Note to self: Pumpkins in dorm rooms are NOT a good idea. I got to go home a couple weeks ago and carve a cute pumpkin with a Hawaiian girl face on it, and of course I had to add it to my collection of dorm decorations! Unfortunately, the next morning, I woke up to discover a ½ inch layer of mold in it…and by 6 pm that night it was looking rather droopy…needless to say, the microwave and fridge got a good scrubdown and the pumpkin ended up in the dumpster VERY shortly after that. I will miss that pumpkin, but I also have lots of other happenings to distract me from my loss.
Cross country season is beginning to wind down, and with regionals on Saturday, we will be following the “Train hard, rest hard” regimen…mostly the resting hard part this week. It seems like this season flew by, but I think my body is ready for a rest. Our runs along the creek path in Golden have been getting a bit chilly, but the beauty is phenomenal. Golden really is turning golden with leaves, or at least it was until we got our first real snow last week! A friend and I made snow angels by our dorms, and I have to take a moment to appreciate the 12 foot tower of snowballs sitting on Kafadar Commons. The stuff engineers do in their free time…
That is, of course, when we have free time! At Mines, there is not really any such thing as “I’m done with all my homework,” just “I’ve done enough homework to have a thorough grasp of the material and get a decent grade” and “I’ve done so much homework my brain is fried and I can’t do any more until tomorrow.” The good news is there are lots of smart cookies here that will help you with whatever you need help with, and I managed to average a 93 on my first round of tests. Plus, you get to feel super smart when you type a problem into your calculator using nothing but variables and it takes up 4 lines…and the answer is right! Ah, the sweet physics buzz…far better than any other types of buzzes they catch on *other* campuses.
But besides just doing physics, people at Mines really do know how to have fun. Several of my friends and I are going to be the characters from Clue for Halloween (I got Mrs. White if you were wondering). So far, the best costume I saw was a group of girls from my dorm who dressed as the Minions in Despicable Me by wearing yellow shirts and chemistry goggles. But Halloween is Wendesday, so we shall see!
Most importantly, I feel like I am finally getting a hold of myself and my time so that I can take care of what really matters in life. I got to go downtown and serve a meal to the homeless and bake some pumpkin bread for a fundraising bake sale, and helping people with physics helps me remember that “we cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love” (Mother Teresa). Bishop Conley is celebrating his last mass in Denver at Mines today, so the FOCUS group is really excited. It’s reassuring to know that I have such a strong support group who demonstrate how to lead a life well lived.
But in the meantime, I’m off to go enjoy some cereal for dinner.
May the mass*acceleration vector be with you!