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East Greenbush, NY
The Individual in the Social World
Summer College 2008
My name is Paige, and I'm from East Greenbush, New York. I'm a very athletic person and usually if I'm not with my friends, I'm playing flyer for my local rugby team or doing sprints for track. I love to play the guitar and snowboard. Currently this summer, I'm taking "The Individual in The Social World." I've always been interested in what exactly makes my friends tick, so this program should be incredibly interesting. I'm sure this summer will rock!

It's only day four, and I've already got a core group of friends. Day one, I met CarolAnn and Guerie in my lecture, and when I was walking with them we met a whole bunch of people who were hanging out in the hallway of our dorm. You don't even have to worry about making friends because trust me, you'll have more than enough. You can literally become friends with someone just by saying "Hi" or completely by accident. I met my roommate, set down all of my things, and decided to explore campus to figure out where all of my classes would be. Luckily my lecture and section were in the same building. After exploring campus, I met my new friend Adam's dorm neighbors, Mike and Alex. Their room is always fun to go, even though Alex spends a good portion of his time playing World of Warcraft, and Mike makes up excuses for not studying. He always says, "You and Alex are so distracting." Sure we are, Mike.

Throughout the last couple of days, I have learned a ton of information. Lecture is exciting and interesting, Seminar is always something new and useful, and my Clinical Pyschology class is phenomenal. Summer College is a lot of work, but you do get to have a ton of fun as well. After reading/studying for class, CarolAnn, Guerie, and I play frisbee, go for a walk, play soccer, or involve ourselves in the many pre-planned events. Every night after night check, we all play Egyptian Ratscrew in the lobby, which is always fun. Tonight, I'm studying for my first quiz, which is tomorrow after lecture. I'm a bit nervous, but my teaching assistant Jeremy told us, "I don't want you to worry about marks (grades), I just want you to enjoy the experience." Speaking of that quiz, I better go study for it now.

Over and out,

Time sure has flown since week one, and I can't believe week three is approaching its end so quickly. I've already met so many new people this weekend alone that it will be quite sad to leave them all. I just got out of class as a matter of fact, at 12:45. It's about 1:43 now and I just returned from lunch at Appel. There was chicken and broccoli today that was amazing!

Lecture was great, we had an in-depth conversation about death, and what people's perception of death is. We also handed in our papers today, which was a bit nerve-racking to be honest. A lot of my classmates wrote their papers on Attraction and Conformity, yet I wrote mine on the principle that "Correlation does not imply Causation." It was fun to write the paper because I actually got to apply some of my findings to everyday life.

Last night, I went to Olin Library, which is near the Cornell Book Store. It's a great place to study; it's quiet, and there are always a ton of people you know studying there anyways. It's also within close proximity to the dorms, which is nice. After working on my paper in the library, I went to a StarCraft tournament that my friend Peter was competing in. (He won if you were wondering.)

My friend brought up the issue of being homesick today and I thought I might take care of that. Of course we all get a little homesick but it's a great experience to be here, and you make so many friends. If you want, you can even have your friends/family come up to visit if you'd like. I call home about once a day and text my mom whenever I can, so it's easy to stay in touch. And with the wireless internet, it's easy to get on the internet and send a couple emails out.

I'm leaving this Saturday, so that's beginning to set in slowly, but it's all been worth it, and I've had such a great time. I might be in the talent show on Friday with my friend Angelo. We have some fun lectures coming up, and this week should be great. I hope that I can make the best out of my time here.

If I don't post another blog before I leave, thanks for reading this, whoever you may be, and I hope you have a great time here if you decide to attend. If you want any suggestions on what's a good class: The Individual in the Social World is fantastic. I hear very great things about the architecture program, and the animation class sounds really fun.

Over and out,