So... Week 5 was the calm before the storm. Besides the wall of text that appeared on my planner under "to-do", I somehow managed to sneak in time to join my Spanish teacher Liz and a couple of classmates for a "Spanish lunch" at Tandoori Bite (which is not a Spanish restaurant but an Indian one, as you can probably tell...) It was my first time there and they have a pretty nice buffet spread, though they recently stopped their student discount option so boo :( Anyway, we had a good time talking about our lives in half-mangled Spanish and getting to practice speaking, which is always important. Also, the food was gooooooood. (I don't know much about Indian food, but it was tastyyummyinmytummy.)
I unabashedly piled everything onto my plate. And went back for seconds.
That was basically the only notable thing about Week 5, because towards the end of it everything faded into this general panic about midterms coming up. Midterms are in many ways worse than finals because you still have regular classes, readings and homework to do, so it's like a doublewhammy of trying to study PLUS be intelligent in class. Neither of which is easy in the first place.
Knowing how horrible midterms can be, I'm so glad that Manna's Outreach Team together with PEF and PFA (3 of the bigger fellowships on campus) organizes an annual "Midterm Frosh Care Package" event where we pack and distribute care packages to all the freshmen. Yep, that's a lot of paper bags. And potato chips. And cookies, and chocolate, and Capri-Suns.
Frantically at work to do all 1291 care packages.
Care packages were a foreign concept to me before coming to Princeton, and I'm still amused at how much junk food gets stuffed into these things. I still greatly appreciate them, though, and it's such a nice feeling to get one at your door during a hellish midterm week. We also packed a separate bunch of care packages for people in OSG, which I delivered on Saturday night while trying not to get lost in the deep recesses of Butler College.
Yogurt for breakfast, full of sweetened fruit. Picture just because.
Not on the roof, but in front of some vaguely space-related thing on the first floor of Peyton.
Loved the paper plates they used!!!
On Sunday, I delivered over a hundred care packages to various rooms in my dorm.
These took up a fair amount of floor space for a couple of days... Observe also the clutter of my shoes + books in the background. The cardboard shoerack is still holding up!
Then the weekend was over and midterms week hit with a bang. I had two exams, a quiz and a paper due, and it was a terrible time in general; I found myself rushing everywhere, trying to squeeze out time to rush out homework and studying, and getting frustrated at self the moment productivity lagged even just a little bit. One good thing though is that I found my new favourite study place in school (besides my room):
Chancellor Green Library
But eventually midterm week did come to an end and I really have to thank God for getting me through it. I regret being so snappy and unhappy throughout the entire week and I'm sorry to all the people I was huffy towards :( Especially Zeke and my family during my calls back home. I still have so many things to work on, especially with regard to loving people. Fortunately I have a perfect God who is also working on me and making me better a little bit at a time.
Here ends my account of life before Fall Break 2013. It was largely a terrible time but looking back at these photos I realize there was also niceness and fun that was just totally overshadowed by exams and stress. Something to remember the next time I'm running around like a headless chicken all over campus.
(For those who are wondering, yes, there will be a "life during fall break" post coming up. I just don't have the stamina to cross such a huge temporal distance in one post... especially when fall break entailed both Manna retreat AND a trip to Chicago(!!!). But anyway. stay tuned.)