Hello and (Temporary) Goodbye?
I hope you survived reading and finals period. I know I was driven a little crazy (in part due to blockles).
I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be studying abroad in Shanghai! Surprise!
I needed some time off from this crazy place and decided that, based on my lack of real desire to participate in this particularly blood-thirsty round of e-recruiting, I might as well explore a different country and finalize my language skills.
I’m about to ship out. I make no promises about posting (seriously, there should be enough stuff on this site already to help guide you through the second semester), but who knows? I could discover the meaning of life while staring down a chipmunk in the market.
And if you’re really bored, or whatever, go start a silly little Harvard blog of your own. And I’ll be more than happy to link you, generally. :)
I should be back to a semi, more normal posting schedule come June.
If your reading period is ridiculously easy, read this post. If not, avoid this post like the plague.
Here is my round up of the BEST (and most evil time-sucking) ways to procrastinate.
It’s that time of the year again. Now that you’ve written your Annual Review, it’s time to bundle your thoughts together and look forward to the new year.
Chances are, you know how to make a standard list, and may or may not have accomplished them (provided that you even remember your list).
I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel, but instead point out some new ways of writing our that set of “resolutions” and strongly suggesting resolutions that should make it to your list this year.
If you’re looking for a new take on the New Year’s Resolutions list, this is the post for you.
Your Personal Annual Review
For those heading out to the Real World, the Annual Review is a time for both employer and employee to reflect, grow and learn from one another.
It’s a way to re-remember what the hell happened in mid-February and grow from your learning “opportunities.”
Because December is coming to a close, take some time to write an annual review for yourself.
Happy Holidays / Winter Break!
Tags: relax, sleep
, winter break
Relax. Sleep for 12 hours a day. Become nocturnal. Get less than 10% of whatever you had planned actually done. Watch the achronological House marathon. Catch up on all two seasons of Chuck. Help the American /European /International economy.
Eat ginger bread cookies. Play in the snow? sand? foothills.
Ignore your post it notes.
Regular blog posts will be returning at the beginning of January.
I promise I’ll return with some crazy life / school / reading period hackery techniques.
I’m saying bu-bye to that design lab paper that I thought I’d have mostly written (thanks for taking my survey by the way), sooo that means you should too!
Keep Your Computer Working for You: Minimize Sadness
While I’m not the techiest of all, I’m astonished by how people treat their computers on campus. I hear horror stories of people dropping their computers, scarier stories of people sending their computers to get fixed, and sad stories of Justice papers getting lost.
If you aren’t sure what preemptive measures you should be taking with your computer, this post is for you. Read more…
How You Know You’ve Chosen the Right Concentration
Tags: choosing a concentration, concentrations, Harvard
, homework, Mind Hack
After talking with other juniors who are relatively happy with their concentrations, I’ve slowly realized that there is one common trait:
You enjoy the work you’re supposed to do for your concentration
This should perhaps be a “duh,” but it can be fairly easy to ignore this preference when you’re juggling other concentrations based on say, future prosperity. I’m an econ major because I really enjoyed doing the problem sets in Ec 10 (and fancy that, Ec classes have a fair amount of problem sets). I am not a math concentrator because I absolutely dreaded each problem set. I am not a philosophy concentrator (despite really liking philosophy) because I couldn’t imagine myself writing philosophy papers for the rest of my time here.
My math concentrator friends generally really enjoy their math problem sets. My CPB friend really enjoyed orgo. My history concentrator friend would happily check out a 2 foot stack of books from the library whenever she had to write a paper.
Pay attention to your mood when you’re doing homework. If you’re happily reading about linguistics or happily writing papers about social norms, then you probably know already what would be a major that would make you happy.
It’s super easy to be interested in many, many subjects (and enjoy lectures on many of said subjects), but chances are, you probably actually enjoy doing the work in just a few of them.
That’s all folks!
Perhaps you know already, but tomorrow is the Harvard-Yale game. If you have tickets, please go and cheer on your respective team.
As you may have noticed, my posting frequency has sort of slacked off (thank you CS 50). But, expect major site changes in the next week or so.
Until then, enjoy watching the game from the stadium “Dedicated to the Joy of Manly Contest.”
Commentary: SAT Changes Policy, Opening Rift With Colleges
Tags: admission, college, Commentary, Harvard, SAT, tests
NY Times article: SAT Changes Policy, Opening Rift With Colleges
While I see this as a sly business tactic, allowing students to choose which scores to send will probably reduce stress all around, especially since the SATs are now a what… 4-5 hour long test with a 15 minute snack break? However, perhaps, more inequality and inefficiency?
Having only one more set of Standardized Testing to go through and repressing my memories of the SAT, I would deem my reaction as slightly positive, but mostly neutral.
Overall: Upgrade! Colleges supposedly consider just the top scores anyway.
Your thoughts? Yay? Nay?