Monthly Archives: December 2009

Winter Wonderland + Harvest Dinner Pictures

Hey all. I’ve finally located my camera and uploaded pictures from Harvest Dinner and from the first snow of the year at Bates. Here is a sampling:

FOR MORE WINTER/HARVEST DINNER PHOTOS: Click the links: Winter ’09 and Harvest Dinner ’09. As always, you can find even more photos in the ‘Pictures from Bates’ page located on the right.



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Considering Bates?

Hey all. I realize many of you are in the thick of the college process right now. I remember the stresses, the deadlines, the applications, the essays, and of course the age-old question: Do you know where you are going to school next year?

If you are reading this you are presumably considering Bates. I don’t want to add any more pressure to your hectic pre-college experience, but in the last couple of years of blogging for Bates I have written a little bit about the process which I hope will be helpful:

“I realize that many of you are in the final steps of the college process and presumably, if you are reading this blog, considering Bates. Rather than push anything on you (you’ve dealt with enough of that I’m sure) I will leave you with one piece of advice: think seriously about what you want to get out of four years of education, what type of environment you want to learn in, what opportunities each school offers, and, in the long run, where you think you will be happiest. Ultimately, it is a personal choice and I wish all of you the best of luck in the picking process. There are a lot of great schools out there and I hope you all end up in the school that you feel best fits. You’re nearing the end of the process. Hang in there and good luck. I hope to see many of you at Bates next year.”

“If you are waiting to find out… all I can say is hang in there. I applied early decision and remember how nerve-racking the wait is. It is frustrating too because you feel completely powerless over the process. After all the stress and pressure of the big tests and applications, all you can do is wait and that can be very difficult. I know it is easier said than done, but try your best to just relax and go with the flow. If you get in, congratulations. If you get deferred, hang in there and don’t give up. If you don’t get the acceptance you hoped for, don’t be hard on yourself. There are so many great schools. Bates is a unique place that is very special but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great schools out there.

You might be thinking, ‘easy for Paul to say all this… he is already settled and happy in school’. Yes, this is true but I was in your shoes not too long ago and understand where you’re coming from. Whatever happens, try to stay positive, patient, and open-minded. I wish all of you the best of luck.”

Until next time…

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Finals Time…

Hey all. It is officially finals week here at Bates and, like everyone else on campus, I’m swamped with work. It’s actually not as bad as it has been in prior years. I have a 20 page research paper about slave conspiracy, a 7-10 page research paper about the borderlands between Mexico and the U.S. (to be written in Spanish), as well as final exams in my biology and British history courses.

I find it’s no use to complain about the workload. Primarily because everyone is in the same boat, but also it’s hard to bellyache and moan about going to a great school, getting an excellent education, and learning and studying in a welcoming and challenging academic environment. Besides, I’ve got less than a week left to enjoy everything that Bates has to offer before I’m off to Spain for a semester.

Much more to come about study abroad in the coming weeks as I prepare to leave in mid-January. I will continue to blog while abroad as to continue to provide you readers with the college experience of one Batesie.

Anyway, time to get back to work. Hope winter is treating you all well. Mother nature continues to pile on the snow here at Bates… Until next time…

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Winter is Here!

Hey all. Winter has finally arrived at Bates! Lewiston received several inches of fresh powder last night and campus looks beautiful. Batesies always get very excited for the first significant snowfall of the year, and I’m no exception. I love the snow and as it began to fall last night it seemed as though the entire student body was outside making snow angels, throwing snow balls, and running around like kids enjoying a snow day off from school.

As I prepare to go abroad to Spain in the coming weeks, I have become keenly aware that I will not have the benefit of a full Maine winter this year. The thought saddens me, but also gives me a greater appreciation for the snow we currently have now.

Below are some pictures I took after the snow stopped falling this morning. Winter is indeed here:

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