It's pretty late right now, having watched a movie and then spontaneously chatted with Jack and Meg (a Princeton in Africa Fellow) for a long while. That's something I'm really appreciating about being here. Jack came over just to drop off a USB, and Meg got here just to walk Susan (another PiAF) home, and we all ended up standing and talking for over an hour. At Harvard, everyone always, always, ALWAYS "has to go" just because our schedules are SO packed and we're 100% living in our own worlds; but I feel like without this constant need to be on top of a million things, both meaningful conversations (that are maybe otherwise missed) and relaxed kickbacks are able to happen here in the chillest way possible. Susan, who's finishing up her year-long Fellowship on Monday, says she's really going to miss this about Batswana culture. She's leaving here, which she loves for people accepting that you're doing your best and being relaxed about appearances/punctuality to teach art in South Korea, which she is a bit nervous may be the opposite.
BUT quote of the day definitely comes from the woman who works at a pizza place Harsh, Jazil, Zach, and the Roxbury Latin exchange students attempted to order delivery from tonight. Harsh stepped out of the movie (Perks of Being a Wallflower, Jazil's favorite movie of all time) early to place the order, and when I headed home after it ended I ran into him STILL on the phone with the pizza place! Apparently there is no such thing as cheese pizza, and as a substitute he had been offered a chicken pizza...with all the chicken taken off. We're very confused. I wanted to go to bed early (mind you, this was about 9pm—and now it's 11:45pm) so I headed out, but I'm assuming the guys didn't end up getting their pizza.
Today was a whirlwind of editing, in a nutshell. I was helping Jack and Austin with a second Mega Bowl teaser and the Verbal Emancipation students with a promo video for their upcoming performance, and both videos were filmed yesterday and due today. Yikes! So this morning was literally just me hunching over my laptop in the library, with brief respites found in sandwich break and when we talked to the Upper 6s about our high school backgrounds in preparation for future lessons about applying to college. I missed being able to hang out with students during their free periods as freely as I did yesterday, since while I chatted with anyone who stopped by today I was constantly aware I had so much footage to sort through. But both videos are done now! I honestly don't looove what I've done with either (particularly the Verbal Emancipation one), partially because I wasn't able to take the time to storyboard/obsess over milliseconds in the way I normally do, so they don't feel quite complete. But what can ya do? I suppose it was good practice to work more quickly and carelessly (in the best sense of the word), without overthinking or having the time to be paralyzed by decisions, as occurs in my usual creative process.
More about today: unfortunately, I missed the lunch line and got the remains of some salad. Next, the student I was supposed to meet didn't show up, and I took advantage of the time to continue my editing. I checked out Photography Club at 2:15pm, where it was exciting to hear people speaking my language as they underwent critique, and then photographed the soccer matches for the Communications department. I really like how the photos turned out, especially some beauty shots of the Harvard boys who were playing!
Dinner was meat (which I skipped), pasta, salad, and bananas (I grabbed two for breakfast), then we watched the movie, then the impromptu chat with Jack when he came over to hand off his USB for the Mega Bowl teaser, which is exporting as I type! And that's about it for today! I could not be more excited to crawl into bed, or—more specifically—to crawl into the ridiculously warm blanket that came with our beds.