I never thought that midterms could be anything other than a stressful stream of tears and tests. I have been proven wrong though. It’s different here. The science midterm was engaging, exciting, and relevant. (Of course it was also a bit scary.) My other classes are pushing me and I’m feeling predominantly proud rather than engulfed by the desire to pull out my hair with frustration. Tonight, after essay-writing, studying, and staring puzzled at math problems, I headed over to the farm to see the new baby chicks with two of my cabin mates. We gawked and giggled as the babies cuddled, crowed-surfed, and tilted their delicate heads back as they tried to gulp down water. I also gave some love to Rosco and Gertrude the cows. I scratched Gertrude under her neck and behind her ears and felt extremely at ease. I also briefly attempted to make peace with Halo, one of our milk cows, but failed once again. (Note to self: stop anthropomorphizing animals on the farm who are actually indifferent to your presence.)
Megan, one of the farmers came to check on the animals and we talked with her for a while about the adorable little chicks. I tried to imagine them all grown up and carrying on the roles of laying birds. Their clumsy fuzzy bodies stole me away from my imagination. The air was again filled with laughter and soft chirps. We huddled around them in the dim light of the barn, overtaken by our large smiles. It was exciting and beautiful. “I love you” whispered one of the girls. We all reciprocated it with gentle words. Nothing has ever felt so right, especially during midterms.
-Dina A. West Windsor, NJ