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MIT student blogger Hamsika C. '13

On Time by Hamsika C. '13

That which I do not have.

After considerable twisting and tweaking, I have contrived to design my schedule such that not a single class of mine runs past 3:30 pm. This was done primarily to create the illusion of actually having time. Said illusion is currently failing to function.

Case in point: Where did my weekend go?!
Follow-up case in point: Where does every weekend go?!

I’m sitting here, in my room, at my desk. It’s nearly 11:30 pm on a Sunday night, and I feel as though I’ve spent the last forty-eight hours traipsing through puddles of psets, EMT drills, writer’s block, dance, and reading assignments with only a moderate degree of success at remaining dry and unruffled.

Much of this weekend was admittedly fun-filled: EMT drills consisted of eight hours spent gulping down donuts and pizza, simulating emergency scenarios, and capturing embarrassing videos of fellow EMTs. Writing a short story for my HASS class was entirely entertaining and made me wish that every class I was enrolled in graded me for my ability to come up with bizarre plots. And both my bio and physics psets were actually doable. Shocking, I know.

But there are so many things I wish I had more time to do. I actually have a list:

1. Visit the Museum of Science/Museum of Fine Arts – MIT students get in free to a lot of the local museums. Which means that I really have no excuse not to go.

2. Read – For my birthday, I received some great books, including “The Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell and “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I keep reaching for both of these – and then I realize that I have an orgo book that I need to be reading.

3. Watch Avatar – Yes. I know. It’s sad that I haven’t seen it yet. I have been informed so by several people on various occasions. I inform myself of this fact quite frequently.

4. Write letters to friends – I love getting mail from friends, and I always mean to return the favor. It’s happened maybe once so far.

5. Bring myself up-to-date on goings-on outside the world of MIT – What? The Superbowl? Today? Huh?

6. Draw – It’s been so long since I last took out my color pencils and drew for fun.

7. Learn how to iron my clothes – At least I know how to do laundry…

8. Watch every episode of Arthur in existence – Aardvarks are cool.

9. Learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube – I have a friend who can solve it in about twenty seconds. He keeps telling me to learn how to do it. Apparently, it comes in handy when you’re trying make new friends.

10. Figure out how to make smoothies that actually taste good so I don’t keep craving Jamba Juice when it’s 20 degrees outside and I don’t feel like walking across Harvard Bridge and into Boston, where the closest Jamba Juice, to my knowledge, exists.

Someone give me Hermione’s Time-Turner, por favor.

22 responses to “On Time”

  1. Shivam says:

    “The Outliers” was a pretty good book. You should definitely read it. smile

    Andd I don’t know how to solve a Rubik’s cube either but the Cube Club sounds awesome! :D

  2. Armin says:

    Add 11: Find someone for Valentine.
    Then you can go watch Avatar with him, or even together you can go to museum of fine arts.
    Find someone who knows ironing.


  3. Daniel '14? says:

    Lol Sometimes I wish I had that time turner, too, it’s okayyy =]
    And keeping more busy than is healthy is pretty much what’s guaranteed at MIT, right?

  4. Jamie '14? says:

    Outliers is a really great book; a fairly easy read but at the same time relevant to MIT students. I know exactly how you feel; I got a rubiks cube for christmas, and I have been trying to find time to solve it without looking up the solution to limited success.

  5. Darshi says:

    don’t worry I haven’t seen Avatar either smile
    p.s. i Love Jamba Juice too xD

  6. Hana '13 says:

    “Where does every weekend go?!”
    seriously -.-

  7. L '14? says:

    I watched Avatar last weekend. I didn’t like it as much as all my friends did. Probably I expected too much. Avatar is predictable and not so interesting in my opinion. But you should watch it, maybe you will like it.

  8. re: Rubik’s Cube…


    The head guy there (Tim ’12) can solve a 3×3 in under 12 seconds. I’ve witnessed it. And yeah, he can do it with his eyes closed, too.

  9. arpit says:

    watch 3 Idiots ….

  10. Alexis '14 says:

    Thanks for the Valentine’s day card , I saw that you signed it :D

  11. Hamsika '13 says:

    @ Alexis –

    You guys got them already?? Nice!!! And you’re welcome smile

  12. Alexis '14 says:

    Yea I got mine today in the mail and I’m in Miami, Fl. I really liked the whole card overall, but why did we get it so soon? lol

  13. I didn’t avatar either man, don’t sweat it. What I want to know is how do I get you to send me a valentine’s day card too! Not joking.

  14. Val'14? says:

    I haven’t seen Avatar either…
    It’s such a big deal in TW I can’t get tickets even to showings a week away.

    Anyways, wish you luck with the list, Hamsika. =)

  15. Brad says:

    *see avatar

  16. RobotGrrl says:

    You’re not alone!! I also have not seen Avatar. :(

  17. Shivam says:

    @ L : Yeah, I kind of agree. I didn’t think the movie was as amaaazing as everyone else said it was. BUTTTTT it was pretty entertaining, almost like an intense video game :D

    You should go watch it when you get a chance, Hamsika. smile

  18. Anonymous says:

    brad…..semi creepy?
    then again, it IS MIT

  19. Daniel '14 says:

    Outliers is a good book.

  20. Avatar is overrated. Arthur>Avatar.
    I love Arthur.

  21. christy says:

    I also have not seen avatar! I can solve a rubiks cube in under a minute and proudly own a hermione time-turner (only the imitation because they smashed the stock of real ones during their ministry battle…)