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Thanksgiving break

While most of students here went back home for Thanksgiving break, some of my friends and I just stayed on campus. I was planning to go to New York City or Boston to meet up my friends, but it just…didn’t happen.

It is pretty convenient to go to Boston or NYC. Colby Students usually take Concord Coach line to Portland Airport, Boston, or any places in Maine. It is around $40 to get to Boston.

Staying on campus for Thanksgiving wasn’t a really bad idea. On the thanksgiving day, my friend, Sohee and I went to our host family’s home for thanksgiving. There were two other families joining us. In total, there were around 14 people. We played card games and had tons of games. Haha, we had two types of turkey: Roasted Turkey, and Fried Turkey. The food was amazing! 

 

I am extremely thankful for the Host family that Colby College arranged. I feel loved and cared. My host family really treats me as part of their family, which makes my Colby experience more meaningful and blessed. On that thanksgiving day, I shout out for my host family, for always supporting me in every way. 

 

 

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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Late Semester Doldrums

You look outside and your stomach growls. It’s so late, how did I miss dinner? Oh, wait. It’s only 4:15 pm, but it’s darker than a solar eclipse. Come November, the hours of sun are rather limited up at Colby. Fortune does not favor those who begin class at 2:30 because when it ends at 3:45, the sun has already begun its descent below Mayflower Hill and the moon has begun to rise above the treeline.

Around this time it’s easy to get the late semester doldrums. You’re either so swamped with your second round of midterms going into Thanksgiving or you finished them up a week ago. On the first hand, you couldn’t be more stressed and on the verge or in the middle of some multi-symptomatic flu/strep psycho-hybrid. On the second hand, you just had that a week ago and the only thing on your agenda is eleven hours of sleep a day until Thanksgiving break. Either way sunlight is not a large factor in anyone’s life. If you’re studying all the time, you’re lucky if you take a study break outside. If you’re catching up on sleep, you probably wake up, go to class and then it’s already dark.

So here are a few tips to beat the doldrums. 1) Vitamin D. Vitamin D is synthesized through the skin from the sun. Ten minutes in the sun gives you approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D, which is great for your hormones, your happiness levels and overall zest for life. 2) Hope. Hope is synthesized in the brain when Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. Hold on for just a few more days and you’ll be able to sleep 15 hours a day, eat turkey and see friends and family. 3) Drop everything. This is probably not the best advice, but I hear both the Caribbean and the Alps are nice this time of year. Pick your poison. Either way, Jan Plan will be here just after Christmas break!

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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Story Time

This past Sunday evening I sat down in front of a hundred or so people in Page Commons to tell them a story from my life. While my story was one of struggle and eventual triumph, I tried to pepper it with humor and good life lessons without becoming cliché or ending up in a long rambling diatribe once my story had ended.

While my story may be unique, this event is not unique to me. Every Sunday evening in Page commons, someone new tells a fascinating story from their life. Milk is served alongside cookies from the local Co-Op in town called Barrels. My cookie choice was molasses-spice, although I never got a chance to eat one this Sunday. People grab their cookies and then gather around to listen.

Usually I am the one listening to speakers present their ideas, so to be on the other side of the stage was a little nerve-wracking. Add to the fact that I had not decided necessarily to present, but had been asked to do so.  The selection process is obscure and anonymous, so someone needs to know about your life and then submit your name to the committee. I knew my story was compelling, but I was definitely having some butterflies before going up on stage. However, once I got going, things fell into place.

I wish I could tell you my story here, but it’s a little long for a blog post and so are the other stories that happen. As they are captivatingly told in such an intimate and sometimes intense setting, I shan’t share, but I can certainly encourage you to attend if you ever happen to be at Colby on a Sunday evening around 9 pm.

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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International Food Festival

Isn’t it great to have a taste of different food from different countries? Yesterday, which is a Sunday, we had International Food Festival presented by the International Club in Foss Dining Hall from 12pm to 2pm.

Curry Fish balls

Everyone was very busy with cooking since Friday. For my Hong Kong group, we bought ingredients in Portland, and we started cooking on Saturday afternoon. We reheated the food and prepared the fishball and Hong Kong style egg waffles on Sunday morning. You wouldn’t believe it! The Pugh kitchen was populated by 4 different cultural groups on Sunday morning. Anyways, we still manage to present pork (chasiu), hong kong style waffles, and fishball to the students and faculty members.

Chinese Hotpot!International Food Festival

As you can see from the photo, Foss Dining Hall was super crowded. Great food were gone in a second. The Hong Kong style pork were gone in 30 minutes and our fishballs were very popular as well. The outlet near our table was not working, so we can’t make any waffles in the beginning. We started serving people at around 1:30pm.

 

Onigiri (おにぎり)

Since I was serving the students and faculty members for the whole time, I didn’t have chance to try other groups’ food. I only tried the Japanese’s Onigiri. They are right next to us so I can grab one haha!!! It is extremely delicious and I wish I could have one more!

When I was making the egg waffles in Pugh Kitchen, Dalia, a student from Jordan, was baking. I was watching her for the entire process but I didn’t even have a chance to try her food :(

The International Food Festival was so successful, and it really makes me proud of my identity as a Hongkonger/Hongkongese. I am definitely gonna join next year! <3

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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Pizza In the Morning

“Pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime.” So goes the acclaimed ballad of Bagel Bites, etched into my mind by Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and the Disney channel during my childhood.

For the long time followers out there (thanks Mom and Dad!) you may know of my exploits into the fine culinary arts in my off campus house last year. Last year, we made dashing meals of roast chicken, butter and maple syrup doused squash, and frying pans full of potatoes, onions and peppers simmered in olive oil. But there’s another, darker side to that story.

Once you live in the senior apartments, like I do now, or off-campus, like I did last year, you have access to a kitchen and your meal plan is reduced to 100 meals per semester. And while I may I have blogged of the finer side of eating, there does, in this world, exist the food budget. Sometimes, on a fine weekend evening you can eat like a king in all its majestic trappings. But then one must become resourceful. In the off campus food budget by Jeb Waters, there are 6 constant food groups: Bagel Bites, Ramen Noodles, Annie’s pasta, local eggs, bacon, and oatmeal. All vegetables and fruits are reserved for lunch in Foss, eaten in the form of a salad or one of their delicious soup du jours.

The food budget pyramid does a wonderful job of keeping one satisfied around the clock. You get healthy proteins: whey in the milk proteins of cheese in bagel bites and Annie’s pasta, and of course the egg whites. Healthy fats in the egg yolks and bacon. Minerals and vitamins in ramen mix-in powder mix and egg yolks. And, of course, a copious of amount complex starchy carbohydrates to keep the energy levels up and running. Eating on a budget can be fun and creative. Who knows if you’ll get pepperoni or cheese Bagel Bites or which flavor Annie’s you’ll choose! Either way, you’ll never be disappointed if you stick to the basic food budget groups. 4-hour chef? Try 5-minutes, Mr. Ferris.

 

 

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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Rub A Pub Pub

Three men eating late night grub. And who do you think they were? Seen-yahs?

I can’t believe I have yet to write about the infamous and wild boogie night that occurs every Wednesday night on the tip-top of Mayflower Hill Drive. Across from the Eustis package pick up, wedged between the housing office and the Joseph Family Spa, lays the Marchese Blue Light Pub. And every Wednesday night is a special night, its title both unique and fitting; underrated yet apropos: Pub Night.

Perhaps I had not written of it because I did not have the courage, or at the very least the job on insideColby quite yet. But with pub night shining brightly, (and occurring immediately both timewise and Jeb-wise after this blog-post) now is a fitting time to sing its praises.

Let’s skip the obvious details like it being 21+ and head straight to the meat of pub night. Every Wednesday night, mainly seniors and some juniors head to enjoy mixed drinks, beers on tap and one special weekly beer. Each week, there is a different beer on tap that is designated ‘the special of the week’. It ranges from a Gritty’s Ale to Oktoberfest and there is a discount so we are encouraged to try it out. The special is always fun to try out and if you get there early, you get a special glass designed specifically for the beer itself. If you’re too late, you just get a standard plastic cup, but there is usually enough beer flowing to enjoy the special all night.

Occasionally, there are free giveaways or reps from the beer companies come and hand out tee-shirts and whatnot, but the main draw of Pub Night is the popcorn machine. I think it is supposed to act as a booze buffer, but the salt is pretty dehydrating. I suppose the other draw is that it’s the only safe place on campus where one can drink hard alcohol or mixed drinks. I’m not sure about the mixed messaging involved, but I usually tend to veer towards the special of the week anyway. On that note, it’s definitely time for a study break.

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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Rain Is A Good Thing

For those not in the northeast, there’s been a nor’easter howling about the past week or so. According to meteorologist and country singer Luke Bryan, rain is a good thing. So I suppose I need to avoid thinking about the net negative Vitamin D I’ve been getting since last Saturday. Or that my iPhone weather app has rain in every single forecast going forward for the next week.

Ignoring those details, my thesis plans to prove Luke Bryan is correct using two examples. First, there is nothing more fun, in my mind, than playing sports in the rain. While we had to cancel our lacrosse practice on Tuesday, and almost cancelled it yesterday, we made it up to Bill Alfond field last night and had ourselves a blast. I used to love playing soccer in the rain, on a muddy field with no high-beam lights, but our artificial turf and stadium lighting were just fine. Because the lights are so bright, you can see every drop of rain falling, but then outside the field is pure darkness. Once you accept you’re getting wet no matter what, the fun begins.

The other great thing about Colby in the rain is the arboretum. I may have written about it previously, but if you go down past the rugby field, Colby has land that has been turned into some paths through the woods. In the middle of the arboretum is a river. A couple weeks ago, its flow was like a faucet that happened to have been left on by accident. But after this rain, any small landmass that had appeared will have been swept up by inches of rainwater that have  found their way to the river. I’d explain some more, but I think I need to go check it out myself!

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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Do I live in Bixler?

As I am planning to take Music as my minor, I enrolled in MU181 (Music Theory) and MU193, which is piano lesson. I also take Music and Gender as my first year Writing course. Therefore, literally from Monday to Friday I have class in Bixler haha!!!

Before I applied to Colby, I saw on the fiske guide that Colby’s music is pretty good. Indeed, the department is smaller than I thought, but the professors here are all great and passionate. Also, since the department is small, I get to know almost all the professors, not even mentioning I have just been here for 2 months haha (Oh, its exactly 2 months! I came here on Aug 22nd) time flies…..

The music department always offers me opportunities to learn and improve. I already had a performance class 3 weeks ago, and I will have a master class coming soon in 2 weeks. I also joined the jazz piano teaching session, and that was how I got into the jazz band as a pianist. I still couldn’t believe the fact that I just came here for 2 months.

Do I live in Bixler? Yes, I do. I am always in the piano rooms. There are 4 grand piano rooms for practising, and around 4-5 practise rooms with one to two upright pianos. Two upright pianos are for piano ensemble. I’m very looking forward to that as well!! Haha, so much fun~~

I hope that my 4 years in Colby can mold me into not only a knowledgable and astute student, but also a versatile student. That’s what liberal art college is about, right? :)

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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Family Homecoming -Family

It’s Family Homecoming Weekend!

A time when our parents and guardians can visit us and get a glimpse of the lives we are living.

That is unless your parents aren’t coming because of distance, work etc.

So…what are these students supposed to do? As a first year student I have been slightly homesick and  the plethora of families visiting is not really helping.

But, hey cheer up I say to myself and others. There are plenty of things to do this weekend without parents.

Today for instance you can go to the Foss dining hall at 6pm to witness the World Food Day Cooking Challenge. In fact, I’ll be participating ! Four teams trying to wow five judges with a culmination of taste, design, and creativity. If you want to know what my team is making be sure to drop by.

Tomorrow, the Colby Outing Club will be going on a hike to Mt. Phillips. I really wanted to go but cannot. I will be engaging prospective students and their families tomorrow as an Admissions Ambassador.  Always a refreshing experience to see the doe-eyed prospies and guide them along the path I was on about a year ago.

Sometimes its hard not being able to return to my parent’s side at a moments notice. Fortunately, I feel like I am starting to find my own niche at Colby. Its almost like the faculty and my peers are becoming my second family.

We all yearn to find our home and I have found a new one at Colby.

About Tanvir

I am a first year student interested in the biological sciences. In addition to being a blogger, I am a research assistant in the biology department and a writer for the Colby Echo. In my free time I play table tennis and billiards. As someone born and raised in New York City, Colby College is a change of pace that I look forward to experience these next four years. My long term goals include completing a novel, becoming a physician and being a professor. My goals may be lofty but your moral support will help me reach them. So, Thanks for reading.
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Noggins

Sorry dear readers and day in/day out followers for my absence. I have been away with concussion. The past week has been a whirlwind of catching up on missed work and getting my life back together.

Three weeks ago to the day, I hit my head. As it were, I got a concussion which it turns out is actually pretty big problem. I took an imPACT test in the health center, which determines how your brain is working. I thought I was in perfect condition, but it turns out I was not. The second time I did it, I realized that first time was way way harder than it should have been.

Regardless, I had to spend a week at home just chilling out. I couldn’t read. I couldn’t watch any screens. I was basically bored out of my gourd. I went for one to two walks per day and chowed down on food. I think it was the definition of boredom eating.

Luckily, when you get a concussion or any health issue that requires you going home, the dean emails your professors and you are okay to miss some classes. One of the nice things about having such small class sizes, is that when the dean emails your professor, the professor actually knows who you are. And furthermore, because you aren’t just one of 50 to 100 students in a class, you have a relationship with them, so they both care and understand your situation.

Of course, once I got back to school – things picked up again. I am supposedly concussion free. But I am chained to my schedule and back in the grind. Midterms abound and applications surround. But I’m back in blogging form – which I’m not sure is a form at all. So welcome back? I’ll be performing my duties bountifully from here on out.

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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