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Spending my spring break in New York City!

The spring break came at the right time, I seriously need a break after all mid-terms, papers and rehearsals.

First of all, congratulations, class of 2019!! I am very excited to meet you! and I can’t believe I will be sophomore in few months…Still remember last year, I was still deciding where I should go, and I guess I made the right decision! :)

I can’t really use words to describe how I get refreshed in this spring break. I spent most of my time meeting up my high school friends and Colby friends in Manhattan, I got Asian food almost every meal, and I get back the feeling of being a ‘city girl’.

Perhaps growing up in a small business city has a big influence on me. I am very used to busy and efficient schedule, hectic life, and having public transportation that literally brings you wherever you want to go. Going to Colby College really offers me another way of living. Take it slow. Chill.

But something that I miss the most is the convenient transportation and the variety of  food and activities. When I am stressed out or I need a break, I usually meet my old friends up and have a great meal. Here in Colby, I need to develop a new way to give myself a break! Haha, I don’t play basketball that often in Hong Kong but since I can’t go out of campus all the time, playing basketball become my new habit.

Here are some photos of NYC, the more I look at the photos, the more I miss home-Hong Kong.

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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Skip to my Lou

The past two days I have done something very special. So special, there is just no possible way anyone in the world could ever guess. So you might be wondering, where am I going, what am I talking about, who am I? You might be thinking, if you’re one of the long time readers – chili again? A Snow day? NO!

In fact, quite the opposite. The past two days, I did not have to wear boots! Boy, what a treasure! The temps rose into the upper thirties and lower forties. As this past February was the coldest February ever recorded in Maine, literally, these temps were balmy. You might be thinking, well 37-43 degrees Farenheit isn’t that warm. It’s not. But putting on thin socks and a pair of shoes that don’t have treads or a giant rubber sole an inch thick changes up the game a little.

You feel light and free. Instead of walking straight on top of barren tundras of ice, you must dart around melted patches that have become puddles the width of the sidewalk. You can run, skip and hop jump through campus.

Relativity has worked its wonders the past few days. People are taking off their jackets, they are showing their pale, sun deprived legs to the world and Punxatawnie Phil has been told quite abruptly to go away. Finally, only one more week of winter! And then it should be spring. I hope. We are in Maine, so when the sun drops, the temps go frigid again. But there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. And also lightweight, non waterproof shoes.

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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BEC’s Please

If you’re from the tri-state area, you’re used to being able to get an absolutely solid bacon, egg and cheese sandwich no matter where you wake up. Whether it’s Brendan’s 101, Uncle’s Deli or even the Millburn Deli, BEC’s are legitimately everywhere and they are absolutely delicious. Every single one you have therafter will be compared to your hometown breakfast sandwich. So, it might come as a surprise to you upon your arrival to Colby that this might not be the case.

If you’re really craving one, you can head over to Jorgenson’s and order one on a bagel. It gets the job done, but let’s be honest, if you’re looking for a BEC, you need to get it on your standard breakfast roll, and maybe even a wedge. Bagels are for cream cheese. Bagels and cream cheese at Jorgenson’s definitely get the job done – I’d honestly opt for that these days. Spoiler alert: Everything bagel, veggie cream cheese, toasted. Boom: Roasted. If you are craving some eggs, go for the breakfast burrito with sausage. But what do you do if you want the optimal, the premium, the won’t settle for anything less than a beautifully processed slice of cheese melting over crispy bacon and a fried egg, yolk a little moist, soaking into a breakfast roll.

IDK. Luckily, you can create some semblance of normalcy for yourself by heading to the spa to get a BEC on a croissant. But, again – that’s not a breakfast roll.

If you had to pay for something less than perfection when you could get it for free, what’s the opportunity cost? Let me tell you – it’s a custom made, open face (meat of the day), egg and cheese on a Thomas English muffin in the Bobs or Dana dining hall. It may not be perfection. It may not be a tristate classic, but when you’re feeling homesick and need a little bit of control over your breakfast, ask for two eggs overeasy with a little meat of the day and some cheese. Toast up an English muffin, lather a little butter on there and you should be good to go. Bon appetite.

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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Pancakes and Purple Cows

Happy National Pancake Day!!!!

Didn’t know that was a thing? Neither did I –but that didn’t stop my friends and I from taking a trip to Purple Cow: House of Pancakes yesterday to celebrate. Honestly, there is nothing better than a holiday dedicated to consuming food.

Purple Cow isn’t your average breakfast place. The walls are a mix of blue and orange stripes, green polka dots and photographs of purple cows. They serve lunch and dinner, but their breakfast is the best by far. Breakfast is also served all day long, so it is the perfect spot if you’re craving pancakes and eggs for dinner. Yesterday, I went around noon for “breakfast.”

I ordered a raspberry, chocolate chip pancake, a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on a toasted English muffin, a side of home fries and a coffee. YUMmm.

With that order, I started my National Pancake Day off on the right foot. The pancake was incredible – fluffy, buttery, and sweet. The raspberry and chocolate chips melded together perfectly, and I was not shy about using the syrup. Whenever the pancake became too sweet, the breakfast sandwich and home fries stepped in to save the day. It was a nicely balanced breakfast – or at least, that’s how I choose to look at it.

My friends all ordered similarly but with different variations of pancake ingredients—think: banana, apple, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, whipped cream. By the end of breakfast, we were all stuffed.  Some were even on the path to a food coma, which from experience, can only truly be solved by endless amounts of Netflix and time in bed. It was a definitely a National Pancake Day done right.

About Meg

Before moving to "The Hill," I grew up in the quiet farm town of Princeton, Mass. Whether I'm making a brownie sundae at Dana, running through the streets of Waterville, or sunbathing with friends on the quad, I love everything about Colby, but some of my favorites are the flatbread pizzas at Bobs, yoga classes at the athletic center, and Miller Library's comfortable chairs. I spend time running track, visiting my CCAK buddy, and writing for insideColby.
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What Do We Inquire About

Every Tuesday and Thursday, if you are so inclined, you should head vertically north up Mayflower Hill. There’ll you find the chapel. Inside the chapel is the Rose Chapel. Inside the Rose Chapel there is meditation at 4 pm. On Tuesdays, it is led by Jing Ye, who is also a counselor at the school. The session consists of some reading, some guided meditation, and some silent meditation. On Thursdays, the session is led by Peter Harris, an English professor. It begins with a little Zen lecture, then about 20 minutes of sitting meditation, then 5 or so minutes of walking meditation, followed by another 20 minutes of sitting meditation, and then, finally, some talking at the end.

As I write this, I have just finished up a Thursday session that I rather enjoyed. Today, we began with a koan that goes as follows: “During one of the early gatherings at Tallspruce, Badger asked Raven, ‘How can I get rid of my ego?’ Raven said, ‘It’s not strong enough.’ ‘But I’m greedy,’ Badger said insistently. ‘I’m self-centered and I tend to push other folks around.’ Raven said, ‘Like I said.’” I wrestled with this phrase for quite some time before giving up and focusing on my breath, but was curious as to what it meant- I just couldn’t put my finger on what it meant that Badger’s ego wasn’t strong enough.

After we finished sitting though, we got a chance to learn about what this koan might mean. But first we were asked what a mensch is. For those who don’t know, not that I could exactly define one either, a mensch is a man who gets it done. He is responsible and caring and giving. A mensch also has a strong ego. Badger on the other hand had a big ego. He pushed others around and focused only on himself, so his ego was weak and he had to project it to make it appear bigger than it was. A mensch on the other hand has a strong ego because he takes care of others and is responsible.

We all know people with big egos and we all have probably acted like someone with a big ego (if we’re being kind to our reputations). But we also all know someone with a strong ego. You stand in their presence and are reminded of all you could be and literally become inspired. How do we get there? I was not given the answer. But when I find it, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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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Self-Improvement

Over the past years of my life, I have often tried to implement new changes into my life. I tell myself that I want to do this and do that. I’ll write down five different goals for the summer. Or at the beginning of a new semester I’ll go over in my mind how I want to set a new GPA or athletic or personal goal. But most of these things don’t ever see the day of light. Most of these dreams or goals fade away and I chalk it up to the gods or a lack of actually wanting it enough. But this Jan Plan I changed that with some ideas or concepts I’d heard or read in some article or book somewhere at sometime.

For the long time followers and fans of ICJEB, you know that I took a class called Mindfulness and Meditation this Jan Plan. We met three days a week and spent a good portion of each “class” meditating in the strict sense, on a cushion cross-legged. I have, in recent memory, always wanted to be able to sit down and meditate every single day. I’ve read about it, heard about it and seen people who can do it. But I couldn’t. Why would anybody want to sit down for 20 minutes and do literally nothing when there are books to be read, videos to be watched, texts to be sent and classes to study for? When you sit down and meditate, there is literally always something better you could or should be doing, which ironically means you probably need to meditate more. It’s pretty hard.

Enter what I’m sure already exists, but I am going to call “The Calendar System”. You get one of those big blue calendars and nail it into your wall (sorry PPD). Then you set your goal for each day and get to cross off a big X if you complete it. I’d tried in the fall to do it with two goals and it sort of worked, but with one, I think I might actually be onto something. (Supposedly Jerry Seinfeld did something like this when he started writing in the comedy business.) My goal in January was to meditate for at least 5-15 minutes every single day. My Jan Plan course took care of three of the days, so I only had to deal with four days. After the entire month, I’d only missed one day. The chain of X’s is pretty satisfying. Now, in February, my goal is to read 30-50 pages of a book a day. I’m doing pretty well, although I did miss one day. The next day I just had to read 60-100 to make up for it. And to top it off, I am managing to meditate at least once a day for at least 15 minutes a day. It seems that the process of actually building one habit at a time is actually paying off. Better senior spring than never!

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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My Famous Stolen Chili Recipe

Everyone’s been asking me “@insidecolbyjeb what is your famous chili recipe? Julie Wolpow has been telling everybody about it!” Well, at Julie’s request, I must bequest. Welcome to the most thrilling chili quest. Well I’ll pretty much just add some verbal zest to a recipe I googled online.

First, go to your mom’s freezer and “steal/ask and or borrow while gathering other goodies” frozen ground water buffalo. Next, go back to school for Jan Plan with a cooler full of food, including said red meat.

Next, wait for a snowstorm to be announced on the news. Then, roll to the grocery store with the idea of crock pot chili on the mind. A couple of ingredients you need are one bell pepper, two big tomatoes, one big can of tomato sauce, one small can of kidney beans, two jalepeño peppers, one onion and spices. Spices are: chili powder, cumin and turmeric. I had all three, but better to borrow than to buy.

Then, return from grocery store and finish your day. Before going to sleep, get some olive oil going in a frying pan. Toss in the onions and peppers and do a little stir-fry. After they’ve been cooking for a couple minutes, put in a tablespoon or so of each of the spices and then add whatever ground beef you’ve got.

Then, it’s time to add all tomato products, kidney beans and jalepeños to the crock pot and make sure you have a dedicated girlfriend (also dedicated enough to open the kidney bean can with a hammer and a knife) who is sick enough that she’ll wake up multiple times in the night. Once you add all the ingredients to the crock pot, it’s up to her to stir the chili multiple times throughout the night.

Next step, wake up in the morning and make your morning cereal a bowl of chili instead.

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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Snowed In

Journal Entry 49 -

The message came last evening. A blessing from the Gods. Granted, in a small liberal arts college setting, the gods are the school administrators and the blessing is a snow day.

Not that  I had class today, but just the connotation that it is a snow day made it all the better. Had a phenomenal evening of lacrosse practice and then came back to enjoy some quesadillas for dinner and prep some chili for the crock pot.

Before I headed to sleep, I added the water buffalo sausage (mmm), bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, jalepenos and spices to my crock pot and let it simmer slowly til morning. When I first woke up I wasn’t sure who had been cooking hamburgers, but then I remembered my late night activities, so I took a couple spoonfuls out and put them in a boiling pot. I brought the chili to a boil, cracked some eggs and poached them. Egg yolks running wayward across water buffalo chili is a sight for sore eyes to behold.

Off to the races. I overheard in the supermarket last night that it was the biggest night they’d had in a year. I guess everyone was preparing for the snow day. Who doesn’t need a bloody mary? A couple episodes of House of Cards later, perhaps time to strap on the boots and ski Runnals Hill, then onwards to Chapel Hill and the Quad.

Came back to Julie Wolpow eating my chili. And my girlfriend’s toast. Guess I’ll join them and call it a snow day well spent.

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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