I’m writing this during my last night in Okinawa, but all I want to do is sleep. I’m still jetlagged after all. Also, a wild brother is clicking his mouse incessantly beside me (as he has been doing all evening) and people are snacking loudly in front of me. A hotel room for a family of five is too close for comfort, even if it is a large room in the Hilton. When I’m this tired, the smallest inconvenience makes me want to murder everything. My only coping mechanism is to sleep, but I gotta hash this blog post out first. Not to mention the fact that I’m starting my internship the day after I get back to Beijing from Okinawa, or the fact that I need to have all my end-of-year blog posts ready soon/eventually, none of which I’ve started. Oh boy. (But I’ve been good guys. It’s just the evenings that are hard.)
I only had one final and it went smoothly. It was self-scheduled, so I took it at the first possible time slot on Sunday afternoon. It was about the same length as our midterm, which we had a class period to complete (1.5 hours), but for finals, we have 3 hours. I ended up going through the first run of my final in 35 minutes, went over it for another 10 minutes, and sat there for 5 minutes just to be safe, before handing it in.
I didn’t prep too much for my final thesis presentation on Tuesday. I had given so many throughout the semester and had just finished a final, so it was difficult to find the motivation. Thankfully my presentation wasn’t until the afternoon, so I prepped all morning for it and was ready to go. I gave a 10 minute presentation, had a 10 minute question/answer/discussion session with my two faculty advisors, left the room for them to decide between themselves whether or not I had passed, and came back to hear the verdict. I passed! (Phew.) They appreciated the clear explanations in my presentation and said that my thesis had everything it needed to fulfill both the computer science and linguistics thesis requirements. They returned my final draft without any revisions (except for a few minor typos, which I fixed up a few minutes afterward and submitted to the department to archive). What. A. Relief. The single-spaced, 44-paged, 12.7k-worded nightmare was over! It was so satisfying returning all my library books and recycling all the journal articles that I had printed out for my thesis.
Her Campus Bryn Mawr is officially a platinum level chapter! The levels go: bronze, silver, gold, platinum, pink. I’m proud to have been able to lead our chapter to this level, and I’m looking forward to what opportunities will be available to us as a platinum level chapter during the spring semester. Not bad for the first semester of our relaunch!
Friends at the apartment
After my final thesis presentation, I hung out with Grace at Green Engine Coffee for the afternoon, and then we had dinner together at Maido. In the evening, she and Julia came over to my apartment to have our own little celebration for the end of the semester. We did our best to eat all the food in my fridge before I left for winter break, watched Harry Potter, and whipped our own cream. Our first batch of whipped cream separated, but our second batch was a success. Whipped cream that you whip yourself is so much more satisfying than whipped cream from a can. I also prefer the taste and texture.
Winter break so far
My flight from Philly to Beijing took me through Saint Paul and Seattle. Layovers are always annoying, but at least I got to fly First all the way through (thanks Mom!). My period came during the first leg, but thankfully I was prepared. Delta’s lounge at the Sea-Tac airport was my favourite lounge; it had mac and cheese. There weren’t any good movies on the planes, except for Dunkirk, so I finally watched that.
The day after I arrived in Beijing, my family and I flew out to Okinawa. By the time this blog post is published, I’ll have just flown back to Beijing from Okinawa. And the next day I’ll be starting my internship, eek!
Oh yeah & merry Christmas whoooooo.
How are you spending your Christmas?