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When Friday Arrives… by Paul B. '11

A glimpse into my social life, among other things.

Oh, hey, the weekend’s here. Awesome.

In other news, the last full week of spring classes has come and gone. I spent last night finishing up the last problem sets I will ever do as a freshman, which is a pretty awesome feeling. All that’s left to finish up this semester is the final paper for my humanities classes (remember Arrowsmith? yeah, it’s on that novel) and, of course, finals.

Easier said than done? Yeah, just a little. But this is MIT – what were you expecting? ;)

I’m actually looking forward to this weekend. Earlier tonight, a handful of friends and I went to a performance of four student-written one-act plays put on Dramashop (the same group that put on Suburbia last year). They were pretty good, especially considering they were all written by actual MIT students. Of course, Dramashop wasn’t the only club putting on a show tonight – Dance Troupe, MIT Symphony Orchestra, and the Chorallaries were also out in full force. I wish I’d been able to go to all of these awesome events – but, alas, I haven’t perfected the art of being in multiple places at once. (Yet.)

After Dramashop, the aforementioned friends and I headed over to the student center to grab some snacks from LaVerde’s, the campus convenience store, and sat around swapping stories and other random humor – including a very fun story about various “giant confectioneries” our group had baked or otherwise encountered recently. Around ten, I met up with another friend Samantha ’11 and headed towards Central Square to Toscanini’s, everyone’s favorite local ice cream store (yes, it was a junk food-filled night and it was DELICIOUS). Sam and I have been friends since we were prefrosh, but for the past few weeks we’ve both pretty busy with our own lives (and problem sets!), so it was awesome to catch up again.

Finally, I headed across the river into Boston to meet up with Teresa ’11, who was hanging out with a bunch of mutual friends at Theta Xi, yet another of MIT’s 27 fraternities. And that was also fun. ;)

Now, it’s about four o’clock in the morning Boston time and I’m currently sitting in my own fraternity’s TV lounge, splitting my attention between blogging, the 2012 Facebook group, and reruns of Scrubs. I should get to bed (and I will, soon), but somehow I couldn’t resist the urge to write an entry.

This weekend is shaping up to be, I think, relatively relaxing. Skullhouse is throwing our Spring Formal this Saturday night, and Teresa and I are going together (draw your own conclusions :D), so it should be a pretty awesome night. We also are going to have our house elections (drum roll please) on Sunday morning, but otherwise I’m mostly free – and when I say free, I mean free to keep plugging away at my homework. Ah, the joys of MIT.

In actuality, I have much, much more to say – but for now, I’m off to bed. To the incoming prefrosh, have fun with the Next Big Mailing, which I believe many of you have already received and the rest of you will no doubt be getting shortly. Best of luck, in particular, with choosing your Athena names. Basically, do your best to pick a name you’ll still be happy with using four years down the road, and you should be fine.

All right, I’m out. Best of luck to you all with finals, APs, IBs, or whatever it is you crazy kids are up to these days.

19 responses to “When Friday Arrives…”

  1. allison says:

    hey, so when does school actually end and everybody head back home?

  2. Piper says:

    @Aditi – I’d say after MIT’s commencement you’d be a frosh, ’cause the seniors have graduated and everyone else has moved up. Some people will call you prefrosh until you arrive on campus, though =D

    @Paul – Glad you’re having so much fun even with finals approaching. Yay balance.

  3. Karen '12 says:

    Drawing my own conclusions would have been a lot more difficult if you hadn’t updated your facebook status awhile ago smile

  4. Ty'12 says:

    “… finals, APs, IBs, or whatever it is you crazy kids are up to these days”

    You forgot PHYSICking!! Like so. Observe:

    (limit to infinite)…

  5. Edgar says:

    Best wishes to you, too, Paul, not luck becasue it’s unhealthy. =P

  6. Aditi says:

    this is so not fair. (you know why raspberry )

    Have fun over the weekend.

    Yes, we’re crazy kids and we’ll be back soon.
    Attack of the prefrosh(?)
    When do we stop being prefrosh and become just plain frosh?

  7. Snively says:

    idk, I kinda liked it when Ty’s comment filled up the entire internet.

  8. Paul says:

    @Snively: Heh. For those who may be confused, Ty’s comment used to contain about 50 lines that read “PHYSICS!!” Though it was cute, it was also a little, um…much. So I shortened the comment to its current state – hope you don’t mind, Ty! smile

    @Allison: Classes end on Thursday, May 15. Then we have a few days to study before Finals Week begins on Monday, May 19. The last finals are on Friday, May 23rd. And then, freedom! :D

    @Aditi: While Piper has a point, in my opinion, you’re not a “real” freshman until you have your permanent housing assignment. So, basically, I’d say after Orientation.

  9. Ty'12 says:

    Lolz–this calls for retribution…

    @ Mr Paul: Actually, it contained 70 lines of Physics (unless I mistyped/miscounted)… 70 because 7 is the number of letters in “Physics” and I felt like a multiple of 10…

    Snively likes Physics!! WOOT!!! raspberry raspberry
    My day has been made smile

  10. Judy '12 says:

    @ Ty: AP Physics Test is on Monday raspberry Are you taking it? I am …

  11. Becky '12 says:

    I’m taking it, but in my school they only teach Mechanics, so I’m not taking E&M… hence, there’s really no point in studying for it. =P

    Question for Paul/Snively/Any Other Bloggers–Will you guys be blogging over the summer?

  12. Ty'12 says:

    @ Judy:

    Yep! Definitely! Lolz–my school doesn’t offer either of the Phys C classes, but I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY (lim to infinite) REALLY REALLY like Physics, so I am taking both Tests for fun :D

    Here’s to the sheer AWESOMENESS of Physics, and here I stand!

    Are you taking both of them?
    Best of Luck to you!! ARRRGG Can’t wait ’til Monday!! (And Friday–PHYSICS DAY!!!)


    It seems that I am mobbing this blog with lots of Physics… sorry, Mr Paul!!

  13. Michelle says:

    “This weekend is shaping up to be, I think, relatively relaxing. Skullhouse is throwing our Spring Formal this Saturday night, and Teresa and I are going together (draw your own conclusions :D), so it should be a pretty awesome night.”

    Oh, Paul, seriously. =p

  14. Snively says:

    Actually I hate physics

  15. Tanmay '12 says:

    I’d predicted Snively’s reaction ! smile

  16. -L says:

    “draw your own conclusions”? oh, paul, you’re just breaking the little prefroshy hearts left and right.


  17. Judy '12 says:

    @ Ty – I’ll be taking Phys. M. (only two hours… w00t). My school offers E&M as two classes. I couldn’t really take both, so I’m going with M.

    good luck to you too!

  18. Ty'12 says:

    YAAAAYYY!!! PHYSICS!!! (I just got home from Phys C AP tests, so I am really really relieved I came out of it not hating Physics… my worst fear ever…)

    @ Snively: Hmm. Sure. Now who was it that said he liked Physics filling up/taking over the Internet? =D =D Lolz… I HAZ PROOF!!