Yeah. Hi. So I’m back at school again. Classes started on Monday. If I were in almost any other major, this would be my last semester. But instead, I still have another year. That’s probably good since I don’t really feel like being a full-on adult yet.
Classes are hard and its cold outside. But not as cold as it was a few days ago! I’m excited for all my classes, although there is a lot more reading than I’ve ever had to do and that stinks because I am a very slow reader. Like painfully slow. But if I don’t read slowly, I forget what I read. I have three classes (Studio, geography, and ecology + design seminar) that will require copious amounts of reading. Currently, I am writing this blog post to continue procrastinating. Anyway, my studio this semester is all about urban ecology in Baltimore! Very exciting! I am also taking Food Facts and Fads which will be AWESOME and also counts for THREE credits of gym. Ha! I beat the system.
Since we are all in different studios, we were assigned to new desk clusters. I moved to the other side of the building. Here is my new desk:
The state of relative neatness that you see here will not remain for long! My laptop screen shows the blog post that I’m writing right at this very moment!
Also note the drawing of the Penne pasta:
All is good so far! But things will pick up soon and I will be very stressed. So yay for that (not really).
If there’s one thing that you want to avoid when first coming back to school, it’s sickness. Unfortunately for many people, this venture proves unsuccessful as sniffling, sneezing, and coughing can be hear throughout the halls and classrooms. And, unfortunately, I am no exception. It was not too lang after arrival that I too became sick. It’s not fun to scooter to and from class while your nose runs faster than you can catch it and constant coughing prevents much productive movement forward. So anyways, I’m finally getting better (although by the sound of my voice you wouldn’t be able to tell).
Living alone in apartment is kinda tough. I think the worst thing about actually being an “adult” is that all you do is dishes. Cooking is so exciting until I remember that I have to actually clean up. Oh well. I guess that’s life.
This first week was rough, let me tell you. It is much more difficult to motivate myself to go to class when I’m all the way down town from where my class is since last year I had a two minute walk from my dorm. I also have yet to do laundry since I have no laundry-doing device and no mode of transportation. Classes seem ok but more than one person has told me and my LARCH friends that 3rd year is the hardest year. yay. That did nothing for my self-confidence. So far, I am not dying of stress but I can’t vouch for end-of-semester Zoe’s state of mind.
Well, it’s late now and I think I’m going to bed.
ATTENTION! I am taking a break in your irregularly scheduled programming to bring you this urgent news:
So we’re finishing up our unit on plant structures and their functions (like leaves, roots, that sort of thing)
Here is what I have learned:
First of all, who ever told you that ginger is a root, is tragically misinformed. In fact, ginger is a stem. I’m not even kidding. Ginger is a “modified stem” called a rhizome that grows horizontally in the ground. I just blew your mind!
But wait! There’s more!
That whole debate over whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Well, according to my textbook (and my professor and probably the internet), a tomato is not only-botanically speaking-a fruit, it is a berry. What? Yes! It is true! A berry has a thin skin and usually contains many seeds and has a soft inside at maturity. And do you know what else is considered a berry? GRAPES! Boom.
And one last thing. While acorns are nuts, walnuts and pecans are not! I’m actually no sure why that is. Also peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts.
So anyway, enjoy the rest of your day, with this new information about food that will probably change your life forever.
If you are having a rough time digesting this information, you can fin the authors of this book and have a chat with them.
How was my first day of classes you ask?
Tiring, stressful, but not really all that bad.
Let me explain.
You see, whey you’re new to the campus and the life of a college student, you don’t know what time to show up for class (like 15 minutes early?), or how long it will take to walk there. I thought I wasn’t going to have enough time for breakfast, so I ate a bunch of granola bars in stead. That was a mistake-but I’ll get to why in a moment. In the mean time, I was crusin’ down Shortlage and on to Curtain, when I realized that I was already at the building and I still had 45 minutes before my class started. I sat down on the cold, metal bench, saddened by the realization that I had plenty of time to eat breakfast (I know, first-world problems, am I right?). Anyway, after class, I went back to the dorm for a bit and then decided to eat lunch at twelve o’clock in the HUB.
At this moment, I intensely regretted not eating a real breakfast, because, let me just tell you that noon in the HUB is probably the worst place on campus to eat. People are squished together as students push their way through the throngs of people to get in the unbelievably long lines for food.
At 2:30, I had my first LARCH studio. We didn’t do much, except find our desks and have a lecture about design drawing. The Stuckeman School organized a little welcome thing and the reception had free pizza! That was pretty great .