2000: a college odyssey

January 5, 2010

a look back: 2000
the beginning of a new decade has spurred a lot of reminiscence and introspection from many of us! i’ve been saving these scanned pics on my desktop (for a rainy day? or an unspired morning?), but heather, who writes the fabulously-named hangrypants blog, beat me to the punch yesterday in posting a great series of pictures from her college days. so, i figured i would stop procrastinating and follow suit!

(plus, maybe i’m a little uninspired today. so it works out nicely.)

i went to williams college, a small liberal arts college in western massachusetts. it was very cold and highly academic. i met some of my best friends there. i sang a capella, acted in musicals, did neuroscience research, and was a pretty dedicated little pre-med student in that i tried to get the best grades i possibly could.

williams was also isolated and a bit frat-tastic DESPITE the fact that there are no formal frats there. honestly? the social scene was largely dominated by sports teams and super-clean-cut blonds who came from private schools in connecticut (or the likes) who were very into beer, and themselves. i ended up mostly in a series of messes when it came to relationships with the opposite sex, and wasn’t always the happiest.

junior year vickie and i spent multiple frigid nights drinking raspberry stoli from chemistry mugs while aimee mann wailed on the stereo, wondering HOW we managed to end up in the middle of nowhere slammed with organic chemistry homework while our friends gallavanted abroad in places like rome and biarritz.

ANYWAY. my point is, it wasn’t paradise, but it was memorable and rich and interesting. these pictures are just a tiny sample of what i found lying around! they are all from the year 1999-2000, i believe.

in my little dorm room, intently writing a paper on a stone-age PC. i think this was for a class i took on the works of sylvia plath
holding a picture of myself as a toddler! love the smile . . . not sure about the eyebrows.
singing with ephlats. oh we thought we were COOL!
drinking from solo cups! of course. with my friend anjali who was visiting from boston U 2.5 hours east
a bunch of us (including vickie to my right!) going ALL the way to amherst to attend a behavioral neurobiology conference!! a little foreshadowing of what was to come. the enthusiasm and pure unbridled GLEE in this nerdy picture cracks me up.

oh, there’s so much more i could say but i need to head to the gym! i hope everyone is enjoying getting back into the swing of things this new year — i feel busy already, but happy and pretty refreshed.

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1.4.09

workout: 5 miles, 3 x 1 mi @ 8:20/mi, 0.5% incline. interestingly, this was much slower than my tempo runs outside and felt at least as hard. it also felt faster than the treadmill i use at the gym sometimes. i think there’s something weird about the calibration of my apartment complex’s machine!

the splendid table: i made the super-easy recipe for white beans with garlic and rosemary (although i think ‘beans ‘n’ greens’ is catchier). it was simple but tasty, AND left me with room for a cinnamon-a-licious dessert.

reading: i actually didn’t read last night — but i did this morning. my goal is 5x/week (and i did read/study the prior 3 days), so i’m still doing okay. i’ll save my fun fact of the day for tomorrow!