Winter Quarter Review
The whole winter quarter was pretty excellent. I became good friends with Margaret from my math class. She09s really funny, and whenever I say something that09s the tiniest bit bullshit, she calls me on it (which is frequently). This has been one of my best quarters academically, and I liked my classes a lot. My math and computer science professors were two of the best I09ve had at the University. Study groups are a wonderful thing, I09ve learned they not only keep you on the ball in the class, but they09re a good way to get to know people socially from class. If you find someone interesting in class, invite to your study group and see if they09re still interesting. Then, it09s an easy segue to hang out with them sometime.
Also, I was accepted into the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies in Science and Medicine (HiPSS) program. HiPSS 06stud[ies] science in terms of its historical development, conceptual structure, and social role.07 It09s an interdisciplinary program that only accepts 5 to 10 students per class, so I09m really excited to be accepted. Given my interest in the philosophy of science and the effects of technology on society, HiPSS allows me to take course from several different departments and combine them into a Bachelor09s degree. I also plan to get a degree in Mathematics with a specialization in Computer Science because I enjoy taking those classes as well. There are more courses offered at the University that I want to take than I09ll be able to in four years, but if I pick a certain set of those courses, I can double major, although I09ll be giving up a few electives, such as Economics or Philosophy courses. The point of double majoring is that I09m interested in both Math and HiPSS, and it09s not terribly inconvenient to do both. Why do I always sound like I09m trying to convince people of my reasons for double majoring?
Another good thing this quarter was that my friend David and his girlfriend Amy visited me from NYU. Over their weeklong visit, they split the time between staying with Adele at Northwestern, Amy09s extended family in suburbs, and me in Hyde Park. We had a good time hanging out and retelling stories from high school to my college friends, and 06doing Chicago07. We ate at Gino09s East, Clark09s, and Valois, went to Second City, attended a punk rock concert, and saw the St. Patrick09s Day parade.
So, good things about this quarter include me enjoying and doing well in my classes, getting close to new friends and seeing old ones, and being an all-around more responsible person than usual. Unfortunately, the girl to whom I am much attracted has a boyfriend despite me being an 06interesting07 and 06attractive07 person who she wishes 06to get to know better07. But that09s okay too.