by  Haeyeon Jang Wednesday was the first sleep-in the girls have had in a while (due to the unfortunate circumstances of the previous weeks in which food turned up in the dorm and we had to have multiple deep cleans), and they made the most of it. Quotes from the morning include “I feel alive.”—Lexi Merison, Girls North ‘Wing and “I love this, I’m never waking up.”—Maya Sands Bliss, Under my Bed.  Looking around the circle at the other 50% of the current student population on campus, it was apparent that the boys had enjoyed their sleep-in equally if not more than their female counterparts. They had rolled out of bed 2 minutes before circle—as was suggested initially by their bedraggled figures, and confirmed later by Chris Teufel.

Research was invigorating as usual. In the project I am affiliated with, the Flats Program, today was data analysis day. Also known as crash course in college statistics day. Also known as mixed joy and pain. After an eventful three hours involving markers bleeding red life-juice all over the board, various statistical terms, and tears of incomprehension, the Flats team, or those of it left on campus—Dale, Krissy, Andrew, and of course, me—was relatively confident in our capacity to create comprehensive graphs on the effect of predatory presence on the thermoregulatory behaviors of juvenile schoolmaster snapper. We’ll explain it to y’all when you get here for Parent’s Weekend. Plus I’ll make sure to show you my awesome new fly-fishing skills.

Lunch resulted in what may have been the happiest moment so far of my young life. The Human Ecology project I am in, Solar for Our Superheroes (made up of Alliea, Haeyeon, Kiley, Krissy, Nani, and Will) met with Christian Henry(co-founder of the Island School and our advisor for the project) and came away with the glorious news that Christian would be on our Board of Directors!! Christian, everyone on campus loves you, but I love you most. We’ll extrapolate on what Solar for Our Superheroes is on a later blog post, be excited, especially all those of you in MA!

We also received letters today! After Art class, all of us flooded in to the faculty office, and there was much rejoicing. Many of mine dated back from September 23rd (oh mail system, you so silly), and it warmed my heart to know that my friends back home really cared.  Many of the letters were for students still on kayak and down-island trips, and will end up a pleasant surprise for them when they get back.

All in all, a typical Island school day. After a mass sharing session, we all went to sleep a bit earlier than usual, still thinking of the letters we’d read. I dreamed of my laptop falling into Current Cut for some reason though.