Well, another week of classes has passed at the University of New Haven, and it was an eventful one! I turned 20, we had a couple of days off because of snow and of course the Seahawks won the Super Bowl!
Firstly the Super Bowl on Sunday evening. Seattle Seahawks ran out winners by 43-8 over Denver Broncos, and the game was as the result suggests, very one sided. It was definitely a great experience watching it on the big screen, and we quickly realised you don’t really have to understand the rules. There’s a lot of running (a lot of the time into other players), catching, throwing and chasing of the ball, and wild celebrations with every touchdown.
Watching Super Bowl in the common room.
I guess my birthday comes next. It just so happened that it Monday was one of the ‘snow days’ we got off uni this week, and that was definitely a bonus. We started the day with a trip to the gym followed by breakfast. The remainder of the day was pretty chilled as we waited to find out whether or not evening classes would be cancelled.
I had a lovely surprise from Sarah and Sophie (as well as my roommates, suitemates and their friends) late afternoon. I was called into my room and they all sang happy birthday to me. There was cake and my bed and desk had been covered in balloons.
I’d also like to thank everyone who sent me birthday wishes via Facebook or other means, they were all greatly appreciated. The video below was amazing, thanks guys! Anyone with Facebook who hasn’t seen it, you can see it by clicking the link below:
I love my friends!
The day ended with a trip to TGI Fridays for a meal with fellow foreigners (it’s no Toby Ryan but it’s pretty good!). The food was great, as was the company and the service – they even sang happy birthday to me! Honestly can’t believe I’m 20 and half way through my time at university. Every time I say or think my age now I feel like I’m starting to get old!
Birthday dinner at TGI Fridays.
One of the highlights from classes this week was watching the BBC’s documentary on the 1985 Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster. It was a real eye opener. Obviously a very sad film but equally intriguing and shocking because of how NASA tried to cover the whole thing up. I have a huge amount of admiration for Richard Feynman, the scientist NASA invited to help them work out what happened. He was relentless in his search for the truth and desire for it to become public, despite having to fight his own battle with illness and others on the commission who were looking to reach a conclusion that would acquit NASA.
William Hurt playing Richard Feynman in ‘The Challenger’
‘The Challenger’ preview: http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/the-challenger-disaster/the-challenger-disaster-videos/the-challenger-disaster-preview.htm
In terms of snow we’ve had quite a bit this week, probably up to a foot from the two days combined in some places, but all the paths and roads are always cleared very quickly so we’ve not been snowed in yet. They always take the snow away somewhere but I can’t help thinking one time they should attempt to build a huge snowman on the football field!
The football field in the snow on February 3rd outside our accommodation.
For any of you that didn’t know, the three of us were interviewed by UNH’s student newspaper earlier in the week. The article isn’t great, but if you’re interested in reading it, it is available at the following link:
We’re hoping to go to a Broadway show tonight in New York. It’s free but consequently very popular. If enough people don’t turn up at the bus we should be able to go! We’ve also signed up for a nighttime skiing and snowboarding trip on the 1st of March which sounds pretty good.
Once again thanks for all the birthday messages. I’m definitely feeling much more settled now, and I can’t believe how quickly time is already going. I hope you are all well, and for those of you in Lincoln or at uni elsewhere I hope you’re all having a great time.
Oh, and someone needs to tell the Americans how to cook Bacon. They take it to the extreme. Frazzled!
Birthday snow picture outside Maxcy Hall at UNH.
Song of the Day: We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9llKBJdEs