(NOTE THE NEW BLOG LAYOUT UPDATED FOR SPRING)
Hey all. My friends have been trying to get me to go to Nezinscot Farm for an early morning breakfast since last year. Unfortunately for them, I enjoy my sleep. Unfortunately for me, I held out until last weekend to go to the Farm and I now regret not going sooner.
Nezinscot is a family-owned and operated organic farm just a short drive away from Bates in Turner, Maine. Nezinscot not only produces all natural meats, cheeses, baked goods, and preservatives, it also is dedicated to environmentally-friendly and sustainable farming practices and to promoting support for locally grown foods.
The farm’s cafe/bakery is Nezinscot’s best feature. You go inside the cafe, order anything on this menu (which is all organic), sit down anywhere, play with the cats and dogs that wander the farm, and then get delivered the delicious wholesome food.
I now realize what I have been missing out on and have headed to the farm twice in the past two weeks. It’s nice to get off campus once and awhile and enjoy all that Maine has to offer. Check out the Nezinscot website here. Waking up early never tasted so good! Until next time…
Hey all. Last week was Bates’ own mini version of March Madness. In the one week period, we had to choose a short term course, classes for next fall, and figure out housing for next year. On top of that I had a 10 page paper due along with all my other work so I apologize for not blogging recently but hopefully you can cut me some slack.
I ended up getting a room in 280 College Street which is the newest dorm on campus and I am really excited about it. In terms of courses:
As a history major, at some point during my Bates career, I am required to take a specific history short term class. This is the time to do it and although some students refer to the course as ‘History Hell’ I am not too worried about it. Most upperclassmen I have talked to who have taken it describe it as very helpful, informative, and not nearly as stressful as the unofficial designation implies. The course is called “Introduction to Historical Methods” and involves working on researching skills and improving general analytical reasoning techniques. It is joint-taught by two history professors and I am looking forward to learning how to refine my ideas for my senior thesis (which seems to be sneaking up on me everyday).
For the fall semester I am taking a history seminar course called “African Slavery in the Americas”, a biology course called “Emerging and Reemerging Infections Across the Globe”, a history course entitled, “Britain in the Twentieth Century”, and a Spanish class which looks at gender roles in South America.
All of these courses should be interesting and I am especially looking forward to the Biology class. I am not much of a science person but the course seemed really cool and I figured I would never have the opportunity to take a class like this again.
In other news, I have been keeping quiet busy outside the academic world. Recently, the intramural ice hockey team I was on won the IM Championship. It was my first IM Championship victory after failing in several sports and I am proud to have won the highly-coveted IM Champion T-Shirt. In keeping with the hockey theme, I went to a Lewiston Maineiacs game (minor league hockey) last weekend which was a blast despite the home team losing and also hit the slopes for another day of great Maine skiing at Sunday River.
Until next time… enjoy these pictures I snapped while skiing last weekend…
Hey all. I don’t have a main focus for this blog but lots of random stuff to fill you in on so, without further adieu, here we go:
I added a link on the right that’s called ‘Bates Web Media’. The page is filled with pictures from Bates so check it out. It is on the Bates website and is presumably updated at least somewhat frequently.
Also, in terms of links, I encourage you to check out the blogroll on the right and read other Batsie blogs. I recently added ‘Nora Talks Bates’ and I highly recommend checking out ‘Naima’s Nook’ as Naima tells of her current experience studying abroad in South Africa.
One other bit of randomness… Bates is hosting the NCAA Skiing Championships at Sunday River (Bethel, ME) and Black Mountain (Rumford, ME) March 11-14. Bates last hosted the event 10 years ago. Read more about it here. That link also provides you with a further link to video previews of both the Alpine and Nordic ski courses created by a Bates senior.
Enjoy! Until next time…
Hey all. okay… it isn’t actually Spring yet. In fact, it’s only the first week of March but I think I am a little overexcited. Some warm weather has hit campus. Temperatures soared into the mid-50s today.
That might not seem like a reason to throw on flip-flops and go outside in a t-shirt and shorts to you but after many cold winter days it feels downright balmy right now. The windows in my room are wide open letting in the fresh air and mother nature seems to be calling my name telling me to get outside and enjoy the warmth while it’s here. It almost seems like a crime to be on the computer on a day like this.
If you haven’t picked up on it already, I’m clearly suffering from some cabin fever after being pent up in my room for the last few months.
I’m not trying to scare anyone away from coming to Bates. Winter here can be a bit harsh and long but Batesies embrace winter like no one else. We celebrate winter with Winter Carnival, snowball fights, skiing, the puddle jump, and so much more. Batesies love winter and, as a result, we have a greater appreciation for Spring when it finally does roll around.
So… pardon me for getting a bit too excited about one warm day but I can’t help it. Short term all the sudden doesn’t feel that far away. Until next time…