Monthly Archives: August 2009

Back to Bates… Preparation Time

Hey all. Hope summer has been treating you well. I am back from California and am now concentrating on preparing for the upcoming school year. Classes start in less than two weeks (Sept. 9th) and I am heading up to campus on Sept. 6th, leaving me just over a week and a half to organize, arrange, and pack my belongings for the drive up north. 

Packing can be a daunting task in itself and even more difficult if you leave the whole process until the final day. I unfortunately have a tendency of doing just that, and, as a result of these recent and regrettable last-second-packing-marathon experiences, I’ve decided to start packing a little earlier this year. I’ve put together a number of items (blankets, sweatshirts, bedding, etc.) into a small pile in my room. It’s not huge, but it’s a start. Hopefully packing will be more of a gradual buildup than a harrowing adventure as it has been in past years.

Besides packing, I’ve also started to discuss rooming arrangements (items to bring, space constraints, etc.) with my soon-to-be roommate, Dan. We are currently working on acquiring a small refrigerator. 

I’ve also now looked over my class schedule and am considering adding a 5th course. Time at Bates is short and I want to try to take advantage of all the opportunities I have while I am on campus. This concept has only just entered the realm of possibility and is still very much up in the air but I will keep you all posted on this new development. If my courses are manageable and not overly demanding, I will re-access and more seriously think about the 5th course. 

In my next blog I will fill all of you in on my current class schedule and let you know the courses I am taking this fall. Until next time…

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Back home… sort of…

Hey all. I have arrived back in NY after an amazing summer up in Maine. Camp was as rewarding and enjoyable as ever but I am quite happy to be back in the comfort of my own bed. My time at home is short-lived, however, as I will be heading out to California to visit my girlfriend (a fellow Batesie) bright and early tomorrow morning. 

After a relatively relaxing summer of being a camp counselor, my summer kicks into high gear as it comes to a close in a few short weeks. I will be back from my trek out West at the end of the week and then it will be just 2 weeks before I head up to Bates to begin my junior year. It’s hard to believe that I’ve now reached upperclassmen status. Time at Bates really flies by.

Speaking of time flying… Bates has now released the fall semester Student Activities Calendar which lists all Bates student events through December. I’ve only perused it briefly but from what I’ve seen, it looks like Bates has done a fabulous job packing a lot of fun (movies, concerts, comedians, dances, hypnotists, fairs, barbecues, lectures, and a host of other trips and performances) into the first few months of school. Take a look at the full slate of events by clicking here.

I am especially excited for the Blue Scholars concert (Oct. 16). If you haven’t heard of them… check out this video of the seattle hip-hop duo opening for Kanye West at Bumbershoot in 2006:

Until next time… Enjoy your summer!  

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Summer Transitions…

Hey all. Camp is over in 6 days and I’m having mixed emotions about the fast-approaching final day. On the one hand, I am beyond excited to head back home. Despite how much fun I’ve had these past 7 weeks, I’ve missed my family and my friends immensely this summer and the end of camp means I get to see all those people who I’ve been away from. On the other hand, however, this very well may be my last summer here at camp and that thought is a difficult one to contemplate. I’ve spent 10 of my last 11 summers on the shores of Moose Pond, and the relationships I’ve formed and life lessons I’ve learned here will stay with me forever. I suppose I will never really leave this place in spirit, but physically driving out on the camp road in a week is certainly going to be a bittersweet feeling.

There will be plenty of time for reflection in the next few weeks and months. The upcoming weeks will also be busy with planning for study abroad and the coming year at Bates. More on that soon. As for now, I’m off to go enjoy the rest of the time I have at camp. Until next time…

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