Kid’s story: Cold lessons, or lessons in the cold… (PG-13 version)

Timeline: Thursday afternoon (what?!)

I see: gloomy skies.

I hear:  “Los Maté” by Tego Calderón on XM radio

I smell: Pineapple Cilantro…?

I feel: a surprising lack of motivation.

Note: this post is a couple of weeks old and has been edited for content.

So winter quarter is finally over. In a nutshell: I really hope spring is better. I only had lecture classes (as opposed to discussions) and I really found them less interesting than I expected. Then again, maybe it was just me.

One thing I learned during winter was that the weather is not as bad as people describe it, at least for me. It certainly was not enjoyable every day, especially during the three or four snowstorms we had between January and March, but the sun does shine with certain frequency and the snow is not much of a problem most of the time, as this city has the necessary infrastructure to deal with it adequately. Of course, you will hear people complaining a LOT about how the city of Columbus only has 60 plows or something and how they do not plow side streets down to the pavement and a bunch of other things. Then again, you kind of expect these things in “the developed world”, where people could definitely improve on their appreciation of what they have and how well things work. Whining aside, winter is mild enough to be livable; since this past winter was one of the worst in the memory of locals, it can only get better.

Also, as time goes by, people get to know you better and feel more at ease around you. It goes without saying that this is a good thing like 99% of the time. Sometimes, however, you could find that some comments go a bit over the line (unintentionally, mostly). It’s no big deal, but it kind of surprised me and I could have used a heads-up in this regard.

Another pointer: getting that summer internship is quite difficult and stressful. At the end of fall it doesn’t seem too bad, but I have dedicated considerable time and efforts during winter and have gotten NOWHERE so far. When you bring that up as a concern, people will tell you that many have already gotten their internships (mostly domestic students) and that several others are in the same internship-less situation (mostly international students). None too reassuring, to say the least. The best advice that can be given in advance is to start looking for an internship the summer before classes start, and to be relentless about it. That way, you can have a great peace of mind. However, I can also tell you that if you get your kicks out of the adrenaline rush of waiting until the last minute, you won’t be disappointed at all.

As for spring break, which is currently underway, many of my classmates traveled to other countries as part of the emerging markets class; namely Peru, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Brazil. You will surely be able to read numerous posts on their travels in the coming days.

I decided to drive down to the Sunshine State for a few days. The trip was quite enjoyable, as the roads in this country are excellent (I think I mentioned that before), and going to a party full of undergrads on the beach is quite a sight for a single person as myself. Plus, I got to spend some time with my family and shop around. In short: pateó asno. The downside is that now the weather in Columbus seems worse than when I left, but that’s bound to wear off.

Um… Yeah, that’s about it for now.

“There’s 40 million of us in this country, and we ain’t going nowhere!”  – George Lopez