I could feel my heart thumping erratically in my chest as we drew nearer to the 'bier. I just wanted to lie down and close my eyes. "Maybe," I told myself, "Maybe this is all a really bad dream. If I fall asleep now, I'll probably wake up at my host family's in Chicago."
"Fat chance of that ever happening," I replied "You will be stuck here, in the cold, for the next couple of months of your life."
"But that's not fair! I don't want to go back to school!!"
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Gambier, OH gets pretty bleak from late January to early March. Freezing temperatures, limited sunlight, and an unvaryingly gray sky tend to weaken all but the strongest morale. The good news is that every one gets through it, and with the right attitude and a little creativity, you can not only live to tell the tale but actually enjoy yourself along the way. Read on for four foolproof tips on making the most of your wintertime experience in the 'bier.
Some reflections on the conclusion of my last, first week of school.
If you haven't seen C.J. do The Jackal, you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it's meant to be performed
Starting a new semester is like starting the school year all over again: I get to buy fresh notebooks, open the latest fine-tip pens in exciting new shades (hot pink! chartreuse!), and anticipate all the wonderfully wise and engaging things my professors will say on the first day of class. It also means my enthusiasm for studying is briefly reignited—a magical, roughly two week window wherein nothing sounds better than curling up in an armchair with a thermos of Earl Grey and a copy of The Canterbury Tales.
Which brings me to the point of this post—where exactly are the best study locations to hunker down with said tome and some tea? Read on for a riveting, no holds barred breakdown of my three most frequented study locations, rated on scales of comfort, productivity, social activity, and (most importantly) access to food.
 As opposed to, say, lying on my bed with a Warm Delight and an episode of 30 Rock.