Well, I’ve been gone for way too long and I can’t blame anyone but myself. However, to redeem myself for my lack of proliferation, I’ve come up with a list (I really love lists) of a few things that I thought would be beneficial for all those high school seniors scrambling through the college application process. I remember being in your place and wondering how it was humanely possible to pick a school and a home in which you would live in for the next four years of your life. Even if you’ve already sent in your application, hopefully my compilation of random thoughts will convince you to join me at Tufts.
1. Massachusetts and weather
Ask anyone that I’ve talked to before on campus, and they’ll be the first to let you know one of my favorite topics of conversation is the weather. I just moved back to the U.S. after living abroad in Malaysia. To summarize, I’m that girl who’s lived in 90-degree weather all year long for the past five years of my life. In Massachusetts, the weather is, let’s just say - crazy. And boy, do I have something to say about that. On any given day in October the temperature ranged from freezing to 70 degrees. Not only am I am still attempting to understand the strange pattern the weather seems to be following while I am left alone to struggle with converting Celsius to Fahrenheit. Really America? No metric system? I am currently on a mission to master the perfect outfit for a normal day in Medford. I’ll get back to you when I’ve figured it all out. All of that said, I really can’t complain about the seasons. Campus in the fall is an array of gorgeous reds and orange. I fell in love with Tufts all over again.
After consulting a few people, I can now vouch for the food available on campus – well at least in one of the dining halls. I must say I am a bit partial to Dewick simply due to the convenience in location. I often finish off readings for classes while enjoying meals. Contrary to popular belief, sitting alone in the dining halls is not frowned upon. It can actually be quite a calming experience when there aren’t too many people around. I cannot, however, disqualify Carmichael from the playful competition because I have yet to set foot in the building. I realize most schools will say that they have good food and I understand the skeptics that don’t trust my word. Seriously though: the food is good. Also, snacking is a thing here at Tufts. I was a little worried that my 12 a.m. snacking rituals would be terminated, but to my delight there are multiple places on campus where you can buy food, both healthy and unhealthy. One of the first things I learned about on campus was how to properly acquire food (specifically golden Oreos) after meals. This mysterious “trick turning culture” is life changing. Ok, I know I’m a little dramatic, but I get excited when it comes to food.
I remember the high school days where I would have to wake up at 6 a.m. every morning without fail. Ya, that’s pretty horrifying. Although there are some exceptions, college can meet your sleeping needs. Out of pure luck, I managed to create a class schedule that allows me to sleep in until 11:15 every other day. Let me just clarify that point: I never get up before 9:45. Unless you’re an athlete, most of my friends claim that they now sleep more than they did in high school. Of course, that does not take into account the increasing effects of procrastination of sleeping. Believe me when I say that 2 a.m. is the new 12 a.m. So even though I have the chance to wake up later, I’m also going to bed later. But as the all-male acapella group the Bubs would say, “no parents, no rules”.
I can guarantee that you will find your place here at Tufts because there are so many things going on outside of classes. I had no idea that there would be too many options, and most of them do not revolve around the typical clubs you hear about on your tours. The other day around 10 p.m., I witnessed a group of about 35 students walk down the road as zombies to observe the beginning of Halloween weekend. I probably have to give props to TMC (Tufts Mountain Club) for being one of the most inventive groups on campus. Tufts also welcomes many speakers including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and spoken word poet Phil Kaye, just to name a few. Phil Kaye has always been someone I’ve watched on YouTube and only at Tufts would I have the chance to see him perform live. So far, I’ve done pretty well at bottling up my excitement, but I can’t promise anything when I see him this Friday.
5. Impromptu adventures
So, if you’ve ever been on a tour at Tufts I’m sure you’ve heard about the canon right next to the Tisch library. One of my first weekends here at Tufts, I attended Fall Gala, a school-wide organized party held on the lawn uphill. Yes, it was warm enough to be held outside (see my thoughts on Mass weather). Although I had a lot of fun during the party, I really didn’t know anyone on my floor. After the party, a few of us were sitting around in the dorm and eating pizza when I jokingly mentioned that we should paint the canon. Surprisingly, the idea generated enough enthusiasm and since we didn’t have paint, we grabbed a ridiculous amount of post-it notes and left to our destination. That night, besides creating a pretty creative design and staying up all night to watch the sunset, I got to meet the people that are my good friends today. It’s these spontaneous adventures that make me love Tufts so much.