The semester is drawing to an end and the library is inundated with kids cramming for the week which decides whether it’s an A or a B. Finals Week on campus is a huge deal, and like last semester, people are freaking out and going crazy. On that basis, it’s a good time for me to update this blog with what I’ve been doing recently.
Saturday saw me and a group of friends take a day trip to New York, taking a 2am Megabus and returning at 9pm the same night. It wasn’t as bad as I anticipated, and I would definitely recommend it as a way of saving on accommodation. Being my second time in the city, it was way less stressful and I got to see some things off the beaten track, like the shops/cafes in Greenwich Village and the Highline Park on lower west-side. I really got to see a different side to New York than the previous crazy tourist hub, from when I last visited in November.
Sunday saw me get to see my absolute favourite band, Foals, for the second time. I’m sure you British have heard of them more than the kids here. It was at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Boston, it’s a really cool old building with an old style decor and rustic red seats. They played with Cage the Elephant and it was pretty fitting that my final gig in the US was my favourite band.
It’s been a couple of months since I last posted and there’s been a few small events which I’ve been involved with. I participated in a program called BC Splash, where a couple of hundred high school kids are invited into BC for a day of classes, which are all taught and composed by students here. I taught a class on studying abroad and moving away from home which got a great turnout and was a really cool opportunity to share my experience and hopefully intrigue kids into going abroad while at college.
This semester has also seen my rise to world Wiffleball champion. (Educate yourselves: http://www.wiffle.com/). This hybrid rounders/baseball game has been a hilarious way of proving to myself how I should definitely stick to football (soccer). Intramural sports have been a really good way to keep up with staying active while here at BC, playing soccer on a team last semester then wiffleball and dodgeball this semester.
The end of classes has passed and it’s actually been sad to see my last BC classroom. This semester I’ve heavily concentrated on human rights/international politics/security/globalization which I’ve really enjoyed and feel like I’ve started to develop strong understanding on a lot of key topics, both macro and micro. One class which was absolutely great, has allowed me to help draft a UN Human Rights report of the Maldives which will hopefully be submitted to the relevant UN branch which has been a great experience to work on. As much as this year abroad has been a fantastic opportunity to travel and see new things, I’ve tried to stay academically focussed and this semester especially, I’ve really enjoyed the classes I’ve taken.
So as I finally stop procrastinating and get around to studying for my impending finals, I find my self becoming nostalgic of a huuuuuge 9 months, preparing head back to God’s back garden. (aka. North Yorkshire).
Hopefully I can collect my thoughts a couple more times before I leave the States on the 21st of May!