Saturday, July 17, 2010
Homework, Waterfire, and My Bad Experience With Crowded Places
I got to sleep in a little bit today, since there are no classes on weekends. However, I had to be at the Sciences Library at 11 AM to meet with My, the TA for Women and Leadership and my RA. I walked with Lupe and met Selene there since their meetings were at 10:45. We didn't see My anywhere, and we really wanted to get breakfast since the dining halls had closed before we woke up. But we kept on waiting "just five more minutes" for her to show up. Eventually Lupe called; it turns out that My had slept late and that the phone call woke her up. At last, I got to meet with her. We discussed my Action Plan - I've solidified my ultimate goals and what would be feasible. I also identified possible resources and mentors. My Action Plan worksheet is completely filled with notes written every which way. I feel much better about it, though.
Then, I studied for about four hours with a bunch of friends in Lina's room, which is across the hall. I caught up on yesterday's work and finished all of today's - probably more than sixty pages of dense reading. Tomorrow I'll do some more and try to finish the two projects which are due early next week. I'd say it was a productive four hours.
Our little group decided to go to WaterFire, which is a kind of artistic event where baskets of wood poking out of the river are lit on fire. It's very pretty and the roaring fire reflects on the dark water. We sat with our legs dangling over the edge and enjoyed the scene for about two hours. The plan was to see WaterFire and then go to a dance back at Brown. We stopped by the dorm and then set off for the dance. I wasn't too excited because crowds stress me out and I don't really like dances in general. Still, I gave it a try and managed to stay for about twenty minutes before I decided that I would have a lot more fun sleeping in my bed than jumping around with a few hundred other sweaty people to loud music. I thought the theme was fun, though - it was a "Wedding Crashers" party. I guess it was nice as dances go, but it was still a dance and those aren't for me.
My plan is to sleep in even more tomorrow and work hard on my homework so I'll have some of the day left to relax and spend time with friends. Today was a nice balance of the two.