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First Week of Winter Term

January 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm
By Jelilat Odubayo '21

Tuesday After arriving on campus on Monday and getting situated, I paid a visit to TRIO House to check-out my books for this terms’ courses. After a quick trip to the campus bookstore and post office, I rechecked out a light box from the Student Health and Wellness Center in the basement of Laird. Light boxes are engineered to alleviate the strain of winter and seasonal affective disorder (or SAD; appropriate I know). As one who has yet to experience Minnesotan winter, I made it my mission to reserve my own light box.

In the late afternoon, I met with my writing consultant for the winter term to discuss how we would work together to improve my writing skills.

Afterward, I made the looonnnnggg (10 minutes max.) trek down to the Rec Center to borrow some ice skates! After what felt like forever, I made it to the ice skating rink set up in the Bald Spot! It was very scared at first since I was afraid to fall. As if spoken into existence, I fell. Granted I don’t like being in (unnecessary) pain, I hung onto the wall for the most part.

In a miraculous twist of faith, I made it back to the little heated house situated next to the rink, returned my skates, and lost a beloved silver hoop earring of mine. The remainder of my evening was solemn, as I mourned the loss of my perfectly-sized, lightweight, hypoallergenic, and specially-imported from the Icing store in First Colony Mall in Houston, Texas hoop earring. But alas, everything goes.

Wednesday Despite my previous day’s loss, I made it to my yoga and Arabic class.  Afterward, I headed to the library for my work study position in the Writing Center as an Office Assistant. After a busy day, I went ice skating again! If you must know (which you don’t because I am sharing this voluntarily and working on being more open and personable), I did not fall at all. 😊

In the evening I attended a paid-for-participation senior COMPS experiment. They had enough volunteers by the time I arrived, but I still secured the bag (or rather the pouch of $3)! That’s at least a single scoop of Hogan Brother’s ice cream or a Naked juice.

Thursday I had an uneventful day until I jollied over to my Black Revolution on Campus course in the Africana Studies Department. The course studies black student movements and activism between 1965-1972 in pushing for more inclusive and representative academics, social climates, and policies at U.S. institutions.

Friday I only had one class this day. After some lollygagging, I had lunch and headed to work at the Writing Center, where they have THE ABSOLUTE BEST TRADITIONAL ICED CAKE DONUTS (if you disagree, let’s argue).

As if customary, I went ice skating with my roommate! Soon after, I had a meeting with Renata in the Writing Center to discuss some useful reading skills I could use this term with my writing and reading intensive Black Revolution on Campus course. Having taken care of few of my responsibilities, I spent the remainder of the evening with a friend of mine in her campus-house.

Saturday I went to Target by riding the shuttle. I think that is enough activity to fulfill this entry. As someone who recognizes my want of patience, I made effective use of my time spent riding the bus by twiddling my thumbs, all the while knowingly having Arabic vocabulary flashcards in my backpack. XD

Sunday A very chill day spent reading about systemic oppression, I met with a friend to complete our application for a featured show on Carleton’s radio channel, KRLX. As is custom, I assumed my position as the receptionist at the Writing Center, and planned my week out because life surely always goes as planned.

I bid you adieu and in good health,

As a selectively-proud Houstonian, Jelilat is undecided in her major, and could be more concerned about her life after college. Meh. She'll get there. She enjoys thriller novels, compulsive online shopping, and skipping the "It" movie advertisements when they come on. Jelilat also enjoys taking #OutfitofTheDay pics, spending time with people with very loud laughs, and learning more about her fellow peers' experiences, interests, and perspectives.

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