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Atlantic Crossings

January 13th, 2010

I am back and unjet-lagged.  During my winter break I crossed the Atlantic Ocean four times. After all RA business was taken care of, I flew to Amsterdam. I spent a week at home, living during the nights. I wanted to stay in Ohio biorhythm because I knew I would be back soon. It was amazing to catch up with my friends . Although it is very uncommon were I am from, everything was covered in lots of snow. After this week of snow fun at home, I departed to Costa Rica. My three siblings, my parents, and I flew to Houston and then to San Jose. Costa Rica was beautiful. We did some great hiking through the rain forest, some extreme mountain biking on very steep dirt roads, and some white water rafting on one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever seen. During our trips we saw some exotic animals and insects and I got bitten by hundreds of mosquitoes. The trip  was a great success. After two weeks of Costa Rica, I flew home again. I had two nights and a day at home and then it was time to go back to the airport again. The trip back did not go too smoothly. I spent a night in Memphis which I had certainly not planned to do.

No I am sitting behind my desk in the library again. But I am happy to be back. It is a beautiful day today. Wooster, OH is covered in snow and the sun is shining. This semester will be very different for me. My girlfriend is studying abroad in Japan, so I am all alone. Fortunately, not all alone. I am trying to be as social as possible because otherwise I will be missing her too much. Over break, I read a book titled How to Win Friends and Influence People. Hopefully, that will help me make some friends. The book sounds like it is some evil book that teaches you how to deceive people, but it really just tells you how people like to be treated. Also, I have some friends already. Even if the book doesn’t work at all, I will be probably not be a social outlaw.

This semester I am taking Real Analysis, Math Modeling, Junior Independent Study, and Quantitative Methods for Communication. I think it will be challenging, but as the loyal readers of this blog know, last semester I read a book with the title How to Become a Straight-A student. I will try to implement some of the strategies from the book in order to really become a Straight-A student.

Maybe it seems like I am trying to live my live through the advise of books, but I just like reading other people’s perspectives on how to do things well.

Two more things before I go:

  1. Saturday the selection of the new RAs begins. I will be one of the people conducting the group interviews.
  2. Next week, I have an interview for the position of tour guide at the college. I really hope I will get it.

Bastiaan