Coming from Las Vegas, where snow doesn’t even have to touch the ground for a Snow Day to be called, New England Winters are truly something to get used to. The winter wonderland is a paradise to all who adore it, yet is the bane of one’s existence for others! Don’t get me wrong, I love snowball fights and sledding; but when icicles start to shape on bikes and ice rinks start to form on the lawns and sidewalks, its all too much to handle!
One key thing to the end of terms: MANAGE TIME WISELY. As you can see here, I’ve put off my Classical Rome research paper until the last minute, and have to spend the next three days in serious research.
Yet there is an upside to the hard work and effort. Every weekend, I try to set Saturday as the day where I get to kick back, relax, and think nothing of academics. Last Saturday, the International Students hosted the first International Tea open to everyone. It’s a day where we all get to dress up and act fancy; tea from different parts of the world, snacks, and a chocolate fountain wrapped up my week.
There are two more weeks of Winter Term! Soon, I’ll be coming back home to sunshine and home cooking. I’m set to participate this weekend at BosMUN, Boston University’s Model United Nations, and the New England Regional Science Bowl; wish me luck! All in all, one of the better terms I’ve had so far.
Winter term is always a very difficult time for Exonians, and this week has been especially rough, after another snowstorm blew in eight more inches. Luckily, the days are getting longer and spring is approaching!
One of the main things that gets me threw the term is my winter sport, squash. It is always nice to leave the frigid outdoors for a couple of hours and focus on playing as best I can on the courts. Whenever I have a bad day, or a test did not turn out well, or I have a large amount of work due the next day, I take comfort in squash as a way to let everything off the mind.
When I came to Exeter last year I had never touched a squash racket, but being a tennis player, I gave it a try, and now it is a huge passion of mine. We are currently near the end of the season, and here you can see photos of the first match against our rival, Andover. Varsity and Junior Varsity both crushed our opponent, but we are preparing to face them once more for the final Exeter/ Andover match.
Until then, the team is training hard and looking forward to the event!
We just passed the halfway mark for the year, and it’s been a little stressful. Personally, I breakdance to clear my head of all the stuff that’s going on. I just started breaking when I got here with our very own crew called ITXC, which I’m probably going to be co-head of next year.
Here are some photos of freezes (the first is the side freeze, then a headstand, and a chair freeze). Enjoy!
We’ve had snow and ice blanketing campus most of January. Only ten days in to February, we have received several snowfalls. With less than one month remaining of Winter Term, many students are starting to get “cabin-fever.” To break up the monotony of campus and the dinning hall, I recently had dinner at one of my friend’s houses.
She is a fac-brat (Exeter lingo for a faculty child). Her family loves to cook and invite us over for dinner. It’s a win-win situation: they get lively conversation on the State of the Union, languages, and classical music while we receive non d-hall food. Although d-hall has a steady variety of food, sometimes all us boarders want is a nice, home-cooked meal enjoyed in a proper house, not a dorm kitchen.
Our conversations over dinner and tea while listening to Brahms reminded us that the Harkness style of discussion extends outside of the classrooms and is everywhere on campus, even in homes.
As the most anticipated event of the year, Abbot Casino draws the student body to gamble the night away (with fake money, of course) one night each winter term. The boys of Abbot Hall set up blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker tables in Grainger Auditorium and the students flock there, all in formal dress. It is really more about dressing up than the card playing itself, and it isn’t unusual for girls to get their dresses over summer break! It is really the only event on the social calender where it is socially acceptable to wear over-the-top makeup and dress in sequins from head to toe, so we go all out!
Something you might not know is that almost all of the Big Red Bloggers are also PEA tour guides! We have a lot of fun sharing our stories while we show prospective students around campus! If you ever step foot into the admissions office, Mrs. Waleryszak is probably the first person you’ll meet. She’s UNSTOPPABLE and is always a good resource if you need a smile! Hopefully, if you decide to come to Exeter, you’ll consider being a tour guide. I promise you’ll never regret it.
After being inundated with heaping piles of essays and Faulkner readings, we finally got to kick back and relax for some personal time for reflection.
MLK day is honored in a special way here at Exeter. We cancel classes for one Friday and host workshops during the day, inviting speakers from around the country to come and present ideas of Non-Violent Protest and Civil Rights. We had a terrific keynote speaker, a session of how prejudiced we are against hair, and a workshop hosted by Exonian Encounters to let us see how much we have in common with everyone else. How empowering a day it is!
After the day passed and all the workshops, we decided to have some fun of our own. The New England Sun glared over the snow from the blizzard a week before, turning it to slush. And at night, where the temperature falls below freezing, the slush turns to ice. So, we had our own little ice skating rink in front of the Academy Building!
After the ensuing snowball fight (I was double-crossed by my fellow compatriots), we decided to move inside for a warmer way to spend our Friday. I still do not understand the craze people have with NFL Madden; I believe my friend’s PS3 has us all addicted.
I can almost count the weeks until Spring Break; 6 more grueling weeks until I return to the sunshine paradise of Vegas. But I will come to miss the snow, at least until the blizzards come again next year.
It’s been a busy start to the term. At the beginning of each term our drama club on campus, called Dramat, holds auditions for the normally brief plays that they put on each weekend in a small-theater setting called the black box. These plays are student directed as well as being performed by the students, and are sometimes even student written. In the fall, I directed the opening scene of the acclaimed HBO show “The Newsroom”. It was a great experience, and relatively brief – the play was only about 15 minutes long. This term I went back to acting, and I am now involved in a somewhat more ambitious theatrical attempt: a full-length version of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Including the director, the cast is 15 students, the largest I have ever seen in a Dramat play. I play the part of Kent, Lear’s loyal but unloved duke, servant, and friend. This is the kind of diversity that Dramat offers – it appeals to both experienced, dedicated actors and directors that want to tackle a Shakespeare play to novice actors that want to join a quick 15 minute play, to comedians, writers, and more. Lear will go up mid to late spring – I’ll keep everyone updated!