I apologize for my absence…again. I was waiting on getting the pictures up from my weekend trip to Minneapolis, but I don’t think I will get them until tonight or tomorrow…so I need to move on for now.
I have been sitting at Barnes & Noble with my friend Sam for about five hours now. We have been looking at spring semester courses and what we should take. I have had a class with her for the last three semesters, since starting at my new college. I met her when I started college, so I didn’t know her before the first class we had together. It’s a comfort zone thing for me to have someone I know in every class though. That’s not to say that I shy away from new people – my classmates can tell you that’s not true – but I enjoy having that one friend around. Since I’ve been at the school now for a while, I’ve made enough friends where it can be worked out to have four of five friends sign up for the same class as me, and then a few more who coincidentally have that class as well. The perk of being an English major with a writing emphasis is that we’re all going to be taking the same courses for the most part, so why not take them together?
College is just a supervised hangout session with your friends. I know there are people out there who don’t make many friends in college (like myself when I went the first time), but generally speaking it’s true. You want to know what classes your friends are taking, who they’re taking them with, and how you can change your schedule so you’re also in on the fun – at least that’s how it’s done in the English department. We crave that friendly reminder that we’re not alone. We need it. I play Harry Potter Hangman with a few friends in my British Literature II course before it starts each Tuesday and Thursday morning. I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have friends there. I’d sit in my desk and reread a poem I already read and prepare myself yet again for what I’m going to say when asked a certain question. I prefer HP Hangman with my friends, thank you very much.
Another reason college is a supervised hangout is that during discussion time people sit around and wait for someone to speak, thus starting the conversation. In most cases, the professor is that person. He or she is needed in order for anything to get accomplished. If it isn’t begun by the professor, it simply doesn’t happen. Sure, there are those moments where someone is really jazzed about the topic about to be discussed (like myself with Austen), but even then most people are hesitant to start. We have no trouble speaking with friends outside of class, but when that professor is in the room we freeze up like Jack Dawson in the middle of the North Atlantic. The difference between students and Mr. Dawson is that a professor won’t hog the unhinged door like Rose did – professors believe in the equal opportunity to participate. I don’t think Rose got that memo. Good for us, but bad for Jack.
Next order of business…I owe you a review of “The Social Network,” having seen it twice now. I apologize, but I still cannot come up with a decent review of this film. I enjoyed it immensely, but I feel like there is nothing to say in great length. Here’s what I know:
1. Don’t place all you have in someone else unless you’re sure of them first.
2. Don’t place all you have in anything unless you’re sure of it first.
3. ALWAYS break up with your Asian girlfriend when she burns her own gift on your hotel bed.
4. Justin Timberlake should stop being in movies. That one on the Disney Channel was enough for me.
5. It’s okay if you feel really bad for Eduardo Saverin – I sure did!
6. “You better lawyer up, asshole” is the quote spoken when the movie gets really intense.
7. Facebook started at Harvard and was originally meant to be exclusive.
8. Jesse Eisenberg was a brilliant portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg.
9. Brenda Song being in a movie outside of the Disney Channel was weird for me, but she did a good job being in a real movie.
10. You need to go see this movie.
And now…some pictures…
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) with Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). The two dated in the beginning of the movie. I’m not going to tell you why she dumped him, but I found it justified.
Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield – AKA new Spiderman), Co-Founder of Facebook. He was my favorite character who said, “You better lawyer up, asshole.”
Mark Zuckerberg was big of dressing the part of professional businessman. (There is my sarcasm for the day.)
That’s all I have for you tonight, folks. I am off to the parent’s house for dinner. Our German exchange student it making us a meal. It should be interesting and exciting. Look for pictures of the Minneapolis trip later…and a Harry Potter recipe tomorrow. I still don’t know what I’m making…something quick this round, me thinks.
Do you think college is a social experience?
Have you seen “The Social Network” yet? Thoughts?