I went to visit my baby sister at Tech last week. 

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GA Tech works freshmen into the ground. I mean, really. Emily read something the other day that said on average Tech undergrads have the most unmanageable workload in the country. That said, Em is finding a way to manage. She's handling what they've been throwing at her well and getting adjusted to the college life like a pro.

Even though we'll all be home next week for Thanksgiving, I'm glad I made the trip to see her. Em was able to give me a tour around campus, and now I have a better idea of what her day-to-day is like. 

There were sleeping students littering campus. Electronics everywhere. A lone Gryffindor walking to class. You know, the usual. 

And there was a kind barista giving out free coffee in honor of #hipsterthursday.    Oh, college. 

And there was a kind barista giving out free coffee in honor of #hipsterthursday.

Oh, college. 






Isn't she beautiful? 

This is with four hours of sleep. 





I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving when I can see all of my family, but I think we both enjoyed the solo sister time. 

I know finals are around the corner, and it's the season for tests and projects and workworkwork, so I'll leave y'all with a quote I sent to Emily the other day when exams were particularly rough. 

And by y'all, I mean everyone who seeks to learn and grow. I'm not just talking to college students.

Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid.
— Junot Diaz, speaking at Yale

Take care.