class on Wednesday night, and it’s quite clear that none of the other languages I speak will be of any use in this class. My goal is to know how to say, “Please give me an A,” by the end of the quarter.
Until then, zai jian!
Senior, History major
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