Quick Thoughts

The Last First Day of Classes

Today was the official first day of my senior year. It was also the last time I will ever have a first day of classes in college. The experience was a bit surreal. I took my final yearbook photo, and I realized just how strange it truly is to be a senior in college.

I only had one class today: a lab for one of my engineering classes. It will be the last lab I ever have in college, an equally strange thing. It seems that I am running out of things to hold onto as my college years approach their end.

I also TA-ed a help session today, and realized that I need to find underclassmen to transfer my knowledge of classes to in order that they may assist the next group of students.

In general, I get the feeling that I am now in a constant state of passing the torch, and will be doing so for the next eight months.

– Gavin

Quick Thoughts

Gone Beaching

Today I went to a beach on Lake Michigan with some of my housemates and friends. The water was incredibly chilly, and it rained at the end, but it was fun nonetheless. I actually enjoyed it more than my trip to the beach with my family earlier this month. My guess as to why is that I am just ready to be on my own. It was simply fun being with people who wanted to be around. I am very excited for what could happen this year.

– Gavin

Updates

I’m Back (In More Ways Than One)

Hello all in the blogosphere.

I have not posted since Saturday. I have been incredibly busy for the last few days, as both my sister and myself moved back to school yesterday. There was a lot of packing to do, and everyone was worn out on both Sunday and Monday. I was busy unpacking and catching up with friends yesterday, so I did not post then either.

I am no longer living in the dorms this year. Instead, I am residing in a house called Ross Apartments near the campus. It is obviously a standalone house, so I have no idea why it is called apartments. I am living with seven juniors, leaving me as the lone senior in the house.

Classes do not start until next week, but I am glad to be back for my final year of school. Due to the way things are looking now for this year, I do not think I will be posting every day. I still plan to post at least 4-5 times per week. Here comes another great year.

– Gavin

Updates

Invasions and Steep Hilsides

I went to a reenactment of D-Day at Conneaut beach in northeastern Ohio today with some of my family. It was incredibly large, with over 1000 re-enactors, five airplanes, multiple large guns, and a crowd of over 20,000 spectators. I was impressed by the effort put into the production.

Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of spectators and limited viewing space, me and my family ended up on the side of a hill that had an incline of at least 60 degrees. In order to keep the spots which were the best available, we had to sit there for nearly two hours before the program started, and continue sitting for that as well. Needless to say, although the re-enactment was good, the experience was painful enough to nearly eliminate my enjoyment of the proceedings.

Considering that the event being commemorated cost thousands of people their lives for freedom, my pain is probably insignificant. However, I really would like to do it again only if I could sit on flat ground to watch.

– Gavin

Updates

In Five More Days…

…I will be back at school up in Michigan. It has been a great summer, but I am completely ready for one last year of college. Senior year will likely be tough, due to final projects, graduate school applications, and of course lots of farewells, but it should all be worth it. A week from Tuesday my fall semester classes begin. I am ready. Here goes what may be the best year of my life.

– Gavin

Updates

GRE Studies Continue

Today, I took a practice set for the GRE verbal section, and I managed to score 17/20. I would have been satisfied with this, had I actually made three legitimate mistakes. In actuality, I knew the correct answers for two of those three, and had just marked down the incorrect answers by mistake. I really need to shape up soon, or my graduate school search will get very futile very quickly…

– Gavin

Updates

A Blood Test Story

To accompany my doctors office visit last week, I needed a blood test to check glucose and cholesterol levels. I fasted for roughly twelve hours in order to do this, but I mistakenly did not drink any water during that time, as I confused the test’s preparation period with that of a surgery that I had when I was younger. Despite my dehydration, the technician was still able to find my vein on the first try. This was better than every previous time I had a blood sample taken, so I guess I was just lucky. I had a granola bar and a bottle of iced tea immediately afterwards, so I felt much better.

– Gavin