Monthly Archives: November 2008

Back to Bates…

Hey all. Thanksgiving break is nearing its end. Tomorrow morning I will finish packing the car and head back up to campus. I hope to get back to Bates sometime in the early afternoon. The vacation was really nice. I still find it so great that no matter how long I am away from family and friends, when I come home it is as if nothing has changed. 

I was certainly grateful that I had a whole week off to rest, relax, and prepare for final exams and papers. Although I kept telling myself I would get work done over break I accomplished very little. Finding the motivation to work while eating turkey and hanging out with family + friends is not easy. I’d like to blame my lack of progress on work on the tryptophan from the turkey but I don’t suppose that’s fair. In any event, tomorrow I will be back in my dorm room and will hopefully find the inspiration to focus on the busy 2 weeks ahead. 

In other random news, my dad and I put the ski rack and snow tires on the car I am bringing up to school. It should now be fully winterized and prepared for a winter full of skiing. That’s all for now. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Until next time…

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Harvest Meal + Break…

Hey all. I am checking in from back home in NY. After my last class ended today (around 10:30 AM) I drove home for Thanksgiving Break. Although I’m a bit tired after the trip, I am looking forward to the week ahead which should be spent enjoying good times (and food) with family and friends.

Bates had its annual Harvest Meal this past Wednesday and it was certainly a night to remember. The Harvest Meal is Bates’ own little Thanksgiving feast. It’s the school’s way of sending Batesies off to vacation happy and full of delicious food. The dining staff decorates all of Commons with festive decorations (including Christmas Trees, Ice Sculptures, and many other holiday-themed items) and sets up a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. Check the unbelievable menu out here. There was also a free raffle.

Some of the highlights in my mind, beyond the delicious food, were the fresh Apple Cider (two local farmers were on hand to make natural + unprocessed Apple Cider), the two live bands (one in Commons and one in the Grey Cage where dessert was served), and the baked alaska dessert that was in the shape of the state of Maine! Check out this article about the night. What a great send off. Until next time…

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Trying new things…

Hey all. Just checking in after a busy week. School has been going really well the last couple of weeks but as always… it has been busy busy busy. This week I have papers due in my Latin American History class (on export economies and U.S. foreign policy in the region) and in my Wartime Dissent in Modern America class (on wartime objectors during the Vietnam and Korean Wars). I am definitely looking forward to a nice week off break for Thanksgiving next week before returning to Bates to focus on the end of the semester exams, assignments, and papers. 

This past week I had a small part in a one act play directed by my friend Drew. Although I only had 11 lines (but who’s counting?) I was still pretty nervous before going on stage. I had lots of friends and other people I knew in the crowd and was worried I might mess up some of my lines. Luckily I made no mistakes and my completely unbiased supporters said that I did a great job.

I never thought when I came to Bates that I would act in a play but that’s one of the great things about this college. If you put yourself out there, there are a ton of opportunities to try new things and get involved in programs, clubs, and activities you never imagined you would be interested in. Until next time…

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Election Night at Bates…

Hey all. Regardless of what presidential candidate you supported there is no doubt that Tuesday night was a special night for America. To see Barack Obama, an African-American, be elected as President of the United States, is truly something remarkable. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, this is a historic moment in our country’s history and one that I know I will never forget.

I watched the results come in with close to 200 other Batesies in the Mays Center on a large projector. The atmosphere was festive and it was amazing being there and watching with so many other people who had voted for the first time and were so invested in the presidential race. I will leave you with these pictures and a video that I took with my new camera so you have an idea of what it was like. Until next time… once again congratulations to Barack Obama.

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Video from after Obama won… the crowd was fairly subdued at this point but still very happy (VIDEO COMING SOON):

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