In the last two weeks, I’ve either had three places to be or absolutely nowhere. This means that in between stresses, I’ve done a bit of reading. The novel I’m nearly done with at the moment of writing includes the quote, “We do not remember days, we remember moments” (All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven). So in a very busy two weeks of starting college, here are a few moments that I think were highlights.
First, I should talk about Bear Down Camp since I referenced that previously. It ended up being a lot of fun – definitely more fun than I expected. True, learning about campus resources wasn’t the most exciting thing, but getting to know my Cat Chat group and seeing how many stars exist in Prescott, Arizona were pretty great. Also, while there, I finished John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies and, while I don’t have time to write a whole book review, it is definitely one I would recommend.
Then of course, Thursday was the awesome day when my roommate moved in. Most of the day was spent unpacking and arranging the room, but that was also the night of the Historic Lane pajama party where we watched Ghostbusters. I should also mention here that “Historic Lane” refers to James E. Rogers Way where three of the oldest dorms (Gila, Maricopa, and Yuma) are located. Since the dorms are so close, there are several events that involve all of these dorms and are a good way to have fun and get to know people.
Last Saturday was probably one of the busiest days of the entire summer, but it was also really fun! After waking up at 6 am, I went with my roommate and her parents to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is less of a traditional museum and more of a zoo where you really shouldn’t pet the animals. The museum is almost entirely outside, and you walk through various enclosures with the chance to see everything from javelinas to Monarch butterflies. It’s a truly remarkable place where you can not only learn a lot, you can also see animals that you can’t find just anywhere. Naturally, there is also a room that showcases various poisonous reptiles, but, for the faint of heart, those can be avoided. Saturday evening was the block party on the UA Mall. I mostly went to this for the free pizza, but I enjoyed a couple of rides while I was there too.
College started officially on Monday along with the eclipse. I don’t have class until 10, so I went out earlier to see what we could hear of this celestial phenomenon, and although I missed the maximum visibility in Tucson at 10:30, being able to see that was one-in-a-lifetime, and generally really cool. After the first week, I can say that I like all my classes, and I’m especially excited for English in which we’ll study literature through film, which just sounds awesome. (We’ll be watching Alien this week.)
Once again, Thursday was a big day with awesome moments. The first of these came at 5pm when I learned how to make a chocolate chip muffin in a coffee mug (10/10), and then, after evening Spanish class, I went with my roommate to the Historic Hustle – a university-sponsored dance party in Maricopa dorm. We may have gone for the free food, but we stayed for the photo booth and goofy dancing with friends. Finally, on Friday, we attended the Picnic at the Park (Park Student Union) where we sampled free food from a variety of restaurants then at 10 pm, we set out to Target for late-night shopping. This is an annual event for freshmen in which the store stays open until 1 just for students to go shopping, and, of course, the alumni band was serenading our search for vegetable stock.
On the whole, it’s been a busy but exciting two weeks, and I’m feeling good about the year ahead. And before I go to the pictures off, here’s a final book recommendation – Born a Crime by Trever Noah. Until next time ~