One of the coolest things about working/ living in another city is that you can always come back to visit, and when you do, everyone is thrilled to see you. So I decided to do just that last weekend, I took my trusty bolt bus. Side note: One of the best things about going to school in Boston is there are so many options for transportation, I never need someone to drive me. As this was a large problem when I went to boarding school, this mobility is something I consider to be a huge perk. I took a Bolt Bus and was finally able to reach campus around 7pm on Friday. I found my friend Alyssa, who immediately attacked me, and we went back to her dorm to get read for a Holiday Party in another dorm, Rubenstein. It was so nice to see everyone, and as formal attire was required, we got some awesome pictures.
But we all hung out, and I got to catch up on all of their lives. At one point, I even learned how to take someones blood pressure #somanysciencemajorfriendsproblems. I stayed with Alyssa that night and we of course spent so much time girl talking that I got no sleep that night. As someone who has never slept on a dorm couch before, I will say that they are surprisingly comfortable.
One of the BEST PARTS OF LIVING IN BOSTON IS: Brunch. There are so many different places to go to Brunch. A few friends and I took advantage of this, and tried as many Brunch places as possible over the summer. My favorite will always be Pour House’s brunch. I am slightly in love with Pumpkin Pie Pancakes. I consistently joked with my best friend that the only reason I came up to Boston was for Pumpkin pie pancakes. She knows I am only half joking.
But for my first brunch excursion, I went to Thornstons right by the prudential center. I caught up with a friend and got my usual, which was alex’s crazy twos: two pancakes, two eggs, two scoops of hashbrowns, and two sausages. I was just so happy to see old friends and eat delicious food. After that, I headed over to West B where I would be staying. I don’t know if any of you can sympathize, but I always forget how much I miss people until I see them. I spent like 4 hours catching up with friends in West B, before we all went out to a birthday party. The best part of being gone for awhile. Everyone is so excited to see you and with every new person comes another hug. I fell asleep that night really happy.
Sunday and Monday:
Sunday started out with another brunch date with everyone I had worked on the musical revue with this fall. We chatted for so long, that after 3 hours I realized I was going to be late to meet some of my friends from freshman year. I ran off leaving my friend Liam staring at the Chelsea game, and everyone else chatting away.
One of the bright spots of my Northeastern Career is how long I have kept my freshman year friends. At other schools, a lot of people talk about the fake friendships they make freshman year that quickly dissolve. Although my circle has certainly gotten wider as I joined new clubs and tried new things, all of my freshman year friends make it a point to still see each other. I think this has a lot to do with Northeastern Living and Learning Communities (LLCs.) I lived in creative expressions, so a lot of people I was paired with were really interested in music and the arts. Therefore, our friendships had shared interests behind them, they weren’t just superficial. I am super proud to have lived in Melvin, just as I know so many people proud to live in Kerr or Smith and other dorms. It was really cool to find people like me my first week of school.
So I found my friends from my freshman year dorm and we went to this Japanese BBQ place. I had never had Japanese BBQ before, but it was an experience. You actually grill the meat yourself on a grill in the middle of the table. After checking in on facebook to get 5 things of edimame, we laughed and grilled. It was fun having an activity and there is so much history there. We can joke about the random time someone filled the elevator with trash cans, or freshman ugly sweater parties.
After that I came back to West B, I have to say, the part that I love most about prep school and college isn’t crazy: its just sitting with friends, pulling out inside jokes and laughing in a dorm room. That was my favorite part of the weekend, just making fun of my friend Maddy and planning each others bachelorette parties. (lame I know :) )
Monday, I woke up and went to my third brunch of the weekend with girls I used to play softball with. That was fun, but the best part of the day was seeing my old roommate sarah. As part of their program, all the architects go to Berlin their junior year, and so sarah was gone this fall. She was in maine for the weekend, but came back early monday to see me. I hadn’t seen her in 4 months, so I was so excited. She bought me gorgeous earrings, and I felt like she never had left. This was exciting for me as someone who is leaving for 4 (technically 6) months.
I then sadly hoped on a bus home, saying goodbye to the city I love. but knowing the important part is that I am leaving for Costa Rica in less than a month!!!