I realize I’ve been mentioning my suitemates a lot but I haven’t shown you a picture of the group.
(The motely crew: Karen, me, Dylan, Anna, Mia, and Lucy)
The semester is starting to wind down, work is picking up, everyone is a little more sleep deprived than normal but that doesn’t mean we can’t all have some holiday spirit! In honor of a tradition we started our first year (when over half of our floor had December birthdays), we will be hosting the third annual December Birthday Bash this Saturday to celebrate Anna’s 20th birthday and Rebecca’s 21st! We’ve been told by the birthday girls that glitter is the preferred decoration and ice cream is more important than cake. We’ll do our best!
This will also be my last week of tutoring ESL at Jones (the local) Library. For the past year and a half, I have tutored a Bengali woman named Moon twice a week. We’ve worked on all aspects of communication including speaking and writing. Both of us enjoy watching How I Met Your Mother, so we’ve made discussing the show a staple of our conversations. Since last spring, when her daughter was born we’ve had an additional member of our meetings. Last Friday I was lucky enough to be able to have lunch with Moon and her husband after our normal meeting slot. It was great to finally meet Moon’s husband as I had heard a lot about him, but had never met him. We had a really fun lunch and I felt like I was able to learn a lot more about Moon. In preparation of my departure, we also met with Moon’s new tutor, Serena. The head of the ESL center, Lynne, was able to find Serena to substitute for me for next semester while I’m abroad. With any luck, when I come back next fall, I’ll be able to either continue tutoring Moon or be able to continue with tutoring in some other fashion.
It’s starting to hit me that I’m not going to be here next semester, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Mia is heading home in a week and the rest of us will file on out between the 16th and the 23rd. I’m really excited to be going to Germany, but I know I’m going to miss everyone here at Amherst. I’m a little luckier than most, however, because my program in Göttingen doesn’t start until March. This means that I’ll get to come back and visit Amherst before I head overseas! And then I’ll see Anna and Mia in Europe (I don't think I'm going to make it to East Africa to see Karen, although she's going to have a blast)! I can’t wait to see everyone who has been abroad the past semester. Skype is good, but it’s not quite the same thing. N.B. Coolidge 101: This does not change the earlier stipulation that weekly Skype/iChat/etc. sessions are mandatory.
I really should get back to that English paper I’ve been avoiding (sorry, Professor Berek!). Hope you’re all having a wonderful end to your semesters.
p.s. We’ve been having the weirdest weather here. It’s warm and rainy and my window is completely fogged up. I thought winter was supposed to be cold. Apparently I was mistaken.