Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 00:09
Parents’ Weekend - Here it is, the one weekend a year where your college life and your home life collide: Parents’ weekend. Or, for those of you who are juniors and seniors, and your parents are sick of making the trip out here (when they just saw you a month ago, for Christ’s sake, can they really miss you that much?) so they opt to stay at home, you almost win in this situation. You have the luxury of silently evaluating the families of all your friends so you can subtly make sure they invite you out to dinner in Boston on Friday night. But for those of us whose parents are making the schlep, it’s a whole different kind of weekend. Sure, there are the cons, especially for freshmen. You hope your parents don’t tell stories of your weird middle school days and shatter the totally awesome college persona you’ve created for yourself, and there’s the trouble of walking around campus trying to instantly categorize everyone you run into as an “introduce-to-my-parents” kind of person or a ‘just-wave-and-smile” type person. But you’re still so happy to see them and eat somewhere other than the dining hall and not have to pay for it. And it just gets better as the years roll, and soon enough you realize that your parents actually know your friends and you can all hang out non-awkwardly together in this beautiful coming-together of your real family and your BC family.
The Labor Of Laundry - So now we’ve been back at school long enough that most of you have probably done laundry at least once, or, if you haven’t, that’s gross. Or you must devote an entire drawer of your dresser to underwear. The point is, we have all once again realized the difficulties of washing your clothes at school. On the one hand, there is a disturbing phenomenon that makes the process of doing laundry incredibly difficult, and that is this: the times that you actually have enough time to do your laundry all at once (meaning removing it from the machines in a timely manner) happen to correspond EXACTLY with the times that every other BC student is doing his or her laundry. So you have to resort to one of two options: continually walking down several flights of stairs to your building’s laundry room, which always smells weird and is perpetually and uniformly damp, to check to see if the machines that Laundry View says have opened up have managed to stay open in the 3 minutes it took you to get down there. Or, you can pull the classic put-your-laundry-in-before-class/meeting/other obligation move, which seems like a good idea because it at first strikes you as the perfect way to use your time efficiently, but then you inevitably get back to the laundry room 10 minutes after your washing machine finished—which is just far too long—and you see your clothes in a wet pile on the wet floor and you realize that you just can’t bring yourself to rewash them, so you plop them in the dryer as is, and feel slightly disgusted every time you wear one of those clothing items for the rest of the month, until you do wash again, this time determined to beat the system and end up with clothes that are actually clean. Good luck.
A Final Comment - Sorry we were so wordy with our Thumbs Up and Thumbs Downs this time. So Thumbs Down to us for not being able to shut up and Thumbs Up to you, whoever you are, for reading the entirety of our borderline nonsensical ramblings.