So it’s finals week, which is usually pretty close to the apocalypse, but I had most of my big papers due the week before Thanksgiving so I am sliding into home from about 3/4 of the way out, which is to say I probably won’t make it. Luckily for everyone, the dining halls are now serving 4 meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Middnight Breakfast—11pm-1am my dorm that happens to be attached to a dining hall. So if, for example, I wanted to wear shorts and flip-flops and not go outside at all because it snowed 6 inches last night and eat for free in the dining hall 14 out of 24 hours of the day, I could.
The meal is standard breakfast fare: chocolate-chip pancakes, eggs, make-your-own-waffles, sausage, fried-potato-whatevers, hot cooked water, ice cream, and according to the menu “homemade pastries.” So even though WebMD is telling me that eating before bed will make my hips fat, you can catch me crushing tater-tots and apple juice at 12:45am. Oh, also ridiculous things happen at Middnight breakfast, but don’t take my word for it: YouTube.
Not only is candy the cheapest because Halloween was Sunday, but this week Middlebury college students choose our J-Term classes. J-Term? don’t you mean Kan”Ye” Term? HOW DID YOU GUESS? Here at Middlebury College we are on what we call a 4-1-4 system: 4 classes in the fall, one class during January and 4 classes in the spring. That means during J-Term you take one class for 4 weeks and you get one credit, completing a semester of class in 1/4 the time. “That sounds really terrible” you might think, well you would be so wrong.
During January I will have class from 10:30am-12:30am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a total of 8 hours a week, or almost exactly 4.8% of the 168 total hours I have to spend every 7 days. That means I will have an impossibly large amount of time to do whatever I want, which I’ll probably divide evenly between Wii tennis and ski racing. If you are a skier, want to learn how to ski or just like to brag, you’ll be so amped to know that Middlebury has its own mountain—the Middlebury College Snow Bowl—to which a free shuttle runs every 30 minutes, every day during January. I only ask that you refrain from wearing your helmet and ski boots in the dining hall because it looks terrible and you get the floor all watery.
So when your friends at other college are pretending that they are really excited to have an extra month off during January to live with their parents and wish that they were back at college eating ice cream for breakfast, you’ll be hanging out here where its like summer camp, only it’s in the winter.
Oh, by the way don’t try to call J-Term, Kan”Ye” Term because no one will understand you.