Oh helllller there, Dear Reader.
Let’s see, last time we talked in the way that a “Life Update” post demands (exorbitantly reflective, oozing with self-importance,) I had just completed my first quarter of junior year. I’m happy to report that I successfully completed another quarter here at El Farm and am on the cusp of beginning ~*spring quarter*~ of my junior year.
Spring quarters are considered somewhat sacred here at Stanford. (Hence the aforementioned tildes and asterisks.) While every quarter in Northern California offers its own healthy dose of fun in the sun, the spring is notorious for its excess of sunshine, optimal temperatures, fountain hopping, beer games, pretty girls in sundresses, handsome shirtless dudes, sand volleyball, spike ball, campus golf, darties (day parties)… you get the picture. And like everyone else, I am positively GAY for the coming of spring.
As you learned in Vlog #45, Gabriela and I had only final papers and final projects last quarter, meaning we were not beholden to any final exams during the last week of Winter. So we planned ahead, wrote all (or most) of our papers during dead week, and used the extra free time to road trip down the California coast.
We took the scenic Pacific Coast Highway on our way down. I knew it was supposed to be beautiful, but I was not anticipating the mountains upon mountains of rolling, blooming, green, nor the endless blue ocean or the fearless boulders that cut in their wake. I was awestruck.
We also did the fun spontaneous road trip thing where you randomly pull over whenever you feel like it. We stopped a couple of times on the highway to take in the views and even once to explore a whole new town. (Shout out to Ventura, California!)
Obviously, a California road trip would not be complete without a stop at In-N-Out…
We stayed at an Airbnb in Santa Barbara our first night and stayed with Gus at USC our second night. It was wonderful to see the baby brother again.
After our road trip, Gabriela flew home with me to the frigid, gray suburbs of Chicago. She noted that I comment on how sh*tty the weather is approximately every five seconds there. I thought that was funny. We went into the city a couple of days and did all the touristy things. (See: Chicago Bean, Sears Tower, Lake Michigan, getting tipsy at the Purple Pig.)
While I was home, I was lucky enough to see the rest of the fam again. I was especially stoked to hang out with the younger two of the Götze bunch.
BUT ENOUGH OF BREAK. What’s the only thing more fun than a vacation? School, obviously! (If you hate me right now you’re reading the wrong blog.)
Love in Moral Philosophy (PHIL 22C)
Okay, so I am stupidly excited for this class. It meets once a week for two hours, and in that time we’re going to wrestle with how various ethical systems reason about love. It’s very small, only about 12 students. What better way to get to know a dozen strangers than to debate the morality of L-O-V-E with them?! (Great song, btw.)
Data and Knowledge in the Humanities (ENGLISH 184C)
My professor came in on the first day wearing bleached-spackled blue jeans, a plaid overcoat, and thick-rimmed eyeglasses. He has a slicked back ponytail and a fiery red beard. He closes his eyes and takes a slow, deep inhale through the nose right before he says something even remotely profound, and speaks with admirable conviction. I like him.
The Politics of Algorithms (COMM 154)
The History of Information (HISTORY 5A)
This class is making me remember why I fell in love with my high school freshman year history course, “Global Studies.” The professor is so passionate about how scholars study the past and has such inspiring command of the English language–Honestly, dude’s got a vocabulary like the ocean. (Clearly I do not. That similie hurt to write.) An hour and twenty-minute lecture flies by with him. I’m pumped.
This spring, a couple of things will be different. First, I’ll have a JOB! Woo! I got a gig as a hostess at a restaurant close to campus. I’ve always thought it would be fun to work in a restaurant, and I don’t think I’ll have another chance to give it a go after I graduate. (*Checking privilege, check, check.*)
It’s really cool to emerge from the Stanford bubble and interact with people from all walks of life, especially my coworkers. As diverse as Stanford’s student body is, everybody here shares one major thing in common: We are all on life paths directed by higher education. This is a HUGE commonality that is not shared by an overwhelming proportion of the country (let alone world) we live in. It’s remarkably refreshing to develop relationships with people whose lives have taken them in totally different directions. I’m also learning a lot about the service industry in general. Did you know when a host seats you at a restaurant and you ask to be seated elsewhere you’re really f*cking things up for them? Fun fact.
Another challenge this quarter will be one that I’m under the impression many college students face: Balancing time. Dividing up time can be especially tricky in the spring when the sun beckons constantly. I want to enjoy my last quarter as a junior by all means necessary, but I also want to do all the readings for my classes, turn in my assignments on time, put in my best effort on my exams, continue to post regularly on Cath in College, delve into new interests, etc. I assume I’ll just continue to do as I have always done and keep a close, organized eye on my calendar and list of to-dos.
This section is pretty straightforward.
- Spend more time in Cedro
- Play outside often
- Keep my room clean
I know it’s only been a week, but I don’t think I’m doing half bad so far. At the very least, my room is looking pretty.
Aaand that’s about it.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to take a peek at the “My Junior Winter Quarter at Stanford” video, and all the other videos from winter. (Including the Crystal Blog 2.0!) As usual, thank you for reading and watching, and I’ll catch you on the flippity flop 🙂
hug kiss hug kiss,