This will seem quite mundane after the apparent popularity (or should I say controversial?) of the last post, but as with everything life moves on. Thankfully.

Yesterday was a little strange, in that I had no class but Ian did. He got up and hustled off to his little world of engineering, and shortly thereafter I got up. I just studied all day, basically. That’s what reading days are for, and that’s what I did. I went to Clark briefly to go to the office hours of my Geology professor who, as I’ve mentioned before, is much more with-it one on one than in lecturing.

The fun part of the day began at about 6:30 when Ian and I left for his induction into Eta Kappa Nu, the national EE honor society. It was in the “library” (not so many books there, oddly) of the Higgins House, which is my favorite building on the WPI campus. Yes, it’s rather eclectic in style, but it’s so beautiful! The picture I found doesn’t do it justice at all. I met one of Ian’s profs whose name I forget, but he was nice and it turns out he’s a Christian too. There were 14 inductees including Ian; they all looked a little out of place in collared shirts and ties, some of them even in sport coats, but they all managed to stand up and swear to HKN just fine. The whole thing, swearing-in, explanation of the crest (which is quite ugly in my opinion, and obviously designed by engineers), the little talk by the professor, and the presenting of awards to other people for being good engineers (I guess) took all of maybe 45 minutes. That left us standing around rather awkwardly at 7:45 with nowhere to be until 8:30 when we were all to go to Sakura Tokyo, one of those cool Japanese places where they make the food right there at the table. That WAS cool, though I expected the meal to be awkward because I didn’t know anybody. Turns out one of Ian’s London group members’ boyfriend is a member of HKN, so she and her boyfriend were there. They gave us a ride to the place and we sat together at dinner (after a good 45 minute wait, which was ridiculous considering there had been reservations made). Both of them were quite nice and friendly in a strange, CS/EE sort of way. The meal was alright, though I’m not sure I cared for the food; it wasn’t bad… indeed, my only thought is it wasn’t actually that flavorful. Not to scary either, though. 🙂 We finally finished and got home at 11:00. It was a long evening, but worth it. Now Ian’s a proud member of the EE honor society, and who knows? Maybe it’ll actually do some good one day.

As for today, I have spent the whole time looking forward to a the week after next. Things I’m looking forward to: Papa Murphy’s pizza; seeing Jess in person often; World Wrapps smoothies; being done with Architecture forever; spending lots of time playing board games; giving people I love presents; Happy Teryaki’s chicken special; seeing green trees; driving a car; not stressing about exams; going on long walks with Dad and Carmel; not worrying about the fact I never see my ‘friends’; seeing lots of Christmas lights; drizzly weather without any freeze afterwards; not feeling guilty when I’m not studying; seeing and snowshoeing through the Cascades; being able to orient myself directionally by which mountain range I’m looking at; having late-night conversations with people that aren’t just late to me; did I mention not worrying about finals? Yeah!! That’s just to mention a few things which I anticipate most excitedly.

– KF –


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3 thoughts on “Eta Kappa Nu

  1. Congratulations to Ian for this achievement. I’m sure you, Katie, could tell us all about the architechtural impressions that Higgins House left you. I just really really liked that front door, and I wonder how much they want for it.

  2. I can just see the next notice from Campus Police, “Would the persons who took the Higgins House door please return it. No questions asked.”

    And John, thank you.

  3. Architecturally the Higgins House is a total mess. But it’s way to pretty to quibble about the authenticity of combining a medieval castle, the Queen Anne style, and the Tudor style into one building.

    And yeah, that door could withstand a nuclear blast. Maybe.

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