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Spring Break Travel Log pt. 1

When you’re in season, break isn’t exactly a break. But getting out of the classroom and off campus is definitely refreshing. I’m sure it depends on the sport, whether or not your team will head off campus. Even my first two years here, our lacrosse team stayed on campus.  I had the pleasure of sleeping in a friend’s dormroom freshman year and another’s house sophomore year. Now, instead of spending a week sleeping over in another teammate’s quarters because my dorm is closed we get to go on an adventure!

This year we headed down to Washington DC. We began our break with a win against Conn College, loaded the bus and headed down to just outside Hartford. The next day, we mosied on down to Newark Academy, where we played on the hometown turf of a few players on the team. We followed this up with some unbelievable sandwiches from the Millburn Deli – nothing like being in the tri-state again for some good eats. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to stop at Bagel Chateau to grab some bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, but I survived.

Our next stop would be in Virginia for some BBQ. But first we had to continue our Harry Potter series binging. There’s nothing like a little Chamber of Secrets to take your mind off the frenzy of being trapped on a coach bus for six hours after having already been on one for about four hours already. Next time, we’ll continue with the DC-Maine portion of the trip.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Thursdays Are For B&J’s

Thursdays – Okay, so you’re friends are going to a double to hang out with, like, everyone or they’re going to bar night for a sick night out on the town. Never fear, you’re going to Irving. If you’re feeling daring, you’re going to Hannaford. Either way, you’re going for the pints…of Ben and his boy Jerry’s! We’re talking about Half Baked, Chunky Monkey, and Phish Phood. And unlike some other pints you could be having, these ones will last longer, only give you a sugar high and since you’re burning thousands of calories being in season – no regret or hangover.

Fridays – Maybe all your friends complain about how they never go to movies on Fridays anymore. Not in season. If you’re locked on a bus for seven and a half oh my god are we there yet hours, you better believe you’re going to the movies. This is better than a drive-in. Personalized screens, free food like powerbars and premade Dana sandwiches up front – this isn’t your average Bow Tie Cinemas.  Pro tool tip: go to Miller library and rent movies halfway between crowd-pleasers and something you really want to watch.

If you’re not on a mobile movie theater, hopefully someone’s, maybe your parents are coming up for the game. In that case, you can avoid eating WHOP, OHOP or Korner Store for the umpteenth time. Just last week I ate a steak at Joseph’s Steakhouse. I cannot tell you how long it’s been since I’d had a legitimate piece of red meat beforehand. By this time of year, being broke is just part of the game, so a chance to eat a meal out is an absolute game-changer.

So, the answer quite simply is, yes, being an in season athlete might have better perks than you’d ever considered.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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How to Survive

Perhaps you’re wondering whether or not to become a highly touted division three athlete. You’re wondering, is it worth it to sacrifice hours, days, and years not missing leg day? Is Dawn at Dawn really at dawn? What is work capacity – and why is it called work when we’re in college?

Perhaps your concerns are about being in season. How do your legs feel? Is it true that every player should always have aspirin on hand? Do the ice baths need to be 58 degrees or 54 degrees, and if so, how long do you stay in? Will coach like me? Will he put me in because I’m ready to play, today. Centerfield.

You may be wondering whether you’ll be able to survive not going out with your friends on the weekend. Luckily, I’m here Monday-Friday, soothing your fears and calming your qualms. With activities such as pub night, bar night, Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday football, Monday night football and I don’t have something for Tuesday – how can one survive being in season!? Well, actually it’s not that hard.

Here’s a little primer on how to mange your nagging FOMO that sits in your belly as a little ball of anxiety that wonders whether you might be missing literally the best apartment party ever. First off, you’re not – ever – don’t worry. Second, Thursdays are for B&J’s. Third, Fridays are for bus trips and Joseph’s steakhouse. Confused? Don’t be. Tomorrow, we’ll take an in depth look at your Thursday and Friday evenings in season.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Spending my first Lunar New Year in Colby!

 

 

Rice Cake, Dumplings, Spring Rolls, Sweet Rice Balls…etc. These are all the foods that we will eat in Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Year. Kids will receive red pockets from parents and parents’ friends, and the money inside the red pockets varies from $3 to $100 usually. Haha, yea, so it was really fun and we got to visit friends’ homes too.

In Colby College where asians are a minority, there weren’t big events celebrating the Chinese New Year. I was glad that the Asian Students Association organized a Lunar New Year Celebration in the Pugh Center. Unexpectedly, there were a lot of participants, ranging from professors’ daughters and sons to Colby students who are interested in Asian cultures.

 

As you can see from the photos, we played Mahjong, a traditional game commonly played by 4 players. It requires a lot of thinking and skills. We will play Mahjong not only during Chinese New Year, but also during other festival celebration, such as Mid-Autumn festival.

Haha, we also wrote calligraphy. We used to learn it in elementary school, but it isn’t a
popular activity in Hong Kong. Not until I came to Colby did I realize how important it is to learn one’s culture. I wish I could play an Asian instrument and write calligraphy. Anyways, it’s March already, can’t imagine time passes quickly…

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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The Quote Index

Since we’re on the self-improvement grind this week, I figure I can go into another way I’m trying to do some cool stuff. First, I must digress, so I can regress back into what I’ll be talking about. This summer, I started listening to Tim Ferriss podcasts. He is the author of the 4-Hour books you may have heard of before. After listening to these podcasts, I realized he’s a pretty smart and pretty well connected dude. Today, I’ll be focusing on one thing in specific I learned from him that I have started to try and implement.

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know I’m attempting to read 30-50 pages in a book per day. It can get pretty tough, so I find myself switching between 3 books. But how do I keep track of all the knowledge I’m learning if I’m switching between books day to day or hour to hour you might ask. Well, that’s where Tim Ferriss comes in. He is according to himself, an avid journal-er and note taker. While I’m not taking in-depth notes on everything I read about, I purchased a little journal at Wal-mart for $0.88 the other day and write in quotes or paraphrase quotes that I find interesting or extremely resonating. I have a little index in the back of the book so I can decipher where each quote has come from and what pages different books are quoted on. I have an acronym for each book that I list next to the quote throughout the journal and if I ever forget what book it’s from I can just go to the back. If I’m lucky, some of the knowledge will sink in. If I’m not, then I guess I have a resource I can go back and look at now. Thanks Tim!

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Twas the Night Before Season

Twas the night before the season and all through the house

the only sound to be heard was munching pasta with Rao’s.

the boys had been waiting for months growing their hair,

giving it the finest in shampoo and conditioning care.

They stayed awake for a bit before they went to their beds,

dismayed by their team now lacking, specifically in Jeds.

But now that the pasta had vanished from the platter,

and the strings on their sticks due to age beginning to tatter.

Waiting to shoot 111 lacrosse balls after practice with a flash,

unless they got caught up with t-will the goalie and had a clash.

Outside the ground had been plowed, but still was covered in snow,

so we sat watching Fool’s Gold and ran fingers through our flow.

And as we sat watching the plot line started to become clear,

nothing like enjoying a rom-com sitting next to your peer.

When the advertisements start, watch or why not click

and you can enjoy another show, any one of your pick.

Ok, that’s all I have in me right now. Lacrosse running testing is tomorrow morning and then the season begins on Sunday. Couldn’t be more excited. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”*** For the time being I will be re-entering the grind, which is a great thing, right? After a January of no schedule, it certainly is nice to be on a schedule again for. Anyway, Trinity February 28th. Preseason until then.

***for those who have missed the classic film, Animal House

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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CN Shawarma Cooking It Up

If you’re walking off the mountain headed for the Widowmaker and wafts of shawarma and falafel start warming your frostbitten nostrils, just keep walking down the mountain towards the scent. Lodged between the main lodge and Sugarloaf’s hotel is a place that hooked me up a couple weeks ago called CN Shawarma. I was about to rush back to Colby for a Friday afternoon work capacity class with Dawn, but I was famished. Additionally, this isn’t the kind of workout where you can eat something within an hour or two of it because your stomach will pay for it, so I wouldn’t have the proper amount of time to eat something when I got back to school. I found myself in a bind (badum psh) and realized I needed something quick. Enter CN Shawarma – a little blue food truck based in Portland in the summer and Sugarloaf in the winter – they call themselves an “Arabian BBQ on Wheels”.

The smell of warm shawarma gusting from the truck made my stomach growl, so I walked on over. The trouble is, upon ordering, I realized my finances were not quite in order, so I thanked them and was about to go on my merry way. However, the owners, Clayton Norris and Jenna Friedman told me to wait a second because they could tell I needed a snack. While Clayton cooked up some shawarma for me, we chatted about the Maine food scene, which my family happens to also be in, and where the food truck hangs out in Portland – the Eastern Prom. Then, I got my shawarma, headed to my car and chowed down before heading back to school. It was delicious.

And since they helped me out a little, you should help them out a little by visiting CN Shawarma if you’re up at Sugarloaf anytime in the next few months, your tastebuds will thank you. I know I’ll have to stop by the next time my wallet actually has some cash in it.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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No class today! Welcome to Maine~

First time since January 9, 1998, Colby will be closed because of the weather. Though I’m pretty happy about not having class today and have a break after 2 hours of basketball yesterday, I do want to go and watch Selma.

Our class is supposed to go and watch Selma together at 2:30pm. However, because of the weather, it’s cancelled :( For the class discussion, I even prepared 6 questions for the film, Selma. Nevermind, I’m sure I will go and watch it during weekends!!

The photo attached is the view of my room. I didn’t close the window, so I could actually feel the strong wind and snow splashed on my face.  I immediately close the window.

I wish I could take a better photo of the snow and the wind, but I’m too lazy and too scared of walking out of Hillside. My neighbours went for breakfast this morning, and they said it was horrible. Haha, I guess I’d better stay indoor for the whole day today!

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Almost the end of January

Jan plan is almost over…one more week left :)

Since we only have one class in January, I have a lot more time to do other stuff that I am interested in. I went to play basketball on Sunday with my friends and it was awesome! I used to play basketball when I was in elementary school, but with the increasing work in school and my devotion in music, I sort of gave up basketball.

I am really glad that Colby Jan plan gave me this little break to explore things to do in Colby. Next week, my class (20th Cross-cultural Representation of Prisons) is going to watch Selma in the cinema. Hahaha, proud to be a mule!!! With a Colby Card, we can watch Selma for free. (P.S I heard that the movie is very touching)

Tomorrow morning, I am going to Mirukuya, a great Japanese restaurant near Colby. Such a nice break!!! Next week, we’re gonna go to Johnson Pond for iceskating.

Aww..love Colby weather and Colby life!

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Mindfulness and Skiing

Now that I am taking a class called Mindfulness and Meditation, I should probably be trying to live mindfully. As I love skiing every second I can in January at the Loaf, what better way to add mindfulness into my life than on the mountain. Oftentimes, when the sun is out and the weather is temperate, thoughts cloud into my mind about how good of a day it is and how it might be the best day we’ve had, etcetera. Or if it’s cloudy and snowing and freezing, I’ll consider how many more runs I will tolerate before my hands begin to go numb and I need to go inside.

Enter mindfulness. Going up King Pine on the far left of the mountain, the sun radiates a golden light that misses the trail below, but hits the top of the trees and spans out across the rest of the valley beyond the mountain. Attempting to be mindful on the mountain has made skiing a little more enjoyable, no? So often, thoughts intrude that make me miss what I am actually at the mountain for. I rip down the snow (or ice) and then sit on the chairlift talking with my friends or going over various thoughts in my head. But being mindful forces me into what is actually going on instead of plastering thoughts onto whatever is going on. I can enjoy the mountain itself and be with each turn I make on the mountain. Can’t complain about that.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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