As we start to enter that “special” time of the semester where papers are due and exams are starting to be given, it's important to take some time for yourself. Whether that's getting a slice of pizza after school with friends or riding the trains in alphabetical order (Still something we need to do. You know who you are!), go do something fun just for the hell of it. It isn't midterms yet, so you still have time to ride your bike across the Brooklyn Bridge or rent that movie you've been dying to see. Make time for yourself and for things outside of school. After all, it's easy to get bogged down in the massive waves of readings and calculations!
My recommendation for a bit of a break? Have a fantastically lame/awesome party! The last week of September is a great one for literature. Aside from the first day of autumn (Sept 22), we celebrated the 143rd birthday of H.G. Wells (Sept 21), the 113th birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald (the 24th) and 121st birthday of T.S. Eliot (Sept 26th). What could be better than cake for the greats? Or, better yet, an excuse to eat cake? There is always something to celebrate, so invite your friends, make some party hats with lines from This Side of Paradise written on them, decorate your dessert with crop circles, and have your choice of tunes be Eliot’s reading of The Waste Land aloud. Life’s too short to worry about being lame (or to worry too much over that epistemology paper you still need to write), so do something you enjoy, no matter how silly someone else finds it to be.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, my Gatsby-themed cake needs to be taken out of the oven. See you on the A through G trains!