Sunday, July 1, 2007

*Cue Sappy, Emotional Music*

Well, the kicked-back, carefree days of summer (ha!) are now over, as tomorrow I begin my first official classes as a Haas student.

...*Sigh* No matter how short or long summer is, it is never long enough. At least I can't say that I wasted this summer (though, to be fair, I could play ping pong with the pope and still feel that I wasted my summer). I've made new friends, done some cool stuff, learned a lot, got RA experience, and even saved a life (seriously; I'm two for two in that regard now).

Last Friday, all of our Session A-only students left. I was sad to see a good number of them go, in particular Bernhard, my favorite little German kid who lived across the hall from me. We'd always talk with each other, but I guess now we'll only talk digitally (though that is one of the miracles of the modern age). I'll also miss some others, including the Singaporean girls, a couple of Indian guys, and some random people here and there. Amazingly, I was able to get to know these people better in six weeks than I did my residents the entire academic year. I attribute that mostly to the fact that these people wanted to do things with me and with other people.

As luck would have it, though, only a small amount of my personal residents moved out. I still have most of my guys left, as they are here for 12 or 13 weeks. I'm very happy about that, because there are still things I look forward to doing with them.

Unfortunately, now I will be busier than ever, as these are serious classes, and take up a good portion of time. What do I exactly mean by that? Well, even though I only meet on Mondays and Wednesday's (four-day weekends every week, baby!), the classes are from 1pm - 9:30pm! That's quite a day (be sure not to call my cell phone during those times). We'll see how it all goes. On the bright side, all my classes are in the Haas buildings, which are well-known for having the nicest rooms of any of the buildings, bar none.

Even though I'm losing almost two days a week, I hope this doesn't hurt my relationships with my residents too much (that's another reason I'm glad I have so many long-termers: I don't have to worry about spending time building too many new relationships). I think it should be fine, and I think it should be fun.

Still, wish me luck! ^_^

...Okay, and now I'm off to help with yet another social.


Anonymous said...

Good luck on your Summer session Andrew! 8 hour classes are something I've never experienced and don't think I would ever want to.

However, If anyone I know could handle that type of marathon class session, it would be you!

God Speed and Full Steam Ahead !!


Anonymous said...

Ewww - summer session. I guess the responsible people do that sort of stuff. I remember when I was responsible, but I guess I'll just be lazy this summer and catch up on my 80's pop and 70's rock collection and do house work...I guess that's not too lazy.

BTW, I'll be up in Windsor (a bit north of Santa Rosa) later this month. I might stop by and see how you're doing on the weekend or something.

-Comrade Chavez

Anonymous said...

Good luck Andrew. And tell me, when did you save a life? and how? or is that an affair too private for the intertubery?