The greatest thing about college is living with your friends. I went to a private high school, so many of my friends back home live in a different town than me. Over Thanksgiving break I was continually annoyed that I had to drive 25 minutes to go see my friends. I never really thought of this as a big deal in high school, but after being spoiled at Colby by simply having to walk across the hall or go downstairs to see friends for the past three months, driving anywhere felt like a drag. However, I made the numerous drives and had a great time at home with friends I haven’t seen since the summer. In both groups of friends, it was and is easy for me to put aside academics and have a good time with my friends instead.
After having my dreams of grandeur concerning the amount of work I would do over break hastily crushed, as a result of the excitement of returning home for the first time since coming to Colby, I returned to school to find my work steadily piling up. The obvious result is being forced to spend numerous hours at my desk and in the library grinding through research and studying for tests, secluded from any personal interaction with my classmates. Self-inflicted isolation has become a norm for many students as the end of the semester approaches. As everyone retreats into their personal academic universes, myself included, a line from Good Will Hunting (which happens to be the greatest movie ever made) comes to mind, “you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you could’ve got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.”
In order combat the danger of slipping into the self-centered, isolated academic atmosphere referenced in Good Will Hunting, Colby has Loudness Weekend before finals week. During this particular Loudness, the main event will be James Bond themed semi-formal dance. The goal of Loudness is to relax students and enable us to take part in the Colby community (the reason students choose Colby over other institutions) before finals; it is a therapy of sorts. Whether it will act therapeutically, or as the calm before a storm of realizations about inevitable failing grades, remains to be seen.