school supplies

16 Aug

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”

I love this quote from You’ve Got Mail (side note: why do we insist on movie titles that are grammatically incorrect??  Can’t Hardly Wait?  More like I can hardly deal.)

Well, Center City Philly in mid-August is hardly New York in the fall, with the sticky air trapped between the buildings, but today was my real first day of school and, I have to admit, it just gets me every time.  I’m sitting at my desk flush against the window pane, the fan is on full blast, and I can’t open my ceiling-high window because of the stink bugs–I opened in on day one and was hunting the rascals for a week–fall feels like seasons away.  Still, the first day of school always has that nervous excitement, and today didn’t disappoint.  As I went searching for a recycling bin at K-mart, I had to restrain myself from buying schools supplies I don’t need–with the enormous student loans, I can hardly justify buying a 64-pack of crayons…couldn’t I use them for anatomy?

After six hours of class, I have my work cut out for me tonight.  Metabolism, genetics, cell bio…I don’t know about you, but I am WAY more excited about these than gen chem…I mean, these seem actually applicable in, well, every respect.  VESPR theory, it’s been all well and fun, but I won’t be needing you.

Happy first day of school!


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