Finals and Snow

So today, I had my only in-class final.

Finals at Olin are interesting. See, every class has a scheduled final exam time. However, most project-based courses, like Design Nature, have you submit a project instead of a final exam. After all was said and done, I ended up with actual exams in only two classes: Math and Physics. However, the Math final, like some finals in other students' classes, is take-home (yay Honor Code). That leaves Physics, which I took today from 8 to 11 AM. Getting up at 7 was no party, but with a healthy night of sleep and a morning dosage of caffeinated tea, it wasn't that bad. And honestly, the test didn't feel like three hours. That's not to say it was "easy"; I'm definitely glad I studied. However, it was written in a way that constantly engaged my brain without overwhelming me. Nice.

After that, I enjoyed one of the many luxuries of college life: a nap. On days when you have to get up early, it's always nice to be able to think, "Oh, I have a nice empty block in my day; I'll take a nap." Of course, this doesn't ALWAYS happen on early days, but compared to high school, where it NEVER happened, it's quite nice.

By the time I woke up, it was snowing. The snow picked up and continued through the entire day. By 10 at night, there were at least 8 inches. Around that time, I checked Carpediem, the email list where people post various activities and opportunities that are going on. One of my fellow Power Chords, Erin, posted that she was about to go walking in Parcel B. Now, Parcel B is a huge plot of land that Olin owns but never really developed; it's pretty much a forest with some trails. Of course, my brain went, "Deep snow? Parcel B? At night? You bet!" So I bundled up, met Erin, and off we went. It was truly an amazing experience, blazing a path through the untarnished snow in the silent woods at night. Definitely something I'll not forget. Sure, my feet and legs were caked in snow by the time I was done, but it was worth it. Being an adventure lover, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. There's the Olin spirit, folks. Got a bunch of snow? Do something. Want an adventure? Do something. And so Erin and I took a journey through the snowy woods, and a better way to celebrate the end of my finals I cannot imagine.

-Dan

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