Greetings my beloved friends!
The last–what? 2 or 3?–weeks have been a delight here at Purdue, though I must confess I miss the freedom squad a good deal. I’m so happy our blog seems to be working well! (Shout out to Justin for the lovely aesthetics woot woot).
It’s been pretty eventful around here! I’d been in Indiana only a week when I had my first run-in with a tornado. I spent a solid hour in the basement of my dorm with the rest of the building hiding from the vengeful winds; but it was a great bonding experience for the dorm: everyone sharing snacks and games and swapping “how do you do’s” and knowing smiles. I wanted to get a game of telephone going in the winding, endless corridor but regretfully chickened out. Ruby was down there with me too!
I’ve had fun indulging and participating in what I would only presume to deem “campus traditions”…though mostly they’re just things people enjoy doing on campus. For example, I had my first Insomnia Cookie today! They’re a company that delivers DELICIOUS cookies at pretty much all hours of the day and in almost any flavor. Another “tradition” I’ve witnessed more times than I can count by now is the suspending of bikes in trees. If you leave your bike unlocked on campus, someone is bound to either disassemble it or hang it in a tree. At least it’s nicer than stealing it!
I personally, also, find it amusing that my friends have taken up calling me “Mom.” Just this morning I received a text from two of my “children” asking me to ground the other…Carol I guess you and I have joined the cult of motherhood together. Though I must not have learned the lessons of a successful marriage from Justin and Carol, because I am without a husband apparently; no “dad” has been identified yet.
I’ve started finding some really cool friends over here! The Catholic church on campus is open 24/7 and some of them walk down there with me to pray at all hours of the night when the rest of campus is sleeping. Most of them aren’t even Catholic, actually. My friend Jessica in the picture below is nondenominational Christian. And my good friend Lobo–who wanted me to mention on this blog what an (admittedly) ‘awesome person’ he is–is actually agnostic but still accompanies me to church and mass, or even heads there on his own, which I think is pretty cool. [Sidenote: Haha I’ve been slowly bringing my fsheminist sarcasm to Purdue.@John: Lobo will on occasion play the subjugation game with me.] We actually trekked a couple miles through pouring rain the other day to get to mass along with my friend Elizabeth who is, notably, one of the coolest cats around.
Speaking of rain, they’ve got a lot of it in Indiana…I’m sure Allison can relate. There is no warning as to when the once-white clouds and blue sky will spontaneously turn gray and heavy with water, transforming the campus into an active fountain running with streams of sweet, clear liquid; I say sweet and clear because if you have ever ventured to catch a rain drop on your tongue over in our beloved city LA, you will be assailed with the bitter taste of acid rain. Over here the rain tastes like something out of an Old Testament verse prophesying the wonders of the promised land.
I’ve been making an effort to try and take pictures of the things I do or encounter over here with the intention of sharing them with y’all on this blog, but unfortunately I did not remember to take a picture of all the awesome SWING DANCING I’m doing! I joined the swing club over here, and am actually going to do ballroom and latin dancing as well. Elizabeth joins me and she knows how to ballroom dance (because she’s cool like that).
One of the breathtaking sites I HAD to take a picture of for you guys though was of my favorite spot on campus: Loeb Fountain. Let me tell you guys, Purdue in the evenings is the quaintest, most romantic place on earth. The brick buildings lined with shrubbery and flowers are set aglow by the yellow light from the street lamps. The air is warm and clear and sweet, and slowly the stars begin to pop out one by one. Undoubtedly, someone is playing music–be it a frathouse or group of friends with a speaker–and in the evenings it seems to be an unspoken rule that that music is of a mellow genre. If you venture toward Loeb Fountain on the central part of campus you’ll witness the pinnacle of this picture I’m trying to paint for you.
The best part about Loeb Fountain is it attracts families and their little children on campus. Purdue is sort of the hub of West Lafayette, so you have people from the whole city coming onto campus to enjoy its environment. I’ve passed by the Loeb many times to find little half-clothed children running amidst its showers, screaming and giggling as the (quite powerful) spigots shoot streams of water at them.
I’ve yet to have an unpleasant experience with the environment of this campus. There is always something going on–free events, club callouts, random performances on the streets. Almost every time I get out from my Chemistry lecture I pass by the self-deemed “breakdancing corner” where there is always a mat set out and a group of guys from the breakdancing club (?) performing their awesome moves for the public’s viewing pleasure. I snapped a shot of one of them the other day to share:
There have been a lot of cool dance experiences over here. We went into Lafayette (the city across the river) for a school organized event late at night, and there was a hip-hop group performing in the middle of the plaza! Additionally, there are dance classes at our rec center and so many fun opportunities. I’m really excited to use the rock climbing wall in our rec center this week.
I am not as excited for rock climbing though, I must admit, as I am for some of my plant biology courses. One of my classes is composed entirely of about 30 kids all in plant genetics or plant science as their major. There are no assignments, no assessments, only plants and field trips and microscopes! It is my literal heaven on earth. Our first class last week we examined the pathology of several different plant leaves and discussed taxonomy and physiology of some carnivorous plants! That’s all I’ll say about that. I’m trying to keep my nerd-outs to a minimum for y’all. Though I HAVE to mention how AWESOME it is to know an entire group of people who just get me as I pertain to plants. All the people in my plant course are just as crazy about plants as I am and they all want to do so many cool things with their passion! They stop and look at plants along the road with me, and discuss their biology with me, and what wonderful little pieces of creation they are.
A lot of cool opportunities are coming up over here–camping trips and parties and the first football game of the season this weekend (YAAAAAA!). I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get over to South Bend for the Purdue v ND volleyball game this weekend…I want to watch Allison’s face as my school kicks her school’s butt. 🙂
Anyways, I’ve already provided a surplus of detail about things that probably don’t seem that eventful to you, so I’ll stop. But all I can say so far is that it’s the little things over here that are bringing me the most joy, and I’ve been so happy to find them. I love you all; I miss you all. On to the next blogger!