What a week it’s been. Immediately upon returning from New Haven and Rhode Island this past weekend (we went undefeated!), I was hit with a huge wave of beginning of semester to-do’s.
At Princeton we have these funny things called eating clubs, where many upperclassmen eat their meals. Basically they’re big old houses lined up on a street, during the day serving they purpose of smaller dining halls, and at night, hosting the parties. Imagine a co-ed frat or sorority where you eat your meals too. That’s what an eating club is like.
Anyway, this time of year is when the eating clubs go through the process of admitting new members, which is called “bicker”. (Fraternities and sororities have “rush”, eating clubs have “bicker”). Overall, this is a pretty fun process, because you get to meet a ton of new, cool, and diverse people. However, it involves hours and hours of “bickering” (kind of like interviewing) candidates, followed by a couple late nights of discussions. I’ve had a really fun time at bicker so far, but it’s been taking a toll on my schoolwork and thesis work. Fortunately, the process is over tonight, so I can get back on track very soon!
- New classes + shopping classes
Senior spring at Princeton is awesome for some, and stressful for others. Since we each have a mandatory senior thesis to write, seniors tend to take only 2 or 3 classes in the spring in order to work on it. (A normal course load is 4 classes). Also, since it’s the final semester, this means that you either a) take easy classes, b) take classes you are super interested in, or c) take the classes you have to take and haven’t gotten around to taking yet. I fall into all 3 categories, and am set on taking 3 classes instead of 2.
However, in order to ensure that I am completely satisfied with my schedule, I have been attending several different classes, (aka “shopping” classes) in order to make the perfect schedule. I am happy to report that I think I finally have a good schedule, and am really quite happy with it! This semester I am taking:
– Comparative Physiology
– How to Launch and Internet Startup (<– how cool does this one sound?! ps. I’ve got some pretty cool news I think you bloggers out there will find super cool!!)
-Biocultural Aspects of the Human Diet
So far I’ve had the chance to attend each class, and have really enjoyed the lectures. Here’s hoping the reading is just as interesting! 🙂
- Final push for squash season
We have about 10 days until Nationals, and about 2.5 weeks until Individual Nationals, which means it is officially “crunch time”. On top of practice, I’ve been trying to get on court to hit a few extra times a week in order to sharpen up a few things which have, let’s just say, become a little dull.
Since squash is an individual sport, but college practices are geared towards the team, sometimes you need to take it upon yourself to practice your personal weaknesses (and strengths!). It can be hard to find the time and the motivation to do this all year round, but I’ve found that just putting in even an extra 30 minutes every other day makes a huge difference in your confidence.
To be honest, the thesis has made very small progress this week. There’s always next week, right?
Okay, well I’ve got to go and do that reading I was talking about earlier, before heading off to practice in a little bit! Have a fantastic rest of your Thursday!
Are/were you in a social club in college? (Frat/Sorority, secret society, clubs?)
What are/were your favourite classes in college?