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Back at school now, three days early—we don't start until Wednesday. I have one of the largest singles in the dorm; it's extra long, so it's almost as big as my room at home. The only downside is that the bureau is not built into the wall, which means it's much smaller than the bureaus in the other singles. On the up side, there is now plenty of space to pile all my stuff, which is now strewn about the floor. Theoretically, I was going to put it all away today; however, I had a meeting this morning, and then came back to my room and crashed for about three hours. Did I mention my room is extremely hot? I am going to have to figure out how to fix that, or else I won't get any homework done at all.

ResLife completely messed up our room assignments—by our, I mean mine and my brother's and about three other people in my program house. They accidentally put my brother into a girl's room. We have gender neutral housing, so it's not impossible to live with someone of the opposite gender, but neither my brother nor the girl he would have been living with had requested gender neutral housing. On top of that, ResLife also thought that the girl in whose room my brother would be living had wanted a room switch, so they promptly put her with yet another guy—the guy that my brother thought he would be living with. She was perfectly happy in her dingle. Eventually, my brother's girlfriend (housing manager) got it all sorted out, so that everyone was in the right room with the right gender roommate (or lack of roommate), but it was a bit of a mess when my brother walked in on the girl. My room was all set from the beginning, but ResLife took away my card access to the building—something that I had had all fall (when I was NOT living on campus) but which I promptly lost upon returning to campus. Go figure.

I have now spent an inordinate amount of time sifting through the Harry Potter wiki to find witches and wizards born between ~1965 and 1975, whose children could plausibly be going to Hogwarts while Teddy is there. Although having children at the age of 23 (which is about how old students born in 1975 would be if their children were Teddy's age) seems rather young for the Muggle world, it sort of makes sense in the wizarding world—if we assume that most British wizards go from Hogwarts to some sort of 2-5 year vocational school (i.e., to learn to be Healers, teachers, Aurors, magical law enforcers) then they would be 23 or younger when they graduated from their professional school. Most students wouldn't have children that soon out of vocational school, but especially for students who attend shorter programs, it doesn't seem too bizarre for a few parents to be that young. Then I remember that that is basically my age, and it seems a little stranger.

And ... I am not entirely sure I am going to finish my environmental science thesis. I just have absolutely no desire to work on it right now, and it's not like I don't have a whole other year to do a completely different thesis if I don't want to. I feel a little sheepish about this, but as I'm pretty sure I don't want to do environmental science as a career, I'd rather do a thesis on something a little more directly related to my potential career interests. Not that I know what those are, but the good news is that I have enough research experience in environmental science from SES last semester that I don't really feel like I need to do an ES/geo thesis in order to get into grad school in something like that. Not that you actually need a thesis to get into grad school, but it helps. At any rate, I'm not going to make a decision any time soon—I will wait until I've started working in the lab again, and until I've convinced my linguistics concentration advisor that I am serious about linguistics.
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