It’s crazy, but we’re already halfway through the second week of classes! I simultaneously feel like it’s gone by super quickly and like I’ve been here for months. I guess it’s because so much stuff is crammed into so little time at Swat. Because of that, I’m not even going to bother with a chronological narrative of the first week and a half of classes—I’ll just jump around and excuse the total lack of organization with subheadings.
I’ve determined that I have a legitimate obsession with Sharples meatballs. I have no idea why. I’m rationally aware that they don’t in any way resemble haute cuisine or anything, but they’re just so good! Also the roasted cauliflower. My only complaint is that some days there’s steamed cauliflower (which has about 1% of the awesomeness value of the roasted kind) and I get a huge heaping plate and then I realize that it’s not what I thought what it is. Steamed cauliflower is a Decepticon.
My roommate just got a bike and I decided to borrow it and go for a quick ride around campus last week. I finally discovered where the base of the water tower is and that there’s another parking lot there!! (Not actually that exciting, but I sometimes feel like on a campus this small, discovering any new place a year in is worth at least one exclamation point.) I also biked around the Dupont parking lot for a while just for the heck of it. It holds weirdly special significance for me because that’s where my family parked the first time I visited Swat. I have a really vivid memory of standing in the sun on the grass by the parking lot after sitting in on an Intro to Linguistics class (in the Hicks mural room, strangely enough), staring up at the water tower and at the Science Center and at this whole entity that was Swarthmore and just knowing that it was perfect. It made me believe in love at first sight. (I just laughed out loud at having written that, but I’ll leave it.)
I guess I have to talk about these. I’m taking five classes this semester because I’m interested in way too many things: Discrete Math, Rise of the Novel, Acting I, Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Syntax. I had a really bad semester in terms of classes last fall, so I’m glad that this year’s off to a way better start. I’m even enjoying my math class, which is a far cry from my attitude towards my calculus class last year. Rise of the Novel and Intro to GSST especially are pretty reading-intensive, but I think that if I’ve managed to survive thus far, the rest of the semester can only go better as I figure out when to regularly schedule in time to do readings and problem sets and other things.
So I’m one of the Swarthmore Queer Union (SQU, skyoo) interns (a.k.a. a SQUintern, skwin-turn) at the Intercultural Center this year. I’m having fun so far, mainly because my SQUintern duties have largely consisted of only fun things for the last week. Hopefully that continues!
Sunday was the activities fair, so most of the student groups on campus were out behind tables lined up in front of Parrish, trying to get new members to sign up. SQU was no exception, and I spent a good three hours standing behind the table, running around back and forth from the SQU room, and generally not doing homework. It was great. (Not so great was the glitter-gluing on the poster I made on Saturday afternoon, but whatever. It served its purpose.)
Photo: Gabe Benjamin
Yesterday, the IC interns also had our first meeting, which was great (not least because we got to eat Indian food from Shere-E-Punjab in Media). I went from the meeting to Target, then from Target straight to my friend’s room so we could bake rainbow cookies for the first SQU meeting for new members. It took a lot longer than we expected, involving a lot of dough-freezing and food coloring stains and dough tearing and sprinting across campus to get cookie sheets and other fun things—but we ended up with really pretty rainbow cookies (that were just a tiny bit squished because the dough wasn’t cold enough) by the end of the meeting.
Tonight we’re having another SQU meeting with new and returning members. I am incredibly excited. IAUSDHGUIASGHASIDGISG.
Hopefully I’ll be able to write more often, but I seem to always be running around like a headless chicken to class or a meal with someone or a meeting, and if I’m not doing that, I come back to my room and all I want to do is waste hours on Tumblr. Or cleaning my room, which is what I did for part of yesterday instead of working on my math problem set. But anyway, I will try, and maybe I’ll end up with more coherent (and shorter) posts!