Hey all. Summer has come to it’s end and I am quiet excited to embark on another sure to be excellent year at Bates. I will be driving up on Sunday and will then prepare for classes beginning on Wednesday. It will be nice to have 2 full days to get settled in my new room and then organize and ready myself for the first day of classes. Call me nerdy or old-fashioned, but I am always pumped for the first day of school.
There is certainly a lot to look forward to this year. I am now an upperclassman. Gulp. Not sure where the last two years went… I guess time flies when you are having fun. I will only be on campus for the first semester since I am going abroad in the winter/early spring semester. I suppose that means this year is going to go by even quicker than the last two but I am beyond excited for studying abroad. More details on that as plans get finalized and settled in the near future.
As for classes this semester, I’m taking courses in Spanish, history, and biology. Specifically, I am signed up for ‘Britain in the Twentieth Century’, a 200-level history class that seems fairly self-explanatory. Sticking with history, I am taking ‘African Slavery in the Americas’, a 390-level history course that I think will be extremely interesting and is taught by one of my favorite professors. My Spanish course is called ‘Gendered Experiences in America’s Borderlands’. This is a 300-level course that will hopefully greatly improve my Spanish speaking abilities. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to learn but that just makes it all the more exciting. My final class is an introductory biology course titled ‘Emerging and Reemerging Infections Across the Globe’ which seems timely to me. I wonder if we will talk about H1N1?
The next week promises to be action-packed and a bit stressful but I am ready to take it on. Junior year here I come! I am going to finish packing now…Until next time…
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…
Hey all. Just checking in from my camp for a quick update. After a rainy few weeks, the sun has finally begun to shine and all the activities are now in full swing. The campers have been swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, climbing and enjoying many field sports. It’s great teaching soccer and baseball while basking in the warm summer sun and everyone is now in much higher spirits. It’s hard to believe camp is nearly half over!
Rather than try to explain Maine summer weather, I figured a visual representation would be more appealing. Notice the beautiful sunset in the left of the picture and the ominous storm clouds forming on the right-hand side of the picture. Until next time…
Hey all. The last week and a half has been quite busy. Two weeks ago, after enjoying several weeks at home in New York, I came back up to Maine to begin my summer job as a camp counselor. It is my third year working up at the camp on the shores of Moose Pond (after 7 years as a camper) and it has been a fun summer so far. The weather has been rather rainy but the campers are still having a good time.
I am already looking forward to the fall and returning to Bates but for now I am enjoying my time working and teaching the campers soccer, baseball, and basketball. Hopefully, the sun will come out soon and make for an even more enjoyable summer.
Check out this picture I snapped from the docks of the camp. Until next time…
Hey all. Just wanted to do one last check in from NY. Tomorrow I head back up to Bates and I couldn’t be more excited.
This summer was amazing and I found it to be the perfect length. I spent a lot of time with my high school friends, had a great 8 weeks at Winona, and had some excellent quality time with the fam both at home and up in the Adirondacks. Now it is time to go back to Bates and the only thing left for me to do, besides finishing packing, is reflect on the summer. So I took some pictures that highlight my summer and put them in this blog. Hope this interests you. At the very least it provides you with a quick guide of the adventures of my summer while allowing me to take a short trip down memory lane. Until next time… Bates here I come.
Hey all. I am back from my family vacation in the Adirondacks in upstate NY. The trip, which was 4 days long, was the perfect escape from the real world before heading back to Bates. Obviously I am looking forward to going back to campus… in fact I am beyond excited… but it was still a lot of fun to just hang out with the family for a few days away from cell phones, facebook, and cable TV.
I spent my days fishing, hiking, reading, eating, and napping. It doesn’t get more simple than that and it was truly the perfect way to fully relax before entering the school year. Rather than explain it in words, I will let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy these and as always you can find more pictures from the trip and from other summer ’08 events here. Until next time…
(From the top of Silver Lake Mt.)
(Me on top of Silver Lake Mt.)
(After catching and netting a beautiful brook trout, the fish sprayed me much to my surprise)
Hey all. A week from tomorrow I will be packing my car (or more likely OVERpacking) and preparing to head back up to Bates for my sophomore year. This summer has been one of the best summers of my life. From an amazing 8 weeks at Camp Winona in Maine, to catching up with old high school friends, to just relaxing at home, the summer has flown by. I have one week of summer left and I plan to make the most of my time.
Today I am heading up to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY with my family for a little vacation. I plan on hiking, fishing, reading, and just relaxing and hanging out with the fam before deserting them when I head up to Bates.
Other than planning for my trip (I haven’t packed yet and we are leaving in about 45 minutes… oops!) things have been pretty quiet around here. I have been talking with my roommate Matt about what we are going to have in our room this year which is getting me even more excited for the fall.
I hope you all are enjoying your summers too. I will be back blogging early next week and will hopefully have some nice photos from the Adirondacks. In the mean time check out some photos from my home away from home at Winona. You can access them by clicking on the ‘Pictures from Bates’ tag above and then clicking the ‘Summer ’08’ link! Until next time…