TWENTY-FOUR

Thursday, October 5, 2017


The caffeine from this morning’s coffee is running low in my system, so as I write this my eyelids are already drooping.



It’s not that it’s late. It’s seven p.m., and I’m sitting on one of the bottom floors of Geisel Library, in the “collaborative study space.” The upper floors are notorious for their respect for quiet, and since my typing is, as one of my suitemates put it, “angry,” I decided to sit down here. It’s a friendly floor. The kids two tables across from me are discussing physics or some sort of science-related thing, and I can hear them through the music playing in my earbuds.


Also, I was looking for the study table that the church group I’ve joined hangs out at, but after a bit I just gave up. Geisel’s that big.


Here’s what I’ve done in the past twenty-four hours:


ONE / I stayed up until about two-thirty a.m., because I was working on a dorm tour video. It’s going up tomorrow. It's got three different “sections” that require three different voiceovers, and I suck at voiceovers, so I had to do each of those sections about four times through. Which is twelve times of me talking about Halloween decorations, some lovely somethings about the number of closets in a triple room, and a litany of comments about storage space. Because what else do people talk about in voiceovers other than nothing?


TWO / I got wings with my church group, because a wing place kinda near us takes 50% off the price of their wings on Tuesdays. My fingers got barbecue-y and I used like five napkins and drank two enormous glasses of water, but we talked a lot and somehow plowed our way through 140 wings (I’m not kidding), then made space for boba after. I don’t like boba, so I merely observed the purchasing of the boba.


THREE / I attended four classes and two discussion sections these past two days. Today’s my heaviest day--I have three classes and a discussion section, and by the end of the last class, I was done. I literally put my pen down and refused to pay attention to the rest of the lecture. (If you’re looking at me funny, there’s a podcast of the lecture online, and I learn better from reading anyway.)


We spent a lot of time in high school, but I’d say that at least seventy percent of that was wasted time. If you took all of the actually productive parts of an average day in high school and sewed them together, it’d probably amount to about two and a half hours, which is less than half of the time I spent there.
In college, you actually do stuff, and none of it’s busywork. Which means the entire fifty minutes you sit in class, you have to be constantly and actively engaged, or else you’re going to miss something important. That’s why college is more tiring than high school (that’s my theory, anyway).


The other reason why I’m so exhausted is because college is huge. In high school, a seven-minute passing period seemed absurdly long. Here, it takes an average of fifteen minutes to get from place to place, and the nearest dining hall to me is a seven- to ten-minute walk away.


FOUR / Thought about my book a decent amount


I gave myself a break from my book for the past few weeks, but I’m looking to getting back to writing that first draft. I also need to find the local branch library, because home girl needs her children’s book fix.


But I’m itching to get back into that storyworld.


Okay, cool.


See you later.

8 comments

  1. laughing out loud at ONE.
    i love the style this was written in. you have a lovely blog, rachel <3 <3 <3 <3

    sophy of lavender + blue

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    1. awww, thanks so much, sophy!! :) <3 <3 <3 <3

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  2. I love your intro for this post! Also like good luck at surviving at college. The vibes I'm getting from posts of the people who I follow who are in college is that it is both scary and super cool and exciting. Would you say that is at all remotely true?

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    1. Awww, thank you so much!

      College is most definitely scary and super cool and exciting. I'm having a ton of fun, but it's all super new, so every single day is a new adventure :)

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  3. I feel ya! Like I am always exhausted if I have more than a couple of hours of lectures in a row (a 3 hour lab is the real killer), because you have to be engaged to learn anything, which is so different from high school. And between those lectures you have to get across campus!

    I started out working in our libraries communal space too, but now I almost always go to the quiet space haha. Also it sounds like your church group is cool!!

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    1. UGH LABSS!! I don't have any labs because I'm a humanities major, but they sound horrible! And yes, constant mental engagement and presence is definitely key.

      Thanks so much for commenting, Opal!

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  4. Praying for you, friend! You've got this!

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  5. I love the way you do blog posts! They are so informative and just suck you right into your life. <3

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