Final blog of February. You know, I’ve gotten to thinking about how soon we’re graduating, and it brought up a couple of funny thoughts about what second semester was like as a rook compared to now, as a Senior. And as we head into March, I’d like to share a few of those thoughts with you;
As a Senior, there are actually quite a few academic things you WANT to go to. Todd Lectures (not all, but some), thesis presentations, workshops offered by the school… maybe it’s just me, but I find myself attending a lot more of these now that it isn’t mandatory…
You get more sleep as a rook. Period. I covered this last blog, and though it seems paradoxical, by the time you’re a Senior the extra “stuff” you’ve taken on has the definite power to knock your sleep down to five hours a night… or less, if you aren’t careful.
How old the seniors looked as a rook vs how young the rooks look as a senior. I don’t really know how to better articulate that unless you’ve been through the Corps.
You can go to chow in “civis” (non-uniform clothes) starting Friday night, but half the time you’ll be there after 11am on the morning anyway. As a Rook it was encouraging to go as soon as possible just to get out of uniform.
On a contrary note, as a Senior you’re so used to wearing the uniform that especially in the Winter, it’s not uncommon to find yourself not noticing (or minding) that it’s 8pm and you’re still in it. Being a Mentor vs. a Mentee. It makes you really think about the image you’re giving.
And finally, the feeling of “college will last forever” vs. “Where have the last 3 years gone?!”. Seriously. We’re less than three months away. It's a scary, but awesome thought.
See you in March!
Rikki Feightner, NU Band Co. '15