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Monday, July 7, 2008

Made it to Harvard for My Gilder Lehrman Fellowship

I had a great time in Cape Cod, Provincetown and I am now in the city of Cambridge, Mass. I just arrived a couple of hours ago and did a load of laundry. It is REALLY hot and humid here in Cambridge and there is no air conditioning in the dorms! I am staying in the Cronkhite Graduate Center and boy, you would think that the graduate students of Harvard University would get better housing than what they get! For people who are attending one of the most prestigious universities in America, they are NOT living large! The dorm looks kind of like a jail cell. The room is nine by nine feet and the bathrooms are down the hall. There are kitchen lounges and TV lounges on each floor and they have many people from all over the world apply to live here! AMAZING! I am serious about all this and if anything, I am downplaying the housing description. I will take some pictures so you all can see where America's Finest attend school. If this is how the graduates live, I would hate to see how the undergraduates live.

Well, the last couple have days have been rough for me. it has been about eight months since I have picked up a cigarette and some days are still not easy. I ended up doing what Maggie suggested over on her blog. Breathe deeply! I have been taking some deep breaths and think I miss my fake cigarette but since I am not driving, I have no real need for it. I know that I need to just take it one day at a time and not smoke for today! I have noticed that when I feel stressed out I tend to think about it a bit more. Well, I need to get ready for the dinner we are having tonite.



Jude said...

Some days are harder than others!
I would be afraid to go on vacation still...I think i'd have that whole reward myself feeling....however, poison is no kind of reward we want anymore. No thank you!
And no thank you to all the bad stuff that made us quit in the first place.
As you well know, I had a tough weekend too, I think it's just cuz it was a holiday and holidays are about doin what we want.

maggie's mind said...

Wow, I hadn't really thought about what the dorms would be like at Harvard, but that definitely is not what would come to mind.

Sounds like your weekend was a little tougher, too. It's really odd to me just how many of us experienced the same thing, but I love that we made it through. :)

Brandie said...

Wow. Somehow knowing the world's finest srounge around like the rest of us makes me feel better. I know, I'm a bad person.

Hang in there, I'm proud of you for staying strong. At least you're not having to step outside away from your vacation, your tours, your activites, and stop everything to smoke. You smell better and are healthier and wealthier!

MamaFlo said...

My son and I went to visit Harvard Undergraduate when he was accepted early admission back in 1995. It was the first time I'd been to Boston and it was winter with snow everywhere. I thought Cambridge was lovely BUT we didn't like the people, everyone walked around looking at the ground, unable or unwilling to meet your glance. As tempting as it was for my son to say he was attending college at Harvard, he said he wanted to be someone he felt Harvard wouldn't allow.

I hope you find a way to relish in your experience.

Mz Diva said...

How wonderful that your son had so many coices education-wise. As a graduate from a continuation high school, I did the community college thing and went to a local university. I never did the dorm thing so it was just a shock.
As for the experience, I am learning a lot and the professors w(who are VERY famous) that are teaching the class I am in are amazing and really down to earth. Most of the people at the university are really helpful too. These dorms are something else though! I kid you not when I say prison looking! We are working on a presentation and I will be back Friday! While I am really grateful for the experience, I can't wait to sleep in my own bed! Also, when I leave I will have reached the eight month milestone!