bvandelagemaat11 April 8th, 2011
Six things I need to share with you now, most of them because I promised to do so. I like to deliver on promises I make. Here we go:
- Irish Friend Visit: When I came to Wooster in 2007, I met Jordan Henderson. He was a Northern Irish young man who was very curious about the world. For example, once when Jordan was expressing his excitement about meeting people from all over the world, he exclaimed about our Pakistani friend Amun: “I had never met an Indian girl before!” Jordan always brought an amazing perspective on the world and a great sense of humor to any gathering he was a part of. Unfortunately, he was only at Wooster for one year, but when he came back to visit for I.S. Monday, it was almost like he had never left. Sharing memories about professors we had, freshman adventures we went through, and remarkable things Jordan had said or done during his time here was amazing.
- Back to Hard Work: This point goes hand in hand with the little bit of complaining that I promised to post. Now no one really, truly enjoys listening to or reading about someone complaining, but I have this blog that I can use for emotional relief. Last week, it seemed like all my senior friends were enjoying lots of free time. They were done with I.S. and only taking two rather easy intro classes. I am still taking three classes and all of them are still challenging. After I.S. Monday, while my friends were watching movies, taking naps, playing sports, or reading, I was studying for exams, working on a literature review, and writing a piece of flash fiction. It seemed so unfair.
- Future Visit from a Dutch Friend: One of my best friends from home is coming to visit me in Wooster in two weeks. I say he is from home but that is not entirely true. He was born in Germany, moved to the Netherlands when he was twelve, studied abroad in the United States for a year, and is currently studying at the University of Warwick in England. On his trip to the United States, where he will visit Washington, D.C., Toronto, and Chicago to attend conference about Economic stuff, he could find time for a quick stop in Wooster, Ohio. I find myself incredibly lucky that out of my seven great friends from home, I have been able to meet up with five during my four years here in the United States.
- A Little Complaining: I did that already above. However, it seems like I should stop complaining. I only have four weeks left at the College of Wooster, I should enjoy every minute and not complain about little things like literature reviews.
- Some Photos: They will have to wait a little longer. My camera is in someone else’s room who took pictures for me on I.S. Monday.
- Some Shopping Updates: I bought some new Clarks Desert Boots as a reward for myself for completing I.S. These shoes are so comfortable that I don’t want to take them off and they’re stylish too. I bought some Jason Tea Tree shampoo. That is the first time of my life that I spent a little more on shampoo, but it was absolutely worth the investment. I ordered an 1 TB external hard drive. I have had my laptop since freshman year and I believe it could die at any point. I want to start making at least weekly backups of all my files. I am considering buying a Macbook Pro but my current laptop is still working and those Macs aren’t cheap. I bought the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I thought I would have plenty of time to read after I.S., but making time to read is almost as hard going to bed on time.
It feels good now I have delivered on all of my promises but one (photos). Now I can start writing about things that have happened since I made those promises. In my next post, I’d like to share a little bit about the deeper topics death and religion, because I attended some interesting events related to these two.
P.S. The International Food Festival was a very successful event but the Dutch food went under appreciated. The judges chose Vietnam as the winners , Pakistan as the runners up, and Burma as the number three. I think the Dutch should have won a price for feeding the most people because we had well over 20 pounds of food (which took forever to cook, so we arrived at the event 20 minutes late).