S: Rachel's Senior Year 2011-2012
1: Welcome to Senior Year I didn't really 'return' to campus since I had been here all of the summer, but I still felt like I was 'back.' The Yard came alive with the return of the student body and Harvard Square was a fun place to be. It was hard to believe that 3 years had passed since I emerged from the subway for the start of my freshman year. I felt anxious, yet experienced, ready to take on my last year of college and figure out where my next step would be in life, all while having fun with my closest friends.
2: Freshmen moved into the dorms on August 25. Having been moved to Mower, we were somewhat set back from the action, although Move In Day was much slower than past years. Parents helped their kids move in suitcases, rugs, futons, you name it! I was amazed by just how much stuff one of my advisees had brought from Florida! It seemed like it was going to take a miracle to fit all of her things into her room. Her dad immediately recognized me and was able to rattle my stats--definitely caught me off guard! After a 7 am-noon shift, I got pizza and then made a trip to Target to find some essentials for my room. Highlight of the day: helping a lost freshman find his way back home from Target. | Move In Day!
3: Teamwork: Julz, Wu and I teamed up to move a total of about 20 boxes from storage to our rooms. | We didn't quite 'win' the housing lottery, but B16 was our room for the year, and we were greeted by Hurricane Irene--not much of a hurricane for all the hype it received
4: It was my last day of picking a first day of school outfit! Sociology 109, Hindu Culture, CS 50 and Health Policy. Made for a busy day with no lunch break, but I felt the pressure to find the best classes in my second to last semester at Harvard. CS 50 immediately sucked me in with a great slideshow ("Stereo Hearts" was the song) and free cake. What's not to love? I was sold immediately.
5: Once again, the soccer game under the lights drew a large crowd. Our team ended up winning, but it was really more about seeing friends and being social. | The Annual Owl Jersey party was probably the best of the 4 years. EVERYONE in the school was talking about it, and so it took us 15 minutes to get in, but it was worth the wait.
8: Jessica Pledger was in town, so we asked her to take our blocking group's photos. After hours (literally) or trying to figure out what to wear, we finally settled on white and denim.
10: All members of the '10 class returned for an HSB wedding, and so it was great to catch up with Jen Fran and Jess Pledge. Hanging out with returning, new and alumni teammates was wonderful. It was like being reunited with my family again.
11: CAPE CRIMSON!
12: Jewelry Party and Her Campus Party Dana hosted the team at her new apartment for a Jewelry Party. I ended up buying a necklace and had fun playing the games, but it was really more of a chance to see Dana, party with my teammates and let's be real...eat baked brie--a team favorite. Julz's company also hosted a 2nd birthday party, and so some of us ventured into Boston to enjoy the free Pink Berry, drinks and cupcakes. Fun times!
13: Mower B entryway made a special outing for Dim Sum. Some of the students were pros and knew just what to order, and some were as clueless as I was the firs time. While at dim sum, Eve offered up her tickets to the Sox game, and I took advantage of the opportunity. I invited Molly and Greg to join, and so we had great seats to see the Sox play Tampa Bay (and Evan Longoria!)
17: A Fun Photo Shoot Self timer shots made for some goofy pictures. "Sandwich police" Kite surfers Lobster rolls Dinner with friends at Bertuccis, a Steak House and Legal Sea Food--yum!
18: Kappa Krush event--An anonymous plus three event. Didn't really care if they showed up or not, just had a fun time with the girls
19: Apple crisp with team Beach day with Julz Jon McLaughlin
20: Who cares who your date is--it's the fun times with these girls that make the events a blast | A strong learning curve for this sport! I eventually got the hang of it
21: A very historical dinner--Welsh rarebit got two thumbs up, buttered cabbage, cornbread, chicken pie. | Colonial accessories for the Adams parade,delicious hot chocolate, the most talked about red velvet cake possibly ever, hot chocolate, yum. 2 pairs of shoes dead, absolutely poured!
22: The ring ceremony--definitely lasted longer than the listed times but hearing from the alums reinforced just how great HSB is. Aside from my ring being too small, it was stunning.
25: October Head of the Charles Scream Pumpkin joining alumni e-mail chain SNOW! Olivia's House
27: Quincy Market--indecisive about lunch | Cannoli! | Mere's Visit Dinners at Spice and Legal Seafood Boston
28: Mat Kearney
29: Donkey Show
30: Kappa Kappa Glamour Note to self--pick a better date. Ended up dancing alone for most of the night, but dressing up is always the fun part anyway.
34: November 20th GORGEOUS day, around 60 degrees, didn't even need a coat!
38: Adams Winter Formal
42: CS 50 Fair
43: Trip to Maine for Xmas party Writing my paper on the bus there
44: Softball Brunch
45: Reading Period and Finals
46: neighborhood party
47: shopping with mom and mere poinsettia bowl
48: Thunder party
49: Christmas Eve at the beach
50: Christmas morning
51: Christmas at the Tomarases