What can I say? The Liberty Bell is just behind the photographer – I just thought we made better subjects. I can promise that I do have excellent pictures of the Bell itself which I couldn’t be bothered to caption and post, so ask me for them if you want them. Random thought: Philadelphia is such a pretty, historic city. Lucky Emily
From left: Ryan, Emily, Xin Wei, Shi Ming, meThe gang at the Liberty Bell (29 Jan 2004)
I’m back! Intercession was great Big Thank Yous to Emily, her parents and her Auntie for putting us up and putting up with us, for shuttling us about and providing scrumptious food. And my appreciation goes to Ryan (Sim City 4! The midnight masseur!), Shiming (table tennis in bare feet – don’t try this in Emily’s home!), Xinwei (running through the snow in Times Square and *that* pin), Dan (Teresa’s and the Princeton walkabout!) and of course, Emily again (Devon’s beanie!!! LOL I’m sure we still love you *muah*!), for making my intercession so enjoyable and filled with laughter.
I *love* the bread at Cosi! You *have* to try the sandwiches sometime… This is after our visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, before our walk past the White House (just around the corner). We were _very_ hungry, and had a two hour lunch. Mmmmmn
From left: Emily, me, Xin Wei, Becca & Jiayu
At Cosi (1 Feb 2004)
I’ll talk more about it at some point, and put some pictures up, but not right now (it’s bedtime).
I just wanted to say that my classes for this semester are really exciting. I’m taking:
- Environmental Science & Public Policy 10 (the wonderfully interdisciplinary introduction to my concentration – *this* is why I chose to do liberal arts)
- Biological Science 50: Genetics & Genomics (the introductory biology course required for my concentration and for pre-med. It looks intense, but not frightening.)
- French 48b (it’s about contemporary French society, I’m not sure if I’m going to take this or a lower level French conversation class – we’ll see. The prof comes highly recommended by Emily though.)
- Religion 1529: Personal Choice & Global Transformation (The largest elective class at Harvard – between 300 and 500 students – this is *the* reason I came to a place like Harvard. Bascially every week we read some stuff about some amazing people, then these same amazing people come in and are interviewed by the class for an hour, after which we write a response paper. Scheduled guests include Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Robert Reich, Larry Summers, Ralph Nadar, Paul Farmer, Alfie Kohn, Howard Zinn…wow!!)
- Applied Math 21b (to which I’ve become sort of irrationally fond of.)
I’ve decided not to take Steven Pinker’s phenomenally popular class (Science B-62: The Human Mind), because it seems like too much work, the lectures appear to be a rehash of his bestselling books (which I can read on my own), and it’s just way too crowded. I think I’m probably just going to forego a freshman seminar as well – my study card is already filled to capacity.
So far all my classes are on M, W, F, so I have empty Tuesdays and Thursdays again. Joy. Here’s praying that this semester will be fulfilling, balanced and manageable.